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ElderLink Shares How Volunteering Can Help Seniors as They Age

As we age, it’s common to establish retirement goals. Most people don’t want to be swallowed in their world of isolation during their golden years. So, they choose to sink themselves in activities and hobbies they enjoy the most.

If you have not been planning towards retirement, it’s not too late to start. It’s wise to avoid scenarios and circumstances that breed isolation as we age. Many seniors do not have a hard time settling for an activity they love or anything that catches their interest. While you ponder over these thoughts and try to fix your mind on the best route to take upon retirement, it’s wise to explore many options. One of them is volunteering. Have you thought of giving back to the community?

There is a connection between seniors and volunteering says
ElderLink.org, because many of them would like to engage in activities that give them a sense of fulfillment and joy.  Even more than that, seniors who volunteer enjoy some health benefits which significantly impact their well being. Here are some of the benefits.

  • Bridge the generational gap

Many seniors find it challenging to connect and relate with younger ones. This is because of the generational gap. Hence, when seniors volunteer with kids and younger adults, chances are they are going to learn to look at life from a different perspective. Also, younger ones can learn a lot about life from their wealth of experience the senior offers as well.

  • It helps to improve self-esteem

The satisfaction derived from making a difference, and putting a smile on the face of another is more than enough to increase the self-worth of many seniors as some may feel left out from the happenings in the world around them. The impact of volunteering on mental health is enormous.

FIVE IMPORTANT REASONS IT MAKES SENSE TO VOLUNTEER

  1. Healthy body, healthy mind – Studies show volunteering is good for both our bodies and our minds. Among other benefits, volunteering can reduce stress, improve mood, help prevent loneliness and lower the risk of developing high blood pressure. So, for older adults with physical ailments, volunteering can make you feel better.
  2. Trying new things – Volunteering allows older adults to stay active. Whether reading to school children, visiting with patients in the hospital or baking dog treats for a local shelter, volunteering offers an array of opportunities to try new things.
  3. Leaving a legacy – Older adults often think about how they have contributed to the world and what mark they will leave behind. Volunteering gives a sense of purpose, while simultaneously making a positive difference in the world by improving the life of another.
  4. Connecting with others – Forging connections with people is part of what makes us human. Volunteering provides more opportunities to connect with different types of people. Communities large and small are always in search of intergenerational opportunities for residents, such as working in a community garden with a group of Eagle Scouts or writing cards to soldiers with a local youth group.
  5. It’s enjoyable – When a senior who volunteers at the library was asked why volunteering is important to her, she said, “It’s fun, and it gives me something to do. ”She’s right; being a small part of something much larger than yourself is just plain fun.
  6. Bottom line, it helps seniors to stay active – So important Seniors engage in activities that can help them to remain physically active when possible. Most volunteering activities include walking, talking, stretching, and other physical activities that encourage seniors to become mentally alert and physically fit.

  • Helps seniors to grow in knowledge and experience

Let’s face it, you are never too old to learn new things. Personal growth is one of the many benefits of volunteering for seniors. Aging should not prevent you from expanding your horizon and gaining experience about new ways of living. More so, it will help you to meet with others who share your interests and goals.

Volunteering is a great way to make new friends, see the world through a different pair of glasses, and one of the best ways to reach for more exceptional accomplishments as you age. ElderLink.org can help you discover various senior living options and facilities that will enable you and your loved one to achieve a sense of accomplishment.

Contact us today and find out how much easier life can be for a senior family member when you are dealing with the oldest and most respected senior referral service in California. 1-800 613-5772 or click this link and tell us how the experts can best assist you and your needs?

Tips for Making Your Bathroom Senior Friendly

We spend a lot of time in the bathroom. In a sense it can be a fun place to be, we make ourselves look good, feel clean and fresh and so much more. But as we grow older, it may become quite dangerous. We get scared of missing a step and falling to the ground, slipping and falling in the shower or bath, and the list goes on. But the bathroom doesn’t have to be a stressful place as we grow older. Safety is essential for senior living and primary consideration when designing a bathroom or doing remodeling in your home. This post will discuss some tips for making your bathroom senior friendly.

  • Consider grab bars

Grab bars are placed in the bathroom to offer sturdy support to the elderly. Thus, allowing them to move freely. The best places to install these grab bars in the bathroom are around the shower, sink, or on either side of the toilet. While doing this, avoid using cold, sterile rods for installing the bars. Fortunately, these bars can be designed to fit the existing décor of your home. You can even use textured handles for more gripping and many of them have a bit of a designer look, no longer sticking out like a sore thumb.

