Sitting in front of the television all day may be easy, but it’s not necessarily the best way for your senior to enjoy her day. Having a schedule of activities that she can enjoy and engage in on her own and with help can keep her brain active.
Look at What She Enjoys
The first factor you need to consider is what your senior enjoys doing. If the activity doesn’t give her joy, your senior is not going to want to stick with it. This doesn’t mean that new activities are off limits, of course. Related activities or activities that are even slightly similar might be just as well received.
Look at What She’s Able to Do
Take a look at what your senior is already able to do. If she has specific skills, then those are something you might want to capitalize on. For instance, she may enjoy knitting, but she’s never tried crocheting. This might be a perfect time to give it a try as a new but related activity based on skills she already has.
Assess Whether She Needs Help
Some activities, such as gardening, might be something your senior has enjoyed for a long time but really shouldn’t be doing alone. Setting aside regular times for those activities helps you to make sure that you or someone else, such as home care services providers, can be there for her when she’s likely to want to engage in those activities.
Keep Limitations in Mind
Even if your senior isn’t excited about keeping her limitations in mind, you need to be able to do so for her. For example, if it’s difficult for her to hear well she may need closed-captioning turned on for instructional videos. An elderly family member with arthritis may need to limit how long she performs repetitive activities, such as sewing or knitting. Being able to balance your senior’s schedule can help her continue to enjoy what she’s doing.
Remember that just because your senior starts an activity, that doesn’t mean she has to stick with it. If she hates it or wants to quit, there’s something else she can try.
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In 1995 he became Administrator of Dial-a-Nurse nursing agency, the oldest nursing agency in the Southwest Florida succeeding his mother who started the company 37 years ago. He is also President of Nevco, Inc., an educational healthcare training company begun in 1988.
Mr. Wolfendale has worked with the U.S. Department of Commerce on various Missions to improve the quality of life around the world by development of supportive healthcare programs. In 2005 he traveled with U.S. officials and addressed the Italian National Government assisting in the creation of Nurse Education mandates for that Country. In 2006 he was invited and spoke with the National Institutes of Continuing Education in Eastern Europe on healthcare education and developmental mandates, and most recently represented the United States at the European Union in Lake Balaton, Hungary in 2011. In 2014 he traveled with the U.S. Department of State to Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam in an effort to improve caregiver knowledge and training.
Mr. Wolfendale has worked with a number of non-profits in contributing and creating curriculum to improve the quality of life in third-world countries since 2001, and notably created a successful program in Odessa, India that has been modeled in other areas of the world. In his backyard, he has worked with local Goodwill Industries to provide curriculum and training to underserved individuals who have obtained employment as a result of educational training. He was the Congressional appointment to the Governor's purple ribbon task force in 2013, and has worked to educate caregivers in all aspects of Alzheimer's training.
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