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How to Bring Spring Home for Your Assisted Living Loved Ones

With the arrival of spring, it’s the perfect time to enjoy outdoor family activities.  However, for aging loved ones, it can be increasingly difficult to experience the extent of the fun. To help your family members in assisted living, Choice Health Management Services offers these easy tips for bringing the new season’s merriment inside.

Create a Sensory Basket

If your loved ones are not able to go outside, bring it to them with a sensory basket!  By including different types of their favorite flowers, pinecones, and leaves into a fun basket, they can experience the sights and fragrances of spring without additional stress.  To personalize the experience, include individual touches. For example, if your family member was a farmer, adding soybeans, corn, or soil can make them feel connected to their passion and serve as a reminder of the joys of nature.

Help Them Assemble Vases

When your family comes to visit your loved ones, try doing spring activities with them like creating vases of flowers.  By letting them decorate their own vase and picking some of the flowers you brought along, they can make themselves a beautiful bouquet.  Since this is a family-friendly activity, it is the perfect opportunity to include the grandkids. Not only can they help, but together your family can even make bouquets for other residents to help bring a little spring to their doorstep.

Optimize Their View

If your family member has a window in their room, place a bird feeder or bath outside of it to brighten the atmosphere.  Additionally, placing potted plants outdoors or on their windowsill can help get them into the seasonal mood.  If looking out the window isn’t an option, placing nature scene posters on their walls can transform their room into a spring oasis.

Take Them for a Walk

Fresh air is the best way to experience this time of year with your aging loved ones.  Sitting on a bench, people watching, or feeding geese are the perfect way to connect with your family member.  While on your walk, pick some flowers to bring back to their room so they can take a piece of their excursion with them.

Spring offers a wonderful time for creating treasured memories with your family and friends.  Although it may come with obstacles, experiencing the outdoors together can help you reconnect. If you have questions about how you can make the most of the season for your assisted living loved ones, contact the team at Choice Health Management today.

What You Can Do To Help Prevent Memory Loss

With each passing year, there is new opportunities to make treasured memories with your family. However, if your loved one is having difficultly remembering past events and names, it may be a sign of a larger problem. Last year, an estimated 5.4 million Americans suffered from Alzheimer’s disease. From this, 5.2 million cases were in adults age 65 or older. Although there are no guarantees or cures for Alzheimer’s, certain activities may help improve memory. At Choice Health Management, we take the health of your family to heart. To help slow the effects of memory loss and improve overall health, we offer these key guidelines for your aging loved ones.

Stay Social

According to research done by the MacArthur Foundation, social support can improve the mental performance of seniors as well as increase self-esteem. Joining groups, especially ones that include learning new skills or hobbies, is a way to cultivate a sense of meaning and counter the effects of stress-related disease. Additionally, participating in activities that challenge your brain can aid in sharpening the memory. To start, ask your loved one what activities they are interested in and research local groups or clubs that can help provide assistance. This can be as easy as doing a jigsaw puzzle daily or joining in a local bingo game. All of these efforts may seem small but, by giving purpose and relying on a strong social team, you can help improve both memory and their quality of life.

Keep it Healthy

By placing an emphasis on healthy living, your loved one can improve their physical fitness and brain cognition by receiving vital nutrients. Fruits and vegetables offer sufficient sources of antioxidants and healthy fats from fish, nuts, and whole grains help protect the body from deterioration and reduces the risk of stroke. Additionally, regular exercise is another key practice to staying mentally sharp. This does not have to be extraneous or intense to be effective. Participating in daily walks, yoga, swimming or even gardening can reap vital physical benefits.  By combining proper diet, daily exercises and a consistent sleep schedule, the risk of diabetes, high cholesterol and blood pressure dramatically decreases. From this, you give your loved ones the best possible tools to stay healthy.

Seek Help

Although steps such as a strong diet and proper sleep can aid in increasing fitness and prevent disease, it is not always enough. If you are concerned that your loved one needs additional assistance, Choice Health Management is here to help make the process as easy as possible. Contact our staff today to learn more about our assisted living and memory care services.