Getting ready for the New Year can be challenging and stressful… We typically set goals with things in mind we’d like to accomplish and most of us make New Year’s resolutions- some that are easily obtained and others that may be very hard to accomplish. We suggest keeping things as simple as possible to avoid overwhelming yourself. For our seniors, we recommend some healthy goals and resolutions.
- Eat more fruits and vegetables, add some whole grains and low fat dairy options.
- Don’t skip your doctor appointments- Seeing your provider on a regular basis allows you to stay on top of your health.
- Try a multivitamin- Over the counter multivitamins are a great way to help supplement some of the nutrients your body may be missing.
- Be active (or as active as you are able to be).
- Avoid falls- Falls are a leading cause of injury and death in seniors. Talk to your provider about any medications you are taking that may cause you dizziness or make you more likely to fall. Insert grab bars and a shower chair in your tub or shower along with night lights through your home. If you think your home needs a safety check, give us a call! We will come to your home and conduct a safety check for free!
- Stay mentally active- Try word puzzles, spend some time reading, or maybe join a local bridge or bingo club.
- Stay socially active- The bingo club mentioned above is a great way to stay socially active- The local Elks Lodge in Green Valley hosts a fun afternoon of Bingo every Tuesday at 1 pm- we highly recommend checking it out- We’ve had a great time playing and have had the opportunity to make some awesome friends as well! You may also enjoy volunteering at the local animal shelter or the White Elephant. You may also try becoming involved in a local church of your preference.
- Try a new hobby- Grab a canvas, some paint and a brush to create your own masterpiece. Maybe try different kinds of arts and crafts… Tucson hosts a ‘paint night’ every week or so that is incredibly fun and rather inexpensive. Grab a friend or family member to enjoy a night a painting with great company.
If you’re setting a New Year’s resolution this year, be sure it’s something achievable and don’t get down on yourself if you find that it sometimes becomes a bit challenging- remind yourself how important this goal may be to you and why you’re doing it to help you stay on track. If you have any questions or would like more information about anything in this post, don’t hesitate to reach out!
Here’s to making 2019 a great year!
Southern Arizona Eldercare
We’d like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas!
We’d love to especially let our clients, their families and our caregivers know how valuable and special they are to us! We hope everyone’s holiday is filled with love and joy!
Cheers! Southern Arizona Eldercare
Santa came early to Southern Arizona Eldercare to drop off gifts to our amazing caregivers!!!
All of our caregivers are so incredibly awesome and hardworking! We are so lucky to have each and every one of you!!
Christmas continues to get closer and although you may be very busy during this time, give yourself a break to make sure you’re mentally healthy! With everything going on during this time of year, it’s good to check in with yourself in order to be there for your loved ones. Here at Southern Arizona Eldercare, we did some research and came up with a few things that we think can benefit just about anyone.
1. Recognize your feelings- This time of year can be extremely hard for many people- you may have recently lost a loved one which makes celebrating the holidays hard, but give yourself time to grieve. Since everyone grieves in their own way, find what works best for you (hopefully a safe solution) and engage in what makes you feel better.
2. Get Help/Reach out- If you’re feeling isolated or lonely, be sure to reach out to someone. Have a good support group in which you can rely on to help you through any tough time you’re having. You may also want to volunteer- giving back can most definitely lift your spirits and help you make some new friends.
3. Take a little time for yourself- You don’t want to isolate yourself too much but a little time to yourself can be good- Maybe take a quiet walk, listen to some relaxing music, read a book or treat yourself to a massage.
4. Plan- Rather than run around at the last minute, try to plan ahead. Create a list of gifts you need and stores you need to go to in order to help things go a little smoother. This also applies for cooking during the holidays- make sure you’ve got all the ingredients necessary to avoid running to the store at the last minute. Don’t forget about online shopping either!
5. Be realistic- Not every holiday is going to go just as planned and some of the traditions you’re used to may change.
6. Say no- Some of your friends and family may be pulling you in a million different directions, wanting to do certain activities. If you’re tired and overwhelmed, politely tell them you’ll pass on a specific outing. Explain to your friend or family member what you’re going through, tell them to have a good time and maybe you’ll have a little less on your plate next time.
Finally, if you’re feeling so overwhelmed that nothing you’ve tried has helped and you’re at your wit’s end, seek professional help. Despite your best efforts, you may still be feeling sad and depressed at professional help could most definitely benefit you. If you need any help finding a professional or need any kind of companionship please don’t hesitate to reach out to us- If we can’t help directly, we can certainly point you in the right direction.
Southern Arizona Eldercare
With Christmas in less than two weeks, we thought we’d put together a list of great gifts for seniors. The following list consists of items that are not only functional, but also wonderful things to receive.
Heating pad wrap for neck and back
Arthritis bottle opener
Toilet bowl night light- these come in a variety of colors and will help guide the way in the middle of the night.
Easy twist grip jar opener
Full page magnifying glass reader
Talking button clock- This is a large “button” that when pushed announces the current time.
Automatic jar opener- If your loved one may not have the strength to use an easy twist grip opener, this could be a great alternative.
Dementia day clock- Large print clock which displays not only the current time, but also day and date.
LED bed lights- These lights go under and around the bed to give light in the middle of the night.
Foldable walking cane
Wireless headphone system- Great for someone who is hard of hearing- Many headphone systems are programmable with a television, allowing your loved one to enjoy thier favorite tv program.
Folding tv tray
Magnetic necklace clasp
Motion sensor light switch- Allows your loved one to turn on the light simply by walking in front of the light switch.
Single serve coffee maker
Roomba robotic vacuum- This automatic vacuum is easy to set up and can vacuum your loved ones floors on a daily basis.
Heated throw blanket
Sock aid- Takes away your loved ones stress in having to bend over to put on socks.
Car swivel seat/Travel aids- The swivel seat allows your loved one to easily get in and out of a vehicle, while a travel aid can be used to help steady them.
Photo Phones- This is a landline phone but rather than having to look for and dial a phone number or remember who is on which speed dial number, your loved one can simply push the button next to the picture of the contact on their phone.
Soup and cracker bowl set
Induction cooktop- These are great because the top of the cooktop does not get hot which not only helps to reduce the risk of burns, but if your loved one accidentally leaves the cooktop on, it’s not going to start a fire.
Smart shopper grocery list organizer- Your loved one speaks to the grocery organizer to create a grocery list. This is a great way to ensure nothing is forgotten at the grocery store.
Meal delivery service- There are a few different services in the Tucson/Green Valley area that deliver either weekly or individual meals to seniors.
Sleep therapy machine
Home satellite radio- Allow your loved one to listen to some of their favorite tunes anytime.
Voice control reminder system
Extension pole grabber
Audio books- These are great for senior who have loved reading but may no longer have the sight needed to read books anymore.
These are just a handful of items we found that we thought would make great gifts for seniors. Most of these items are very affordable and available on Amazon. If you’d like to know more about any of these items please reach out to us!
Thank you so much for keeping up with us! We wish everyone a very Happy Holiday Season!
Southern Arizona Eldercare