SeniorCare Companions is sponsoring the 17th Annual West End 5k Walk for Alzheimer’s on Saturday, September 7th, 2019

By Craig Escobar-July 18th, 2019

SeniorCare Companions works closely with the ADRC (Alzheimer’s Disease Resource Center) and appreciates everything they do for families affected by Alzheimer’s. The ADRC is a fantastic organization that needs the support of the community at large to fight against Alzheimer’s disease. The annual walk is important to achieve the ADRC’s mission, “A Future Free from Alzheimer’s”. It has been said that the most dangerous place you can be in a war is to not know you’re in a war.  The truth of the matter is that most people have no idea how pervasive Dementia and Alzheimer’s has become and are therefore in a dangerous place.

Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia is now the 6th leading cause of death in the U.S. There are close to 6 million people currently living with Alzheimer’s in the U.S and by the year 2050’ that number is projected to be over 14 million people. In 2019, Alzheimer’s and other dementias will cost the nation $290 billion and by 2050, these costs could easily rise to north of $1.1 trillion dollars. Between the year 2000 and 2017, deaths from heart disease have decreased 9% while deaths from Alzheimer’s disease have increased 145%. Every 65 seconds someone in the U.S develops the disease; it kills more people than breast cancer and prostate cancer COMBINED! 1 in 3 seniors die with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia. These stats are staggering and instead of letting them go in one ear and out the next, we need to take a stand with organizations like the ADRC to fight this disease. SeniorCare Companions stands with the ADRC in their mission to have a future free from Alzheimer’s, will you take a stand as well? If so, spread the word and take part in this great event. Information about the ADRC as well as the 17th Annual West End 5k Walk can be found at: https://www.adrcinc.org/Campaigns/ParticipantPublicLandingPage.asp?CID=1115&CSID=1

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Seniors need attention and love during the holidays, just like everyone else. Unfortunately, some people forget to visit their loved ones during the busiest times of the year. 

Finding ways to take care of seniors during the holidays is extremely important. Doing so involves helping them with their physical, mental, and emotional needs. Let’s look into the ways you can take care of seniors during the holiday season.

Hire a Service

Some seniors might not be able to help themselves with different tasks such as:

  • Mobility to go places
  • Remembering important details and schedules
  • Assistance with motor skills

Whatever you may need, we here at Senior Care Companions can help. We offer various services to help seniors each day. You can find assistants to help them 24/7, or just a few hours of the day.

 

While you should help seniors when you can, you may need professional help. After all, you can’t be at their sides 24/7, so see if you can find a reliable service to look after them.

Plan Fun Activities

Seniors can face boredom during the holidays, especially if they don’t have people to spend time with them. Coming up with fun activities you can do with one another is important to their mental and emotional wellbeing. Potential activities include:

  • Sit down and play board games together
  • Enjoy holiday activities like eating or watching movies
  • Go for a walk through the park

Focus your attention on letting them have fun. Doing so can help you take care of them emotionally and mentally. For example, they could feel happy after the activities or thankful you thought of them.

Seniors can potentially become lonely and depressed during the holidays, so take the time to plan fun activities for them. Doing so can help them overcome the mundane and boring moments in their lives.

Prepare Them Ahead of Time

Some seniors may like to stick with their schedules. If you know seniors like this, you should prepare them before any activities. Some seniors may have health problems, so make sure you accommodate them. 

You can do this in multiple ways such as:

  • Ensure they have a way to safely reach the areas if they have to use wheelchairs
  • Give them specific food if they have dietary restrictions
  • Show them pictures of who they’ll see at the event if they suffer from memory loss

You don’t want to worry them, so make sure you take some time to talk and prepare. This can help them understand the plan and feel comfortable during the activity.

Visit Them Regularly

Often people forget to help seniors with their mental and emotional health during the holidays. If you want to help them during the holidays, just visiting them is an easy way to make their day.

Visiting seniors can help them out in many ways:

  • Allows them to talk with someone
  • Shows them others care about their well-being
  • Help them with tasks or anything else they need

When you visit a senior, you can help them feel happy. You can also help them avoid feelings of loneliness or boredom if they have to live away from home. Even if you have seniors in your life who live on their own, you should visit them during the holidays.

Seniors recognize the time you take to visit them, so they’ll appreciate your efforts.

Ask Them What They Want

Sometimes, people try to make decisions for seniors, so you should communicate when possible. If you communicate with them, you can avoid some problems.

  • Ensure they do something they like and avoid boredom
  • Meet their personal needs and keep them safe
  • Learn more about them and their interests

These points can help you find an activity that will make the seniors happy. You don’t want to drag them to an activity they don’t like, so you need to communicate with them. That way, you can find something you’ll both enjoy. 

 

Some people forget to remember each senior as a person. Make sure you show these seniors you care by asking them what they want. As you do so, you can form stronger relationships with them. 

Final Comments

The holidays give you a great opportunity to show your love to the seniors in your life. Whether you want to help relatives in your family or the local seniors, you can make the holidays better for them.

If you want to help these seniors out, try out the ideas above. If you need assistance in taking care of the seniors in your life, reach out to Senior Care Companions.

Have any Questions? Just give us a call, we would love to help in any way.

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