Six Ideas for New Hobbies When Your Senior Is Stuck at Home

Now that a lot more people are spending all day every day at home, they’re finding that they need some activities to help them to cope. If that describes your senior, she may want to try some of these ideas.

Check out Online Games

Online games can be a big challenge and a lot of fun. The bonus is that because they’re online, there’s no board to set up, no pieces to lose, and there are a ton of options. Your senior may just find some great games that she loves to play. Another huge benefit is that games are a great way to keep your senior’s brain active and engaged.

Dive into Old or New Movies

If your elderly family member has always enjoyed movies but hasn’t had the time to watch them, now might be the time to dive back in. She might go with old favorites that she hasn’t seen in a long time or explore new-to-her movies. Or she could go with a mix of those. Just like with online games, on demand functions and streaming options mean that there’s an endless variety available.

Learn to Meditate or Do Yoga

Moving a little more is good for your senior’s body and her mind. It can also help her to manage any anxiety or other emotions she’s experiencing. Now could be the perfect time to learn to meditate or to do simple yoga poses. YouTube has a wide range of free guided meditations and yoga flows that your senior might want to try out.

Start Writing that Memoir

Chances are very good that your elderly family member has lived an exciting and colorful life. There are probably stories that you still haven’t heard, too. Now might be the perfect time for your elderly family member to sit down and start writing that memoir.

Start a Travel Wish List

Museums all over the world are offering guided virtual tours right now, as are quite a few of the popular travel destinations. Your senior might want to put together a travel wish list and see if some of those places on her list have virtual tours. She can “visit” the places on her travel wish list now and see which ones she might want to still visit once travel is possible again.

Learn Some New Technologies

There are constantly new technologies out there and now might be a great time for your senior to start using some of them. Video chatting might have been unnecessary before, but now it can help her to talk to and to see family members and friends. That’s an important and fun way to use it.

There’s a lot that can be overwhelming for your senior right now. Finding a new hobby or skill can be a great way to distract her from what’s going on with the coronavirus pandemic. It might also be a good idea to hire elder care providers to check on your senior. They take extra precautions to ensure that they do not endanger your senior and they can help you to feel more at ease that she’s doing well.

If you or an aging loved-one is considering Home Health Care in Palm Beach, FL, please contact the caring staff at MAZALTOV HOME CARE, LLC today at. (561) 465-5920

How the Vagus Nerve Could Lessen RA Pain

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disorder that can cause seniors a lot of pain.
It causes chronic inflammation and damages the linings that protect joints. Even with treatment, people who have RA still experience pain and other symptoms. A group of scientists recently looked into whether stimulating the vagus nerve might be useful in relieving symptoms of RA.

About the Study

The vagus nerve is quite long, running from the brain down into the neck, chest, and abdomen. The vagus nerve has an inflammatory response that causes the body to make fewer tumor necrosis factor molecules (TNF). TNF is involved in autoimmune disorders. In fact, some of the drugs used to treat RA are designed to block TNF. The researchers wanted to know if, by stimulating the vagus nerve, they could achieve the same, or perhaps a better, result as the drugs used for treating RA.

To test their theory, the scientists placed a neurostimulator in 14 participants with RA. Each of the participants had used at least two drugs for treating their RA symptoms but did not achieve the desired results. The participants were placed in one of three groups: a placebo group, a group that got vagus stimulation once daily, and a group that got stimulation four times each day. At the end of the three-month study, the scientists found that the people who received stimulation once a day had the best results.

Coping with RA

A single study isn’t enough to make treatment with a neurostimulator available to people with RA. However, it does offer hope for new ways of managing the symptoms of RA. Until new treatments are available, though, there are things older adults can do to better cope with the symptoms, such as:

  • Heat, Cold, and Massage: Joints that are feeling stiff may respond to heat while those that are inflamed may improve with cold. Massage can also relieve pain.
  • Move Often: Changing positions often can prevent joints from becoming stiff. So, when the older adult is doing something like cooking or a craft, they should get up and move or release their grip on knives, spoons, or tools. Also, while watching television, encourage them to get up and walk around the room a bit every half hour.
  • Rest When Needed: When joints are painful or the senior is feeling fatigued, it’s a good idea for them to rest for a bit. Doing too much can increase inflammation and pain.

Senior care can be a great help to older adults with RA. A senior care provider can take care of household tasks, like cleaning, so that your aging relative can save their energy for activities they enjoy. Also, a senior care provider can remind them when it is time to take RA medicines or take a break to move around. Senior care providers can even provide emotional support and companionship that makes having a chronic condition easier and less stressful.

If you or an aging loved-one is considering Home Care in West Palm Beach, FL, please contact the caring staff at MAZALTOV HOME CARE, LLC today at. (561) 465-5920


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