Part of the magic of being retired involves having the freedom to spend more time making memories with your children and grandchildren – especially if they live close by. It is not always so easy, though, for many whose loved ones live in other parts of the country – or the world. For those who can’t walk across town and spend the day together with their families, there are other worthwhile methods of staying connected that are just as fulfilling and serve as a great way to “fill in the gaps” until you can see them again.
For the more tech-savvy among us, talking to loved ones anywhere in the world is as simple as a click of a button on a desktop computer, a tablet computer, or a cell phone. Popular programs like Skype and Apple’s Facetime allow voice chat with video so you can talk to one another and see one another as well. If your device has a camera and a microphone, and if you have an internet connection, it is hard to find a more personal way to spend time with your family without actually being there! If you have a cell phone or tablet, you can also take photos and videos and share them with your family via social media like Facebook and also through emails and text messages. The more connected you are, the easier it will be for you to stay connected to loved ones no matter the geographic distance between you.
Don’t Forget the Personal Touch
Nothing replaces the warmth and personality contained within the pages of a handwritten letter. There is something very special about reading a letter and knowing that the sender had you in mind when putting pen to paper. Getting into a routine of sending weekly or monthly letters will give your loved ones something to look forward to – and you can add a little extra magic by adding something to the letter each time. Maybe it is a coin you collected on your honeymoon, or a gift card to a favorite shopping destination. Remember – when you write them in this way,they will write back, giving you something exciting to look forward to as well. So what are you waiting for? It’s time to start making memories!
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Everyone feels better after a good night’s sleep. According to the National Institute on Aging, seniors should get 7-9 hours of sleep every night, but many are slow to fall asleep and up multiple times throughout the night. If you or a loved one are dealing with sleep issues, it is important to understand what is happening and what actions you can take to remedy the situation before it has a negative impact on your health.
How does sleep aﬀect your health?
Harvard University studies indicate that insufficient sleep can contribute to medical conditions such as
diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and obesity and can compromise the immune system – making it harder for the body to fend oﬀ illness. It can also impact memory including the ability to concentrate. Most experts agree that getting the right amount of sleep is as important to overall health as good nutrition and exercise. Getting a good night’s sleep is also key in providing the body with an opportunity to recover from the wear and tear of everyday life. Your body repairs damaged tissue, enhances muscle growth, and even regulates hormones and metabolism while sleeping.
Sleep patterns can change with age
According to the National Sleep Foundation, seniors tend to have a harder time falling asleep and more
trouble staying asleep than when they were younger despite the fact that their sleep needs remain the same. Sometimes this difficulty falling asleep can be attributed to the side eﬀects of certain medications, which is why it is important to tell your doctor if you notice a change in your sleep patterns. Also, as we age, the timing of our bodily functions can change. We may still get 7-8 hours of sleep but find that we go to sleep earlier and wake up earlier than we used to. These kinds of changes to the rhythm of the body can be disruptive to sleep, especially if they are dramatic in nature.
How can I sleep better?
Having a dark sleep environment that is not filled with artificial light (such as the television) gives your
body the signal that it is time to sleep. Also – make sure you do not eat or drink in excess before going to bed, or you will likely be up in the middle of the night using the bathroom which is disruptive to deep sleep. Regular exercise will also help the body prepare for rest in the evening – as will getting into a nightly routine of reading for a few minutes before bed.
If you or a loved one are dealing with sleep-related issues and need some additional advice on how to help, Primrose would be honored to visit with you. Just visit www.primroseretirement.com for more info or to contact the Primrose closest to you.
If you are playing the role of primary caregiver for a loved one, you know the amount of stress that can be associated with this task. We all want to help our aging loved ones retain as much freedom and independence as we can for as long as possible – but for those who are not mindful of their own needs, the demands of caregiving can lead to depression, anger, anxiety, and worse.
Signs of caregiver-related stress
Research from the Mayo Clinic indicates that caregivers may be so focused on meeting the needs of their loved ones that they neglect their own physical and emotional well-being. Too much stress over an extended period of time can be bad for your health. As a caregiver you are more prone to experience symptoms of anxiety or depression. You may not get enough sleep which can lead to irritability – and your diet may be negatively aﬀected which increases your chance for other medical problems like heart disease and diabetes. In the end, it is important to remember that if you don’t take care of yourself, you won’t be able to eﬀectively help take care of your loves ones either.
Know Your Limitations
It takes a strong person to be a caregiver, but even the most resilient people have limits. Always be
aware of the type of care you can safely provide and never cross the line by trying to do something you are not comfortable doing. It is not always easy to admit when the care needs of your loved ones become too complicated for you to handle safely on your own – but when this happens, Primrose is here to help. We work with caregivers who are concerned about the well-being of their loved ones every day. We assess their needs, develop a plan tailored to their unique situation, and give you peace of mind in knowing that they are safe 24 hours a day.
We want you to enjoy your time with family and leave the caretaking to us. If you have questions
about how Primrose can assist you and your loved ones, we would be honored to visit with you. Just go
to www.primroseretirement.com for additional info and to find the Primrose nearest to you.
As we age, we experience a greater number of life changes that can aﬀect our health. Whether it is having an “empty nest” for the first time, retirement, the loss of loved ones, or just the physical challenges that can come with aging – it is what we learn from these major life events that is the key to us remaining healthy.
Adjust your hobbies
As you reach your 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, and beyond, healthy aging involves maintaining an awareness of the physical changes you are going through – and making adjustments accordingly. You will want to continuously adopt new hobbies that make it easier for you to stay active, and you may need to make some adjustments that will allow you to continue enjoying your current hobbies as well. One of the myths of aging is that it always brings about declining health or disability. While it is true that some illnesses become more common as we age, it is also true that many seniors find it easier to maintain their fitness after retirement than it was when they were working and raising a family.
Don’t ignore your emotions
For some, finding healthy ways to cope with the emotional challenges of aging can be difficult. As we age, the tendency can be to focus on the things we lose rather than being grateful for the things we have. It is important to be in fellowship with other seniors and to acknowledge your feelings and share them with your friends and loved ones. It is also important to your emotional health to accept the things you can’t control and, instead, focus on the things you can. Some find that their limitations are mitigated by moving to a retirement community. They are surrounded by their peers and provided with great dining options and spacious living arrangements. Assistance is available for those who need it and, often times, physical and emotional health improves dramatically in these settings.
If you are interested in learning more about retirement living, Primrose would be honored to assist you. Just visit www.primroseretirement.com for more information.