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How to Inspire Others During Difficult Times

Have you been staying in contact with your loved ones? This crisis doesn’t seem to be ending anytime soon and so many people are suffering. Though suffering happens all year long, during a widespread pandemic, we all become more attuned to the pain it causes on others. During these critical moments, being available and learning how to respond to someone who’s suffering can save someone’s life. Seniors are at such a severe risk for this new virus that naturally their fear, depression, and anxiety are unnaturally high. Do your part and take the time to inspire and motivate seniors to keep on moving forward.

Here are a few ways you can inspire others:

  • Have deep empathy for others
  • Foster equality
  • Openly express love and appreciation
  • Be an active listener
  • Tell inspiring stories

Just remember whatever you do keep on showing up for your senior. Please do not give up on them. You may not know what to say or what to do but showing up is half the battle. Call them, reassure them, and help them feel like everything will be ok.

If you have an underlying condition like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, or respiratory conditions, shelter in place and stay away from others or busy areas. For the most up-to-date information about the Coronavirus, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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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Honor your Favorite Senior, with Heartfelt Love notes

Have you been staying in contact with your loved ones? Though this crisis doesn’t seem to be ending, we cannot give up on our seniors. Send some love to your favorite long-term care facility resident through a note. Notes are powerful tools that connect and help us share our stories with people who need it most. Even though you can’t visit your loved one in person, you can still mail or drop-off a message. These impromptu messages can brighten and change a senior’s outlook during this pandemic. You never know how a word might affect an older adult and help them stay connected to the outside world. Do your best to be as informative and creative as you can. You can include photos, stories, and even the surprise of a new addition to the family! Show some effort. The opportunity to share new stories and experiences with a senior is a blessing that many wish they still had. Honor and do not forget the older adults in your family during their time of need. Now more than ever, seniors need reassurance and protection. It is your responsibility like it was theirs to nurture, protect, and love them. Write them a note or create a virtual one! Every time you are passionately involved in a seniors’ life, you teach your children the importance of honoring your elders and continuing the chain.

If you have an underlying condition like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, or respiratory conditions, shelter in place and stay away from others or busy areas. For the most up-to-date information about the Coronavirus, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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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Do Not Give Up on Your Family

Having a loving parent or grandparent living in a nursing home can sometimes feel like an inconvenience. You have to schedule time out of your busy work week to drive there, monitor their care, and convince the rest of the family to visit while managing your own life! But the care you give to your loved one does not go unnoticed. Every moment you spend with them is a reminder that the investment they made in your life when you needed them, most is remembered. When you learned how to tie your shoes, they were there. If you needed to be picked up for a ride to school, they were there. The opportunity to share new stories and experiences with your family is a blessing that many wish they still had. Honor your family, and do not forget them during this significant time of need. Now more than ever, seniors need reassurance that everything is going to be ok. It is your responsibility like it was theirs to nurture, protect, and love you. Visit them regularly, bring them care packages, and schedule virtual visits. Every time you are passionately involved in a seniors’ life, you teach your children or siblings, the importance of family staying connected. Make an effort, and don’t give up on your family.

If you have an underlying condition like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, or respiratory conditions, shelter in place and stay away from others or busy areas. For the most up-to-date information about the Coronavirus, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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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How to Stay Active When Sad

As cases of COVID-19 continue to rise, staying motivated is becoming harder. Remaining positive when our future looks bleak can be delusional. But regardless of the events around you staying motivated and active is the key to living a healthy and happy life. We cannot let the days pass us by in a blur. Get up and switch up your routine by introducing some fresh new activities to your day-to-day.

A perfect way of getting started is by setting short achievable goals or snack-sized goals! A snack-size goal can be like dancing for 20 minutes in your room three times a week while watching your favorite YouTube videos. If 20 minutes seems like too long, then break it down even further. Whatever goal you set is up to you, make sure you’re doing something you love, that you write it down and place it somewhere as a daily reminder. According to neuroscience, writing down your goals will make you even more likely to achieve them!

If you want to make the new plan stick, find an accountability partner nearby, like a nurse or a friend! By having someone who cares about you holding you accountable, you’re even more likely to succeed. Remember that regardless of what you do or how you do it, the most critical part about goal setting is your discipline and sense of growth. If you miss a day, do not throw in the towel, start again tomorrow. So, take some time for self-care and reward yourself whenever you reach a milestone, it will keep you healthy, happy, and full of joy.

If you have a fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, call your nearest medical facility and seek care immediately. If you have an underlying condition like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, or respiratory conditions, shelter in place and stay away from others or busy areas. For the most up-to-date information about the Coronavirus, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

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.

Stay in Touch

The number of COVID-19 cases in Florida is rising. If you have a loved one living in a long-term care facility, staying connected now is more important than ever. Please make time to connect. There are plenty of ways of staying in touch with a senior through applications like FaceTime, Houseparty, and Zoom. You can call your loved one and connect them to other family members and people they love. Make it a goal to figure out new ways to reach out. Brighten your loved one’s day by showing effort and being creative.

Below is a list to help you get started.

  • Have a video chat movie night through Netflix Party.
  • Record a read-aloud for seniors who have trouble reading (extra points if the whole family helps read-aloud the story).
  • Have a virtual craft day together and mail each other the results.
  • Make them a playlist on Spotify or Apple Music with all of their favorite songs.
  • Send them greeting cards from every new place you visit.
  • Make a greeting card keepsake book and mail it.

There are so many creative ways to stay in touch. I hope this list inspires you to give at least one of them a try. Though physical restrictions should be strictly enforced, staying connected is just as important. Do not forget about your senior! Stay in touch and fill their life with never-ending love. Take care.

