We have had a very musical week, with three different opportunities to enjoy musical entertainment. At our Luau Party, Jaci's singing took us back to a time in our lives that we remember with fondness. It was fun dressing in tropical clothing and dreaming of warmer weather. The Luau Lunch was excellent, right down to the fruit smoothies! Though the weather has been keeping us close to home, we are having a good time with a variety of activities that many choose to enjoy. Lunch "In" has become a fun activity. This week we had carry out from the Candlelight Restaurant. Very tasty!
Well everyone the next holiday around the corner is valentine's day! You might wonder what to do to help your loved one through a day that may feel kind of lonely especially if their spouse has passed. Here are some ideals that might help you to "share the love" with them! It can be hard for seniors who have lost their life-long partner, especially on the one holiday of the year meant to celebrate that love. But Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be a day of sorrow for the senior in your life, there are ways you can share the love and turn the holiday into a celebration of the bond between your family. Here are some ideals!
1. Decorate together - Making your loved one’s home more festive can be a fun and easy way to get in the Holiday spirit and if you include
everyone in the festivities, you will be making awesome family memories!
2. Bake together - Valentine’s day is synonymous with treats, and what better way to celebrate than by making cookies or other sweets
together? One of my favorites is chocolate covered strawberries!
3. Scrapbooking - Who doesn’t like reliving old memories? It can be bittersweet for your loved one to look through all the old pictures of
partner, but it can also bring back the great memories they made together. Take lots of pictures when your phone so you will continue
to have memories in the making!
4. Read old love letters - If your senior loved one has old love letters from their lost love, reading them together can be another nice way to
relive old memories. If they don't have the old love letters, consider writing them a letter. Letters are a personal form of communication
and you can take the time to let them know how much they really mean to you. Getting a letter from you is sure to brighten up your loved
one’s Valentine’s Day, and they’ll be happier knowing you’re thinking of them.
5. Involve the kids and grandkids and just be there for them! The most important part of spending Valentine’s Day with your loved one is to
be there for them; the best gift you can give them is your time and presence. You have the potential to turn a bad day into a great one,
and having someone to share the day with will give them something to look forward to, instead of potentially dreading the holiday.
Any of these ideas will make Valentine’s Day a holiday to remember, so pick one (or more) and go visit your loved one. Valentine’s Day isn’t the only time you should visit! Make it a habit to visit regularly (and be sure to bring the grandkids), and you’ll see your senior loved one’s mood improve quickly. Remember that spending time with their loved ones is the best gift you can give! Happy Valentine's Day!
Did you know that most Bickford branches offer a retreat suite? A retreat suite is a fully furnished apartment at Bickford for use by someone short term. Many folks like the retreat suite option, as it gives them a chance to "try it before you buy it" without the commitment of furnishing their own apartment. A few reasons for a retreat stay would include someone trying out Bickford to ensure it is a good fit before moving in all of their own belongings, a rest stop between the hospital and home for additional recovery, and it can also be used by a family member caregiver who needs a break or is experiencing health issues for themselves, and their loved one can vacation with us!
If you are considering assisted living, give Bickford's retreat suite a try! Check with your local Bickford for availability.
Beth Fleming, Divisional Director of Operations
Eastern IA/Western IL
Hello to everyone and I hope that you all had a Blessed Holiday Season! Often people may have a change in their mood and they have an intense sense of sadness or other changes. Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that's related to changes in seasons — SAD begins and ends at about the same times every year. If you're like most people with SAD, your symptoms start in the fall and continue into the winter months, sapping your energy and making you feel moody. Less often, SAD causes depression in the spring or early summer.
Treatment for SAD may include light therapy (phototherapy), medications and psychotherapy.
Don't brush off that yearly feeling as simply a case of the "winter blues" or a seasonal funk that you have to tough out on your own. Take steps to keep your mood and motivation steady throughout the year.
In most cases, seasonal affective disorder symptoms appear during late fall or early winter and go away during the sunnier days of spring and summer. Less commonly, people with the opposite pattern have symptoms that begin in spring or summer. In either case, symptoms may start out mild and become more severe as the season progresses.
Signs and symptoms of SAD may include:
Feeling depressed most of the day, nearly every day
Losing interest in activities you once enjoyed
Having low energy
Having problems with sleeping
Experiencing changes in your appetite or weight
Feeling sluggish or agitated
Having difficulty concentrating
Feeling hopeless, worthless or guilty
Having frequent thoughts of death or suicide
So if you do have any of the symptoms don't disregard them as nothing! Seek help and reach out to loved ones.
We had very diverse week. The Clinton High cheerleaders, (at least 28 of them) came and entertained us with their cheers. What fun! The cheers have certainly become more complex than they were in my day. Good job young ladies and gentleman! Jill, our wonderful naturalist from Rock Creek, did a presentation on birds that come out at dusk and at dawn. Many that we might not ever see. It was a new presentation and we all agreed that Jill did a great job and can practice on us anytime! Thank you Jill:) Yesterday, we were given a mild day weather wise, and it worked out well with our outing. We went to HyVee for lunch and for shopping. Two birds, one stone! Many of the ladies miss cooking. So I try to plan things that they can help with. Today, we put together a fun mix of goodies. We plan to pass them out to the residents for weekend munching. After our spirited game of Bunco this afternoon we will enjoy our mix with a cocktail. Happy Friday!