Your Guide To Successfully Teaching Your Senior How To Use Technology

Your Guide To Successfully Teaching Your Senior How To Use Technology

Technology. Some people love it, some people hate it, but there’s no denying, it has made the world a better place. From the simplest technological advances such as the wheel to the most advanced such as pacemakers, technology radically changes the way in which we live on a day-to-day basis.

Considering how important technology is to human life, StoAmigo, a tech company based out of Las Vegas, founded National Technology Day in 2016. The goal of this one day celebration of technology, annually held on January 6th, is to increase awareness of technology as well as inspire people to create new technologies.

For the younger generations, adapting to new technologies is often not a problem since they grew up with the technology. However, for our elderly loved ones, learning a new technology can be intimidating but also fulfilling when accomplished. In fact, recent statistics suggest that 6 in 10 seniors now go online on a regular basis and 77% of older adults now have a cell phone. This is up nearly 10% from 2012.

Despite this promising uptick in elderly technology use, older generations still lag behind in adoption of new technologies. If you have an elderly loved one who is interested in technology or intimidated by new technology, we urge you to keep reading our 7 tips to helping your loved one get comfortable with technology. 

Show Don’t Tell
Many of our elderly loved ones are apprehensive to learn new technology because they are intimidated by it, and have no one to show them how. Instead of telling them they need to get online, show them. For example, rather than telling them about how Facebook can help them stay in contact with family members, log onto your own Facebook with them and show them all of your close family members or friends. Seeing this will help them put it into perspective.

Shop with Them
Once your elderly loved one has made the decision to learn technology, the next step is to purchase the technology. However, this can be intimidating for our them. We recommend going with them to help them find the best tablet, cell phone or computer for their needs. You should also help them shop for the best internet provider in their area. Finally, help them set it all up for the first time.

Take it Slowly
If you’re reading this blog, you have likely been using technology for years and are comfortable navigating the internet at speed. Remember to slow it way down when teaching your elderly loved one technology. Start where they feel comfortable and go through each step multiple times at a slow pace.

Set the Expectation Low
When teaching your elderly loved one how to use technology, keep in mind that it is only easy for you because you have been doing it for so long. Set the expectation level low so they don’t get frustrated when they don’t pick it up overnight. Remind them that most people take a long time to get used to technology.

You Can’t Stress Safety Enough
Technology can go from fun to disastrous in a heartbeat if you or your loved one fail to use technology in a safe manner. Falling victim to online scams is especially easy for those who aren’t well versed in the wide world of the internet. Below are some of the top safety tips to go over with your loved one:

  • Be wary of unsolicited emails and phishing scams. If it seems too good to be true, it usually is.
  • Watch your passwords. With the many stipulations organizations put on passwords, it can be hard to remember all of them. Never keep them on your laptop or cell phone. If need be, write them down on a piece of paper and store them in a safe place.
  • Put a strong password on your wifi
  • Get a good anti-virus software

Go to Tech School
If, after all your help your elderly loved one is still having trouble learning technology, there are lots of local organizations that offer free or low-cost technology classes geared directly at older generations. A quick google search or phone call to your local library will send you and your elderly loved one in the right direction.

Bonus Tip: Bookmark Our Blog
On the Wiser Home Care Services blog, we discuss topics regarding technology, healthy living, caregiving, senior safety and more. You can find our blog at http://wisercareservices.com/blog/.

Happy learning.

How-To Plan a Senior-Friendly New Year's Celebration

How-To Plan a Senior-Friendly New Year’s Celebration

The week between Christmas and New Year’s is a weird one. On one hand, you can finally breathe a sigh of relief because Christmas is over, and that means holiday shopping is over. But, on the other hand you face more stress due to the mad sprint to wrap up projects, make New Year’s Eve plans and set resolutions for the upcoming year.

In fact, according to statistics, nearly 58% of Americans plan on making some sort of New Year’s resolution this year. These resolutions typically range from losing weight and living healthier to spending more time with family and doing more for others.

