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Be a Pen Pal and Help a Senior

As the Coronavirus crisis worsens, seniors across our nation are sitting in nursing homes isolated. In hopes of protecting elders from this dangerous virus, states nationwide are prohibiting visits to facilities with a high senior population. Due to age or long-term health problems, most seniors are at higher risk of having a severe reaction from the virus. Their dangerous vulnerability means they have to isolate themselves from others, even their family and friends. Though this plan is helping seniors stay safe in this uncertain time, it is also making them lonelier. By not having any physical contact and little to no social interaction, seniors become even more susceptible to depression. During this critical time in our history, we must come together to help our elders and those in most need. If you have a loved one in a nursing home or have free time, why not brighten up a senior’s day with a care package? Just like everyone else, seniors love to be remembered. Why not send handwritten letters, photos, or books to someone in need? A simple, uplifting book can transport a senior from their current surroundings to a new place! Seniors love to receive notes, and they especially love when they are made with love and care. Use the time you have to invest in someone else who desperately needs to be remembered. By practicing empathy, we can make this world a better place. I am sure the senior who receives any gift from the outside world will be so grateful.

Readers, if you have a fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, call your nearest medical facility and seek care right away. If you have an underlying condition like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, or respiratory conditions, stay away from crowded areas or places. These guidelines were provided by both the World Health Organization and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. There is no need to panic but stay informed.

OurSeniors.org is on a mission to reach out to isolated seniors in the local community. Help bring joy to their lives by donating or volunteering to visit a facility. A little mindfulness can go a long way. We hope you enjoy this winter season from our team at OurSeniors.org.

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Compassion Letters

Right now, seniors are sitting in nursing homes isolated and with no physical contact. Because of their age or long-term health problems elders, have a higher risk of getting sick from the coronavirus. This means they have to stay away from everyone, even their family and friends. During this critical time in our history, we must all come together to help those in most need. If you are home with children, why not brighten up a senior’s day with homemade letters. Seniors love to receive notes, especially when made with love by cute kids. Parents can even use that time to teach their children a few lessons on empathy. The more colors and drawings used to decorate the letter, the better! Once you and the kids are finished with your project, mail them to your local nursing homes. I am sure the senior who receives a letter will be so grateful. Having a good social life leads to healthy aging and higher cognitive health, so spread the gift of life and compassion by sending a letter to isolated seniors living in nursing homes.

OurSeniors.org is on a mission to reach out to isolated seniors in the local community. Help bring joy to their lives by donating or volunteering to visit a facility. A little mindfulness can go a long way. We hope you enjoy this winter season from our team at OurSeniors.org.

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Scammers, Seniors, and the Coronavirus

Seniors stay vigilant; criminals are taking advantage of our community. While the world bands together to stop the spread of the new Coronavirus, swindlers are profiting from the pandemic. Scammers are using fear to exploit worried families by promising them cures for the virus. There is no need to panic, but just like everything else, being informed is always the first step. Here are a few ways you can avoid Coronavirus scams:

  • Avoid clicking on links from unknown sources (they could download viruses onto your computer or devices)
  • Be wary of emails from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • To find current and official information about the virus, click here or visit the World Health Organization (WHO)
  • Do not open emails from “experts” stating they have information about the virus.
  • Dismiss online offers for vaccinations.
  • Ignore offers for Coronavirus curing products (ex. vaccines, pills, potions, lotions, tablets, prescriptions or over-the-counter products) online or in stores
  • Research charities and crowdfunding sites when donating
  • Do not fall for campaigns asking for donations via cash, gift card or through money wires (especially when rushed)

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have joined forces to release warning letters to sellers of misleading products. The FTC explains that the accused companies have no evidence to support their claims, while the FDA states that there are no approved or experimental products presently available. Follow the tips listed above, and you are less likely to fall victim to the traps of predators. Stay informed, positive, and calm. We will get through this together as a nation.

Readers, if you have a fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, call your nearest medical facility and seek care right away. If you have an underlying condition like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, or respiratory conditions, stay away from crowded areas or places. These guidelines were provided by both the World Health Organization and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. There is no need to panic but stay informed.

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Keep it Quiet! I am Trying to Sleep!

Americans are losing quality sleep more and more each day. With the rise of technology and bustling cities, rest has lost priority in everyone’s busy schedules. Yet everyone needs quality sleep regardless of their age to have stable physical and emotional health. Adults who lack a good night’s rest are more likely to suffer from memory problems and depression. Our seniors need to develop excellent sleep hygiene to improve their concentration and repair their bodies.

Here are some tips on creating quality sleep in a nursing home:

  • Create a sleep schedule of the same bedtime and wake up time every day.
  • Practice a relaxing bedtime ritual.
  • Avoid naps.
  • Move around and lightly exercise daily.
  • Set up your room for optimal rest.
  • Keep your room light free at night.
  • Use earplugs or white noise machines to cancel out noises.
  • Spend the hour before bedtime reading or doing something calming (stay away from electronics).

By prioritizing sleep, we can live happier and healthier lives. Most healthy adults need between eight and nine hours of sleep, but the amount of sleep you specifically need can vary. Do what feels right to you, sleep ten hours if you need to! Just make sure you wake up on the right side of the bed.

