During this busy time of year, family gatherings and extra social activities are common. The holidays bring many joys and for some, many trials. As a caregiver or as a person struggling with activities of daily life, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and frustrated by simple but necessary tasks. Here are some simple tricks to make the “little things” a bit easier during this busy time of year.
- Trade in the heavy cut-glass pitchers for light weight and easy to maneuver clear plastic versions for water and other non-alcoholic beverages. The lighter pitchers won’t interfere with holiday décor, but they’ll make self-service so much easier for everyone.
- Digital clocks, remotes with large buttons, and phones with oversized buttons are a great option. Older people may read a traditional clock with ease, dial the phone, and make the television work just fine. But these things make life a little easier for everyone, so why not trade up on these common household items?
- Lower the closet bar for easy access. It’s important to everyone to do as many day-to-day activities in the personal care category as possible. Moving the closet bar down a few feet takes some of the physical challenge out of getting dressed.
- Wrap a couple of tan-colored thick rubber bands around water glasses at dinner. It’s an easy way to create an unobtrusive aide that will minimize slips and spills.
- Made a small care package for elderly friends and relatives staying the night in an unfamiliar place. Include a water bottle and small flashlight for the bedside table.
- Before a family gathering, do a “walk through” to identify cords and loose rug edges that may present tripping hazards. Tape down the edges of throw rugs with double-sided tape and use twist-ties to wrap up wayward cords.
According to a study by the University of California, feelings of loneliness increase the likelihood of an untimely death by 45% among the elderly. This holiday season is the ideal time to help remove some of that burden from loved ones who may be feeling alone. Seniors who lead productive, active, and socially meaningful lives are not just happier in general. They are physically healthier, as well.