However, resolutions aren’t what this blog is about. If you or your loved one is having trouble coming up with goals for next year, we recommend checking out our Comprehensive Guide to Elderly New Year’s Resolutions. (Click Here)

This week in the Wiser Home Care Services blog, we want to talk about the more fun aspect of New Year’s: the party and activities! After all, no matter what age you are, the best part of ringing in the new year is eating junk food, playing fun games and spending quality time with our loved ones. For our elderly loved ones, having a successful New Year’s Eve celebration relies on being well prepared and planning out activities in advance. Below we have outlined 8 tips to ensure your loved one has a safe and fun New Year’s celebration.

Decorate Their Space
If your loved one has limited mobility or will be celebrating in an assisted living facility, helping them decorate their space will be a fun way to ring in the new year. We recommend streamers, party hats, table settings or you could make your own decorations with a little glue, glitter and creativity.

Have a Sing Along
Music is the life of every party. Pick some decade classics, gospel hymns, or even Christmas music (No, it’s not too late. J), then gather around in a circle and spend some time singing and even dancing.

Have a Scavenger Hunt
When the weather is poor, it makes it easy for people to sit inside and watch TV. When this happens, our time spent doing physical activity can drop to unhealthy levels. An indoor scavenger hunt is a fun way to get up and moving around plus it puts your brain to work solving the clues.

Story Time isn’t Just for Kids
As we welcome in the New Year, most people reminisce on past years and memories. Taking advantage of this natural time of reminiscence, you can set aside a period of time during your New Year’s celebration for everyone to share a favorite story of theirs from the past. It could be non-fictional or even a favorite anecdote.

Plan Around Your Loved One’s Schedule
To ensure your loved one has a safe and healthy celebration, make sure your plan your meal and celebration around their typical schedule. This means that you may need to plan for dinner around 4:30-5:00 PM. Also, keep in mind that they likely will not be able to stay up until midnight, and you should plan accordingly.

Have a Board Game Tournament
Board games are a great way to liven up a party and pass the time until the big countdown. Change it up this year by adding a little friendly competition and providing prizes for the winner and runner-ups.

Get Crafty
For those who don’t enjoy playing board games, we recommend building a puzzle or getting creative and making a craft to celebrate the new year. Not sure what kind of craft to do? Click here to visit our New Year’s Pinterest board.

Finally, Don’t Forget the Food
We didn’t forget about the food. After all, what’s a party without the food? Remember it is ok for your elderly loved one to splurge a little and eat junk food, just be mindful of how much junk they eat. We suggest having a good mix of healthy food and junk food on the menu. In addition, you may want to forego alcohol altogether especially if your elderly loved one is on medications.

We hope these ideas help you plan your most memorable New Year’s party to date. If you would like more help, feel free to reach out to us here at Wiser Home Care Services. We can help your family establish a care plan to personally accommodate your loved one’s needs.

Happy New Year!

Deck the Halls with These Senior Holiday Safety Tips

The tree is up, the lights are hung, the gifts are wrapped and the baked goods are starting to fill our households with a sweet alluring aroma. That’s right, we are just days away from the big day. Christmas is almost here!!!

If you can’t tell, we’re just a little bit excited and we’re sure you are too. After all, with all the fun gatherings, the joyous caroling, the excitement of giving the perfect gift, and most of all the family time, Christmas is a magical time.

With all the magic, did you know there was a dark side to the Christmas holiday? No, we aren’t talking about the myth of Krampus, and we aren’t trying to be Scrooge or the Grinch.

So, what is the dark side of Christmas?

According to statistics, the answer is death. In fact, death rates are higher Christmas Day, the day after Christmas and New Year’s Day than any other day of the year.

You may be thinking, well that makes sense with all the ice, alcohol consumption and traveling. You’re partially true. However, the majority of deaths on these days, 93% of them to be exact, are due to natural causes. Furthermore, studies have found that there is a spike in death amongst all age groups except for children.

Wow, this is pretty dark for a Christmas blog. Let’s get back to the bright side of things by discussing how you can ensure your elderly loved one experiences a healthy and safe Christmas holiday.

