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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.