For older adults who don’t get out of their home much, the days can drag on. They may spend too much time alone with nothing to do. Unfortunately, boredom can have real mental and physical ramifications. For example, people who are bored are more likely to reach for unhealthy snacks because eating is comforting.
Boredom may even trigger depression. And, some studies have shown that people who are chronically bored die sooner than those who are not. If you’re worried that your aging relative spends too much time being bored, a home care provider can help them to relieve boredom.
Below are several things a home care provider can do to help your aging relative enjoy the days.
Playing Board Games and Card Games
Board games and card games aren’t just for children. They are also a great way for older adults to pass the time enjoyably with a friend. Home care providers can be that friend to play games with. Not only are games fun, but they also have health benefits, such as:
- Brain Health: Playing games can help to keep the brain sharp, helping reduce the risk of memory loss and improving brain function.
- Stress Reduction: Enjoying a game can trigger the release of endorphins, which are the body’s “feel good” chemicals.
- Feeling Younger: Playing games can make older adults feel younger, which may result in feeling more energetic.
Outings to Restaurants and Events
For seniors who have trouble getting out of the house on their own, home care can provide the assistance that makes outings possible. Home care providers can drive them to museums, stores, theaters, and restaurants.
Some older adults suffer from low vision as they age, which can make it difficult to read books, magazines, and newspapers. For seniors who once passed their time by reading, being unable to read can be a huge loss. A home care provider can read to them. And, reading with someone else can make the hobby even more enjoyable since it offers them a subject to talk about.
If your aging relative enjoys making crafts, home care providers can offer craft activities for them to do. The home care provider can help with the parts of the craft that may be difficult, like threading a needle or cutting paper or fabric.
Finally, a home care provider can help to cure boredom just by being a friendly source of companionship. Having a home care provider visit gives the senior something to look forward to. Home care providers are someone they can talk to, go for a walk with, or just spend time companionably doing household tasks together.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Home Care Services in Naples FL, call the caring staff at Dial-a-Nurse today. Naples: (239) 307-0033. Ft. Myers: (239) 307-0065.
In 1995 he became Administrator of Dial-a-Nurse nursing agency, the oldest nursing agency in the Southwest Florida succeeding his mother who started the company 37 years ago. He is also President of Nevco, Inc., an educational healthcare training company begun in 1988.
Mr. Wolfendale has worked with the U.S. Department of Commerce on various Missions to improve the quality of life around the world by development of supportive healthcare programs. In 2005 he traveled with U.S. officials and addressed the Italian National Government assisting in the creation of Nurse Education mandates for that Country. In 2006 he was invited and spoke with the National Institutes of Continuing Education in Eastern Europe on healthcare education and developmental mandates, and most recently represented the United States at the European Union in Lake Balaton, Hungary in 2011. In 2014 he traveled with the U.S. Department of State to Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam in an effort to improve caregiver knowledge and training.
Mr. Wolfendale has worked with a number of non-profits in contributing and creating curriculum to improve the quality of life in third-world countries since 2001, and notably created a successful program in Odessa, India that has been modeled in other areas of the world. In his backyard, he has worked with local Goodwill Industries to provide curriculum and training to underserved individuals who have obtained employment as a result of educational training. He was the Congressional appointment to the Governor's purple ribbon task force in 2013, and has worked to educate caregivers in all aspects of Alzheimer's training.