While we are able to see the light at the end of the tunnel, the COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on our physical and emotional health and wellbeing. Months of isolation and physical separation from family and friends has taken a toll on many older adults and the ones they love.
Now is the perfect time to focus on rebuilding overall mental and physical wellness for seniors and family caregivers. Our senior care team has some recommendations to help you get started.
Establish a Routine
Having an established schedule helps set the tone for the day. Regardless of what the day’s plans may be, get up at a designated time and follow a routine. For instance:
- 7 a.m. – Get up and ready for the day
- 8 a.m. – Have a healthy breakfast
- 9 a.m. – Stretching, mindfulness, meditation/prayer, and exercise
- 10 a.m. – Call or video chat with a family member or friend
- 11 a.m. – Work on a puzzle or other mentally-stimulating activity
- 12 p.m. – Eat a nutritious lunch
- Afternoon: An outing, walk, housework, engagement in an activity or pastime, etc.
- 5 p.m. – Enjoy dinner and pay attention to portions
- 6 p.m. – Wind down for the day by watching a movie, reading, listening to music, or doing other sorts of soothing activities
- 9 p.m. – Prepare for bed
Of course, the routine does not need to be rigidly followed, but it can serve as the framework to avoid the desire to just settle into the couch for the day.
Aim for no less than fifteen minutes each day of some kind of physician-approved physical activity: riding a stationary bike, taking a walk around the neighborhood or on a treadmill, or following along with a recorded exercise regime. Incorporate some stretching and balance exercises as well to bolster muscles and help prevent falls.
Get in Touch with Others
Even with physical distancing requirements in place, social connection is essential. We know that isolation is very hazardous to a senior’s health, and it is essential that socialization be a top priority. Safe choices to stay connected include chatting with others through social networking and other online platforms, making use of virtual meeting software like Skype or Zoom to “visit” with friends and family, and joining online classes, clubs, and support groups. And of course, an in-home caregiver from Home With You Senior Care is a great way for older adults to safely enjoy companionship with others. We’re also here to help seniors set up and make use of the necessary technology to remain connected with loved ones. Call us for details!
Try Something New
Intellectual engagement initiates creativity and helps preserve cognitive functioning. The options 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 achievements, too!
Make Time to Relax
Depression and anxiety are spiking as a consequence of the pandemic, in people of all ages. Combat mental health problems by getting plenty of sleep, spending some time participating in relaxing activities every day, and getting outdoors as much as possible. Simply relaxing on the porch and listening to the birds can be remarkably uplifting and calming.
Home With You Senior Care, a top-rated of home care in Ellicott City, MD is always available to help support overall physical and mental wellness for seniors as well as family caregivers. Our respite care services help family members take time away from caregiving duties for self-care. Senior loved ones also discover an enhanced quality of life through our full range of home care services. A win-win! Reach out to us at 410-756-0959 to set up a free in-home consultation and to learn more about our trusted in home care in Ellicott City, MD and the surrounding communities.