QUESTION: My mom seems depressed lately, could this actually be true?
Did you know that depression is very common among older adults? Some feel that if they have lost their health, lost their spouse, lost their friends, “lost” their house, and now they don’t know what to do. Interestingly, sadness doesn’t always accompany depression but forgetfulness, aches & pains and irritability often do! Many Seniors have never had to deal with such an issue. They think that if they just keep pulling up their bootstraps and working harder then everything will be okay. Unfortunately, that doesn’t work when it comes to aging! We all will get older no matter what! If you are a senior and think you might be depressed or you know a senior who is, don’t hesitate to get help. There have been amazing advances in medications as well as counseling. Other tips include:
1) Get more exercise- get those endorphins flowing!
2) Connect with others- we all know how the smile of a friend makes us feel better.
3) Get more sleep!
4) Eat a more balanced diet. Just because you’re retired doesn’t mean you can eat junk food all the time!
Believe it or not, a move to a campus such as Stow-Glen can really help with the cure. We help with exercises, diet and most of all, friends- how great would it be to have hundreds of neighbors of the same age and interests!
For more information on all that we offer, please visit www.stowglen.com
QUESTION: How do I de-clutter & downsize all my “collections”?
As I watch my parents try to downsize a house they’ve lived in for 30+ years, I’m learning a thing or two.
- Organize. The first thing to do is organize everything into 3 categories: Keep, Donate, and Trash. Don’t spend too much time wondering if your granddaughter wants a figurine your Aunt Betty had in the 40’s. Just put it in one of the 3 groups and then ask your family (later) to make sure everything is in an appropriate group. If they want something, ask them to speak up!
- Downsize. Don’t play around with this one- focus on the “donate” and “trash” categories. If you haven’t touched it in a year or more, why do you still have it? Trust me; you will not ever need that 70’s Hawaiian print shirt ever again. Get rid of it! And your kids don’t want the “heirloom punchbowls!”
- Sell. Yes, selling the house and moving is very important and might even be necessary at some point. Start the conversation with a real estate expert that you know and trust, it’s much better and easier if you start this conversation early
Why do I feel “Bah-Humbug” around Christmas?
If you’re like most Americans, you tend to get a little cranky around the Holidays- especially as you get older! Many times this less than cheery attitude is a result of loss, missing the “good old days,” and not having anything to do around the holidays.
My encouragement to you is to get up and find something to do- go volunteer and help! I love the old saying “Be the change you wish to see in the world” and I think this is very important around the Holidays. You could sit at home and complain or you can make the world a better place. You could start by calling your church, a local food pantry or senior center. Places like this always need your help around this time of year.
Stow-Glen Retirement Village welcomes volunteers of all ages at all times of the year, but especially at Christmas. Our volunteers help with activities, arts & crafts, church services and visitation. So, if you’re feeling the “bah-humbug” spirit this Christmas Season, and want to experience the joy of volunteering, give us a call! We’d love to see you in a Santa hat visiting with our residents or helping make ornaments.
Well, winter finally arrived this week! While it certainly isn’t the worst we’ve ever had, when I slipped on a patch of ice I was reminded that we all need to focus on safety- especially for our Seniors! Remember- we are ALL just one fall away from an extended stay at the hospital. Here are some tips from our friends at the Ohio Department of Aging.
- Stay active. The stronger you are, the better your balance will be as you traverse the snow and ice and slush. Ask your doctor or physical therapist about easy indoor exercises and seek opportunities to be active.
- Wear boots and shoes that fit properly and have soles with good traction. Keep shoes and walking aids (canes, walkers) dry and free of snow, ice, dirt and mud.
- Coats, gloves, hats and other winter clothing are designed to keep you warm, but items that are bulky, don’t fit well or can catch on nearby objects can increase your risk of falling.
- Know your limitations! If the snow is too heavy, DON’T SHOVEL IT! If the walk is too icy, DON’T TRY TO WALK ON IT!
If it’s time to consider a move to a “maintenance free lifestyle,” give us a call- we’ve got a few open apartments! As always, you can visit http://www.stowglen.comor our Facebook page for more information!
If you’re like me, you have an aging parent or Grandparent who swears they don’t want anything for Christmas. “My house has enough junk in it! Please don’t bring me more!” or, “I have enough pajamas/coffee cups/umbrellas/etc, I’m just going to donate whatever you buy me!” The problem is, we can’t bear the thought of them not opening anything on Christmas Day. So, what are we supposed to do? Here are some ideas:
- Custom made throw blanket/shirt/hat/umbrella. Get one made with a big family picture or of their favorite pet on it. They’ll use it all the time!
- Family photo albums or scrapbooks. Just go through your Facebook and print a years worth of photos and put them in a nice album. They will love it!
- Senior Friendly tools/kitchen gadgets. Senior often struggle with grip and balance so little items in the kitchen and around the house are often appreciated.
- Gift cards to a favorite restaurant. But, the catch is, they are required to take an old friend they haven’t seen in a while. Decide on the friend and set a deadline that they must go by. You’ll see a big smile on dads face when he realizes you’ve bought him lunch with an old buddy!
- Take them to church. For many of our elders, Christmas Eve service is a long forgotten tradition. Drop what you’re doing and take them to church. You’ll be glad you did! From the Stow-Glen family to yours, we wish you the best Christmas ever!