Tips to Combat Senior Loneliness this Valentine's Day

by: Melanie Farley

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner it’s safe to say that love is in the air! At Northeast Adult Day Care, we have clients who have been married 60+ years, and we are honored to witness their love and commitment, but Cupid’s holiday can also conjure sad memories for seniors celebrating alone.

For seniors who have recently lost a partner, or who have been single for a long time, Valentine’s Day can be an especially lonely and isolating holiday, but it doesn’t have to be. Read on for our tips to combat senior loneliness this Valentine’s Day.

 

Immunity Boosting Tips for Seniors (and Everyone) this Winter

by: Melanie Farley

As the weather drops into freezing temperatures, more and more people start to get sick, and the ongoing challenges of the COVID19 pandemic only exacerbate the issue. Seniors are especially at risk for severe illness during the winter months since our immune systems weaken with age.

That’s why it’s especially important for seniors to be prepared for cold and flu season. Let’s explore some tips to make the winter season happier and healthier!

 

Simple New Year's Eve Party Ideas Seniors Will Love  

by: Melanie Farley

The new year brings us a time to reflect on our past and celebrate the possibilities of the future. It seems to sneak up on us amidst all the other holidays: Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, and more, so we may leave plans for new year’s celebrations on the back burner.

Those caring for older loved ones might also be stumped about how to plan a New Year’s Eve party that includes your senior loved one. Even though your senior has experienced many New Year’s Eve celebrations, there’s no reason you can’t have a party that the whole family can enjoy!

Read on for 3 New Year’s Eve Party Ideas Seniors Will Love!

 

A Message of Gratitude from Our Founders 

by: Vlada Rubarkh & Anna Ufberg 

When times are challenging, it can be difficult to find space in your heart for gratitude, but it is during tough times that giving thanks is even more powerful and necessary. 2020 gave us COVID19 lockdowns and all the worry and stress that came with navigating such a serious public health crisis.

Then 2021 brought its own challenges as we re-opened our doors and witnessed the cognitive and physical decline that our clients experienced while they were away. Still, we never lost faith in our community of clients, staff, caregivers, and friends. Read on for our message of gratitude.

Aquatic Therapy for Seniors: 3 Major Benefits 

by: Melanie Farley

Eating a healthy diet, socializing, and exercising regularly are three pillars for staying healthy in mind, body, and soul. Unfortunately, as we age, it becomes difficult to maintain all three. And, while you might be able to find social activities and access nutritious food, what can you do if exercising is painful due to arthritis or other physical ailments? Well, the answer could be aquatic therapy.

One study found that aquatic exercise has similar cardiovascular and musculoskeletal benefits for older people as land-based exercise. Aquatic exercise in a warm, shallow pool is also safer for seniors because it reduces the risk of a deadly fall, something that happens to one third of elderly folks in the U.S. at least once a year. So, what are some of the benefits of aquatic therapy, and it is right for you or your loved one? Read on for 3 benefits of aquatic therapy.

 

Why Seniors Should Lift Weights 

by: Melanie Farley

 

When you think of strength training, you might have an image of a huge, muscle-clad man like Arnold Schwarzenegger, but elderly people can benefit from lifting weights, too. In fact, adding resistance training into a senior’s daily routine can have a myriad of benefits for the body and mind.

By the age of 70, the average adult has lost about 25 percent of their muscle mass, mostly due to inactivity. Any exercise can reverse muscle loss and build strength, but weightlifting, strength training, and resistance training are best. In this article, we’ll discuss some of the benefits of strength training for older adults, and we’ll go over a few simple exercises that your senior can start right away!

What Is An Adult Day Center? And Is It Right for You or Your Loved One?

by: Vlada Rubarkh RN, BSN - Program Director at Northeast Adult Day Care

 

In 2016, there were about 4,600 adult day centers with more than 286,000 participants, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. Adult day centers are also the most affordable long-term care solution for seniors and disabled adults who need help with daily activities.

You might be wondering, what exactly is an adult day center?  What kinds of services are usually offered? And, how do you know if and adult day center is right for you or your loved one? In this article, I’ll answer these questions and more!

How To Improve Your Memory - At Any Age! 

by: Melanie Farley  

 

As we get older, some age-related memory loss is to be expected, and as long as that memory loss isn’t debilitating, it isn’t a cause for concern. Still, it can be frustrating to walk into a room and forget why you went in there, or to temporarily forget the name of your childhood best friend.

The good news is, when it comes to the brain, you can teach an old dog new tricks. That’s thanks to the brain’s neuroplasticity, which allows you to learn new things, even as you age. It turns out the brain is like a muscle – you’ve got to use it or lose it! That means, with practice, you can improve your memory (and cognitive function) at any age.

But how, you ask? Read on for 3 key elements of a good brain-boosting activity.

Structured Activities That Reduce Depression and Anxiety in Seniors

by: Melanie Farley  

 

Even with the significant progress made with COVID vaccine availability and restrictions being lifted, many seniors are still experiencing increased anxiety, depression, and in some cases, cognitive decline, due to the impact of the quarantine orders.

The good news is, introducing stimulating social activities into a senior’s routine can significantly reduce depression and anxiety by promoting emotional connection, independence, improving motor skills, and more. Need ideas for activities for the beloved senior in your life? Read on for our recommendations, based on what’s popular with our clients.

How To Know a Senior Needs More Care: Tips and Resources for Caregivers 

by: Melanie Farley  

 

As we age, the need for assistance with everyday living is one of life’s hardest truths, and often, it falls to family and caregivers to recognize that an older loved one needs extra help. So, how  do you know when your senior loved one needs more care? And, how can you help your senior get the support they need, while maintaining their independence?

While there’s not a perfect answer to these questions, staying informed about your options can help you identify what’s right for your family. Read on for our tips and resources for caregivers.