Pickle says…. We said goodbye to our wonderful Great Nana earlier this year – the last of my Great Grandparents and the only one I got to meet. She was the grand old age of 97 and would have been 98 next week. It is so important that we look out for the elderly as winter approaches, we have some great tips for you….
You may have an elderly relative, friend or neighbour that you can really help as the weather turns colder and the days get shorter.
Loneliness – this is a huge problem for many people and not just the elderly. Pop in, give a call, and introduce the internet if it is appropriate – this can open up a whole new world for someone on their own.
Keep the mind active – Wordsearches, jigsaws, crosswords, all can help to keep working the mind. Again, if appropriate, the internet can introduce all sorts of apps to help. This post has lots of information about a great website resource.
Physical aids – from adapted tin openers and other handheld tools to help to get up and down stairs easier with a stairlift there are lots of ways to make life a little easier.
Fresh Air – Offer to take them out for a little walk, a cup of tea or more of a day trip if they are well enough.
Hydration – It is essential that everyone drinks plenty of fluids – more so the elderly. Make sure they have access to, and drink lots of water, juice, squash as well as tea!
Nutrition – As important as hydration, make sure they get proper meals – there may be a meals on wheels type scheme in your area. I have lots more information on how to avoid malnutrition in this post.
Shopping – As well as offering to get some shopping – why not ask them to come with you? This may be the only time in a week they get out and about and see other people.
Find some local groups / clubs. Elderly men in particular find it difficult to get out to meet people, especially if they are on their own. There is a brilliant scheme called Mens Sheds ‘Men’s Sheds are similar to garden sheds – a place to pursue practical interests at leisure, to practice skills and enjoy making and mending. The difference is that garden sheds and their activities are often solitary in nature while Men’s Sheds are the opposite.’
Can you look out for the elderly this winter by helping someone you know? Do you have any tips to add?