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Springtime Activities for the Elderly

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Snow is pretty enough at first, but after a few months of blizzards, ice-cold air, and being indoors, who isn’t ready to welcome spring with open arms? Here are a few enjoyable ways you and your senior loved one can kickoff spring.

Compile a Family Cookbook

This is a fun activity that can involve the whole family. A homemade recipe book makes a precious heirloom, and a published book can serve as gifts for friends and family. There are several online book software companies where you upload recipes, design the layout, and have the book printed for a nominal fee. If your senior loved one lives far away, this is a great activity for him or her to do with their in-home Bloomfield caregiver that keeps them connected to the rest of the family and helps them feel as though they’re contributing.

Set Up a Bird Feeder

What types of birds does your senior loved one enjoy seeing flit about outside the window? This will guide you as to the type of feeder to purchase.

  •  Hopper or House feeders attract buntings, cardinals, chickadees, finches, grosbeaks, jays, and sparrows, and can be suspended or mounted on a pole.
  • Window feeders offer a fascinating close-up view of birds like chickadees, finches, and sparrows. Choose either a plastic feeder that attaches to the window glass via suction cups, or a platform feeder that hooks into window frames.
  • Tube feeders will attract chickadees, finches, grosbeaks, and sparrows, as well as jays and grackles depending on the size of the feeder.
  • Suet feeders can be placed in wire cage feeders or mesh, and are favored by chickadees, jays, nuthatches, starlings, and woodpeckers.

Visit a Community Garden

A community garden is an area tended by a group of people on private or public land. Members care for individual or shared plots, and the land may produce vegetables, fruit, or ornamental plants. Community gardens are often grown by school groups and some organizations invite volunteers of all ages to join. If your senior loved one is new to gardening, ask if an orientation and assistance are available. Many community gardens offer these services throughout the growing season.

Look for Signs of Spring

As winter begins to wane, nature provides hints that spring is on the way. Head out for a walk with your loved one, or simply keep an eye out when running errands for harbingers of spring like singing birds, flower buds, peeking bulbs, and fresh scents like rain, grass, soil, and flowers.

As the final blasts of winter blow, set your sights on easier days ahead. Make plans with your senior loved one that will get him or her looking forward to the exciting season to come. You can also help him or her welcome spring with a little help from an hourly or live-in caregiver. Caregivers with Bloomfield Home Care Assistance can provide transportation to springtime events, cook delicious healthy and seasonal meals, and offer companionship through every season. Give us a call at (203) 842-8863 to schedule a free in-home consultation with one of our friendly Care Managers.