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Ringing In the New Year

With the start of a new year comes a chance to start a fresh chapter in our lives. This is the time to make a change for the better whether it be small or large. We all know of someone who has made a commitment to lose weight in the new year but gave up a month into their resolution. How about we all make a commitment to setting a goal for 2016 and sticking to it for the entirety of the year? Maybe your goal for 2016 is try and see family more often, cook more meals at home or maybe try to smile more. Whatever you choose to change in the new year we wish you luck in conquering your goal. Absolute Health Care wishes you health, happiness and prosperity in the new year.

Benefits of In-Home Care

Aging in place is a term that refers to the ability to live in one's own home safely regardless of age, income, or ability level.

The ability to live in your own home is a privilege that many of us take for granted. As we age, our independence can be compromised due to a number of health concerns. At Absolute Health Care, we believe that in-home care is the optimal solution for an aging loved one.

Remaining in home with the assistance of a qualified caregiver encourages the following:

  • A sense of continued independence which promotes confidence.
  • Familiar surroundings encourage memory stimulation and increased security.
  • One-on-one care where the focus is 100% on the individual client and their needs.
  • Flexibility to attend social gatherings, go shopping, or simply step.

Wonderful Winter Activities for Seniors

The weather outside may be chilly and gloomy, but that doesn't mean seniors have to cut down on their level of activity. During the winter months, older individuals have a host of options for keeping busy, either by themselves or with friends. Here are a few ideas to keep the winter blues away:

Arts, crafts & culture

Do you have a talent for hands-on-activities? Consider sharing your passion for the arts by holding a crafting afternoon with some friends. You don't have to break the bank to provide everything you need for a few hours of fun. If you have a specific craft in mind, pick up materials from a local art supply store. You might want to whip up a few snacks as well. Turn on some music and it's a real party. Never even tried crafting before? Most art supply stores provide printed tutorials on how to do a specific craft project.  Consider trying your hand at creating one of these projects!

If you feel like heading away from home for the day, consider an afternoon outing to a nearby art museum or gallery. Check online or with your local community center for exhibitions going on in the area, and finish off your trip by visiting a cafe or restaurant for dessert or a bite to eat. Going to local galleries might also give you inspiration for your own artistic endeavors in the future. Many art institutes offer classes in different mediums, such as clay molding, sculpture, oil painting, drawing or watercolors.

Games & sports

Arts and crafts may not be your cup of tea, but that's alright - there are many options for a fun afternoon or evening. Consider meeting up with a few people to play cards or a board game, or invite everyone to bring over a favorite activity. A few simple but perennially popular options include Crazy Eights or Swedish Rummy, I Doubt It, and Go Boom. These and other games can be a great way to get to know new friends as well, and learn about an activity you may not have discovered on your own. 

It might seem like winter is the worst time to get into a new sport, but there are a lot of indoor options for staying active and socializing. For example, many community centers offer classes in Pilates or water aerobics that combine fun and fitness. You might also enjoy an afternoon of bowling, which can be played with aids like bumpers and a ball guide. If you're the tech-savvy type, you can play a video game such as Wii Sports, which offers virtual options of your favorite activities and a great way to keep moving.

Explore your space

No matter how long you've lived in a city or town, there's always something new to find. Scan the paper for upcoming events, such as concerts, book talks or lectures that might be of interest. You can also try checking out tourist information from a local community or welcome center that outlines some of the highlights of your home town. Maybe there's a popular museum that you haven't been to in a while, or a favorite restaurant that serves up some of your most-loved dishes. Play tourist for the day and explore your hometown like a traveler might. You can also turn this activity into a fun way to interact with younger family members, especially those who are visiting from out of town. Take them to see your favorite spots or locations where you've built fond memories over the years. Encourage them to share their own stories of places near and far that are important to them.

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Culinary Corner

Who would like to be healthier? Although we may not enjoy it, eating "good" for you foods it is one of the best ways to achieve a healthier lifestyle. Better for you foods do not have to equal boring foods. In this month's edition of culinary corner we are introducing two fantastic recipes that taste great yet are still healthy. 

Roman-Style Chicken

Grilled Steak with Chimichurri

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Absolute Health Care has been providing professional home care and elder support services for over 20 years.