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Coronavirus: How To Maintain Mental Well-being During Isolation

While keeping seniors physically safe and well throughout the pandemic is top of mind, it’s important to recognize the impact uncertain periods of isolation can have on mental health, too. 🧠

Your mental health is a priority and creating a well being plan for you or a loved one is a powerful tool for protecting it. At Comfort Keepers, we wanted to share some ideas for getting started:

📲 Connect with loved ones once a day
🎨 Rediscover a favorite hobby or pastime
🥗 Fuel your body with healthy foods
🏃‍♀‍ Get moving! Clean, dance, lift weights or go for a daily walk

Gather more inspiration for maintaining mental well being during isolation:.

The Power of Touch and What It Means for the Elderly

No matter our age, nothing soothes us like having our hand held during a difficult moment or a comforting hug when we need it most. 🤗💓

As we get older, the need for touch may fade and become less frequent, but the calming effects of touch remain the same. Research shows that those who are physically touched on a regular basis experience higher levels of oxytocin, a hormone that lowers stress levels. Whether it’s a simple arm around the shoulder or holding hands with a loved one, moments of affection can make a big difference in the lives of seniors.

Coping with a Loved One with Hearing Loss

Did you know? 💭 According to Center for Hearing and Communication, hearing loss affects 48 million people in the United States. 👂

Gradual hearing loss is a common part of aging and can often be accompanied by negative psychological, emotional, and social effects. While it can be frustrating to communicate with a loved one who has hearing loss, it’s even more frustrating for them. It’s important to show your support by being patient, sympathetic, and understanding as well as make a conscious effort to enunciate and speak at a normal speed.

Dispelling Senior Nutrition Myths

Nutrition is the foundation of good health, no matter your age. Obtaining the proper amount of nutrients gives our bodies the fuel we need to stay healthy, active, and independent so we can participate in the activities that bring us joy.

During #NationalNutritionMonth we’re dispelling the top senior nutrition myths ranging from hydration needs to supplement replacement. 💦💊

Learn more about the importance of senior nutrition and how our Comfort Keepers of Flemington can help.

Seniors and Sleep: How Much Sleep Do Older Adults Need?

Did you know? 🤔 Sleep is just as important as diet and exercise, according to the Sleep Foundation.
Our sleep habits impact how we think and feel, and our quality of sleep can change as we get older. Here are a few tips for ensuring a restful night’s sleep:
🛌 Go to bed and wake up at the same time each day
🍴 Be mindful about eating habits – alcohol, spicy foods, caffeine, and too much sugar can cause sleeping issues
💤 Create an individualized nighttime routine that works best for you
Read more about the importance of sleep and how our caregivers can help create a better sleep schedule for you or your loved one:

High Cholesterol: Its Dangers and Help with Prevention

Did you know? 💭 According to the CDC high cholesterol has no symptoms, so many people don’t know that their cholesterol is too high.

High cholesterol plays a significant role in the development of heart disease, but minor dietary and lifestyle changes can help lower your cholesterol and reduce the risk of future heart disease or heart attacks. Implementing these changes can take care of your heart, just like you would take care of a loved one. ❤️

Eating Well At Any Age

Eating well is a form of self-love! 🥗💗

Filling our plates with colorful, nutrient-rich foods can protect our hearts, prevent long-term disease, improve brain function, and promote a higher quality of life as we grow older.

At Comfort Keepers of Flemington, we know that a balanced diet is essential. That’s why we work with clients to plan, shop, and prepare nutritious meals and snacks every day.

Different fruits and vegetables have different superpowers! Learn about each color and what health benefits they provide:

Tips for Reducing the Risk of Heart Disease

Did you know? 💭 Laughter is good for your heart. According to Healthline, laughter reduces stress and gives a boost to your immune system. 💗

Our hearts are amazing and as we age, it’s important to ensure we’re taking proper care of them. Exercising, maintaining a heart-healthy diet, avoiding smoking, and getting your blood pressure under control are all smart steps to take.

Check out tips for reducing the risk of heart disease:

What Does a Heart Attack Look Like?

Don’t miss a beat! During National American Heart Month, get to know the human body’s hardest working muscle. ❤️
When it comes to caring for our seniors and loved ones, understanding factors associated with heart health can help us reduce the risk of things like heart disease or heart attacks.

Helping to implement necessary lifestyle changes or knowing how to identify the early signs of a heart attack can save critical time.

Learn more about improving heart health and the different types & signs of a heart attack.

Living with Arthritis

Did you know? 🤔 According to Arthritis Foundation the myth that aching joints are a sign of cold weather might hold some truth. Studies have shown that cold weather can impact both inflammatory and non-inflammatory arthritis. ❄️

Those living with joint pain can be affected in every season, and seniors are especially prone to developing arthritis. It’s helpful to discuss signs and symptoms, diagnosis, and strategies to help you or your loved one continue the activities that bring them purpose and joy.

Learn more about living with arthritis.

Coronavirus: How To Maintain Mental Well-being During Isolation

Just as we take steps to ensure we are physically healthy, it’s important to take care of our mental health, too! 🧠

We can help our loved ones stay hopeful during periods of isolation by developing a well-being plan for social and mental health. Here are some ideas to get you started:

👨‍👧‍👦 Connecting with family over phone calls, FaceTime, texts, and email

🧘‍♀‍ Keep moving! Try yoga, dancing, walking, or lifting weights

🌟 Find joy in everyday activities like card games, baking, or eating your favorite food

Learn more about how to maintain mental well-being during periods of isolation.

Seniors and Post-Holiday Blues: Why it Happens and What to Do

Whether you celebrated virtually or in person, it’s normal for feelings of anxiety or depression to surface after the hustle and bustle of the holiday festivities.
Feeling a bit blue after the holidays is not uncommon, especially for seniors who may be isolated from loved ones. At Comfort Keepers, we know being proactive is key. Here are some ideas to keep the post-holiday blues at bay:

🧶 Take up a hobby and enjoy learning something new

❤️ Give back! Volunteering is a great way to ease post-holiday sadness

📸 Relive the best moments from this holiday season by collecting photos and displaying them in your house

Learn more about post-holiday blues, why it happens and what to do.

When It Is Time to Consider Respite Care

“Respite: Providing or being temporary care in relief of a primary caregiver” – Merriam-Webster Dictionary

Respite care is by definition, a temporary role of providing relief for the primary caregiver, which allows them to provide the best possible care for their loved one.

Finding the right time to ask for support can be challenging, but we’re here to help you. Talk to your family about the benefits that respite care can provide. It gives seniors an opportunity for socialization and a fresh perspective, and it allows family caregivers to recharge and rest so they can give the best care possible to their loved one.

Is it time for your family to ask for a helping hand?