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Birdwatching: How a Simple Hobby can Help Seniors

Aug 15, 2017 by Anonymous

One of the most popular activities among seniors is birdwatching. It combines many aspects, such as nature, being sociable, exercise, and relaxing, all into one activity. Birdwatching for seniors can help stimulate their mind, body, and spirit, which can help keep your aging loved ones feeling young.

There are two main types of birdwatchers, a birder and a birdwatcher. If your aging loved ones have just began this hobby,  they would be considered a birdwatcher; which is a casual hobbyist who enjoys looking for birds and watching them live in their habitats. This type of bird watching can occur in the comfort of their own backyard. On the other hand, there is a birder, who has been watching birds for many years, takes long trips into nature, and catalogs the birds they see along the way. Whatever type of birdwatcher enthusiast your loved one is, it can provide them with healthy benefits.

Benefits of Birdwatching

  • Mental Alertness
    Because birds move so fast through their habitat, being a bird watcher can help improve your aging loved ones’ mental alertness. Staying mentally alert can help stave off the symptoms of memory loss or other dementias.
  • Cardiovascular Health
    Especially if your loved ones are walking through trails to participate in this hobby, bird watching can provide them with an increase of their cardiovascular health.
  • Stress Reliever
    Not only does exercise help reduce stress by releasing endorphins, but being in nature and doing something they enjoy can help reduce your loved ones’ stress levels.

Safety while Birdwatching

It’s important to ensure that your loved ones are practicing safe bird watching habits. While it may seem like a simple hobby, there are some precautions to take before your loved ones step on the trail to seek out birds.

  • Apply sunscreen
  • Stay hydrated
  • Wear proper footwear
  • Do not go birdwatching alone

How Comfort Keepers® in Lancaster can Help

Comfort Keepers® can help your aging loved ones in Lancaster by enjoying their hobby of birdwatching with them. Our compassionate, professional caregivers—called Comfort Keepers® can go along with your loved ones on bird watching hikes, and keep your loved ones safe, healthy, and independent. With around-the-clock care or just a couple of hours a week of companionship, our caregivers provide the help and support your loved ones need.

Contact us today by calling (661) 200-9498 or by clicking here for more information about our Comfort Keepers and their services. 

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