While we can certainly begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel, the COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on our physical and emotional wellbeing. Months of isolation and physical separation from people we love have taken a toll on many older adults and those they love.
Establish a Routine
Having a set schedule helps establish the tone for the day. Regardless of what the day’s schedule may be, wake 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 other mentally-stimulating activity
- 12 p.m. – Enjoy a nutritious lunch
- Afternoon: An outing, walk, household chores, engagement in a hobby or pastime, etc.
- 5 p.m. – Have dinner
- 6 p.m. – Wind down for the day by watching a movie, reading, listening to music, or doing other sorts of relaxing activities
- 9 p.m. – Get ready for bed
Of course, the routine does not have to be rigidly followed; nonetheless, it serves as the framework to avoid the urge to simply settle into the couch for the day.
Work Out Everyday
Shoot for no less than 15 minutes daily of some type of physician-approved physical activity: riding a stationary bike, walking around the neighborhood or on a treadmill, or following along with a recorded exercise program. Include some balance and stretching exercises as well to strengthen muscles and help protect against falls.
Reach Out to Others
Even with physical distancing requirements in place, social connection is crucial. We know that isolation is incredibly hazardous to an older adult’s health, and it is crucial that socialization be a priority. Safe choices to stay connected include chatting with other people through social networking or other online platforms, making use of virtual meeting software like Zoom or Skype to “visit” with friends and relatives, and joining online classes, clubs, and support groups. And of course, an in-home caregiver from At Home Care Company is a superb way for seniors to safely enjoy companionship with others. We are also here to help seniors set up and use the necessary technology to stay connected with loved ones. Contact us for details!
Try Something New
Intellectual engagement sparks creativity and helps maintain cognitive functioning. The choices are endless! Learn a new language, play memory and word games online, discover a hobby that you’ve always wanted to try. Reward yourself for your successes, too!
Take Time to Relax
Anxiety and depression are spiking due to the pandemic, in individuals of all ages. Overcome mental health issues by getting an adequate amount of sleep, spending time participating in relaxing activities every day, and getting outdoors whenever possible. Simply sitting on the porch and listening to the birds can be incredibly uplifting and calming.
At-Home Care Company is always here to help improve the physical and emotional wellbeing of seniors as well as family caregivers. Our respite care services let family members take time off from caregiving responsibilities for self-care. Seniors also discover an enhanced quality of life through our wide range of home care services. A win-win! Call us at 515-292-2650 to learn more about how we can help enhance senior living in Waukee, IA and the surrounding communities.