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The Best Books for Seniors

If a senior is looking for a new hobby to pursue, reading could be a perfect match for them. Reading not only provides entertainment and knowledge, but it also provides substantial benefits for your brain.

Benefits of Reading for Seniors

  1. Enhances memory
  2. Sharpens decision-making skills
  3. Delays the onset of Alzheimer’s and Dementia
  4. Reduces stress
  5. Helps you sleep better

It’s sometimes difficult to find a book to read, because there are so many to choose from. But luckily, goodreads put together a big list of the most popular books for senior citizens. We narrowed it down to 10 to get you started.

1. Invisible (Ivy Malone Mysteries #1)

“Ivy Malone has a curiosity that sometimes gets her into trouble, and it’s only aggravated by her discovery that she can easily escape the public eye. So when vandals romp through the local cemetery, she takes advantage of her newfound anonymity and its unforeseen advantages as she launches her own unofficial investigation.

Despite her oddball humor and unconventional snooping, Ivy soon becomes discouraged by her failure to turn up any solid clues. And after Ivy witnesses something ominous and unexplained, she can’t resist putting her investigative powers to work again. Even the authorities’ attempts to keep Ivy out of danger and her nosy neighbor’s match-making schemes can’t slow her down. But will the determination that fuels this persistent, quirky sleuth threaten her very safety?”

2. The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared

“It all starts on the one-hundredth birthday of Allan Karlsson. Sitting quietly in his room in an old people’s home, he is waiting for the party he-never-wanted-anyway to begin. The Mayor is going to be there. The press is going to be there. But, as it turns out, Allan is not… Slowly but surely Allan climbs out of his bedroom window, into the flowerbed (in his slippers) and makes his getaway. And so begins his picaresque and unlikely journey involving criminals, several murders, a suitcase full of cash, and incompetent police.

As his escapades unfold, we learn something of Allan’s earlier life in which – remarkably – he helped to make the atom bomb, became friends with American presidents, Russian tyrants, and Chinese leaders, and was a participant behind the scenes in many key events of the twentieth century. Already a huge bestseller across Europe, The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared is a fun and feel-good book for all ages.”

3. The Old Man and the Sea

“It is the story of an old Cuban fisherman and his supreme ordeal: a relentless, agonizing battle with a giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream. Using the simple, powerful language of a fable, Hemingway takes the timeless themes of courage in the face of defeat and personal triumph won from loss and transforms them into a magnificent twentieth-century classic.”

4. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

“Nine-year-old Oskar Schell is an inventor, amateur entomologist, Francophile, letter writer, pacifist, natural historian, percussionist, romantic, Great Explorer, jeweler, detective, vegan, and collector of butterflies. When his father is killed in the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Centre, Oskar sets out to solve the mystery of a key he discovers in his father’s closet. It is a search which leads him into the lives of strangers, through the five boroughs of New York, into history, to the bombings of Dresden and Hiroshima, and on an inward journey which brings him ever closer to some kind of peace.”

5. Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand

“You are about to travel to Edgecombe St. Mary, a small village in the English countryside filled with rolling hills, thatched cottages, and a cast of characters both hilariously original and as familiar as the members of your own family. Among them is Major Ernest Pettigrew (retired), the unlikely hero of Helen Simonson’s wondrous debut. Wry, courtly, opinionated, and completely endearing, Major Pettigrew is one of the most indelible characters in contemporary fiction, and from the very first page of this remarkable novel he will steal your heart.

The Major leads a quiet life valuing the proper things that Englishmen have lived by for generations: honor, duty, decorum, and a properly brewed cup of tea. But then his brother’s death sparks an unexpected friendship with Mrs. Jasmina Ali, the Pakistani shopkeeper from the village. Drawn together by their shared love of literature and the loss of their respective spouses, the Major and Mrs. Ali soon find their friendship blossoming into something more. But village society insists on embracing him as the quintessential local and her as the permanent foreigner. Can their relationship survive the risks one takes when pursuing happiness in the face of culture and tradition?”

6. The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules

“79-year-old Martha Anderson dreams of escaping her care home and robbing a bank. She has no intention of spending the rest of her days in an armchair and is determined to fund her way to a much more exciting life-style. Along with her four oldest friends – otherwise known as the League of Pensioners – Martha decides to rebel against all of the rules imposed upon them. Together, they cause an uproar with their antics: protesting against early bedtimes and plastic meals. As the elderly friends become more daring, their activities escalate and they come up with a cunning plan to break out of the care home and land themselves in a far more attractive Stockholm establishment. With the aid of their Zimmer frames, they resolve to stand up for old aged pensioners everywhere – Robin Hood style. And that’s when the adventure really takes off.”

