Need to get out and run some errands???

So you are an older adult- maybe you still drive but mostly in and around where you live or maybe you don’t drive. You would also like to go to the grocery store, the pharmacy, department store, the nursery. It’s a weekday and your family is at work – you hate to ask your neighbors or friends. Maybe you’d like a little company – someone to drive and chat and maybe even stop and eat along the way. Give us a try – People in Touch. 214-794-7934 or Peopleintouch.net. We will try our hardest to take you and have a great time along the way.

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Social support for Seniors

Social support – meaning close and frequent ties with others – can improve the mental performance of older people, according to the MacArthur study. Social support can come from friends, relatives, or caregivers. We probably already know this but it is the supportive aspect that is critical – the relationships must make people feel good about themselves.

Need a vacation but worried about your senior mom or dad?

We are your solution. People in Touch, a customized senior companion service,will go to the house and visit or take her/him out for lunch or early dinner as often as you like. A telephone call with lengthy conversation can also be set up for days when no visit occurs.

Contact us for fee and an on-site visit with you and your parent today.

(214)794-7934   info@peopleintouch.net

Website: Peopleintouch.net

Dental Health is important for ALL ages, especially the elderly!

Do you know that you can get dental care in your own home or residential facility?  Yes, there are groups of dentist that will bring the office to you!!  On-Site Dentists of Texas, who specialize in Geriatric Dental Care, come to you AND coordinate insurance and Medicare/MedicAid as well.  What a great convenience for the elderly!  You can see their website at http://www.onsitedentistoftexas.com or you can phone them 214-368-0901!  Now that is an easy and convenient way to stay healthy!!

How to keep your memory strong!

In one study, (MacArthur Foundation Research Network on An Aging Society), the characteristic correlating most with good mental functioning in old age was a person’s level of education. Advanced education may help keep memory strong because these people are already in the habit of being mentally active. However, anyone can increase his current level of new learning. Reading regularly, keeping up with current affairs, learning a new hobby, and playing challenging games all exercise your mind.

Social support – meaning close and frequent ties with others – can improve the mental performance of older people, according to the MacArthur study. Social support can come from friends, relatives, or caregivers. We probably already know this but it is the supportive aspect that is critical – the relationships must make people feel good about themselves.

What do you gain by spending time with elderly?

When we give up time that is precious, what do we gain? Spending time with a parent reminds us of things we put aside for life’s demands. We might gain back moments of satisfaction. Our experience in working with older people is we get back a moment when people were more candid and less politically correct that brings humor and even laughter. We get pomposity, sweetness, whimsy, and rich gems of truth. Mostly we get determination and a desire to see what is next well into the 90th decade. We want a piece of that!

How can you start with doing some of this? Think about what you know about your parent and what are the interests? Does your parent still have a group of friends that could be involved? Make contact with your local community services to assist you in contacting people who can help. Need some more help? Want to know more? We have a service that offers planned conversations with senior adults; however, we also offer free advice and assistance.

Stimulating Aging Brains!

You can also arrange with a college campus to offer a class during the day and maybe built for senior adults in something stimulating such as learning to write stories. Music and painting are great sources of courses.

And because, we cannot over-emphasize, be sure that you always spend some of the time you are visiting actually in stimulating conversation with your parent. Just like the brain development of young children, the older adult brain clearly responds to being stimulated by important and new information, albeit linked to ideas already learned. Do something more with conversations and take these conversations into the world outside. Just walk slowly (or push the chair) in quiet places, stopping and talking and moving on, while allowing your parent to give opinions or even advice. Show that you value the opinions. We think that although that some things change with the times, parents can carry the beliefs that we need to hear. If not, the person can be respected.