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Things Seniors Can Do to Stay Busy

Things Seniors Can Do to Stay Busy

Every day, homebound seniors face many challenges. Now, during the COVID-19 pandemic, issues that were already prevalent become more compounded. Loneliness and reduced, or lack of, physical activity can lead to more problems as we grow older. It is important to help seniors stay active and connected. 

Before the pandemic, there was an an estimated 38.9 million people over 65 in the U.S. Of those seniors, up to 3.6 million were considered to be housebound due to medical and/or mental illness. Now, during these uncertain times, more and more seniors are electing to become housebound to protect themselves from becoming ill. It is important to know that while older adults are among a population that is extremely susceptible to COVID-19, homebound seniors are at an increased risk of stress, which often contributes to other health challenges. Here are some common problems homebound seniors are facing: 

  • Isolation and feelings of loneliness
  • Difficulties getting medical care/going to appointments
  • Hardship buying groceries and other essentials
  • Mobility problems within the home
  • Lack of mental stimulation due to limited conversations and social connections
  • Decreased quality of life

Active homebound seniors have lower stress levels, less pain, better mood, and overall higher quality of life. One way many seniors have reduced the complications stemming from sheltering in place is through hiring professional home care aides through local home care agencies. These caregivers are vetted, trusted, and trained to safely support needs in and out of the home, while contributing to interpersonal needs that are so critical for people, as social beings. Here are some ways caregivers are supporting elders in their homes to increase in activity levels: 

Senior-friendly exercises are a natural form of stress relief. Additionally, exercise helps seniors stay fit and flexible, and can create stability to prevent falls. Some ideas to consider in the house online or on TV  include:

  • Stretching
  • Seated strength training
  • Aerobics
  • Yoga

Enjoying a new hobby is a great way to stay sharp. Some activities include: 

  • Knitting
  • Reading
  • Painting
  • Wood carving
  • Scrapbooking
  • Writing pen pals

Creating online communities for seniors is a great way to keep seniors engaged. For example, someone passionate about writing could write for a blog. Alternatively, there are many resources throughout the Bay Area fostering online activities for seniors. One in particular, bayareaolderadults.org, hosts virtual lectures and and classes- and membership is FREE. 

For seniors who are able, minor maintenance, cleaning, and decorating can really boost one’s sense of accomplishment and pride in their surroundings. Sometimes, all it takes is feeling better about what surrounds you, rather than where you are.

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I was extremely pleased with the in-home care I received from your employee, Zanaida Beltran. Zenaida is a highly competent caregiver who is very instrumental in fulfilling my needs after I suffered a fractured pelvis. At all times she was prompt in arriving, knew how to perform her duties intelligently and did all with a most pleasant manner. Zenaida anticipated what was necessary and went beyond normal circumstances making my surrounding appropriately safe and clean. She also made sure that I followed the instructions of my doctors and physiotherapist. Upon accompanying me to appointments, she assisted with all transfers from car or cab. I felt confidant-having Zenaida with me. I am positive that Zenaida’s help during the first days of my confinement has been instrumental in my eventually achieving a full recovery from my accident. Thank you for sending such a valuable caregiver.

Margaret S
Margaret S

I wanted to put in writing what a lifesaver Care for Seniors was for us. My husband and I found ourselves in the unexpected situation for both being in the hospital at the same time. Len was going to be released before me but still needed a caregiver when he arrived home. I was not going to be home for a few days but I was also going to need help recovering from my chemotherapy treatment. It was 3:00pm in the afternoon when the agency was contacted and amazingly they were able to get us a live in caregiver by 6:00pm that same day. I shudder when I think back on that day and how vulnerable and helpless I felt. Thanks to you, Alla and Care for Seniors staff, our needs were met with compassion and understanding. Thank you so much! It’s comforting to know that we seniors have a safe and reliable place to turn for help.

Suzanne E
Suzanne E

I am so grateful for all your services. My mother was cared for with compassion, attention, dignity, and integrity. A special commendation is deserved by Maria Regina Garcia. Gina went way above her responsibilities in caring for my mother. My mother grew to love her. I frequently observed Gina holding my mother’s hand and stroking her hair. In the hours immediately prior to my mother’s death on July 19th 2009, Gina sat with her through the night ensuring that at every stage in the process, my mother would be comfortable. My cousin who shared some time with her that evening told me that Gina was caring and tearful, two attributes for which Gina is to be treasured. Living so far from my mother, it was always my intent that she not die alone or in pain. To some extent, my cousins in the Bay Area assisted with that. However, Gina ensured that my mother’s last few months would be shared with an attentive, compassionate, and caring individual. Within minutes of my mother’s death, Gina called me here in Georgia to notify me. Gina stayed with my mother until my mother was transported from Rhoda Goldman Plaza. I will always remember the service of your caregivers, but particularly Gina. You should consider her a treasured asset.

Gary G., M.D
Gary G., M.D

Thank you so much for your help and support during Joe’s ordeal. You couldn’t have helped more, and your energetic and cheerful presence was an added comfort. I am recommending Care for Seniors to SF Village very highly. I hope we cross paths again in happier times.

Andy H
Andy H

I wanted to express my appreciation for the excellent service you provided in helping my mother during the past two years. You and your office staff were always available and wonderfully responsive to last minute changes and emergencies as they arose. Your Caregivers were sensitive and competent, especially considering my mother’s many special requirements. She was very pleased with their effort, ability and affection. I can strongly recommend Care for Seniors as a reliable, competent and effective service in caring for the elderly. Best wishes to you and all your Staff.

Henry T
Henry T

I want to thank you and all your staff for your care for Bob and being so responsive and helpful. I would gladly recommend Care for Seniors to any families who want kind and caring support for their loved ones.

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Things Seniors Can Do to Stay Busy