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Helping The Elderly Beat the January Blues:10 Top Tips

January is a difficult month for many, especially the older generation. New Year, New You may not be the enthusiastic mantra for elderly parents and relatives who feel that January and February are particularly gloomy times.  We have put together 10 Top Tips helping the elderly beat the January blues. 

1.Plan the year – sort out the calendar and get enthusiastic about the year ahead by putting things in the diary such as a holiday, an outing, or an event.

Having things to look forward cheers everyone up. 

10 ways to beat the january blues for the elderly

2.Keep busy – this is such an important part of living well and longer. Explore lunch clubs and social organisations like University of the Third Age and the WI. Being sociable helps keep the brain sharp and reduces the risk of becoming isolated and lonely, well-known causes of depression.

3.Volunteering – thousands of organisations are crying out for volunteers such as charity shops, museums, art galleries, the local hospital, and many more. Befriending services, whether on the phone or in person, are particularly age-friendly, but any volunteering can help maintain confidence and self-esteem, giving someone a sense of purpose and feeling needed by others.

4.Have a tidy out – this is a good way to help prevent falls around the home, perhaps encourage a bit of a clear-out; some changes to prevent falls are simple such as moving rugs or getting rid of clutter. A spring clean in January can be both cathartic and liberating.

5.Daily exercise – while the days are so short it can be hard to get out and about, but daily exercise is good for the soul and the fitness levels, even if it’s just a trip to the shops.

The GP surgery may well be able to suggest some exercise classes, or there are a myriad of local organisations providing classes for older people.

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6.A new project – you are never too old to start something new or learn something…. investigate courses, classes, and things to do; or set about putting together the family tree, or personal memoirs.

7.Food – re-discover the pleasure of food, particularly for those living alone, food can become just fuel. Reignite the pleasure of food and eating with the therapeutic benefits of being in the kitchen. Dig out favourite old recipes, cook for a neighbour or friend; or just enjoy a much-loved dish.

8.Friends and family – keep up your connections, Christmas is a busy time, and the quietness of the next few months can be challenging. Stay in touch with family and friends and plan time together to catch up whether it’s a trip to the garden centre or coffee with a neighbour.

9. Paperwork sort out – a satisfying task to start the year.  Time to get organised by organising or clearing out the old paperwork, bills, bank statements etc.

Make or update the list of medication taken, and stick it on the fridge door.   

Review your Will; have you got a power of attorney in place?  Are you claiming all the financial assistance you can? 

10 ways to beat january blues for the elderly

9.Caring for your future – staying independent in old age is incredibly important to health and wellbeing, but don’t be afraid to ask for help if you’re feeling less mobile or frailer.

Many of us will have spent time with elderly relatives over the festive period and may have noticed ageing, physical deterioration, or perhaps early signs of dementia.  Now’s the ideal time to make a family plan, share the load of care and support and enable parents and relatives to continue to enjoy their lives by keeping active, healthy, and busy. 

Keeping Mum is our blog, a collection of thoughts, ideas, the odd rant, about caring for elderly parents and relatives.

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