As beautiful as a frosty, snowy winter can be, sometimes the dark and cold winter nights are just that: dark and cold. Now that we are in the pit of the season, you may be trying to come up with a way to brighten your loved one’s spirit or show them how much you care. We think a thoughtful gifts might just be the perfect solution!
To help you with a few ideas, our expert team at Belleview Heights Assisted Living and Memory Care community in Aurora, Colorado has put together a list of heartwarming gifts that will help cheer up your loved one while we wait for spring to arrive!
Do you ever get tired of looking at the same photos, artwork, and decor in your home? Well, your loved one may feel the same way. If you want to get them something meaningful, spruce up their space with some fun artwork that can lift their mood and brighten their spirits. Remember, loud colors can stimulate the brain! As an added bonus, every time they see this artwork in their room, they will be reminded that someone cares about them.
Did you know that seniors who are affected by Alzheimer’s or dementia may also struggle with temperature regulation? They simply might not realize they are cold, may not be able to comprehend they are cold, or might not be able to communicate to their caregivers that they are uncomfortable. Having a blanket nearby is one way you can ensure they stay warm. For seniors who struggle to regulate their own temperature or don’t realize they are cold, that new blanket they just received in the mail will make them want to bundle up! And who does not love snuggling under a warm blanket and watching a movie when it is cold and wet outside?
According to research, daylight or sun lamps are beneficial for seniors because they can help increase serotonin levels (also known as the happy hormone) and help regulate melatonin levels to restore a more natural circadian rhythm. Sun lamps are often used to treat SAD or seasonal affective disorder. SAD is a type of depression that occurs during the fall and winter months when there are fewer hours of sunlight during the day. Investing in a daylight lamp can help alleviate these mood changes by mimicking natural sunlight. If you are concerned that your loved one might be suffering from this type of depression or any other form of depression, consult your doctor immediately.
Adult coloring books have taken the world by storm in recent years with new research suggesting that coloring has been linked to reducing stress levels and positively impacting people’s moods. We follow the same principles at Belleview Heights and encourage our residents to be creative with both coloring and crafting! A fun coloring book with crayons, colored pencils, or pens would be a perfect gift for your loved ones as they wait for the weather to warm back up. Another great addition to this gift would be a puzzle book! Puzzle books require brainpower to complete and contain challenges such as crosswords, matching, Sudoku, etc. These are great brain-stimulating exercises that help to improve your loved one’s cognitive skills, and they make great gifts to pass the time as well!
We love to see packages delivered for our residents and the smiles on their faces when they open your gifts! Consider giving one of these gifts the next time you want to send your loved one some happy mail.
To learn more about residency or to schedule a tour of Belleview Heights, contact our friendly team today.