Five Health Benefits Of Social Interactions For Seniors

Health Benefits Of Social Interactions For Seniors     There are many who feel that retirement is the end. It isn’t. It is the beginning of a time in your life when you can truly focus on the things you have always wanted to do. You no longer have a house full of expectant mouths waiting to be fed, or extracurricular activities to shuffle your children to and from. Rest assured, if you still like to cook, there will always be an appreciative mouth to be found. And there are always games and activities which you can attend and enjoy. For those who don’t feel as excited about this time of life, here are a few reasons to stay in the game. KEEP THE MIND SHARP. Whether you are working a jigsaw puzzle, playing euchre, or watching a movie with friends, the mental stimulation is extremely important. Idle minds become slow, foggy, and fuzzy, but a busy mind stays sharp and attentive. KEEP LONELINESS AT BAY. Isolation is the great enemy of aging. To remain young, we must stay engaged. Do anything, just do it with a friend. Having a special activity planned gives you both something to look forward to. It makes the hours pass more quickly to have a sense of expectancy. Make a plan to get out and enjoy life. Sign up for activities in the future so you have something to do, and go find a friend to do it with. KEEP JOY FRONT AND CENTER. Finding something you love to do, and having the time to do it, is what retirement is about. Think...

6 Tips For Caring For Mom In Her Home

Taking Care Of Your Mom At Home With Ease     There are many reasons that you may want to consider in-home care for your mother. Often, it is a simple solution to keep her in comfortable surroundings and ease her mind. Although it is less stressful for her, it may not be for you. You may find yourself overthinking the things that may happen. Here are a few simple considerations that will help with the transition to overseeing Mom’s day.   Understand what is expected. It isn’t easy for Mom to accept help. Don’t smother her or make changes without her participation. You are only there to assist her in continuing her daily life. Make safety your number one priority. The only contradiction to #1 is if safety is concerned. If your mom’s home needs to be updated with bath rails, wheelchair ramps, alarm systems, or clutter needs to be cleared in the name of mobility, then safety wins. Allow her to make the decisions if she is willing, but if she is resistant, the discussion may need to steer toward other options if the home is unsafe. This knowledge may inspire her to make an effort toward safety. Allow your mom the freedom to care for herself where she can. Taking control from her will not endear you to her, and it may facilitate arguments. Be patient. Give her all the leeway you can. Consider yourself more of an overseer while she is capable, and slowly assume responsibility as she relinquishes it or forgets things that need done. Assure her that you are ready and willing to...
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