The Two Sides of Salt or Good Cop, Bad Cop
Too much salt on your food is bad, but salt on your steps, driveway and outdoor walkways is good. During all the holiday feasting, it is important to remember to use salt in moderation. Studies have linked a high-salt diet to increased risk of high blood pressure, which increases the risk of stroke and heart disease. However, it is critical to remember to keep all outside walkways covered in salt during the cold holiday weather to ensure safety from slips and falls.

Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful
Many enjoy the warmth of a fire on a cold Christmas morning but the flames can go from enjoyable to disastrous in a matter of seconds. To keep this from happening make sure combustible material such as tissue and wrapping paper, gifts, cottons and even Christmas trees are placed a safe distance from a fire or heater.

Oh, Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree
While we are on the topic of fire, make sure you keep a watchful eye on your Christmas tree. Keep it watered and looking green, once the needles start to brown be extra cautious. In addition, make sure your strand of lights is working properly and there are no exposed wires. Christmas tree fires from careless decorating cost upwards of $15 million annually in damages.

Deck the Halls…
We all know that holiday decorations aren’t just for the tree. After all, the famous song instructs us to deck the halls with boughs of holly. When decking the halls, we urge you to keep safety for your elderly loved one in mind. You can do this by:

  • Making sure hallways are free of clutter
  • Keeping electrical cords taped down and out of the way
  • Avoid putting tinsel or decorations on railings or other support systems your loved one may use
  • Skip floor-based decorations to avoid tripping
  • Be wary of twinkling lights, the flashing could cause a distraction

The Rug Doctor
While we are on the topic of décor, let’s discuss rugs. Many people like to hide electrical cords with rugs. When decorating an elderly loved one’s space we recommend avoiding this practice. Even though the cord is hidden, it could still cause a trip if your loved one using a wheeled transport device such as a walker. If you do plan on using rugs for décor, make sure they are secured to the floor using grip tape.

The Sweet Treats
One of the best things about the holidays is the sweet treats. Remember it is ok for your loved one to eat some of the goodies but they should eat them in moderation to prevent sugar highs and lows. In addition, we recommend keeping alcohol use to a minimum, especially if your loved one is on any medication.

These are just a few of the many ways you can help your elderly loved one reduce their risk of injury this holiday season. If you would like more help, feel free to reach out to us here at Wiser Home Care Services. We can help your family establish a care plan to personally accommodate your loved one’s needs.

5 Critical Steps to Reducing Your Risk of Diabetes

5 Critical Steps to Reducing Your Risk of Diabetes

Whew! We made it through the long holiday weekend with our sanity intact, our bank accounts in the black and our diets not destroyed. All kidding aside, we hope you had a truly amazing Thanksgiving weekend full of friends, food and good shopping deals. We know we certainly did.

Although the star of November is Thanksgiving, there’s a lesser known but equally important observation during the month of November. What could this be you ask. It’s National Diabetes Month, of course.

Each November, communities, doctors and health care centers nationwide join together to raise awareness of the impact Diabetes has on millions of Americans.

In fact, according to statistics from diabetes.org, in 2015 there was nearly 30.3 million Americans who suffered from Type 1 or 2 Diabetes. In addition, one in three people will develop Diabetes in their lifetime. The numbers are even worse for older Americans with nearly 25% of all loved ones over the age of 65 suffering from the disease. Furthermore, diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in the United States.

Finally, as if having Diabetes isn’t bad enough, medical costs are twice as high for people with Diabetes than people without. It is estimated that total costs of Diabetes in the United States top $245 billion annually.

There are 3 main types of Diabetes (Type 1, Type 2 and Gestational), with 9 out of 10 of those people suffering from Diabetes Type 2. Unfortunately, there is currently no known cure for Type 1 Diabetes. However, the silver lining is that the risk for Type 2 Diabetes can be greatly minimized by making lifestyle changes.

Keep reading to find out how you can lower you and your loved one’s risk of having Type 2 Diabetes.

Before we discuss tactics to lower your risk, you should know what puts you at risk for Type 2 Diabetes. The Center for Disease Control lists the following as risk factors:

  • Having higher than average blood sugar levels.
  • Being overweight
  • Being over 45 years old
  • Having family members with Type 2 diabetes
  • Being physically inactive

So, now that you know the risk factors of Type 2 diabetes, how can you lower risk?

