By Anna Hazard
Here are a selection of tutorials for various types of sensory toys with explicit autumn themes. These crafts are easy to do for seniors, kids, and whole families and use a variety of common and inexpensive base materials including fresh fall materials such as leaves, twigs, acorns, autumn berries, nuts, and pinecones that can be gathered in outside excursions for further exercise.
In addition to acting as normal fall decor, sensory toys can be used as stress relief toys for adults, hand therapy for those with arthritis or other hand strength or dexterity issues, or sensory play which is especially good for kids, people confined to beds, or those in later stages of dementia & Alzheimer's.
By Kaki Zell
As they grow older and retire, many seniors find themselves living on a more limited income, and they cut costs by eliminating “extra” items such as gym memberships. However, if you’re a senior who has health insurance (whether that’s through Medicaid or another program), the chances are good that you’ll qualify for one of these two free fitness programs: SilverSneakers and Silver&Fit.
Below, we explain how these programs work and the benefits they offer seniors and then cover fitness tips for exercising safely as an aging adult.
By Anna Hazard
Here are a selection of Thanksgiving themed crafts that are suitable for seniors, whole families, or those with arthritis or other hand strength & dexterity issues. These crafts can pull double duty as seasonal decor around the house or for the Thanksgiving table.
Most crafts can be completed using easy-to-find materials from around the house, fresh seasonal items such as autumn gourds and fallen leaves, or standard craft supplies from local stores. Arthritis friendly crafting tools can be used by those seniors who may have more extreme hand issues.
By Anna Hazard
Here are a selection of apps to help cut down the stress, boost up efficiency, and overall help with Thanksgiving Day planning and preparations for harried caregivers, those with less free time on their hands, or anyone who wants to be a bit more organized this holiday season.
The focus is on free or inexpensive ($0.99 - $4.99) cross platform apps that can be used on both iOS & Android, especially the types that offer multiple platform syncing for easier collaboration. Chosen apps will help in ingredient selection & gathering, recipe organization, meal preparation, organizing holiday activities, or simply being an easy way to relieve stress in a seasonal themed way.
By John Schuster (ellasbubbles.com)
Many people are preparing to remain in their homes as they age. They are finding ways to accommodate their home for the use of a wheelchair and decreased mobility. A large population of people with age related challenges are looking for ways to live independently in their homes. There are currently more than 30 million Americans who use wheelchairs and those numbers continue to increase.
The bathroom can be one of the most dangerous places in your home.
Bathrooms can present many accessibility challenges to people who use a wheelchair or need accommodations. More than 2/3 of emergency room visits are due to bathroom falls, therefore bathroom safety is the number one concern when making a home accessible. Most elderly falls take place near the toilet area, while the tub and shower are the most hazardous areas for adults. A wet floor, small spaces to maneuver, and/or bending and lifting required in accessing the tub, shower or toilet can often cause falls to occur. To make the bathroom a safe space for everyone who uses it is the ultimate goal in accessible design.
To better accommodate wheelchair users and make the bathroom more comfortable for everyone, accessible design can be implemented and it can even be done without sacrificing style.
Taking inventory of the users capabilities and preferences can be a good start when planning the building or remodeling of an accessible bathroom.
By Anna Hazard
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Part 1 - iOS Exclusives
Part 3 - Cross Platform (Challenging)
Part 4 - Cross Platform (Calming)
Here are an assortment of Android exclusive games that have either been newly released, tend to be more obscure than their more popular counterparts, or did not fit within the previous categories of our Stress Relief Game Apps (2017) series.
Most games are meant to be calming & relaxing, helping to induce a meditative state, or otherwise offering a bit of entertainment, distraction, or soothing mental stimulation through their interaction, puzzles, or other gameplay elements. A few more aggressive games meant for venting tension & frustration have also been included as a counterpoint.
All apps are either completely free to play or offer free versions that may include ads or less premium content that can be later added to the game through in-app purchases.
News updates, tips, and guides on senior care, senior health, stress relief and a host of other caregiving related topics from the professionals at Ella Stewart Care.