  • Make it non-slippery

A bathroom can become slippery when it’s wet. However, you can prevent elderly falls before they happen. When retiling your floor, consider anti-skid tiling, or you can apply some anti-slip coating to your existing floor if you don’t want to rip out the old flooring. You should definitely use it in the bathtub or shower where elderly falls are most common.

  • Redesign your shower

A conventional shower can trigger an elderly fall. To make your bathroom senior-friendly, consider a wheel-in or walk-in shower design. This applies to tubs as well. It will prevent slips and falls in the elderly.

  • Shower seats

Some seniors have mobility issues and have difficulty moving around in the bathroom. Therefore, consider including a shower seat in addition to the grab bars. You can either build it into the existing shower or separately. Fortunately, it can be matched with the specific needs of a loved one.

Aside from remodeling your existing bathroom design to become senior-friendly, there are other safety measures you can take, such as:

  • A telephone mounted on the wall of the bathroom close to the shower/bath and in a location where a person can reach it if they were on the ground.
  • Ensure the bathroom door can be easily opened from both sides
  • Proper lighting is essential. A brightly lit bathroom will assist a senior to see clearly, especially if they remove their glasses to shower or bath. Ensure all bulbs are functional
  • Finally, there are plenty of steps to preparing your bathroom to become safe for senior citizens. Spend a moment in your bathroom and seriously look around, what is helpful and what’s a hazard.

These are only a few ideas, the ones we see as most essential, but we are sure if you take the time to look inside your bathroom and consider what could be harmful in any way, you will find others that require your attention.

When it is time to consider senior living for a family member, https://www.elderlink.org/ should be your first choice. We are the oldest and best rated Senior Livings Referral Agency in all of California. One call does it all, 800 613-5772

ELDERLINK SHARES TIPS FOR CELEBRATING NEW YEAR WITH SENIORS

Hurray! The New Year is here again!! A time filled with excitement, joy, anticipation, and merriment. Seniors and young ones alike would want to make the most of this season. When planning such celebrations that include the elderly, there are specific care measures you need to consider. If you are searching for tips for enjoying a safe and fun-filled New Year with your aged parent, you have come to the right place. These tips will guide you to enjoy this holiday with the elderly.

  • Host a senior-friendly New Year’s Eve party

Instead of fighting the crowd at festivals and carnivals on New Year’s Eve, why not host one? Depending on your budget, you could host a great party for the holiday in your home where family members will gather to drink and make merry. You could make it more senior-friendly by introducing activities, games, and toast that they can easily participate in and enjoy. Making a senior family member feel special is a Christmas present they will always remember.

  • Limit the noise

One of the downsides of taking seniors to outdoor shows and parties during New Year’s Eve is the massive fireworks, poppers, and other displays that showcase frightening scenes and make a lot of noise. These can be disturbing for most seniors, especially those struggling with vision loss, mental impairment and a history of being a bit shy.

  • Make New Year Resolutions

During the New Year’s get together parties, seniors could play games with younger ones, challenge, motivate themselves, and makes goals for the New Year. They could also discuss their plans for 2020 and make resolutions as well. Family members could also remind each other of previous resolutions jokingly. This may also be a good time to talk about all the parties and events going on at senior living facilities, a calm conversation about never being alone not just during the holidays but every day is a safe subject. Elderlink.org has all the information you require to answer any question a senior family member may have.

  • Introduce theme parties

Seniors with excellent mobility can enjoy themed parties that include games that are more physical or even a theme party where they have to dress according to the theme, could be an all-white party or cowboy attire. For seniors who like to shake their bodies, a dance party would be appropriate, while a dinner night would be best for senior foodies.

You can celebrate the end of one year and the beginning of another in various exciting ways. Family members and caregivers understand the needs of seniors better so they can plan the best senior-friendly party this season. Need more information give us a call, 800 613-5772 let the experts help.

TRANSITIONING INTO AN ASSISTED LIVING COMMUNITY, ELDERLINK HAS THE RIGHT ADVICE

Elderlink knows you want to care for your aged parents and show them more than enough affection because we cherish them. But there are times this is almost impossible because they might be suffering from a age-related condition and need specialized care in an assisted living facility.