Step 1: Maintain a Healthy Body Weight
As you already know, being overweight is a big risk factor for diabetes. Maintaining a healthy body weight can greatly reduce your risk. In fact, experts claim that every 2.2 pounds lost reduces your risk of diabetes by 16 percent.

Step 2: Partake in Physical Activity
Making sure you get an adequate amount of physical activity will not only help you maintain your physical health and a good body weight, it will also help you lower your risk of diabetes.  Research suggests that the best way to reduce your risk of diabetes is aerobic exercise and resistance training.

Step 3: Optimize Your Diet
Optimizing your diet isn’t just about eating healthier food but also eating healthier portion sizes. Smaller portions will help you lose weight by reducing the number of calories you bring in. We recommend limiting fatty foods and replacing sugary soft drinks with water. Make sure to add foods high in fiber such as fruits, veggies, beans, whole grains and nuts.

Step 4: Make Small Changes
We know all these changes can be difficult and time consuming to make. We recommend taking small steps each day towards your health goals. This will make it seem less daunting and more achievable.

Step 5: Remember Your ABCs
If you are prediabetes or on the verge of Diabetes, you should work with your doctor on the diabetes ABCs. According to the CDC, this acronym stands for:

  • —the A1C test, which measures average blood sugar over 2 to 3 months.
  • blood pressure, the force of blood flow inside blood vessels.  
  • cholesterol, a group of blood fats that affect the risk of heart attack or stroke.
  • —stop smoking or don’t start.

These are just a few of the many ways you can help your elderly loved one reduce their risk of Diabetes. If you would like more help, feel free to reach out to us here at Wiser Home Care Services. We can help your family establish a care plan to personally accommodate your loved one’s needs.

Wow Your Thanksgiving Guests With These 10 Turkey Day Fun Facts

Unless you live under a rock (in which case you wouldn’t be reading this blog), you know that the holiday season is upon us. After all, the radio is filled with warm holiday music, seemingly every commercial on tv has a holiday jingle and reference to jolly ol’ saint Nick, and retail stores have aisles of Christmas decorations on display.

Wait, what? Christmas decorations? Yep, you read that right, the turkey hasn’t even had his big day, but Saint Nick is already stealing the show.

Now don’t get us wrong, we aren’t the kind of people who get upset by Christmas overtaking Thanksgiving, but we do love all holidays equally. So, this week for our blog we thought it would be fun to share some Thanksgiving fun facts and trivia so you can wow your dinner guests over your delicious Thanksgiving meal.

The First Thanksgiving
We all know the story of the first Thanksgiving held in 1621 with the Pilgrims and Native Americans. But, did you know many historians believe that among the 50 pilgrims only 5 were women due to the harshness of the first year in North America?

Thanksgiving Gave Way to the TV Dinner
In 1953, Swanson had so much extra turkey leftover from Thanksgiving that they started packaging it in aluminum trays with other sides. Thus, the TV dinner was created.

The First Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade
Macy’s started their holiday parade tradition way back in 1924 to celebrate their expansion and new title as the ‘World’s Largest Store’. Back then it was called the Macy’s Christmas Parade, and it featured several live zoo animals loaned from the Central Park Zoo.

Black Friday Isn’t Just the Busiest Shopping Day of the Year
For many, Black Friday signifies the busiest shopping day of the year. However, a recent study found that plumbing company calls increase by 50% the Friday after Thanksgiving and business increases by 21%.

Mary Had a Little…turkey?
Sarah Josepha Hale, the writer and editor who penned the popular ‘Mary Had a Little Lamb’ was also responsible for convincing President Lincoln to declare Thanksgiving a national holiday.

Turkey by the Numbers
The National Turkey Foundation, yes that’s a real foundation, claims that 88% of Americans consume Turkey on Thanksgiving. This adds up to nearly 46 million turkeys.

