Tag: insomnia

Bah-Humbug Grandpa Christmas!

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.

Sleep and the Senior Citizen

sleeping senior

QUESTION: I’m over 70 and can never seem to sleep, what can I do?

I love this question because I live it with my own father! It seems that since he retired, he thinks he can go to bed and wake up any time he wants! He forgets that he has a doctors appointment at 9am the next day or that he promised Mom that he’d go with her to visit their friend in the hospital- so he sleeps in! He often complains that he can’t easily fall asleep so he just stays up until he gets sleepy. Then, about 3-4pm every day, he complains about how tired he is and he needs a nap! I argue with his constantly about his circular logic and behavior but he’s too stubborn to listen- so I made him this list:

  • Stick to a sleep schedule: try to go to bed and wake up at the same every day- Being consistent reinforces your body’s sleep-wake cycle and helps promote better sleep at night.
  • Get physical activity every day: This can promote better sleep, helps you fall asleep faster and enjoy a deeper sleep.
  • Get comfortable: Create a room that’s ideal for sleeping. Often, this means cool, dark and quiet. Room-darkening shades, earplugs, a fan or other devices create an environment that promotes relaxation.
  • Create a bedtime ritual: Do the same things each night to tell your body it’s time to wind down. Take a warm bath or shower, read a book, or listen to soothing music — preferably with the lights dimmed.
  • Tune Out: Be wary of using the TV or other electronic devices as part of your bedtime ritual. An exciting show or game can elevate your stress and blood pressure making it hard to relax into a good sleep!

Remember, Stow-Glen Retirement Village has been your hometown expert on Senior Living since 1984. Let us know how we can help!