How to Volunteer This Holiday Season

 

abc volunteer holidays.pngThe holidays are the perfect time to give back and help others. They’re a time to celebrate with friends and family. There are hundreds of organizations supporting those in during the holidays and throughout the year.  The holidays can be a wonderful time for seniors to get involved and share their

passion and talents with others through volunteering with these organizations.

Volunteering gives seniors a greater sense of purpose and bring more meaning to their days.  Knowing that they are helping others and making a difference can be very motivating and rewarding. It’s easy to find an opportunity or organization that fits with their interests, abilities, and schedule.

Here are just a few ways to get involved:

Soup Kitchens or Shelters: Serving meals during the holidays requires a lot of support. People are needed to prepare and serve food, greet families, set and clear tables, provide entertainment, put together to-go boxes, and much more. Seniors may also be able to help deliver meals to residents who are homebound. Also, shelters for homeless families such as Interfaith Housing Alliance in Ambler, PA may need clothing/food/furniture donations and drivers.

Food Banks: Help sort donations and put together holiday meal boxes or baskets for community members in need.  Volunteer locally at Mattie Dixon Food Pantry in Ambler, PA.

Make Something: Seniors can put their sewing, knitting, or crocheting skills to use to create hats, scarves, blankets, and other items that will be distributed throughout the community. They can take pride in knowing that they’re helping to keep someone warm.  Project Linus is a local organization for donated hand-made blankets.

Write Cards: They can decorate cards and write inspirational messages to others.  Cards may be sent to deployed troops who cannot be home with their families over the holidays through a cause such as Operation Gratitude. It lets the troops know that they are remembered and what they do is appreciated.

Visit Others: Seniors can also volunteer to spend time visiting other seniors who may be in assisted living or nursing homes. Having visitors can bring a smile to their face by providing companionship and an opportunity to play a game of cards or share memories.

There are so many different ways that seniors can help out. If they’re unsure about what to do, they can talk to friends and family and ask about ideas. Perhaps they could get a group together to volunteer. Others may also be able to direct them toward different opportunities or organizations looking for help. Volunteering is a great way to not only lift others’ spirits and lend a helping hand, but also to boost seniors’ own mood and give back.

Spending time out in the community also helps to ward off isolation and boredom, meet new people, stay active, and keep their mind sharp. Seniors can fill their time in constructive ways and know that they are part of something bigger than themselves. Volunteering can start a new tradition and give them something to look forward to, especially during times when family is not nearby.

Could you or your loved one use additional support or assistance over the holidays? Always Best Care provides flexible in-home care to meet seniors’ needs and help with a variety of activities around the home while also offering companionship. Give yourself greater peace of mind knowing that your loved one is receiving the care they need to age in place more safely and comfortably while making the most of each day. Contact Always Best Care at (267) 217-7059  dbaim@abc-seniors.com to schedule a free consultation.

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Fruits and Vegetables to Eat this Summer

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASummer is a great time to check out your local farmers market or supermarket and stock up on fresh produce. Not only can fruits and vegetables be a healthy snack, they can also add flavor, nutrients, and other benefits as a side dish or main meal. Selecting seasonal produce can also save you money. Increase interest in eating healthy by letting family members pick out their favorite fruits and vegetables to snack on or prepare for meals.

As you’re perusing the aisles or stands, here are a few fruits and vegetables to consider which have valuable health benefits and delicious tastes:

  • Tomatoes: Tomatoes are a wonderful source of lycopene, an antioxidant, as well as vitamin C. As an added bonus, lycopene can also help to protect your skin from sun damage.  Tomatoes are also a good source of potassium, manganese, magnesium, phosphorous, and copper.
  • Watermelon: Hydration is especially important during hot summer days, and watermelon is a great source since it is around 92 percent water. It is also low calorie, contains lycopene, antioxidants and amino acids.
  • Radishes: Often overlooked, this vegetable can be a great addition to salads and meals. Radishes are high in water content and a good source of vitamin C, folate, potassium, and fiber.
  • Berries: Stock up on strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries, which are high in fiber and vitamin C. They also contain flavonoids that may support cognitive health and skin health.
  • Avocados: Avocados are considered a superfood and a healthy source of monounsaturated fat which can boost heart health. However, eat them in moderation as they are high in calories.  They are loaded with potassium and fiber.
  • Corn: You may not consider this starchy vegetable to be healthy, but it does have its benefits. Corn contains antioxidants that can help protect eye health and reduce risk of age-related macular degeneration. Whether its white, yellow, blue, purple or red corn, each color signifies various levels of antioxidants and nutrients.
  • Peaches: Peaches pack a punch with 10 different vitamins and plenty of fiber. They’re low in calories and also contain other essential nutrients such as calcium, magnesium, and potassium.
  • Zucchini: This versatile vegetable can be eaten raw, baked, grilled, or boiled. Many people replace traditional pasta with zucchini instead. (By either slicing it thin or by using a spiralizer.) Zucchini is low in calories, contain no fat or cholesterol, and is packed with vitamin C, fiber, and potassium.