It’s Not the Tryptophan that Has You Trippin’
Most people assume that it is the tryptophan in the turkey that causes you to be tired after Thanksgiving dinner. The truth is, chicken has more tryptophan than turkey. You’re just more tired because of how hard your body is working to digest the large meal.

The Leftovers
According to a recent Harris Poll, 80% of Americans prefer Thanksgiving leftovers to the original meal itself.

The Turkey Bowl
The Thanksgiving Day tradition of a football game played on the holiday started in 1924 “when the Detroit Lions played the Chicago Bears in the first NFL game broadcast nationally.”

A Thanksgiving World Record
The heaviest recorded turkey by the Guinness Book of World Records weighed in at a whopping 86 pounds.

We hope you enjoyed these Thanksgiving Day fun facts. If you care for or plan on hosting an elderly loved one for the holiday we urge you to read our blog discussing 11 Thanksgiving Tips for the Elderly. You can find it here: http://wisercareservices.com/blog/11-thanksgiving-tips-for-the-elderly/ .

If would like help developing a care plan of any kind please feel free to contact us. Wiser Home Care Services can help your family establish a care plan to personally accommodate your loved one’s needs and help prevent falls and fall-related injuries.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wiser Home Care Services’ Annual Caregiver Picnic

This summer, the office staff, caregivers and employee family members at Wiser Home Care Services took some time off to enjoy an evening of delicious food, fun games, and team building near the water at Steele Lake Park in Federal Way. Thank you to staff team member Kathryn for capturing these fun memories on camera. We hope you enjoy them.

 

The 2 Things You Need to Know to Prevent a Stroke

The 2 Things You Need to Know to Prevent a Stroke

Did you know that Strokes are the fifth leading cause of death in the United States? According to statistics, every 4 minutes someone in the United States dies from a stroke. That’s nearly 130,000 people.

Although this is a large number, consider the nearly 670,000 people in the United States each year that suffer from a stroke but do not die. This group of people is extremely susceptible to long term disability due to the stroke. In fact, strokes are the number one preventable cause of disability in the United States. Worldwide strokes are responsible for the loss of 44 million years of healthy life each year.

For something so avoidable, you might be wondering why the public doesn’t have a better handle on preventing strokes in the first place. The answer, like most things, is that people simply aren’t aware of the steps they need to take to prevent them. Which is why the World Stroke Organization established the World Stroke Day campaign.

The goal of this one-day campaign, which took place on Sunday October 29, was to educate communities about the dangers and symptoms of strokes by partnering with doctors and organizations globally to share a united message.

To help do our part, we thought we would share the two most important steps in helping prevent strokes:

  1. Taking Preventative Measures
  2. Understanding the Symptoms

The most important thing you can do to prevent a stroke is to avoid behaviors that are known to increase your risk for a stroke such as eating food known to increase blood pressure, smoking, and excessively drinking alcohol. Below are three additional things experts suggest you should do to lower your risk.

  1. Eat a Low Salt Diet
    Did you know that high blood pressure nearly quadruples your risk of a stroke? To keep your blood pressure at a healthy level we suggest a low-salt diet that is rich in veggies and fruits, as well as exercising regularly. If you or a loved one have been prescribed medication to help regulate your blood pressure you need to remember to take it consistently.
  2. Exercise, Exercise, Exercise
    Did we mention exercise? We can’t stress this enough. Health professionals recommend aiming for at least 30 minutes of exercise-type activity five days a week. You have probably heard the old phrase “2 birds, 1 stone”, well exercising is “3 birds, 1 stone”. Not only does it increase your cardiovascular health it helps you maintain a healthy body weight and lowers blood pressure. All 3 of which, lower your risk of experiencing a stroke.
  3. Visit Your Doctor
    The old saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” may be funny but you truly shouldn’t live by that mantra. We recommend having regular checkups with your doctor to make sure your body is working the way it should. Some health irregularities that you should keep an eye out for are: atrial fibrillation, diabetes, high cholesterol and atherosclerosis. Each of these can increase your risk of a stroke.

Even if you take all the necessary precautions to avoid a stroke, it might still happen. In that case, it is important to know the signs and symptoms leading up to and right after a stroke.

