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Benefits of Bird-Watching for Elderly Adults

It can be a real challenge for an elderly adult that is no longer mobile to fill their days with interesting and stimulating activities. Being with family and friends can help and hiring a home care assistant brings additional companionship. However, when faced with engaging in activities, many seniors fall short and get bored or restless.

When it comes to starting a new hobby, elderly people should take a serious look at bird-watching. Not only is it very popular, it can be done from home or around the neighborhood. Bird-watching is one of the fastest growing hobbies in the country and it’s just right for people of all ages and backgrounds.

Caregiver in Sonoma CA: Benefits of Bird Watching

Caregiver in Sonoma CA: Benefits of Bird Watching

Family caregivers can do a lot to help their elderly loved one get started with this rewarding and entertaining new hobby. Here are just some of the benefits of bird-watching for elderly adults.

Bird-watching is Simple and Inexpensive.

Bird-watching doesn’t take much to get started and the key is creating a welcoming space for birds. Seniors can put out different kinds of bird feeders in the yard, patio, balcony or porch and watch their new feathered friends arrive. Besides a good pair of binoculars and perhaps a guide to local birds, elderly adults are all set to go. Home care aides can take elderly adults on a walk through the neighborhood or to the nearest park.

Bird-watching is Ideal for Any Mobility Level.

Aging adults that need care from family caregivers or home care aides are already dependent for so many things. Many are homebound and can’t go anywhere without help. With birdwatching, the elderly adult doesn’t need to leave the backyard or the street. It’s even fun to do at the local park, where they can be accompanied by their family caregiver or senior care assistant.

Bird-watching Promotes Getting Outdoors and Exercising.

For many seniors, it’s hard to find the motivation to get active. Bird-watching provides plenty of opportunities to go outside to maintain feeders or take a stroll through the park with a caregiver. Often, elderly people are cooped up inside for hours and days at a time, so bird-watching gives them a chance to enjoy the outdoors and nature.

Bird-watching is Cognitively Stimulating.

Not only does bird-watching provide physical benefits, but there are cognitive benefits for elderly birdwatchers. Seniors must learn about different eating and mating habits of local birds, and memorize names, appearances, and calls. Bird-watching stimulates memory, cognitive alertness, and awareness of details. Bird-watching can also relieve stress and soothe anxiety for seniors that are experiencing mild to moderate cognitive challenges.

There’s no doubt that elderly adults have a lot to gain from participating in bird-watching. However, they may have a difficult time getting started on their own. Family caregivers and home care assistants can play an important part in launching the aging adult into the new and beneficial hobby of bird-watching.

If you or an aging loved one are considering caregiver services in Sonoma, CA, call At Your Service Home Care.  Call today! (707) 573-1003



Lucy Andrews DNP, RN, MS

In 1988, after working as a clinical nurse in the University Health System at UC San Francisco, Lucy Andrews started understanding home care.

She became a discharge planner and immediately fell in love with the concept of home care and the autonomous clinical practice it affords nurses. Dr. Lucy was hooked and has been a strong supporter of home care ever since.Believing people need advocates in healthcare systems, she has championed that cause across the acute care and post-acute care setting.

Dr. Lucy has worked in every aspect of home care from Medicare Certified, DME, Infusion, Hospice and finally Private Duty/Private Pay services. She also works as a home care consultant across the country and as a legal nurse consultant for the home care industry.

Having worked in all areas of home care, Dr. Lucy has a well-rounded perspective of the challenges facing patients, families and the home care industry, and as a provider she advocates for patients through the maze of health care services. Dr. Lucy celebrated over 37 years as a nurse and patient advocate.

Dr. Lucy has a Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing from Lewis University, Romeoville, Illinois.In 1994, she received her Masters of Science in Health Service Administration from St. Mary's University, Moraga, California. Dr. Lucy received her Doctor of Nursing Practice awarded in 2016, graduating with Distinction and a 4.0 GPA.

She did her doctoral work on the global dementia crisis, aging and prevention strategies for healthy living. Developed dementia and Alzheimer's disease plans for aging patients leaving the hospital setting or entering long-term care or home health and hospice environments. She also developed a specialized program for those at risk for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

In 1992, Dr. Lucy was designated CAHSAH Certified Home Care Administrator in the inaugural offering of this designation through the California Association for Health Services at Home (CAHSAH).

She is the founder and CEO of Creative Solutions Home Care Consulting Services and At Your Service Nursing & Home Care, a concierge nursing & home care agency that provides the services she believes are essential for seniors to age in place.She offers a higher level of care allowing people to be in their own homes with an emphasis on independence, safety, and quality of life.

Dr. Lucy is the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for the National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) and sits on the Board of Directors for California Association for Health Services at Home (CAHSAH).

She has served on the boards for both state and national board associations, and is currently on the following boards and committees: Board of Directors, California State Association for Health Services at Home (CAHSAH), 2002-present, National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC's) Private Duty Home Care Association Director, and multiple state and national home care committees.

Dr. Lucy goes to Washington, DC, several times a year to advocate for senior services and home care issues. She was past Commissioner for the Sonoma Commission on Human Rights.She is past chair of the local Senior Advocacy Services.

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