As we close out another year, (albeit one of the more stressful we've seen in quite some time for obvious reasons), it is important to take stock in those positive accomplishments to celebrate this last year, the non-desirables you'd just prefer not to re-live again and learn to release, let go and forget and insure you get some down-time to re-energize, re-focus and be refreshed.
Depending on your personality type, you could either be an introvert that recharges by getting away in a quiet place with a good book and having time to yourself reflecting. Alternatively, as an extrovert, recharging your batteries by being together with a group of like-minded friends/family as your down-time could be more inline. Personally, I can take a short while by myself but much prefer getting away with my family or a group of close friends.
My family was blessed to be able to schedule a family ski-trip this year even amidst the Covid-19 pandemic and all of its crazy shut-downs, closings, social distancing and mask wearing. We are there as I write this. Our time is special because its a family location we often have visited over the years when our kids were young. Now we find ourselves bringing along our daughters boyfriend (as they talk serious relationship) and have extended family time as well. Just getting out in what I like to refer to as "God's country / Colorado" has been refreshing. Wearing masks here is a little more comfortable and needed just due to the low temperatures, so that's been a good point.
The scenery, the time with family, the exercise on the mountain all contribute to helping forget the issues which have dragged me down this past year and excite me for those challenges and opportunities God has in store for 2021.
Scripture provides great insight into this practice and the importance of it with one example being Hebrews 12:1. " Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us." So let go of that which entangles or drags you down. If not at peace with others, ask yourself if you are at peace with yourself. If not at peace with yourself, ask yourself if you are at peace with God.
Blessings as you begin the New Year of 2021!
Robert B. Morris
HOME INSTEAD SENIOR CARE
T&R Services, Inc.
3844 N. MacArthur
Warr Acres, OK 73122
Tel: (405) 521-1963 Fax: (405) 524-3690
The holidays are filled with gatherings... family gatherings, church socials, and for seniors sometimes there are gatherings of social clubs or parties at retirement communities, assisted living facilities or community centers. Party, party, party time! Festive decorations, holiday music, lots of friends and family, and of course FOOD!
There's nothing wrong with celebrating the season with a wonderful meal or special festive snacks! The challenges many seniors face is when those indulgences are too great, and cause other health conditions to worsen. For instance, many seniors struggle with diabetes. It's important that they watch closely their intake of holiday sweets so that they don't spike their blood sugar. Maybe someone can bake special "sugar free" treats using Splenda or Stevia baking products so they can enjoy these special treats without the pressure or risk to their health!
Other seniors simply have challenges with their digestive track. Overdoing it with a holiday meal could spell real trouble for them. It might cause a bowel block, problems with severe bloating or gas or even UTI issues if they aren't drinking enough water during these times.
Finally, remember that the holidays can be an emotional time for many seniors, especially if they have lost a loved one during that calendar year. Many times a special food dish can not only be beneficial for the diet, but it can feed the soul as well. Take that extra time to make Dad's favorite pie that Mom always made for him every year, and stand back and watch just how much it means to him. Yes, it may be emotional, but there is healing in those types of experiences as well.
You may find it necessary to enlist some help with cooking and preparing holiday snacks and meals for your senior loved ones. The incredible member agencies of the Oklahoma Professionals for Home Care are here to help! Their amazing staff would love to assist you and your loved ones during this holiday season. Just click on the "About Us" tab at the top of the page, and then click on "Membership Directory" to find one of our qualified member agencies close to you!
Happy holidays to you and all of your loved ones during this most wonderful time of the year!
Visiting Angels of Tulsa
Visiting Angels of Bartlesville
Visiting Angles of SWOKC
For many families, the holidays mean shopping, travel, office parties and school programs. For just as many seniors, the holidays can be times of loneliness, poor health and danger. It's important that families take the time during the holiday season to make sure that their senior loved ones are well cared for during the holidays.
For widowed seniors, sometimes the holidays can be a sad or lonely experience, especially if their spouse has died within the last few years. The same holds true for seniors who have outlived their own children. Families should be extra sensitive to this loneliness. Talk with your loved one about those most special memories with their family member who has passed. Rather than silently observe or pretend nothing is going on, address these feelings head on, and help them find joy in the memories.
As the weather gets colder, seniors are prone to stay inside more often, and for longer periods of time. This can contribute to a variety of physical and mental health challenges. Take advantage of any sunny day wear the weather is temperate to get outside, even if only for a brief time. The fresh air and Vitamin D from sunlight can be incredibly beneficial for seniors.
As families travel for the holidays to visit all of the "In-laws and outlaws", there may be times when an elderly loved one stays behind. Make sure that someone is checking in on them regularly while those who normally would do so are out of town. This will give everyone peace of mind, and insures there are limited potentials for serious accident or health problems that might go unattended otherwise.
You may want to consider hiring one of the many partner agencies of the OPHC! These agencies are able to supply staff to provide care in your absence! Who knows, your loved one may make a new friend, and find they enjoy the help even after the holidays! Just click at the top of the page where it says "About Us", then click "Membership Directory" for a list of our member agencies in your area!
The holidays are time for joy, family and celebration. Make sure that you are intentional and helpful for those wonderful seniors in your life, making their holidays just as wonderful as yours!
Visiting Angels of Tulsa
Visiting Angels of Bartlesville
Visiting Angels of SWOKC