You and your family can eat these foods plain, just as they are, or you can spice things up by adding a variety of seasonings or combining them with other foods. The possibilities are endless. A quick recipe search can yield many ways to prepare these fruits and vegetables in dishes your family will love. Having plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables on hand make for a quick and simple choice when it comes to grabbing a healthy snack.

Make sure your senior is eating right all year long by getting them the support they need. An in-home caregiver can assist with meal planning, grocery shopping, meal preparation, checking food expirations, and providing companionship during meal times. Help your loved one live a safer, healthier lifestyle by contacting Always Best Care today to schedule a free consultation! Call (267) 217-7059 to speak with David Baim.

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Creating The Perfect Space For Aging In Place

Today’s elderly population is blazing a new trail for seniors in many ways. Aging individuals in our world are living longer, leading more active lives and are participating more in society than any previous generation in their later years. As a result, they are shunning typical lifestyle choices and patterns of the past in favor of new ways to live. For many seniors, this means living and aging at home where they are comfortable and secure. This desire has created a huge demand on family members and other loved ones as they consider their options.

These days, family members aren’t worried about putting Mom or Dad in a nursing home; they are more concerned with how to make sure Mom or Dad’s current house is fit for aging in place safely and comfortably.

If you’re concerned about a family member who insists on aging in place, there are some simple steps you can take to make sure conditions at home are ideal and appropriate for healthy aging.

Here are some helpful tips:

1. Make Necessary Changes

The cost to retrofit a home can be scary, but think about this: the cost to make structural modifications to a typical one-story home is about $10,000. However, when you consider the costs associated with occupancy of a nursing home or other facility, which can rise to tens of thousands of dollars a year, the costs of modifications are worth it. At this point, doing what is necessary to make the home safe and secure  will make you feel confident that you made the right choice.

2. Don’t Forget the Small Things

Consider normal, day-to-day activities like opening doors or removing items from kitchen shelves. Are these tasks presenting unnecessary challenges to your loved one? Small changes such as  installing better doorknobs or rearranging items on shelving to a lower level can make a huge difference. It’s also a good idea to evaluate the home’s lighting both inside and out.  New fixtures may be the best solution, but you might be able to make significant improvements simply by installing new bulbs.

3. Take Advantage of Technology

Today’s world benefits from automation in a number of ways, and your senior loved one’s home can take advantage of the same benefits. Programmable “smart” thermostats, self-monitoring alarms and timer-enabled lights can help you ensure that the home is always comfortable, plus it can take responsibilities off of an aging individual’s plate. You can also use technology to communicate with your loved one and ensure that the home is safe and sound, even when you’re thousands of miles away.

More Advice for Aging in Place

Are you caring for a loved one who insists on aging in place? Always Best Care can help you. Call us at (267) 217-7059 for your free consultation.

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Seniors Choose to Live at Home

The sheer number of senior citizens choosing to live at home versus opting for a retirement community is increasing.  Along with the increase, home care and transportation services are in higher demand. Many questions arise as these homeowners age.  Who will help with the housework?  How will we keep our loved one safe?  What about snow removal, landscaping and labor-intensive work around the house?  There is much to think about when a senior parent is living at home.  A comprehensive article recently appeared in the Wall Street Journal, all about ‘aging in place’.
stock imageIn order to grasp a handle on our senior loved-ones, let’s have a discussion about what type of care they currently need.
Contact:  David Baim, dbaim@abc-seniors.com (267) 217-7059

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