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Drinking tea is quintessentially British and a big part of daily life in our care home, but have you ever thought about the benefits your average cuppa has to offer? From medicinal benefits, to positive effects on mental health and even helping fight against illness and cancer. We love a good cuppa at Fairdene Lodge, and there’s nothing more soothing than sitting down with a nice fresh brew and a bit of company.
For us here, the main benefits are its calming effects, routine and sociable aspects of having a cup of tea. Here are some of the many other benefits that drinking tea may have – although many of them are still theories, we like to think a good old fashioned cup of tea is doing us the world of good.
Now there’s 10 good reasons to go and stick the kettle on!
Also this week is Dementia UKs 10th anniversary of “Time for a Cuppa” so why not raise some money for a great cause and enjoy the health benefits of a few cups of tea with some friends or colleagues?
Sometimes growing older can feel lonely, particularly if you have lost your partner. Companionship is a great gift, but sometimes it can be hard to think of ideas of things to do. For some, just popping in for a cuppa on the way home from work can brighten their day, however if you want to go that bit further, or need some inspiration, here are a few ideas of activities you could do together:
Keeping the mind active
“If you don’t use it, you lose it” as the saying goes, keeping your mind active is important for everyone. How about doing a crossword together or sudoko? If you are creative perhaps a bit of drawing or painting – heading out into the countryside and finding a quiet spot to bring out your inner artist with a friend or relative can be so therapeutic.
You could dust off the board games and take the grandchildren over for a game of Monopoly (if you have a spare afternoon or more!) A perfect activity for all ages.
Keeping the body active
This one might not always be easy, however a little exercise and fresh air is good for the soul. Why not take your loved one out for a walk, or perhaps there’s somewhere near by that offers some dancing. Dancing is loved by most and takes people back to another time and era, it could bring back some happy memories which you could talk about together and reminisce.
Listening to music is very calming, choose some tunes from your loved one’s era and see if it brings a smile to their face or takes them back to a memory.
Reading a book together can also be very relaxing or perhaps you could look through old photographs and tell the story behind them.
Activities for those with Alzheimer’s
These ideas might not be practical for someone who is suffering from Alzheimer’s. For them it might be better to find shorter less structured activities. Perhaps a bit of housework, sock pairing or gardening. It depends on the individual, however most of us like to feel useful and you get some help with the chores!
We very much like to think of activities around our homes that are useful. Residents love getting involved in daily life, with activities such as laying the table, collecting plates or pairing socks. Of course we have lots of other activities throughout the year, dancing, boxing, arts and crafts, and lots more.
As the temperature drops and the nights get longer, it’s more important than ever to think about those more vulnerable than us, including the elderly. For some it can be a period of time where social contact reduces, so here are our thoughts on how you can help the vulnerable over the festive period.
1. Several short visits would be better than one long visit
Try and plan a few phone calls or cups of tea, Christmas can be a lonely time of year for some, try to think beyond your immediate family. Is there a neighbour who would love some company over the festive period? Why not pop round with a mince pie…
2. Hypothermia – spot the early signs
Fuel is becoming more expensive, and as we head into colder weather, elderly may try to cut back on the heating to save on the bills. A room that might seem warm enough for you may not be for the infirm or those who cannot exercise, an ideal temperature would be 20-21 Celsius. Early signs of hyperthermia can include:
As the ice sets in, many vulnerable people have falls and breaks can often be left untreated. If they have had a fall, check any bruises just in case. Similarly, many vulnerable people are afraid to go out in poor weather conditions, so why not offer to help with a weekly shop?
Having the heating up higher can cause dehydration. Even mild dehydration can affect your energy levels and leave you feeling tired or confused so try to ensure the elderly and vulnerable are drinking enough water.
Over Christmas daily routines go out the window and this could make it easier to forget to take important medications. Perhaps set alarms as reminders, or pop in at medicine times.
If you have any concerns about a friend or relative contact the medical services on 111 or in an emergency dial 999.