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Help Encourage Senior Activity and Engagement at Every Age During Older Americans Month

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Our Surprise home health care team helps seniors stay active and engaged.

As the saying goes, age is just a number! With an active mind and lifestyle, purpose and meaning, and a positive attitude, many older adults continue to feel vibrant and engaged well into their later years. The key for caregivers, such as those at Nightingale’s Surprise home health care agency, is to foster as much independence and activity as possible to allow seniors to thrive.
In honor of Older Americans Month, we offer the following tips to help boost senior activity and engagement for your loved ones:

  • Foster self-worth. We all need to feel needed, and there are a variety of ways that older adults can continue to make a difference in the world around them. Help your senior loved one explore volunteer opportunities in the community that he or she is especially passionate about – reading to kids at a local school or children’s hospital, spending time visiting with the animals at a rescue facility, collecting hygiene and other needed items for veterans or the homeless – the ideas are limitless!
  • Ensure dependable transportation is available. Many seniors give up the car keys and rely on others to take them where they need to go. And often, that leaves seniors feeling as though they don’t want to impose on others, therefore cutting back on getting out and about. Arrange for transportation to be available at the senior’s disposal; professional care providers, such as Nightingale Homecare’s Surprise home health care aides, are on hand according to each individual’s requested schedule and routine.
  • Stay active together! It’s always much more fun to exercise with a companion. Sign up with your senior loved one for a yoga or water aerobics class, set a regular time each day to take a walk together, etc. Not only will it allow the older adult (and you!) to remain physically fit, but will provide ample opportunities for socialization enhancement as well.
  • Find a furry friend. The benefits of pets to seniors are numerous, shown to improve both mental and physical health, providing a sense of purpose and a friendly companion who is always available to keep an older adult company. It’s never a good idea, however, to “spring” a pet of your own choosing on someone; instead, if your loved one is open to the idea, visit a local animal shelter or pet store together and let the senior choose the perfect pet.

The Surprise home health care team at Nightingale Homecare can help implement all of these suggestions and more to help older adults remain active and engaged in the world around them. We love nothing more than helping seniors enjoy life to the fullest, and can provide transportation and accompaniment to exercise classes and other fun outings, companionship to alleviate loneliness and enjoy activities together, as well as a full range of both non-medical and skilled nursing and therapy services in the comfort of home. Contact us at (602) 504-1555 to learn more ways we can help improve quality of life for your senior loved ones.

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Have a Holly Jolly Holiday, Seniors Included!

holiday seniorsAs we grow older, the holiday season can become challenging for a variety of reasons: memories of loved ones lost, chronic health conditions, increased difficulty with mobility and others. And as a result, many times seniors may feel left out, isolated and saddened, rather than joyful, merry and bright.

Families can help their older loved ones enjoy the holidays with a little pre-thought and planning of activities that all ages can participate in together. Our Arizona home health care team at Nightingale Homecare offers the following ideas:

  • Recipe sharing. Make a day out of poring through recipes that have been a big part of the person’s life, and add in some new ones you’d all like to try. Create a simple recipe book together, with the children adding their own touches through illustrations, stickers, etc. Once completed, get together on a regular basis to create and enjoy one of the recipes together.
  • Decorating. The options are truly limitless when it comes to holiday decorating. Bring a bag full of glitter, pom poms, craft sticks, pipe cleaners, paint, etc. and let everyone get creative! Or simply pick up a couple of pre-made gingerbread house kits complete with frosting and candies for a guaranteed fun afternoon for all ages. It’s also a great idea to pull out and look through decorations the older adult has collected over the years, and reminisce over the stories associated with each.
  • Helping another. Nothing feels better than helping someone in need, and the holidays provide the perfect opportunity to work together as a family to make a difference in a way that’s near and dear to your hearts. Serve at a homeless shelter, pick out gifts for children in need, bake dog treats and bring them to a local animal shelter, visit a local nursing home to sing holiday songs, fill stockings with small treats and hygiene items for veterans, etc.

At Nightingale Homecare, we love helping seniors participate in the fun of the holiday season, and can help in a variety of ways! Our Arizona home health caregivers provide friendly companionship, escorted transportation to fun outings and events, encouragement to be as involved as possible in any holiday activities that spark interest, and much more, customized to each person’s individual needs.

Call us any time at (602) 504-1555 to learn more about our licensed, certified, RN-managed in-home care services for seniors. We’ve been serving seniors throughout Maricopa County and the greater Phoenix area since 1994 and would love to help your senior loved one live life to the fullest as well – throughout the holiday season and into the new year as well!

Posted in Blog, Holidays, Phoenix on December 14th, 2017 · Comments Off on Have a Holly Jolly Holiday, Seniors Included!