Senior Mothers Day Gifts
Seniors Mothers Day Gifts can be difficult to figure out sometimes. You should try a homemade gift. Some great homemade gifts can really be more rewarding that store bought flowers and candy. How about making a Memory Jar or a Photo Bouquet?
Here are some simple instructions.
For a Memory Jar, you will need a nice jar, several pieces of paper and time to work on it. On each piece of paper write down a different memory of a wonderful time that you have shared with your mother. Fold the pieces of paper and place them in the jar so she can read them over time. What a wonderful way to share memories with your mother. Even after the day is over, she can go back and read them again and again.
Flowers are always beautiful, but they eventually dye and wither. How about giving a bouquet of photos that will last and last. Cut flower shapes from construction paper and gluing photo cut-outs in the center of the flower. Have color copies of photos to use. Try to find photos of child memories or take new digital images and get them printed. Paste these photos onto the flower shapes and add outer frames to add more color. You can then glue green stems to hold the photos up and form a bouquet. Place them into a nice little vase, or paste them on a bigger home made card.
We hope you have a Happy Mothers Day!
Seniors and Arthritis in Sun City CA
There are many seniors in Sun City with Arthritis. There are 50 million American with arthritis, and it is still a misunderstood disease. There are many non-profit organizations that give lots of great information. We have searched several and give just a small summary of what we believe may be helpful to you if you are suffering from Arthritis and living in Sun City.
Our hope for our Seniors who reside in Assisted Living Homes, is that we can shed some light on Arthritis and how to help improve your quality of life while living with Arthritis. We desire to help our seniors manage the pain. There are a few suggestions, which an help seniors cope with the pain. We have outlined a few.
- Distraction – By taking one’s mind off the pain by doing other things, like watching TV, going out to a gathering with friends, listening to music or visiting relatives can help manage the pain.
- Relaxation techniques – stress can make matter worst. Try to reduce your stress. Get your muscles to relax.
- Physical therapy – any activity that can improve blood and oxygen flow to muscles can help to reduce pain.
- Electrical nerve stimulation – there a small machines that send low-voltage electrical currents through the skin via electrodes placed near the area of pain to stimulate nerves and send good signals to your brain, and interfere with the pain awareness.
- Heat and/or Cold – try both heat and cold to relax the muscles . Cold can help numb the pain. Heat can help circulation. Either one can help interrupt the pain.
- Support Groups – this can help your senior feel less alone and share coping strategies.
- Pain treatment centers – there are clinic or facilities that specialize in pain treatment and use the latest treatments. The American Chronic Pain Association has tips on finding the right pain treatment center.
- Exercise – releases endorphins which can enhance a self of well-being, improves blood and oxygen flow to muscles and helps them relax and can reduce pain.
- Stress Management – interrupts the pain cycle, as stress leads to muscles tensing, which causes more pain. Reduce your stress.
- Proper nutrition – getting the proper nutrition, enables one’s body to cope with anything, including pain.
- Getting enough sleep – people who don’t get enough sleep may get tense, thus increasing the pain. So get more sleep.
- Yoga – can help relax muscles. But caution must be used. Don’t aggravate any muscles.
- Tai chi – is a series of gentle movements which focuses on movements and breathing. producing a state of relaxation and calm. This can reduce stress and pain.
- Acupuncture – is a technique where thin tiny needles are inserted into specific points in the body to get energy flowing correctly and promote self-healing. This is done by a professional acupuncturist
One of the better websites we found was the Arthritis Foundation. Org. You may want to check it out. They have scheduled a few Walks in Los Angeles and Inland Empire area.
Seniors find pill taking overwhelming.
It is possible that seniors some times over dose or have drug reactions. That’s why we present several tips that can help you or your loved ones, to avoid problems inherited with aging and pill taking.
Some of these tips are as follows:
- Follow dosage instructions for all prescriptions and over the counter medicines.
- Use one pharmacy for all prescriptions if possible. That way the pharmacy will have a current record of exactly what you are taking to help avoid possible inter reaction with other prescriptions.
- If the senior is seeing more than one physician, be sure to let all physicians know about the other prescriptions.
- Be sure to read all medicine precautions and potential side effects. Let family members or caregivers in on the information. They can often notice side effects before the senior notices.
- Follow any precautions with use of alcohol and combination of medicines.
- Dispose of expired medications properly. Throwing them away is not a proper way of disposal. The FDA has a list of ways to dispose of expired medicines. They also recommend the Medicine Take-Back Program. There are phone numbers of the closest locations.
- The best tool and tip is using a pill organizer to organize medication by dose and time of day.
- Never take medication that were prescribed for someone else.