How Can Elderly People Positively Impact the Environment?

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Seniors today have many opportunities to ensure future generations enjoy clean air and beautiful outdoor spaces. Here are a few steps your elderly loved one can take to have a positive impact on the environment. 

Grow a Garden

A tremendous amount of energy is wasted on food production. Farming and manufacturing companies must use large amounts of water, fuel, and electricity to take food from the first seedlings to the products people see on grocery store shelves. Seniors who grow their own food not only reduce the energy used to produce their meals, but their plants also contribute to cleaner air. 

If your loved one needs help preparing meals with the food from his or her garden, a home caregiver can be a wonderful asset. Homecare providers can benefit aging adults in a variety of ways. From cooking nutritious meals to offering timely medication reminders, the dedicated caregivers at Home Care Assistance are available to help your elderly loved one 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Start an Environmental Campaign

Sometimes all it takes is one voice speaking up to make a difference. Your loved one can contact his or her community’s decision makers to ask for reforms regarding companies that pollute the environment. Letter-writing campaigns, phone calls, and visits are all effective strategies that can work on both the local and national levels. 

Much like your loved one can make a difference in the world, a professional caregiver can have a profound impact on your loved one’s overall wellbeing. Living independently is important for seniors who want to maintain a high quality of life. For some, this simply means receiving help with tasks that have become more challenging to manage over time. Even when families have the best intentions, they may not have the time to provide the care their elderly loved ones need and deserve. If your loved one needs help for a few hours a day or a few days a week, reach out to Home Care Assistance, a trusted provider of respite care Fair Oaks seniors can depend on.

Donate Household Items

During the senior years, downsizing is a common practice that helps older adults reduce their energy usage. However, many useful household items tend to be thrown away during this process. As your loved one sorts through his or her belongings before moving into a smaller space, anything that can be repurposed can be donated to a community organization. This way, less trash ends up in the landfills, and usable materials such as wood have an extended life. 

Adopt a Piece of the Neighborhood

Many communities have areas that tend to accumulate litter, and your loved one can volunteer to keep these areas clean. If your loved one is concerned about his or her ability to pick up trash regularly, he or she can organize a group and take turns cleaning with a caregiver or another companion. Even a simple walk around a park can provide the opportunity to pick up litter and promote a better environment.

Seniors need to remain healthy if they want to make a difference in the world. Not every senior has the same care needs, which means they don’t all need the same type of home care service. Fair Oaks families can rely on Home Care Assistance to provide individualized care plans to meet their elderly loved ones’ unique care needs. Our holistic Balanced Care Method was designed to help seniors focus on healthy lifestyle habits such as eating nutritious foods, exercising regularly, and maintaining strong social ties, and our Cognitive Therapeutics Method offers mentally stimulating activities that can stave off cognitive decline and delay the onset of dementia. If your loved one needs assistance with the challenges of aging, reach out to one of our knowledgeable, compassionate Care Managers today at (916) 485-4663.


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