This is the time of year that having to be inside is difficult for everyone. Our person is just not wanting to do anything and therefore sits, sometimes drinking coffee and sometimes not, sometimes sleeping and sometimes watching TV. As the caregiver we know how difficult it is to get motivated when the sky is gloomy, the air is cold and the living room is warm.
This is also the time of the year when people who are ill, lose much of their muscle tone and when our defenses are not at their optimum. Certainly we want to move about go for a walk or just look at the flowers or new construction, walk along and look at the marina or the car lot. Well why not? If we bundle up and don’t go when there is ice and snow, why not. When we were twenty years younger, we did these things, so let’s do them now. Let’s suppose that we are feeling the need to get up and move, but the weather is snowy and icy. This is the time when we must add a little ingenuity; let’s dance to slow music, let’s sing to the oldies, let’s play domineos or a board game. The point is let’s get moving. And if you can think of anything to do; let each take a duster and dust the rooms while singing our favorite song, you know the one “our song”.
The point is to get movement into our life and singing adds a great exercise for our breathing. Have fun with the chores, laughter is the best medicine. And then later we can talk about all the fun we had.