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A Walk in the Park

Updated: Mar 21

As a personal assistant to seniors, one of my favorite roles is that of a companion to share experiences outside of their home... like going out for coffee and taking walks together at some of our favorite parks throughout the city and along the river that runs through it.

Breathing in fresh air, feeling the warmth of the sun, and taking in the beauty that surrounds us is good for our souls. Being outdoors affects neurotransmitters like serotonin and endorphins. It's not only relaxing and rejuvenating, but by being in the light our spirit and mood is lifted by evaluating the hormone melatonin.

Walking can be as easy and light as you are able, even with a cane or walker. Adjust your walk to how much energy you have, as your strength and stamina change from day to day. If your balance is off, take extra care to accept assistance while walking. Stay on level paved or lightly graveled paths. If you do step off of the path onto a more unstable surface like grass, take extra care. I stay close to my client and we pay attention to each step, and take it slowly. Avoid looking up until you are in a stable position to do so.

My clients are so much happier having the opportunity to be out in nature, and also look forward to our next outing. Combine a walk with a picnic, visiting a cafe or a bookstore, for example. Your loved one may prefer certain places to visit repeatedly or are more adventurous than you realize and would enjoy a surprise, something totally new and different to experience. This is a great topic to discuss while chatting over a cup of coffee or tea. Plan your next outings together. Discover their interests and places they would like to visit. If your loved one has memory loss, I find that returning to places they once visited tends to jog their memory and helps them recall and be able to talk about a previous time there. It's very stimulating, and the joy it brings is immeasurable.

Our wonderful seniors long to make the most of this one precious life they are living. The best thing we can give them is our love, attention, our time, and experiences that help increase their joy and quality of living. If you have a busy schedule and stretched thin or live out of area, please let us know how we can best serve your needs as a family member or caregiver and that of your loved one. Contact us for a free consultation a (541) 816-1730. We have a two hour minimum. Serving Lane County.

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