For most of us, the beginning of a new year brings excitement and joy. We make our list of resolutions, plan out vacations or other special events, and imagine what wonderful things the New Year will bring. Sadly, many seniors are less than enthusiastic when it comes time to celebrating a new year. Some feel as if they have nothing to look forward to, while others have the mistaken belief that old age means we are no longer capable of enjoying or appreciating life.
With such negative views of aging, it’s no wonder that most of us do everything in our power to avoid the idea that time is passing us by. On the other hand, sometimes we end up falling into the habit of using age as an excuse. We might say “I’m too old to do that anymore,” when what we really mean is “I used to enjoy doing that, but now I’m afraid I can’t.”
Resolving to Find the Good in Life
Whether you are an older person, or someone who knows and cares for an older person, it’s time to make your first New Year’s resolution: find the “wow” moments in everyday life. For seniors who live at home with the help of a reliable homecare system or homecare software, such as ClearCare, finding enjoyment in life is easier than you may think.
Care providers would do well to make each day as pleasant as possible for each of their elderly clients. Daily tasks can be set in ClearCare’s homecare software and homecare system for:
• Scrapbooking or album making
• Social activities with friends
• Interactive online games
• Walking outdoors
While these may not seem like extraordinary activities, the point is to find the little “wow” moments within them. Life is much more satisfying when you allow yourself the opportunity to enjoy its simple pleasures.
Enjoying Independence with the Help of Homecare Software
One of the biggest complaints among nursing home residents is the mundane routine of everyday life. Fortunately, this does not have to be the case with seniors who live independently with the aid of homecare software and homecare system, such as provided by ClearCare.
Caregivers have much more flexibility when it comes to livening up the daytime routine. While regular schedules are certainly important, activities can be varied in order to keep things interesting. Caregivers using ClearCare’s homecare system can check what pastimes the client enjoys and make sure a day does not go by without engaging in at least one or two.
If you know of a loved one who is experiencing depression rather than joy this New Year, now is the time to make a change. Start by contacting ClearCare and asking how a homecare system or homecare software might improve their situation and help them to enjoy the “wow” moments in life.