Considering that each minute a stroke goes untreated nearly 2 million brain cells die, having an awareness of prevention methods and warning signs can ultimately save the life of your elderly loved one.

The American Stroke Association recommends watching for:

  • Sudden numbness or weakness in the face, arms or legs
  • Quick onset confusion, trouble speaking or difficulty understanding
  • Vision issues
  • Trouble walking, dizziness and balance issues
  • A severe headache that comes up suddenly
  • Lack of coordination

Men and women also display stroke symptoms differently. In addition to the above symptoms, women should also be cautious of sudden:

  • Hiccups
  • Nausea
  • Weakness
  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Palpitations

Another good way to remember the warning signs of a stroke are by remembering the acronym F.A.S.T which stands for:

F- Face drooping
A- Arm Weakness
S- Speech Difficulty
T- Time to Call 911

These are just a few of the many ways you can help your elderly loved one reduce their risk of experiencing a stroke. If you would like more help, feel free to reach out to us here at Wiser Home Care Services. We can help your family establish a care plan to personally accommodate your loved one’s needs.

The Caregiver's Guide to Emotional Health and Wellness

The Caregiver’s Guide to Emotional Health and Wellness

Have you ever felt like you were getting a cold so you took a bunch of Vitamin C, Airborne supplements, or other vitamins to boost your immune system and beat the sickness?

Chances are you probably have. Because, as we all know, keeping your body in good physical health is important. This idea of maintaining good physical health is drilled into us from the day we are born.

Think about it. We are inundated with regular doctor’s appointments, entire sections of stores are devoted to health supplements, we are bombarded by pharmaceutical ads on TV to maintain good physical health, we are taught that physical exercise is critical for our health, and if we do get sick many jobs provide sick leave.

Don’t get us wrong, we think physical health is extremely important but do you know what else is equally important and receives exponentially less attention? Our emotional health and wellness! Which is why every year the entire month of October is dedicated to celebrating and raising awareness of the importance of emotional health and wellness.

As caregivers, focusing on our own mental and emotional health is critical but often overlooked. We get so overtaken but taking care of our loved ones that we forget to take care of ourselves. Even worse, we feel guilty for wanting to take time for ourselves.

We get it. We truly get how you feel, but we are here to tell you that you need to stop feeling that way. After all, if you can’t take care of yourself how can you take care of someone else?

Caregiving is emotionally draining and the longer you ignore your emotional health, the potentially more dangerous it can be for you or your loved one, but thinking of ways to mend your emotional health can be difficult. To help you, we have gathered our top 8 favorite ways to stay emotionally and mentally healthy. Keep reading. We hope you enjoy!

Get Your ZZZ’s
Have you ever gotten so tired that your brain just won’t work no matter how hard you try? Or you can’t control your emotions? If you answered yes, then you have first-hand knowledge of how important sleep is. In fact, sleep deprivation has been proven to lead to emotional instability, a compromised immune system and cognitive dysfunction. To ensure you remain emotionally and physically healthy, doctors recommend at least 7-9 hours of sleep every night for adults.

Get Social
Staying emotionally healthy isn’t always hard work. In fact, one of the most important things you can do for your emotional health is to go out and have a good time with your friends. Go to a concert, see a movie, grab dinner and drinks, just have fun with your friends. According to research, positive social interactions not only boost your mood but also challenge your brain and improve memory function.

Know the Signs of Caregiver Stress and Take a Break
Caregiving is stressful and there’s no getting around it. The important part is to beat stress before it gets out of hand. To do this, you need to have a good understanding of the signs and symptoms of caregiving stress. These include:

  • Feeling overwhelmed or constantly worried
  • Being overly tired
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Quick to anger and irritation
  • Appetite changes

When you notice any of these, we recommend taking a break from caregiving and spending some time on yourself as soon as possible.

Get Fit
Yes, we know this seems more like a way to enhance your physical health, but exercise is known to create endorphins that help increase your mood and emotional health. Find a form of physical activity you love and set fitness goals. Working towards your goals will motivate you and help you feel good emotionally and physically.

