Is it almost 2017 already? How did that happen? I’ve been so busy that I barely noticed 2016 go by. I’m a live-in for an older woman who needs 24/7 care and of course I have obligations to my parents and sisters as well. My mom asked me recently about my New Year’s resolutions, and my first instinct was to say, “Ain’t nobody got time for that!” […]
When I was little, my mom and dad made a huge deal out of the holiday season. They would bring out all the decorations from the attic and buy a few more. There would be holiday music playing on the record player (yes, it was that long ago) and chestnuts roasting over a fire. My parents weren’t wealthy, but they always put a lot of thought into choosing the perfect gift for each of us and invested in festive wrapping paper, ribbons and cards.
The spirit of the season is everywhere you go. When you walk down a residential street, it’s in the decorations on homes and in gardens. In the center of town, you feel it in the music playing and the bright lights of the stores. Even offices usually get into the spirit and add a little cheer to their mundane décor. But what about homebound seniors? How can they feel the joy of this time of year? […]
In the past few months, the elderly woman I care for has lost much of her appetite. She eats small amounts and sometimes refuses food altogether. One of my solutions to this problem is to make extremely flavorful meals and to pack as much nutrition as possible in, so what she does eat is healthy and filling.
Rainy days can be difficult for the elderly. If they're not generally housebound, they may feel cooped up and bored without their daily walk or the ability to sit outside in the sunshine. Rain makes all of us a bit depressed, with the lack of light making us feel lethargic and gloomy. And since the elderly have a greater tendency toward depression, rain may bother them more than it bothers younger people.