Mar 11, 2024 | Aging Life Care, General

By Steve Gale, Business Development Coordinator

The winter chill has mostly faded away, and as flowers bloom, this is the perfect time for seniors to embrace the rejuvenating spirit of Spring through a bit of “spring cleaning.”

This annual tradition isn’t just about tidying up your living space but also about mentally resetting and clearing the way, quite literally, for a safer living environment. Here are some tips to make your spring cleaning both effective and enjoyable: 

  1. Declutter: Over the years, belongings can easily accumulate, leading to clutter that can be overwhelming. Donate all clothing, throw away old magazines and paperwork, and let go of anything not adding value to your life. Not only will this help clear your space, but it can also reduce the risk of falls and improve your mental well-being. 
  1. Freshen Up Your Diet: Spring is the season of fresh produce, so let’s focus on adding those to the diet. Visit a local farmer’s market or grocery store to stock up on your favorite fruits and veggies. Various colorful fruits and vegetables can provide essential nutrients and antioxidants to support your health. Visit Improve Your Nutrition with these 20 Choices for Healthy Snacking.
  1. Make Exercise a Routine: With longer days and warmer weather, Spring is the perfect time to get active outside. One of my favorite activities is walking on one of the many paved trails in the area. You could even try gardening or join a senior-friendly exercise class at a local senior center. **Added Tip: Put this on the calendar. When you finish the workout one day, schedule the next on your calendar. Setting the appointment and completing it for self-care will help keep you motivated and feeling accomplished. You got this! 
  1. A Good Clean for a Healthier Home: Dusting, vacuuming, and cleaning surfaces can help remove allergens and germs that can lead to respiratory issues. Remember to clean or replace air filters and check for any signs of mold or mildew. 
  1. Schedule Health Screenings: Use the momentum of spring cleaning to take care of your health. Schedule a check-up with your healthcare provider and discuss any concerns or symptoms you may have. Regular health screenings can detect potential issues early and ensure you’re on track with your health goals. Like with the home, don’t let these things build up. After the plan is implemented, maintaining it becomes much easier. 
  1. Practice Self-Care: Spring cleaning can be physically and emotionally taxing. Though it’s all done for the right reasons, it’s hard work! Give yourself some grace and take care of yourself throughout the process. Stay hydrated, take breaks when needed, and don’t hesitate to ask for help from friends or family members. We’re all in this together. 

Remember to make spring cleaning fun! Put on some music, open the windows, and enthusiastically dive into your spring cleaning routine. Have fun and a happy Spring! 

If you or someone you care about needs additional support to help cope, The Option Group is here to help. Don’t hesitate to contact our professional care management team for assistance.
About The Option Group: Founded in 2010, The Option Group’s compassionate team of experienced Certified Life Care Managers and Educational Advocates provides services for families, their loved ones, medical professionals, and professional family advisors in Maryland, Northern Virginia, Southern Pennsylvania, and Delaware. The firm understands the challenges of caring for individuals who need assistance throughout their lifespan due to aging, dementia, disability, or serious illness. Our skilled providers possess over 100 years of combined experience navigating the healthcare maze and accessing hundreds of resources. The Option Group helps families spend quality time with their loved ones, providing clear choices that lead to better care. For more information, visit www.theoptiongroup.net or call 410-667-0266 (MD) or 717-287-9900 / 610-885-8899/ 215-896-6756 (PA) / or 302-858-6449 (DE). For Minor & Young Adult Life Care Management or Educational Services, call Mary Jo Siebert at 410-967-0122 or 443-318-4244.