It can be hard to muster much enthusiasm for cooking when you’re making meals for one. Why go to the trouble and expense of a three-course meal when a can of soup will do? It’s 6 p.m. and nothing sounds good, so you might as well settle for a cheese sandwich and a cookie – the same thing you had the night before.
Occasional loneliness is a natural part of the human condition and a common challenge of aging. You can expect it to hit you every now and then before fading away without leaving any sort of mark. Pervasive and chronic loneliness, however, can take a significant toll on your mental, emotional, and physical health and diminish your quality of life over time.
Many a wall hanging has been embroidered with the words, “Sing like no one’s listening, love like you’ve never been hurt, and dance like nobody’s watching.” Well, there is another expressive, creative activity that anyone can do, and it also will boost your spirits: writing.
Memory loss can be frustrating and disheartening, not only for the person experiencing it firsthand, but also for their loved ones and caregivers. While the cure for dementia and other memory problems remains elusive, research has demonstrated how education, support, and simple tools, like memory notebooks, can help those on the memory-loss continuum maintain a sense of control and prolong their independence.
Coping with dementia and other forms of memory loss can be confusing and frustrating for both elderly individuals and their loved ones. One of the first obstacles to overcome is accurately identifying the signs of dementia and taking whatever preventative measures are available to deal with it.
As a new activity director, you may wonder how to appeal to the residents in the retirement community. It can be difficult to get everyone involved when they have such different interests, schedules and levels of ability. However, participating in group activities is one of the reasons people are happy in these communities, so making it relevant and interesting is essential.
It’s important to get the right nutrients no matter how old you are. Nutrition plays a key role in how much energy you have and how well you feel overall. You may think that “at your age” you don’t need to worry about what you eat or how much. However, it’s never too late to start eating healthy, and the best way to do that is to track your nutrition.