Thanksgiving is a holiday that is celebrated by the entire family together and an excellent opportunity to express your love and gratitude towards the seniors of the family, your grandparents. Here are some tips from skilled nursing facility Denver caregivers to make the family gathering special for your elderly loved ones:
- Involve them into the preparations – your grandma will surely be happy to help you with time-tested kitchen tricks and to aide with the decoration process, while grandpa spends time with the boys, walking down memory lane;
- Display their favorite decorations – most elderly people have old decorations that are held in great value and that bring back memories that are told over and over again. Use those objects to complete your holiday decorations and to make your grandparents feel really at home;
- Take your grandparents to a place that they wish to see –most elderly people suffer from not being able to visit the places they are interested in because of their limited mobility or their inability to drive. Take your grandparents to see a place they have been longing to see – the weather might be chilly on Thanksgiving Day and during the weekend following it, but spending time and having fun together is surely a heartwarming experience for everyone.
Decreased mobility is among the most severe health issues that affects seniors. The causes are varied and so is the level of the limitation, stroke, arthritis, injuries suffered during previous falls can all cause pain while trying to move the affected limbs or joints, but even so, there are many great and not strenuous activities offered at retirement communities in Denver for seniors that can help them maintain their remaining mobility and that can also improve their quality in life in general.
Here are some:
- Gardening – while the gardening tasks that require strenuous physical movement, such as digging or manual weeding might no longer be recommended, taking care of potted plants kept in the house is a great way to enjoy the beauty of nature without getting exhausted;
- Chair exercises – there are lots of great exercises that can be done sitting in a chair and they are very efficient for improving mobility;
- Get some fresh air every day – taking a short walk around the block or just moving that pack of cards or that chessboard to the table on the porch and playing in fresh air is also great, especially in spring and fall, when the weather is not too hot and not too cold.
Mantra is based on personal experience and holds the power as an individual and unique expression of what you want most.
Mantra is an ancient meditation practice that helps to create a wonderful experience. Sakara, translated by the manifestation of thoughts into things, reflects the idea that we are the ones who can change our own lives; we have the ability to live the life we want.
It is important to remember that there are no right and wrong mantras. To find your own mantra to live by, start by spending half an hour a day with your diary and write about what you want in your life right now. Do not analyze too much and do not judge too intensely; simply allow your thoughts to flow freely. Writing down these thoughts will help you understand more clearly your purpose in life is.
Decide on what idea, goal, concept or emotion you want to focus first. Once you have made this decision in your mind, turn these thoughts into a statement for you. Do a 10 minute meditation each day (meditation can also be done during a walk in the park) and repeat your mantra.
At Rosemark, we hope all our residents and their families find peace, comfort, and happiness, along with good health. ‘This is your time. Live it to the fullest’.