OurSeniors.org is on a mission to reach out to isolated seniors in the local community. Help bring joy to their lives by donating or volunteering to visit a facility. A little mindfulness can go a long way. We hope you enjoy this winter season from our team at OurSeniors.org.

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Election Day Voting—Polls are open

The polls are open on Election Day, from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Any voters waiting in line at 7:00 p.m. will have the opportunity to cast a ballot.

If you do not know where your polling place is, contact your county Supervisor of Elections. You can also find your precinct and polling place on your county Supervisor of Elections’ website or by using the Voter Information Lookup.

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Spring Cleaning in a Nursing Home

Seniors, open up your windows and let the fresh air in. It is almost spring and you know what that means, spring cleaning! Now is the best time to clean your space and redecorate. A good spring cleaning improves your space’s air quality by removing allergens, which keep you feeling sick throughout the day. Cleaning also improves mood and increases focus.

If you are looking for an easy way to freshen up your living area here are a few tips to get you started:

  • Clean windowsills and window tracts
  • Disinfect doorknobs; cabinet handles and light switches
  • Dispose of old medicine and toiletries
  • Ask someone to rotate your mattress
  • Organize drawers and closets
  • Go through your clutter
  • Toss out things you no longer use
  • Donate any clothing you do not wear
  • Dust electronics and furniture

If you need help with any of these tasks, do not be afraid to ask. Call a friend, a family member, or an employee. Always ask for help if you need it and practice safety first. With a squeaky-clean room, not only will your health improve, but your mood will too! A cluttered home can affect mental health and lead to poorer mental processing. So, the less clutter you have, the higher your well-being, plus you will be more likely to welcome visitors to your beautiful space. Happy spring cleaning!

OurSeniors.org is on a mission to reach out to isolated seniors in the local community. Help bring joy to their lives by donating or volunteering to visit a facility. A little mindfulness can go a long way. We hope you enjoy this winter season from our team at OurSeniors.org.

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Build Your Social Ties

Did you know that visiting your friends and family regularly has enormous health benefits? Having a good social life leads to healthy aging and higher cognitive health. A study published by PLOS Medicine found that individuals who have a vibrant social life have longer life expectancies and lower levels of depression. So, do yourself and your loved ones a favor by visiting them. Set up regular visits with the people you love, especially with family members who are not mobile. Not only are you likely to live longer, but they are too. Spread the gift of life and visit your loved ones, especially seniors living in nursing homes.

OurSeniors.org is on a mission to reach out to isolated seniors in the local community. Help bring joy to their lives by donating or volunteering to visit a facility. A little mindfulness can go a long way. We hope you enjoy this winter season from our team at OurSeniors.org.

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Staying Fit While Living in a Nursing Home

Staying fit after our 50s can be a difficult task. As we age, our bones become brittle and our muscle mass decreases. Those who live in nursing homes have an even harder time staying active, especially if they are suffering from a chronic illness or are just lacking motivation. The good news is that there are many ways to exercise and levels of fitness are different for everyone.

Here are some tips to help you get your groove back:

  • Get up and stretch (Try some yoga)
  • Take a brisk walk outside early in the morning
  • Try wall push-ups
  • Slow and steady bodyweight exercises
  • Meditation to keep the mind young
  • Resistant band workouts
  • Pilates

The most important thing you can do is move! Keep your body active and limber. The less active you are, the harder it will be to do the things you love. We all only have one body, so take care of it as it has always taken care of you.

To check out some more workouts, click here.

OurSeniors.org is on a mission to reach out to isolated seniors in the local community. Help bring joy to their lives by donating or volunteering to visit a facility. A little mindfulness can go a long way. We hope you enjoy this winter season from our team at OurSeniors.org.

Black History Month

Happy Black History Month

Our team at OurSeniors.net would like to take a moment to recognize the importance of Black history month. African Americans have played a central role in the development of the United States. Their contributions to our country have forever shaped our history. As a nation, we have been honoring and celebrating this special month since 1976 and will continue to do so. Like President Gerald Ford said, “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”

OurSeniors.org is on a mission to reach out to isolated seniors in the local community. Help bring joy to their lives by donating or volunteering to visit a facility. A little mindfulness can go a long way. We hope you enjoy this winter season from our team at OurSeniors.org.

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Valentine’s Day in a Nursing Home

Valentine’s Day is meant for everyone, not just couples! This Valentine’s Day visit a nursing home and share some of the love in the air with a senior. Seniors love receiving gifts and visits from family and friends. Schedule some time and plan to make someone’s day extra special.

Senior-friendly Valentine gift ideas:

  • Homemade desserts or snacks
  • Handwritten cards
  • Family photos
  • Watch a classic movie or romantic movie
  • Bring Valentine’s Day-themed games
  • Flowers

The best gift you can give them is time. Spending quality time with the people you love is what makes Valentine’s Day special. Whatever gift you can bring will be perfect, because all we truly need is to be loved and remembered. Happy Valentine’s Day.

OurSeniors.org is on a mission to reach out to isolated seniors in the local community. Help bring joy to their lives by donating or volunteering to visit a facility. A little mindfulness can go a long way. We hope you enjoy this winter season from our team at OurSeniors.org.