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How to Have an Energizing Day with an Elderly Parent

Spending time with an elderly parent is always a great opportunity to provide an exciting and energizing day for both you and them. It’s easy for seniors to fall into a routine, and scheduling in a day to try a few new things with them is the perfect opportunity to change things up.

3 Easy Ways to Have an Exciting Day with Your Elderly Parent:

Elderly Care Santa Rosa CA – How to Have an Energizing Day with an Elderly Parent

Play a board game or bring a ‘Brain Challenge’

While board games are one of the oldest tricks in the books, they are an incredible way to increase the energy of a day spent with a senior and can be an enjoyable way to exercise their mind and keep them sharp. Games like Connect Four, Scrabble, Chess, Checkers or a simple crossword puzzle are great, as they provide the ability to move at a slower pace if needed. These games allow both players to take time in between turns to pause and think if they’re feeling tired or want to rest. Games like Boggle, Scattergories or Taboo can be fun games which move at a faster pace if all players are comfortable with a more rapidly progressing game.

Playing board games or doing puzzles helps keep seniors sharp and alert, and can easily brighten their day with intellectual fun and social stimulation.

Listen to music or a podcast together

Spending an entire day talking with your elderly parent can occasionally lead to dead ends or stretches of silence where you either opt for a TV show or the day ends early. Instead, picking a podcast you both like and listening to the new episodes once per week together could create a more engaging way to consume new content which is both stimulating and educational.

Some interesting interview-based podcasts are the Tim Ferriss show or Long Story Short with Bobbi Brown. If both of you have a favourite artist, then make it a habit to listen to their music when you visit. Creating these rituals which bring recurring joy can be an excellent way to engage with your elderly parent or friend.

Write down three great things that happened that day

Another excellent way to disrupt routine in a positive way is to remind ourselves that each day is unique by writing down three highlights of the day at the end of each day. While this might not become a habit right away for your parent or friend, making it a habit every time you spend time together can demonstrate to them the value in reflecting on the good that happened each day, refreshing their mental health and energizing them for the next visit. A great way to start this habit out is to bring a journal especially for your ‘highlights’, and ensure you or your elderly parent write in the journal before the day comes to an end.

Trying out one, two, or all three of these tips can aid in making the next day you spend with the senior in your life more energizing and memorable!

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Lucy Andrews DNP, RN, MS

In 1988, after working as a clinical nurse in the University Health System at UC San Francisco, Lucy Andrews started understanding home care.

She became a discharge planner and immediately fell in love with the concept of home care and the autonomous clinical practice it affords nurses. Dr. Lucy was hooked and has been a strong supporter of home care ever since.Believing people need advocates in healthcare systems, she has championed that cause across the acute care and post-acute care setting.

Dr. Lucy has worked in every aspect of home care from Medicare Certified, DME, Infusion, Hospice and finally Private Duty/Private Pay services. She also works as a home care consultant across the country and as a legal nurse consultant for the home care industry.

Having worked in all areas of home care, Dr. Lucy has a well-rounded perspective of the challenges facing patients, families and the home care industry, and as a provider she advocates for patients through the maze of health care services. Dr. Lucy celebrated over 37 years as a nurse and patient advocate.

Dr. Lucy has a Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing from Lewis University, Romeoville, Illinois.In 1994, she received her Masters of Science in Health Service Administration from St. Mary's University, Moraga, California. Dr. Lucy received her Doctor of Nursing Practice awarded in 2016, graduating with Distinction and a 4.0 GPA.

She did her doctoral work on the global dementia crisis, aging and prevention strategies for healthy living. Developed dementia and Alzheimer's disease plans for aging patients leaving the hospital setting or entering long-term care or home health and hospice environments. She also developed a specialized program for those at risk for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

In 1992, Dr. Lucy was designated CAHSAH Certified Home Care Administrator in the inaugural offering of this designation through the California Association for Health Services at Home (CAHSAH).

She is the founder and CEO of Creative Solutions Home Care Consulting Services and At Your Service Nursing & Home Care, a concierge nursing & home care agency that provides the services she believes are essential for seniors to age in place.She offers a higher level of care allowing people to be in their own homes with an emphasis on independence, safety, and quality of life.

Dr. Lucy is the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for the National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) and sits on the Board of Directors for California Association for Health Services at Home (CAHSAH).

She has served on the boards for both state and national board associations, and is currently on the following boards and committees: Board of Directors, California State Association for Health Services at Home (CAHSAH), 2002-present, National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC's) Private Duty Home Care Association Director, and multiple state and national home care committees.

Dr. Lucy goes to Washington, DC, several times a year to advocate for senior services and home care issues. She was past Commissioner for the Sonoma Commission on Human Rights.She is past chair of the local Senior Advocacy Services.

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