Summer can be a time for extra activities for seniors, especially if family members are taking a vacation and are available for more visits than usual. Spending time with the senior in your life can improve their mood and give you both a wealth of memories together.
Time Magazine reports that one-third of seniors feel lonely.
Those feelings of loneliness can increase the odds of developing illnesses like depression, anxiety, heart issues, and stroke. Caregivers can relieve a huge burden on seniors by visiting them regularly and taking them out for excursions. The summer is an ideal time to go because family is usually available and the weather is good. Summer activities can be simple or complex.
Participate in a community garden
Community gardens are great fun for seniors who are used to maintaining a lawn or caring for plants. Younger family members can help with the more strenuous physical labor while seniors plant flowers or help harvest. Being outside improves mood and allows seniors to employ their motor skills while spending time with caretakers.
Go on a family walk
Summer is a great time to get outdoors. Take care to hydrate properly and then enjoy time outside in a hammock or take a walk around the neighborhood. Bonus points if you bring along family pets.
Have a board game night
Board games are fun for family members of all ages and are a great way for caretakers and seniors to spend time together. Cards are also a fun use of time and may give seniors the chance to teach games to younger family members.
Throw a barbecue
A barbecue at a family member’s house can be a fun, low-pressure way to enjoy the summer with the senior in your life. Having your senior pick items for the menu can also make the party feel special.
Start a book club
Grandchildren need to stay mentally active over vacation, so spending time reading with their grandparents is a fulfilling way to keep both happy and active. Children can read out loud to seniors and their friends and improve their reading skills.
Put on a play
For seniors, children can be a breath of fresh air. Throwing a play or a puppet show can entertain everyone and give seniors an opportunity to flex their creative muscles. Additionally, the bonding time gives residents something to talk about and look forward to.
The best gift caregivers can give seniors is spending time with them. Summer is an ideal time since there are usually fewer obligations. Take time to reach out to your senior and ask how they want to spend some time together. Every visit can make them feel special and an included part of the family. Activities with caregivers and families can help reduce stress, improve mood and keep seniors active, healthy and positive.
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Ibrahim recently completed a Professional Certificate in Management; He is currently pursuing a Masters in Business Administrations (MBA) at a prestigious university in the UK.
With their passion for helping others and a strong background in customer services and clinical care, Ibrahim and his wife started assisting individuals in their homes.
Since started and operating Suma Home Care in 2010 in the basement of their home, Suma Home Care has provided professionals who work endlessly in providing clients with the highest quality of care, while enabling clients to maintain dignity, comfort and safety in their homes.
Suma Home Care, serves four counties in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Chester, Montgomery and Philadelphia. Ibrahim is firmly connected to his local community and is always looking for ways to give back whenever the opportunity presents itself.
Ibrahim enjoys spending time with his wife and children, travelling and enjoys sports.
Mariama Suma-Keita BSN RN
Born in Sierra Leone west Africa, relocated to America in 1999 from a civil war and settled since in the U.S.A as a Naturalized citizen Graduated from National school of nursing with an associate , and completed BSN in Nursing from Immaculata University graduated with Honor roll Alpha Lambda sigma, After escaping the war served as a refugee nurse in Gambia and Guinea to other displaced refugees before coming to America.
In the states started in Homecare then then transition into hospital, worked in Jefferson hospital as a Registered nurse on Tele and general medsurg floor, also worked in Einstein hospital as an oncology transplant nurse , I realized that I enjoy working with patients so much and believe in quality and compassionate care one at a time dealing with an holistic approach in caring for patients and family in a familiar environment called home , I see the impact and progress when they’re home , it makes them feel relax and progress fast with recovering at home. As a nurse and entrepreneur I understand that dedication to meeting people and families needs is a priority, and able to foster relationships with family and patients that is professional and friendly to help them stay and settled home as a desire.
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