HERE ARE SOME STEPS TO FOLLOW THAT MAY MAKE IT A BIT EASIER FOR BOTH OF YOU

First, you should expect some level of resistance from your aged parents. They might feel you are taking them to an assisted living facility because they are becoming a burden to you. Your elderly loved one might fail to understand the various benefits that are associated with living in such a community that fosters senior care. These posts will enable you to know what to do so that the transition process can be a smooth one for them.

  • Let your aged parents remain in control

No matter the level of objection from them, don’t ever let them out of the decision-making process. Help them to see the significance of the move, but never force it. Remember, your aged parents are the ones to live in the facility, not you. You need to allow them to be in control. The more you involve them in the process, the more the transition will be smoother for them. We understand is some cases this is simply impossible, but always attempt to keep them in the decision-making process when possible.

  • Give them enough time

Don’t expect to check your parents into an assisted living after one week of informing them. They need enough time to assimilate and understand what lies ahead of them. The fact is that life might take a different twist for them because they are moving to a different environment.

  • Work closely with the staff

The team at ElderLink and the staff at the assisted living facility are well trained. You can rely on their expertise. Ask them anything that concerns you regarding the move. Most facilities provide extra support and guidance to families. They can also assist your aged parent to transit quickly into the facility.

  • Help them to downsize

This is one of the biggest challenges many families face when trying to help an aged parent relocate to a facility. It’s challenging to convince them to dispose of a large portion of their personal belongings. Don’t rush it. Consider going to the facility and having  your parents sit in the room and get a feel for how much space there is and let them take the first run and trimming down what they can. The facility can help you and your family members to understand the right number of belongings that are allowed into an assisted living unit.

Transiting into a facility is never an easy process for the elderly. However, you can make it easier for them with the tips discussed in this guide. ElderLink.org is the oldest Senior Referral Service in California, we have helped thousands of families like yours. Here is why we are the number one choice when choosing a service to make this transition go much smoother. Experience, consideration sprinkled with a little love tells our story. 1-800–613-5772 or click this link to get to our website filled with all the information you will need https://www.elderlink.org/

HOW TO WARD OFF SENIOR DEPRESSION SAFELY

ELDERLINK HAS THE ANSWERS YOU WILL APPRECAITE

Senior depression is not a new phenomenon. Research has shown that depression is most common among the elderly who may suffer from other ailments or medical conditions. For most people, the feeling of depression and loneliness is a part of the aging process. Irrespective of the cause of depression, you can help your aged loved ones overcome the challenge and live a healthier and happy life again. ElderLink.org suggest you follow these tips to learn more.

  • Don’t wait to be informed.

If you notice your senior loved one is nursing the feeling of worthlessness, depression, not talking to anyone, withdrawing from social activities and interactions, or finding it difficult to concentrate, you should not attribute these to age alone. Also, you don’t have to delay until your aged parent calls for help. Most seniors do not understand how depression feels and may not be able to identify it until it has gotten worse.

  • Help them rediscover the purpose of life

Most times, the elderly need to re-discover the purpose of life, if they choose to fight off depression successfully. This could be anything that gives them joy and a sense of belonging. You need to talk to your aged loved one and find out the things that quickly sparks their interests, what motivates them to get out of bed in the morning? Sometimes we feel we know what they are thinking only to find out after asking them we were incorrect in our assumptions. A meaningful purpose could also be anything that brings them a sense of fulfillment. Once you know these, find out the best way to incorporate them into their daily activities.

  • Help them make the most of social media platforms

Social media is always bubbling with fun and excitement that one can hardly have time to be bored when active on any of these platforms. Some feel it would to hard to teach a parent or the parent will say I am to old to learn that. In today’s digital age there are inexpensive digital devices where a person can post pics, write stories, one on one text or surf the web using voice commands. When you help your parents stay connected to these platforms, you will discover how easy it will make them adapt to their environment, ward off depression, and make new friends.

  • Offer them plenty of choices

Mobility comes with freedom. Hence, when many seniors lose such freedom, they quickly become depressed and lack concentration. But if you can help them regain control over their daily chores, it will help them feel as though they were still in charge of affairs, especially within the home.

Simple travel is an Uber away. Many may fear using a drive service, show them how easy it is to order one and possibly go with them on their first ride to see how safe and easy it can be to get around the local community for a small amount of money.

Depression is a severe illness. Fortunately, it is not without a solution. Use these tips to help your aged parents cope with depression. If you need advice on senior care placement for your aged mom or dad, contact us! Simply click here and you can call or request additional information www.elderlink.org 800-613-5772