While we can certainly 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 an ideal time for seniors and family caregivers alike to learn how to best maintain physical health and wellness. Our senior care team has some recommendations to help you get started.
Establish a Routine
Having a set schedule helps set the tone for the day. Regardless of what the day’s plan may be, get up at a specified time and follow a routine. For example:
- 7 a.m. – Get up and ready for the day
- 8 a.m. – Have a wholesome breakfast
- 9 a.m. – Stretching, mindfulness, meditation/prayer, and exercise
- 10 a.m. – Call or video chat with a friend or family member
- 11 a.m. – Work on a puzzle or any other mentally-stimulating activity
- 12 p.m. – Lunch
- Afternoon: An outing, walk, housework, engagement in an activity or pastime, etc.
- 5 p.m. – Dinner
- 6 p.m. – Wind down for the day by watching a movie, listening to music, reading, or doing other sorts of soothing activities
- 9 p.m. – Get ready for bed
Of course, the routine does not need to be rigidly followed; however, it functions as the framework to stop the urge to just settle into the sofa for the day.
Work Out Daily
Strive for no less than 15 minutes every day of some type of physician-approved physical exercise: riding a stationary bike, going for a walk around the neighborhood or on a treadmill, or following along with a recorded workout program. Integrate some stretching and balance exercises as well to strengthen muscles and help protect against falls.
Get in Touch with Others
Even with physical distancing requirements in place, social connection is crucial. We know that isolation is incredibly hazardous to a senior’s health and wellbeing, and it is crucial that socialization be a priority. Safe options to stay connected include chatting with other people through social media along with other online platforms, using virtual meeting software like Skype or Zoom to “visit” with close friends and family, and joining online classes, clubs, and support groups. And, an in-home caregiver from Live Free Home Health Care, one of the top-rated home care agencies serving Bristol, NH and the surrounding areas, is a great way for older adults to safely enjoy companionship with others. We’re also here to help seniors set up and use the necessary technology to remain connected with family members. Call us for details!
Try Something New
Intellectual involvement sparks creativity and helps preserve cognitive functioning. The options are endless! Learn a new language, play word and memory games on the web, discover a new hobby you’ve always wanted to try. Reward yourself for the accomplishments, too!
Take Time to Relax
Depression and anxiety are increasing as a consequence of the pandemic, in people of all ages. Overcome mental health conditions by getting sufficient amounts of sleep, spending time engaging in relaxing activities every day, and getting outdoors whenever feasible. Simply relaxing on the porch and listening to the birds tends to be incredibly uplifting and calming.
Live Free Home Health Care is always available to help enhance the overall physical and mental health of seniors as well as family caregivers. Our respite care services help family members take time off from caregiving responsibilities for self-care. Older adults also discover an enhanced quality of life through our full selection of home care services. A win-win! Email or call us at 603-217-0149 to learn more about our award-winning home care agency serving Bristol, NH and the surrounding communities.