7. Prime of Life

“Is a simple life too much to ask for?

Ben thinks the retirement home where he works should be called “Heaven Can Wait a Little Longer While I Golf” instead of Heritage Gardens. But who asked him? He’s just the janitor, after all. Of course, his inept boss, the cantankerous residents, and even his attractive podiatrist friend don’t know one important thing about him: he was recently a cardiothoracic surgeon, not a broom-pushing custodian.

Ben is in search of a stress-free life with a little freedom from the past thrown in. But will it be that simple to escape who he used to be—and all he used to fear?

An award-winning novel, Prime of Life delivers an entertaining and satisfying read.”

8. Driving Miss Norma: One Family’s Journey Saying “Yes” to Living

“When Miss Norma was diagnosed with uterine cancer, she was advised to undergo surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. But instead of confining herself to a hospital bed for what could be her last stay, Miss Norma—newly widowed after nearly seven decades of marriage—rose to her full height of five feet and told the doctor, “I’m ninety years old. I’m hitting the road.”

And so Miss Norma took off on an unforgettable around-the-country journey in a thirty-six-foot motor home with her retired son Tim, his wife Ramie, and their dog Ringo.

As this once timid woman says “yes” to living in the face of death, she tries regional foods for the first time, reaches for the clouds in a hot air balloon, and mounts up for a horseback ride. With each passing mile (and one educational visit to a cannabis dispensary), Miss Norma’s health improves and conversations that had once been taboo begin to unfold. Norma, Tim, and Ramie bond in ways they had never done before, and their definitions of home, family, and friendship expand. Stop by stop, state by state, they meet countless people from all walks of life—strangers who become fast friends and welcome them with kindness and open hearts.”

9. The Things We Keep

“With honesty and true understanding, Sally Hepworth pens this poignant story of one of today’s nightmares: early-onset Alzheimer’s.

Anna Forster, in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease at only thirty-eight years old, knows that her family is doing what they believe to be best when they take her to Rosalind House, an assisted living facility. She also knows there’s just one other resident her age, Luke. What she does not expect is the love that blossoms between her and Luke even as she resists her new life at Rosalind House. As her disease steals more and more of her memory, Anna fights to hold on to what she knows, including her relationship with Luke.

When Eve Bennett is suddenly thrust into the role of single mother she finds herself putting her culinary training to use at Rosalind house. When she meets Anna and Luke she is moved by the bond the pair has forged. But when a tragic incident leads Anna’s and Luke’s families to separate them, Eve finds herself questioning what she is willing to risk to help them.”

10. A Man Called Ove

“A grumpy yet loveable man finds his solitary world turned on its head when a boisterous young family moves in next door.

Meet Ove. He’s a curmudgeon, the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him the bitter neighbor from hell, but must Ove be bitter just because he doesn’t walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time?

Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove’s mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents’ association to their very foundations.”

In Home Personal Services has locations in Illinois, Florida, and Texas. If you or a loved one is in need of in-home care please contact us through our e-mail or call us at 877.826.4477.

Energy Boosting Tips for Seniors

As you age, your energy levels start to decline. It’s difficult for seniors to feel energized and motivated to go through their daily tasks. Sometimes this even impacts relationships with their friends and family. A lack of energy can make seniors feel distant from their loved ones.

Fortunately, seniors aren’t out of luck. There are many simple things they can do to boost their energy levels.


Seniors can increase their energy by getting involved in low-impact exercises. Seniors don’t need to do extreme cardio in order to feel better. They can do simple movements that slowly increase their heart rate and energy levels.

Walking is a great exercise for seniors. If they have limited mobility, they can take a slow walk around a neighborhood or just down the street. Walking outside, when the weather is right, can help seniors get some much needed fresh air.

Other workouts can include hiking, dancing, and yoga. It all depends on the individual’s abilities and strength.

For seniors who are capable of doing a bit more, consider strength training. With the help of a trainer or loved one, seniors can participate in low-impact weight lifting and other strength training activities.

Seniors should only do workouts based on their capabilities and physical strength.

Diet Change

Food impacts your energy in positive and negative ways. Maintaining a healthy, balanced diet can help to increase a senior’s energy.

Fruits and vegetables should both be staples of a senior’s diet. They provide key nutrients and are great sources of fiber. Bright colored vegetables and deep-colored fruits contain the most nutrients. Be sure to eat more broccoli, carrots, melon, and berries.

Eating more whole grains instead of refined grains (such as white flours), can give seniors more nutrients. Whole grain can lower your risk for chronic diseases, support weight control, and ultimately stabilize energy levels.

