While we are finally able to start to see the light at the end of the tunnel, the COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on our mental health and physical wellbeing. Months of isolation and physical separation from those we love has taken a toll on many seniors and the ones they love.
Now is the perfect time for older adults and family caregivers alike to dedicate time and attention to rebuilding health and physical wellbeing. Our senior care team has some suggestions to help you get started.
Establish a Routine
Having an established schedule helps set the tone for the day. No matter what the day’s agenda may be, wake up at a specified time and follow a routine. For example:
- 7 a.m. – Get up and ready for the day
- 8 a.m. – Have a healthy and balanced breakfast
- 9 a.m. – Stretching, mindfulness, meditation/prayer, and exercise
- 10 a.m. – Call or video chat with a friend or family member
- 11 a.m. – Work on a puzzle or any other mentally-stimulating activity
- 12 p.m. – Lunch
- Afternoon: An outing, walk, housework, engagement in an activity or pastime, etc.
- 5 p.m. – Dinner
- 6 p.m. – Wind down for the day by watching a movie, listening to music, reading, or doing any other sort of soothing activity
- 9 p.m. – Prepare for bed
Keep in mind the routine doesn’t have to be rigidly followed; however, it serves as the framework to avoid the urge just to settle into the sofa for the day.
Strive for no less than a quarter-hour every day of some kind of physician-approved regular exercise: riding a stationary bike, going on a walk around the neighborhood or on a treadmill, following along with a recorded workout program. Incorporate some balance and stretching exercises as well to strengthen muscles and help protect against falls.
Connect with Others
Even with physical distancing requirements in place, social connection is essential. We understand that isolation is very hazardous to a senior’s health and wellbeing, and it’s essential that socialization be a priority. Safe choices to stay connected include talking with other people through social networking as well as other online platforms, making use of virtual meeting software like Skype or Zoom to “visit” with family and friends, and joining online classes, clubs, and support groups. Also, an in-home caregiver from Abby Senior Care, an independently rated, award-winning provider of home care in Lakewood, CO and surrounding communities, is a good way for seniors to safely enjoy companionship with others. We are also available to help seniors set up and make use of the necessary technology to remain connected with loved ones. Contact us for details!
Try Something New
Intellectual engagement sparks creativity and helps preserve cognitive functioning. The choices are infinite! Learn a new language, play memory and word games online, discover a new hobby you’ve always wanted to try. Reward yourself for the positive results, too!
Take Time to Relax and Unwind
Depression and anxiety are spiking because of the pandemic, in people of all ages. Overcome mental health problems by getting a good amount of sleep, spending some time engaging in relaxing activities daily, and getting outdoors whenever feasible. Simply sitting on the porch and listening to the birds can be remarkably calming and uplifting.
Abby Senior Care is always here to help boost the physical and mental health and wellness of seniors as well as family caregivers. Our relief providing respite care services let family members take time off from caregiving duties for self-care. Seniors also discover an increased quality of life through our full range of home care services. A win-win! Email or call us at 303-699-8840 to set up a free in-home consultation and to learn more about our highly rated home care in Lakewood and the surrounding areas.