Seniors who want to have a positive impact on the environment in honor of Earth Day have many opportunities to do so, and some of these activities can even return the favor and significantly impact elderly health. If your elderly loved one is looking for ways to stay eco-friendly and enjoy the environment in the golden years, Las Vegas senior care experts have a few suggestions.
Visit a Local Park, Botanical Garden, or Butterfly House
Spending time outdoors has many health benefits for your loved one’s mind and body. It clears the head, relieves stress, and can even help treat mild depression. Because many trails have slightly varied terrain, walking in nature at a comfortable pace can strengthen your loved one’s bones and sense of balance. If walking during the daytime, your loved one will also be exposed to sunlight, which helps his or her body produce vitamin D.
Plant a Flower, Vegetable, or Herb
Having plants around the home can be therapeutic in many ways. Studies have shown houseplants boost mood and enhance both creativity and productivity. They also clean the air, removing chemicals like ammonia, formaldehyde, and carbon monoxide. Since plants increase home humidity levels and reduce dust, they can even help decrease the risk of fatigue and colds by up to 30 percent.
Recycle and Reuse
Recycling is a simple, quick way for your loved one to help the environment. Paper, plastic, and glass can all be recycled, and many grocery stores have drop-off points for recycling plastic bags. By taking this step, your loved one can avoid contributing to the estimated 30 million tons of plastic waste that ends up in oceans and landfills each year. Better yet, your loved one can purchase a reusable shopping bag made of cloth or recycled plastic. Your loved one should try to reuse any plastic bags or containers he or she has (for example, use them to store leftovers or household items) and choose food that comes in glass jars instead of plastic containers whenever possible because glass lasts longer and is kinder to the environment.
Support the Local Farmers Market
Farmers markets typically have produce that is fresher than anything available in a grocery store. In fact, some of the fruits and vegetables may have even been picked the same day as the market. Buying local produce allows your loved one to enjoy high-quality, healthy food that tastes great, and he or she will be helping the local economy as well.
If your loved one needs assistance participating in these or other activities, reach out to Home Care Assistance. Our caregivers can assist with exercise and mobility, provide transportation, prepare nutritious meals, and help with many other daily tasks. For more information on part-time and live-in care Las Vegas seniors and their families trust, call (702) 550-3185 to speak with one of our friendly Care Managers.