Barry ZeVan (aka "The Weatherman") shared some of his thoughts on how Ebenezer facilities like Martin Luther combat isolation in seniors.
For yours truly, just seeing the word isolation initially conjures thoughts of despair, loneliness and hopelessness. Hopefully, those thoughts are, with further examination and deliberation, extreme and need not exemplify a total picture of isolation, but rather just emotional snapshots.
From time immemorial, people have been and still are social creatures. That's why we call the culture in which live, society. Regardless of the protestations of those who have even chosen to be hermits, living in self-imposed isolation, every human being cannot consistently or comfortably sustain life or healthy thought processes without at least some interaction with another human being. We have an innate need to communicate with one another, regardless of what thoughts or needs are shared. Thus, when the subject of isolation arises, there are multiple visions that also arise, but none, in my opinion, that require the most desperate or debilitating thinking or conclusions.
Without presumption here, I assume all human beings, at one time or another, have experienced a form of loneliness that propels minds to think in extreme terms that parallel isolation, leading to almost terrified thinking. The isolation, in most instances, is identified with being alone, feeling there's no one with whom one can express oft-times self-induced desperate thought processes and definitely thinking expressing those feelings will fall on deaf, or even mocking, ears. My comments are based on personal experience, as well as experiences of those I know whom no one would ever think experienced isolation or isolationist thinking. Negative thoughts are almost always self-made, fearing if they're shared with others, no one will really care, understand nor want to offer solace or help. In regard to Ebenezer, caring and help are parts of a permanent mantra dedicated to helping create better lives and more positive thinking for those who feel alone or isolated.
Those blessed to have any connection with Ebenezer and/or its multiple services should know the help Ebenezer can provide to alleviate feelings of isolation and helplessness is available 24/7/365. Professional Ebenezer personnel are aware that people of any age experience extreme thoughts of loneliness. Again, thanks to part of Ebenezer's mission to provide the best possible senior housing and social experiences connected thereto, Ebenezer’s trained professionals can speak with any Ebenezer resident, or even potential resident, about why and how socialization is so necessary to enjoy a well-rounded life. That socialization includes interaction with support groups and uplifting activities.
Without social interaction, isolation can indeed create much less of a life than we deserve, again of our own making. If you or others you know need to do so, please explore and avail yourself (or selves) of Ebenezer's genuine caring and proven solutions.
The Martin Luther Campus, an Ebenezer Senior Community, offers many resources and programs to help seniors combat loneliness and isolation. Martin Luther offers Adult Day Programs that gives seniors who do not need full- time nursing care social activity and care during the day. For those who do need full-time care, Martin Luther provides art and music programs, weekly worship, intergenerational programs and other activities that provide seniors with socialization.
Martin Luther Campus is part of the Ebenezer family of Lutheran Senior Care Communities. We provide transitional care and assisted living apartments for seniors in Bloomington. We also have adult day clubs and memory care programs for seniors living at home. We’re located at 1401 East 100th St. Bloomington, MN. Are you interested in transitioning to assisted living or do you have a loved one that needs assisted living? Call Amy at 952.948.5167.
Daily exercise is important, but can be a challenge for many seniors dealing with chronic pain, arthritis or other conditions. These gentle exercises are a great way to stay in shape without causing pain.
1. Resistance Bands
Resistance bands are cheap, easy to transport, and can be used anywhere. Resistance bands can be used to do seated rows, band pull aparts (pull the band as if you are shooting a bow), bicep curls (where you stand in the middle of the resistance band, grab both ends of the band, and pull up on the bands) and more.
Whether you go walking on the treadmill or enjoy an afternoon of walking outdoors, this exercise is beneficial and an easy impact workout for seniors. Walking can strengthen muscles, improve balance and circulation and increase energy levels. Walking is also a great group activity and way to socialize.
Swimming is a wonderful exercise that puts minimal stress on bones while working many muscles in the body and it can reduce back pain and improve posture. At Martin Luther, we provide aquatic therapy with access to one-on-one care from a licensed physical therapist and a state-of-the-art Hydroworx pool with an underwater treadmill and resistance jet technology.
4. Weight Lifting
As seniors age, it’s necessary to keep the arms strong so that day-to-day objects like milk cartons, cans, etc can be lifted without getting hurt. Bicep curls, overhead elbow extensions and side shoulder raises strengthen arm muscles without being too intensive.
Stretching is one of the best ways to improve posture and maintain flexibility for people of all ages. Stretching is especially important for seniors because flexibility usually decreases as people age, making activities like picking up objects and getting up off the couch more difficult. The triceps stretch, seated hip stretch and the cat-cow pose are three beneficial stretches to start with in your workout.
With these exercises, seniors can improve health, strengthen the core, improve circulation and more.
Martin Luther Campus is part of the Ebenezer family of Lutheran Senior Care Communities. We provide transitional care and assisted living apartments for seniors in Bloomington. We also have adult day clubs and memory care programs for seniors living at home. We’re located at 1401 East 100th St. Bloomington, MN. Are you interested in transitioning to assisted living or do you have a loved one that needs assisted living? Call Call Amy at 952.948.5167
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