Staying hydrated is a crucial part of energy levels and activity levels. Dehydration can make you feel sluggish and tired.  Seniors should be drinking plenty of water throughout the day.

More Tips

  • Get a good night’s sleep
  • Play brain games
  • Manage your stress levels
  • Meditate
  • Avoid caffeine
  • Take vitamins

In Home Personal Services has locations in Illinois, Florida, and Texas. If you or a loved one is in need of in-home care please contact us through our e-mail or call us at 877.826.4477.

Technology for Seniors

Technology is constantly advancing, and it is sometimes difficult for seniors to keep up with it. Society thinks that seniors are afraid to learn technology and don’t understand the need for it; however, statistics from the Pew Research Center show that 58% of seniors use the internet.

Seniors are already involved in social media, emails, and Skype to keep up with friends and family members, but there is a lot of technology out there that seniors aren’t taking advantage of.

It can sometimes be stressful for seniors to learn technology because they grew up without it. Be sure to help seniors learn and have patience while teaching them.

There are some types of technology out there that seniors probably wouldn’t need to use. But seniors can benefit immensely from using certain gadgets and tech tools. Here are some beneficial aspects:

Benefits of Technology for Seniors

Social Connection

  • Technology helps seniors stay connected with long-distance friends and family. It’s important for seniors to stay socially connected with the people in their life. This is strongly beneficial for their mental health and well-being.


  • Technology plays a huge factor in safety for seniors. A lot of apps and devices exist for emergencies, important medication reminders, and quick buttons for help. These are especially beneficial for seniors who live alone.


  • Video games are good tools to exercise both the body and mind. Seniors should take advantage of video games that require movement and also games that require strategy. Additionally, there are other devices, such as fitness trackers, that help seniors make movement a priority.

Medication Management

  • Apps and digital reminders to take medications can be helpful for seniors. It’s an easy way to keep track and stay on important medication schedules.

Health Tracking

  • With technology, seniors can keep track of all health data digitally. This not only helps seniors, but it also helps their families and caregivers. Having all health data in one place allows for clear organization.

There are so many devices and tools out there, it can be difficult to pinpoint the most valuable ones. But we have put together a list of the top 10 types of technology that are most useful for seniors.

Best Technology for Seniors

1. Tablets and iPads

Tablets give seniors a more convenient way to video chat with family and share photos. Tablets are portable and light, so seniors can use them in any room they feel most comfortable. Additionally, reading e-books on tablets provides an easy way for seniors to enlarge the text and download books at any time.

2. Skye or Facetime

Video chatting is useful for seniors who have long-distance family members and friends. This cannot replace face-to-face interactions, but it is an important way for seniors to stay in touch with the people in their life.

3. Hearing Aids

Technology has improved a lot over the years, and hearing aids are part of that improvement. Hearing aids are no longer bulky and difficult to wear. Most of them are small, and some are even barely noticeable. It’s crucial for seniors with hearing loss to wear hearing aids because it will improve their quality of life.

4. Smartphones

Phones are no longer just for calling. Seniors can download a plethora of apps on smartphones that can contribute to their well-being. They can play games to keep their brain active, download social media apps to keep up with their family and friends, and use various health apps to track health data and set up medication reminders.

5. Wireless Internet

In order for seniors to take advantage of most of the technology that exists, they need to have wireless internet. Whether they are in their own home or a nursing home, it’s a good idea to make sure the internet is set up and ready for them.

6. Video and Computer Games

There are many games for computers and tablets that require focus and thinking. Word games and strategy games are great ways for seniors to stay mentally healthy while having fun. There are also games and devices that require movement, such as the Wii Fit.

7. GPS

GPS trackers and apps can be extremely beneficial to seniors and caregivers. If a senior has dementia and is always wandering, a GPS tracker can be used for the caregiver to safely find the senior. Seniors can also download GPS apps on a smartphone if they are concerned about getting lost.

8. Home Assistive Devices

There are a lot of tech devices that seniors can use in their homes depending on their own needs and abilities. There are devices such as stove shut-off systems, LED lighting, medication dispensing appliances, and photo-enhanced phone dialers. These devices make it easier for seniors living alone.

9. Fitness Trackers

Seniors can wear fitness trackers/watches to monitor their steps and exercise along with their sleep. It helps them make sure they are getting enough physical activity and proper sleep. It’s important for seniors to monitor their own health if they are able to.

10. Medication Monitors

Many new medication systems have the capabilities to alert seniors when to take medications, repeat the alert if they didn’t take the medication, and call a caregiver if too much time passes after that. Some of these also contain an emergency alert system that connects with smartphones to contact the senior’s family or friends.

