Reminiscing can have positive effects on aging adults, and with the holidays approaching it's easy to get nostalgic. According to the American Psychological Association, reminiscing can help a person maintain a sense of continuity in their lives despite all of the changes that occur. It can also help a person cope with loneliness, by recalling past events and successes.
One way to reminisce with your senior clients is by rewatching favorite holiday movies from childhood memories. Some holidays movies for people aged 60+ include:
- Miracle on 34th Street
- It's a Wonderful Life
- White Christmas
- A Christmas Story
The Caregiver's Guide to Self-Care, written by Jane Meier Hamilton is a self-care guidebook with tips on dealing with caregiver stress.
It includes stories, advice, activities, and discussions to guide caregivers through their own journeys.
The National Alliance for Caregiving is partnering up with the National Council on Aging to release a resource for senior caregivers. The toolkit will provide guidance on how to prevent falls and how to have a conversation on prevention.
The toolkit will be released during a webinar that will also feature a Q&A with industry professionals. It will be shared on November 28th at 4:00 pm ET.
You can learn more and register here.
This month we celebrate National Family Caregiver's Month! The National Alliance for Caregiving is partnering with the National Alliance on Mental Illness and mental health advocates to create a toolkit for people who are caring for someone who has mental illness. The toolkit will cover a range of topics including how take care of yourself, how to find community services, planning for the future and much more.
The toolkit will be shared in a webinar taking place on Tuesday November 21st at 3:00 pm.
Read more about the details and register for the webinar here.
A Bittersweet Season: Caring for Our Aging Parents - and Ourselves was written by Jane Gross. Jane unexpectedly found herself in a caregiving role for her eight-five-year-old mother and faced many challenges. As she and her younger brother struggled with costs of senior care, she struggled to adapt in her role as a caregiver. In this book she shares her wisdom and advice through her own journey, and it is an essential guide to caring for aging parents.
Read more about her book here
Caregiver stress is part of the job, the Headspace app helps you check in and relax for a moment. Headspace specializes in meditation and relaxation. Meditation times range from three to twenty minutes and covers a variety of topics. It's great for busy lifestyles and helps maintain a mediation schedule.
Cruising Through Caregiving was written by Jennifer L. FitzPatrick. FitzPatrick has experienced all types of caregiving situations both professionally and personally, and with this book she shares her wisdom and knowledge. She focuses on the balance of being a good caregiver and not loosing yourself into it. Jennifer offers wisdom and personal stories of how she navigates through caregiving waters without sacrificing her own life, health, career and relationships.
Halloween is here and we have a fun, simple activity you can do with your senior clients or family members. You can get creative on what materials to use from around your house, below we have some ideas for you.
- Black Markers or Pens
- White cloth or tissue paper
- Any type of string, yarn o ribbon
- Dry macaroni or any type of pasta
- Cut out a round piece of cloth, or use double tissue paper and place dry pasta in the middle.
- Twist it and tie any type of string around it.
- Draw a face.
- Get creative! Add in arms, ornaments or anything you'd like!
The Spectrum of Hope: An Optimistic and New Approach to Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias was written by neurologist Dr. Gayatri Devi. She has been specializing in dementia and memory loss for over 20 years. With this book she changes the way we look at Alzheimer's disease by defining it as a spectrum disorder. She offers practical advice and wisdom for caregivers and anyone affected by Alzheimer's disease.
Read more about Dr. Gayatri Devi and her book here.
Fall is here and we have the easiest pumpkin pie recipe for you! You can bake it with your client and you'll only need 5 ingredients.
- 2 eggs
- 1 refrigerated rolled pie crust
- 1 can pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)
- 1 can sweetened condensed milk
- 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.
- Unroll pie crust (following package instructions) and place it on a 9" pie recipient.
- Mix the pumpkin can, condensed milk, eggs, pumpkin pie spice and salt in a mixing bowl and beat with medium speed until blended, approximately 1 minute.
- Pour mixture into the pie crust.
- Cover pie crust with foil to prevent browning.
- Bake at 425 degrees for 15 minutes.
- Reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake for 45 minutes longer, until pie is set. Test with knife until it comes out clean.
- Cool for 2 hours.
- Serve with whipped cream if desired!