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5 Ways Older Adults Can Save the Environment

By Debbie Waddell, 10:30 am on

Preserving Earth’s natural resources is important, and many older adults are aware of how the world has changed in response to pollution. For some seniors, the environment is a source of anxiety because they tend to worry about what the climate change may mean for the future generations of their family.

Seniors can face a variety of challenges as they age, many of which can be mitigated with the help of professional in-home caregivers who provide high-quality elderly home care. Placer County families trust in Home Care Assistance to help their elderly loved ones age in place safely and comfortably. These 5 eco-friendly activities could give your loved one a renewed sense of purpose that lifts his or her spirits.

1. Join a Community Cleanup Program

Many communities have volunteers who pick up trash at public parks or along the roads. Seniors can check with their city’s volunteer organizations to find out about opportunities in their area, or they can start their own senior cleanup group with the help of their friends. This activity is ideal for seniors with a wide range of disabilities. For example, a trash pickup stick can be used from a wheelchair or by a senior who can no longer bend easily.

2. Dispose of Medications Properly

Although some unused medications can be flushed, it is better to dispose of them through take-back programs offered at local hospitals or other community organizations. This is because some traces of medication can get into the public water supply, especially when they are dumped in large quantities. If there are no take-back programs nearby, then mixing pills with unpalatable substances such as kitty litter before putting them in the trash is the safest way to get rid of them with minimal harm to the environment.

3. Plant a Garden

Plants release fresh oxygen into the air, and growing them gives seniors a fun way to teach their grandchildren about how to take care of the environment. For example, seniors can start a compost pile to use in place of chemical fertilizer. Eating the fresh produce from the garden also reduces your loved one’s environmental footprint for food consumption.

Seniors with limited mobility can also enjoy gardening with their family members or professional caregivers. If your aging loved one needs occasional help with bathing, grooming, cooking, or other basic household tasks, or if you need time to attend to important personal matters, reach out to Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of live-in and respite care. Placer County seniors can maintain their independence while living at home with the help of our reliable respite caregivers.

4. Pass Down a Lesson

Many seniors grew up doing eco-friendly activities. For example, preparing meals from scratch reduces waste since it requires less packaging than processed foods. Alternatively, teaching a kid how to fish shows the importance of taking care of the habitats in which our food sources live. Sharing a lesson reminds seniors that their wisdom is important for future generations, and it is a great chance to enjoy some family time.

5. Recycle

Many seniors already do some recycling such as putting their trash into the proper bins on trash pickup day. However, it is easy to forget other items can be repurposed such as an old dresser. Instead of putting it on the curb, seniors can search for families in their neighborhood who can reuse such items. This helps preserve resources such as wood and energy that would’ve been wasted on making new products.

Seniors with dementia or other forms of cognitive decline can also play their part in protecting the environment. Having a customized dementia care plan in place can boost your loved one’s mental health and wellbeing and allow him or her to contribute positively toward the environment. For trusted and reliable dementia care, Placer County families can turn to Home Care Assistance. We are experts in caring for seniors with memory-related conditions, our caregivers are available 24/7, and all of our dementia care programs are backed with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Call us at 916.226.3737 today to create a dementia care plan for your aging loved one.

 

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