Cut out Negativity
We all know a negative Ned or Nancy. You know those people who just drag your spirit down every time you are around them. You don’t need to cut them out of your life completely but what you should do is make your time with them minimal. Their negative attitude can greatly affect your emotional health and wellness.

Find a Support Group
Having a good group of friends to go out with will be a lot of help, but it is also important to consider finding a support group of people that share the same professional experience as you. You can share stories, garner professional wisdom and get emotional support from your peers. Here’s a good list of resources to get you started.

Don’t Feel Guilty
A common misconception amongst caregivers is that it’s a bad thing to want to do stuff for yourself. We understand that doing stuff for yourself may make you feel selfish or guilty but you should put those thoughts out of your head as fast as you can. It’s ok and important for your emotional health to do so.

Ask for Help
Wiser Home Care Services understands how draining caring for a loved one can be. We strongly believe that to be an effective and patient caregiver one must take care of oneself. No matter how much we love the people we are caring for and may want to care for them, it is still necessary to have breaks.

To help alleviate the stress, Wiser Home Care Services offers in-home respite care so the family can take care of other responsibilities and obligations or just have some down time to recharge.

Wiser Home Care Services can be there overnight so you can sleep, or just a few hours a week so you can:

  • Run errands, shop or exercise
  • Spend time with friends
  • Attend meetings or activities
  • Make a doctor or hair appointment
  • Enjoy much deserved quiet time

If you care for an elderly loved one and would like help developing a care plan of any kind, please feel free to contact us. Wiser Home Care Services can help your family establish a care plan to personally accommodate your loved one’s needs and help prevent falls and fall-related injuries.

The Wiser Home Care Services Guide to Active Aging in 2017

The Wiser Home Care Services Guide to Active Aging in 2017

“I’m too old for that.”

The older we get the easier it becomes for us to mutter those 5 words. At times, the phrase is simply used as an excuse to refrain from doing something we would rather not, but there are many times that we legitimately feel like we are too old for it.

Society itself has also been guilty of perpetuating the falsehood that as we age we need to do less and are ‘limited’ in our abilities. This is often called ageism.

Fortunately, there are organizations in place that work diligently to promote active aging and squash ageism. One such organization is the International Council on Active Aging (ICAA).

The organization works tirelessly to challenge society’s “diminished expectations of aging by showing that, regardless of age or health conditions, adults over 50 can live as fully as possible in all areas of life—physical, social, spiritual, emotional, intellectual, vocational and environmental.”

In addition, they founded Active Aging Week, a weeklong campaign in September that raises awareness of the positivity of aging, was founded by the ICAA.

According to the ICAA website, the entire objective to Active Aging Week is to “give as many older adults as possible the means to experience wellness activities and exercise in a safe, supportive environment.”

Since the 2017 Active Aging Week happens to be this week, September 23-30, we thought it would be a perfect time for us to discuss Wiser Home Care Services’ top 6 ways to help your elderly loved one age actively.

Join a Senior Friendly Gym
Joining a senior friendly gym will allow your elderly loved one to remain healthy by working out in a comfortable and non-intimidating environment. Many gyms also offer senior-centered group exercise sessions that focus on senior-friendly, safe exercise. In addition to staying healthy, the gym provides a community of other seniors to spend time with.

Don’t Make a Habit of Sleeping in Too Long
We get it, your entire life you had to wake up to an alarm to go to work and now that you’re retired you want to sleep in. Sleeping in every once in a while is good but once you have caught up on your sleep you may find yourself wanting to wake up early. In retirement, you get to enjoy those early morning hours instead of rushing out the door.

Go Out and Meet People
As we age, it can sometimes become more difficult to go out and when that happens, loneliness and depression can easily strike. We urge our elderly clients to make it a point to go out and meet people. There’s many ways your elderly loved one can do this. They could join a club, go to a Bible study, frequent the local Senior Center, go to game nights, etc.

Keep Your Brain Strong
Keeping your brain active and working is an important aspect of healthy aging. You could encourage your elderly loved one to attend some college classes, join an arts program, or work on brain games. Whatever they decide, it is important to exercise that brain.

