Most of us have heard the term ‘Bucket List’ before, and the first thought that comes to mind might be something extreme or adventurous like skydiving. A Bucket List is supposed to be a list filled with the things that we want to achieve in our lifetime, things that we want to make sure we do so that we don’t have any regrets. We all have things that we would like to achieve, goals, milestones, and experiences that we feel will make our lives feel full and well-lived. For seniors, making a list of the things that they have yet to do but feel will bring them a sense of joy, fulfillment, adventure, or pride can be a wonderful way to motivate them and to remind them that they have a great life left to live. Being older shouldn’t mean that unfulfilled dreams get pushed aside.
Making sure that seniors remain safe and comfortable within their homes through the fall and winter seasons requires that attention be payed to some important factors.
Tea has an incredible history and, for many, is associated with comfort and traditions. The act of sitting down with a cup of tea can be relaxing, grounding, and comforting for many seniors who have enjoyed tea throughout their lives. On top of the positive emotional and calming impacts that drinking tea can have for those who enjoy it, tea itself can also have health benefits that are great for various areas of seniors’ bodies and minds.
A great deal of time, dedication, and hard work is required to learn a new language, and it is easy to get discouraged and not quite see the point of trying so late in life. The reality is, however, that the time and effort that goes in to learning a new language is entirely worth it and can enrich seniors lives in a whole host of wonderful ways.
Sun protection is incredibly important for everyone, but when it comes to seniors there is often an extra vulnerability at play as a result of advanced age and some of the health problems that seniors may be experiencing. Senior skin is more vulnerable to damage, and a sunburn can have a more severe impact on seniors than it might have on younger skin.
Gardening is an activity that allows for creativity, physical movement, interaction with nature, and a whole host of other positive features. Spending time outside working in the garden is a hobby that many seniors enjoy in the warm-weather months, but it can be more than just a fun way to pass the time.
If you have been looking for a good excuse to eat some chocolate, look no further. It turns out that dark chocolate has a whole host of positive health benefits that can be great for seniors and their overall health.
The changes that take place within the body in older age necessitate that seniors consider their food choices and make intentional decisions about the foods they are putting into their bodies. Seniors need to make sure that they are caring for themselves properly, and that their eating habits promote better health. Many aspects of older age, including changes to the physical body, daily routines, abilities, and perceptions, mean not only that the body needs different things, but also that new obstacles are present that might get in the way of a lifestyle of healthy eating.
While it may be true that some seniors have a harder time adjusting to using forms of technology in their lives than those of younger generations, recent years have seen a greater number of seniors learning to use numerous technological tools and resources in their lives. Whether it be to help stay connected to the people, activities, and tasks that are valuable and fulfilling within their lives, or to better manage productivity and behaviours concerning personal care and wellbeing, more seniors than ever are learning to understand and value the contributions that technology can make to helping them live a positive, engaging, and healthy lifestyle. Supporting seniors as they work towards building a better sense of mastery in terms of their capacity to use technology can help to promote feelings of empowerment and can offer the opportunity for seniors to feel a sense of control over their ability to socialize, connect, learn, play, and keep track of the numerous aspects and facets that make up their lives.
Occupational Therapy (OT) is a type of therapy that helps individuals continue to live full, productive, and independent lives by strengthening their ability to perform important activities or ‘occupations’. Occupational Therapy differs from Physical Therapy because OT focuses on cultivating and strengthening the ability to perform daily tasks or activities, while Physical Therapy (PT) focuses on improving physical mobility. The overall goal that exists in Occupational Therapy is to help in the process of building up better self-reliance by working through physical challenges and making environmental adjustments to provide seniors with the best opportunities to continue to take part in the everyday activities that give them a sense of independence, empowerment, and fulfillment in their lives.
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