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How the Elderly Can Celebrate Earth Day

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Every year, people around the world participate in a number of events to celebrate Earth Day. The objective of these activities is to help save the environment, including cleaning up and preserving natural resources. If your loved one lives independently, get together with him or her to celebrate Earth Day.

Seniors who live independently sometimes require a professional caregiver to help them complete their daily tasks. Whether your elderly loved one needs part-time assistance with basic household chores or you need a break from your caregiving duties, the New Hampshire respite care experts at Home Care Assistance are here to help. All of our respite care services are backed with a 100% satisfaction guarantee, there are no hidden fees in our contracts, and we never ask our clients to sign long-term contracts.

Here are 5 environmentally-friendly activities your senior loved one can do with others or independently. 

1. Plant a Garden

This fun Earth Day activity can provide a variety of health benefits. Encourage your loved one to go greener when planting the garden or upgrade it so it is more sustainable. Gardening can help seniors enhance their happiness and reduce the risk of depression and loneliness. Planting a garden can also increase your loved one’s self-confidence, joint and muscle strength, and hand-eye coordination. 

2. Get Rid of Devices 

Encourage your loved one to put away the Smartphone, laptop, computer, or tablet for the entire day or at least for an “Earth Hour.” During these times, he or she should not use any devices unless it is a family or medical emergency. Even though Earth Day happens once a year, when people from all across the globe refrain from using their digital devices, it can have a positive impact on the environment. 

3. Help Out with Recycling 

Examine the type of waste your loved one throws out of the home. Recycling can reduce the amount of waste thrown into landfills. Help your elderly loved one create a compost bin for perishable items. He or she can learn more about green waste elimination programs by joining environmentally-conscious groups in the community. These groups have a variety of activities and recycling programs your loved one can participate in on Earth Day and throughout the year. 

4. Hold a Seedling Swap Party 

Your loved one can host this event for family and friends at home. During the party, guests swap seedlings and cuttings or share gardening tips. This is the perfect time for your loved one to let a family member know he or she has been admiring a specific bush in the yard. The family member can share a cutting or two with your loved one and other guests at the party. This is a great way for your loved one to celebrate Earth Day and socialize with others who share his or her interest in gardening.

5. Get Creative with Crafts 

Crafting events are held in several communities around the world on Earth Day. Your loved one can participate in one of these events or host one at home. He or she can create masterpieces with recycled objects and materials. For instance, your loved one can use empty water bottles, glue, and old newspaper strips to make papier mâché vases. He or she can also learn more about the environment and how to recycle and reuse everyday objects on this day. Going to creative crafting events on Earth Day can give your loved one the chance to engage with other individuals, preventing isolation and depression.

It is important for your loved one to prevent loneliness if he or she wants to stave off serious age-related conditions such as Alzheimer’s. If your loved one has Alzheimer’s disease, consider hiring a trained caregiver. New Hampshire Alzheimer’s care professionals are available around the clock to help seniors manage the challenges of Alzheimer’s. Whether your loved one requires cognitive stimulation, transportation to medical appointments, or assistance with daily tasks, expertly trained Alzheimer’s caregivers are the ideal solution.

Seniors can face a variety of challenges as they age, many of which can be mitigated with the help of professional in-home caregivers who provide high-quality elder home care. New Hampshire families trust in Home Care Assistance to help their elderly loved ones age in place safely and comfortably. Contact us at (603) 471-3004 to learn more about our services and set up a free consultation.