Volunteer at a Local Non-Profits
After retirement, many elderly loved ones struggle to feel like their life has meaning anymore. To combat this, we suggest finding a local non-profit that aligns with your loved one’s values and recommending that they volunteer at it.

Try Something New
It’s never too late to find a new hobby or passion in life. Trying new things will help your elderly loved one age actively, have fun and learn something in the process.

As always, if you care for a loved one, and would like help developing a care plan of any kind please feel free to contact us. We can help your family establish a care plan to personally accommodate your loved one’s needs.

10 Fun Fall Activities to Do With Your Loved One

Everyone has their own definition of when “Fall” starts. Some will say Fall starts when school starts or when the leaves start to fall on a regular basis. Others will say it ‘starts’ on September 1st, considering that’s when Starbucks starts offering Pumpkin Spice Lattes and big chain stores remove Back-to-School displays and put up Halloween displays. No matter where you fall on the spectrum, the officially recognized first day of Fall for 2017 is September 22.

That’s right, we made it! It’s officially officially Fall!

We all have our favorite seasons, and we must admit that while Summer is our personal favorite season, Fall is a close second. What is your favorite season?

According to a recent survey, it is highly likely that Fall is. In fact, the survey found that America’s favorite season is Fall, with 29% of respondents claiming that Fall is their favorite season compared to only 7% claiming Winter is their favorite season. When you consider the fact that Fall weather is cooler but not cold and still consistently dry, it really is no surprise that it is a favorite season and perhaps even the best season for outdoor activities.

So, while you pack away the tank tops and flip flops of Summer, and bring out the sweaters and closed toed shoes for Fall, we thought we would share our 10 favorite Fall activities to do with our elderly loved ones.

Decorate Your Loved One’s Living Space with Them
Decorating your elderly loved one’s house or living space with them in a fun Fall theme is a great way to make fun memories and festively liven up their living space. This is especially fun for loved ones who have trouble traveling outside of their living space but still want to be festive.

Work on a Jigsaw Puzzle
As we get later into Fall, the chances of rain will increase. Working on a Fall-themed jigsaw puzzle is a great rainy day activity that also helps the cognitive function of your loved one.

Go for a Walk
Very few things beat a walk on a nice Fall day. The variety of colors, crispness in the air and the falling leaves make for an unforgettable time.

Visit the Pumpkin Patch
This is an absolute must in the Fall time. Grab some hot cider and go pick your favorite pumpkin to carve at a local farm. If you’re lucky they may even offer hayrides making the pumpkin patch a 3 for 1: Pumpkin, Hay ride, cider!

Watch a Football Game
If you love sports, then you already know that Fall is synonymous with Football season and Football season is synonymous with Tailgating Season! Many high schools play under the lights on Friday, or you could go watch a Semi-Pro or even Pro NFL game with your elderly loved one.

Go Leaf Hunting
With all the colors of the falling leaves, Fall is a great time to take your loved one leaf hunting for some Fall foliage. The bounty from this hunting expedition can be used to make cool Fall crafts.

Do Some Fall Crafts
Another great rainy day activity is to do some Fall crafts. You could press Fall leaves, make a Fall centerpiece, paint or draw a Fall landscape and even more. Visit our Pinterest page for some fun ideas.

Bake Some Fall Food
Fall food is some of the best. You’ve got Apple and Pumpkin pie, candy apples, butternut squash soup, fresh priced cider, pumpkin bread, chili and more. Not only will eating the food be fun but spending time cooking it with your loved one will make some great memories.

Watch a Fall Movie
With Halloween around the corner, it is the perfect time to watch your loved one’s favorite scary movie. If they aren’t into horror films, there are a lot of Fall movies outside of that genre as well.

Go to a Bon Fire
Crisp fall nights are perfect for a nice bon fire and stories around the fire. You never know what you might learn from your loved one during a chat around the fire.

Whatever Fall activity you decide to do with your elderly loved one, Wiser Home Care Services can help. If you care for a loved one and would like help developing a care plan of any kind please feel free to contact us. We can help your family establish a care plan to personally accommodate your loved one’s needs.