If you have a fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, call your nearest medical facility and seek care immediately. If you have an underlying condition like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, or respiratory conditions, shelter in place and stay away from others or busy areas. For the most up-to-date information about the Coronavirus, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

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.

There’s a Resurgence

The number of COVID-19 cases in Florida is higher than ever! If you have a loved one living in a long-term care facility, it will be a while before you can visit them in-person. Though a barrier and a pandemic are between you, there are still plenty of ways to connect. Brighten your loved one’s day by showing effort and searching for creative ways to connect.

Below are a few suggestions to help you get your creative juices flowing:

  • Create a physical or virtual photobook to update your loved one the family’s recent activities (click here to create a free photobook).
  • Schedule a window visit by setting up a time with the facility, where you will “meet” and stand outside the facility’s window while your loved one stands/sits safely on the other side of that window).
  • Send handwritten cards through the mail from everyone in your family (click here for a short example).
  • Chat through apps like Facebook Messenger, House Party, or Zoom.
  • Drop off a care-package (include items like a Netflix/Amazon/Disney+ movie subscription, personal hygiene items, or books/magazines).
  • Call them regularly or even set up a chain call (a call with a group of family members all on the same line).

These are only a few of the countless things you can try to keep an active connection between you and your loved one. Remember, physical restrictions should be strictly enforced to save hundreds of seniors’ lives, but do not forget about your senior! Continue practicing social distancing and remain emotionally close to the people you love. Take care.

Readers, if you have a fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, call your nearest medical facility and seek care immediately. If you have an underlying condition like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, or respiratory conditions, shelter in place and stay away from others or busy areas, for the most up-to-date information about the Coronavirus, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

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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The Anti-inflammatory Diet

Did you know that your diet could be making you sick and age faster? According to a study reported by the US National Library of Medicine, the food you eat has an impact on the amount of inflammation your body produces. Foods like processed sugars, artificial trans-fat, and refined carbohydrates cause the release of inflammatory messengers which increase the risk of:

  • Cancer
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Asthma
  • Early aging
  • And other chronic conditions.

If you want to lose weight and lower your risk of disease, we have excellent news. All you have to do is change your diet! Studies show that by changing your diet to include a high number of antioxidants, you can give your body a healthy boost. Give the Mediterranean diet a try or add anti-inflammatory options to your daily routine like:

  • Berries
  • Broccoli
  • Fatty fish like salmon or herring
  • Green tea
  • Grapes
  • Leafy greens, like kale and spinach
  • Peppers
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Tomatoes
  • Avocados

A combination of the options above will give you the best result! But remember it is up to you to implement the tips. Take a moment and review your diet; there may be room for improvement!

Readers, if you have a fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, call your nearest medical facility and seek care immediately. If you have an underlying condition like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, or respiratory conditions, shelter in place and stay away from others or busy areas, for the most up-to-date information about the Coronavirus, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

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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Happy Father’s Day

Our team at OurSeniors.net would like to take a moment to wish a Happy Father’s Day to all the wonderful men who are fathers or shared a paternal bond with a child. Those who have taken the time to raise, nurture, and love their children. Whether you are an old dad, a grandfather, a father-in-law, or a stepdad, your sacrifices and actions will serve as an example for your children and their children. We honor you today and every day. We hope you enjoy your special day with the people you love. Happy Father’s Day!

Mental Health Monday

Taking care of your mental health during these unprecedented times is a priority! Everywhere we look, there is news about protests, a pandemic, or a recession. To thrive, as Florida continues to re-open, we must make time to take care of our health. One of the best ways to do just that is by taking a mental health day!

A mental health day will help you:

  • Unwind
  • Reset your perspective
  • Evaluate your life
  • Control your emotions
  • Relax
  • Rest

Try taking a break from the negative news cycle for just one day. Remember, a mental health day can look different for everyone. There are no right or wrong ways of doing it. Take the day as an open-ended opportunity and relax. Your only goal is to be happy and engaged in whatever it is you are doing! So please take a moment, unwind and prioritize yourself. You deserve it!

If you or someone you love are in search of a confidential and anonymous source of information for treatment facilities in the United States, click here to find evidence-based programs that provide:

  • medication
  • therapy
  • family and peer support
  • assistance with education
  • employment
  • other mental health services

Readers, if you have a fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, call your nearest medical facility and seek care immediately. If you have an underlying condition like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, or respiratory conditions, shelter in place and stay away from others or busy areas, for the most up-to-date information about the Coronavirus, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

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.

COVID-19 Care Plan

As Florida continues to re-open, COVID-19 is continuously spreading throughout the United States. Due to the severe risk that the virus poses on the health of seniors, it is critical to have a care plan ready in case of a severe complication. You may be wondering, “what is a care plan?” A care plan is a summary that includes an individual’s health conditions and current treatments. The document should be easy to access, read, and express clearly the individual’s views, preferences, and needs. This resource can help reduce the number of hospitalizations and improve medical management, especially for seniors living in long-term care facilities.

Care plans can include:

  • A summary of your health conditions
  • Medications
  • Healthcare providers
  • Emergency contacts
  • End-of-life care options

Usually, people complete their care plans with their doctors, a family member, or even a home nurse aide. However, the summary should be carefully reviewed and approved by the individual who is going through the process of care. Being prepared and developing a care plan is critical during these uncertain times. But remember these plans can be updated annually or anytime there is a change in your health. Stay prepared and stay positive, seniors. We will all get through this together.

If you would like some guidance on how to complete a care plan click here.

Readers, if you have a fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, call your nearest medical facility and seek care immediately. If you have an underlying condition like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, or respiratory conditions, shelter in place and stay away from others or busy areas, for the most up-to-date information about the Coronavirus, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

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.