In Home Personal Services has locations in Illinois, Florida, and Texas. If you or a loved one is in need of in-home care please contact us through our e-mail or call us at 877.826.4477.

Healthy Foods for Healthy Aging

Seniors and Healthy Diets

Everyone benefits from healthy eating, but as you age, it’s especially beneficial to maintain a nutritional diet to assure healthy aging. This is due to your body and mind changing as you get older, along with various health problems based on each individual.

As you age, your nutritional needs and food habits can change. It’s important to recognize these changes and adjust your diet accordingly.

Some of the changes can include:


Your metabolism slows down as you age because you are less mobile and you lose muscle mass. A slow metabolism means that it is best to lower your caloric intake. Doing so will help you maintain a healthy weight to prevent additional health problems that may occur.



On the other hand, not getting enough calories can severely affect your health. Many seniors experience a loss of appetite along with a diminished sense of taste and smell. This can lead to lower caloric intake. Health issues can arise from not getting enough calories and proper nutrients, so be sure to maintain a balance.


Medical Conditions

Seniors are at a higher risk for having or developing chronic health problems such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and diabetes. Diet changes may need to be made in order to prevent or treat these conditions. It’s important to ask your doctor for individualized diet needs to get on the right track.

Some of these changes might require specific diet needs; however, there are general guidelines for a healthy diet that most people can abide by. A diet change might sound difficult, but in reality, you just need to swap certain food choices with healthier options. In order to have a well-rounded diet, you have to understand which types of foods are the healthiest for your body.

A Healthy Diet Includes:

Nutrient-rich foods

Eating meals that contain a variety of nutrients will help you get the vitamins and minerals that your body needs for healthy aging, energy, brain health, and prevention of illnesses. Make sure that the majority of your calories are coming from nutrient-rich foods.

  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Whole grains
  • Lean protein
  • Low-fat dairy
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Beans and lentils
  • Fish
  • Poultry
  • Beans
  • Nuts
  • Dairy products

Fewer calories/more protein

In addition to eating nutrient-rich foods, it’s recommended that you consume less calories and have a higher intake of lean protein. When it comes to meat, it should always be lean. Eating the fat on meat can damage your cholesterol.

Note that it’s important to have smaller portion sizes, especially with meat. Lowering your caloric intake of saturated fats will keep you healthier.

Healthier packaged foods

It can be difficult to consistently eat fresh, homemade meals and snacks; however, there are healthy options for quick and easy meals. You should always check the labels on packaged foods and make sure to choose ones that contain less added sugar, saturated fat, and salt, and more fiber, vitamins, and minerals.

  • Frozen or canned vegetables or fruits
  • Canned soups
  • Instant oatmeal
  • Bagged salads
  • Fish: salmon, tuna, and mackerel
  • Avocados
  • Walnuts, almonds, and pistachios
  • Eggs
  • Greek yogurt

Healthy fats

It is also good to understand what types of foods contain healthy fats. Your body needs healthy fats in order to lower your cholesterol and reduce your risk of heart disease and contribute to healthy aging.  Healthy fats can also assist in metabolism improvement and weight loss.


You may want to consider taking a vitamin or mineral supplement if you lack certain nutrients in your diet. There are certain vitamins that aren’t recommended for seniors, such as calcium, vitamin D, magnesium, and vitamin B-12. Be sure to ask your doctor before taking any of these supplements, and get a recommendation on which vitamins you should and can take.

In Home Personal Services has locations in Illinois, Florida, and Texas. If you or a loved one is in need of in-home care please contact us through our e-mail or call us at 877.826.4477.

Brain Exercises for Seniors

Why Brain Exercises are Important

Many seniors experience a loss of cognitive skills as they age, so it’s important to take part in daily brain exercises. Mental exercise is just as necessary as physical exercise because your brain needs to stay active in order to stay healthy.

Over time, brain exercises strengthen your thinking and reasoning skills and your memory and processing speed. This is crucial for seniors, because as you age, brain cells slowly deteriorate. You can lose important cognitive skills and your abilities can decline.

It’s critical to maintain cognitive skills as you age, because these skills allow you to perform various mental tasks. Cognition includes perceiving people and events accurately, finding creative solutions to problems, and recalling facts and information.

Other Cognitive Skills

  • Reasoning
  • Awareness
  • Perception
  • Knowledge
  • Intuition
  • Judgment

Just like physical exercise, you need to routinely participate in brain exercises in order to stay healthy. The more you use your brain, the more control you’ll have over those cognitive skills. Additionally, brain exercises will help to sharpen those skills and keep them lasting longer.


Seniors can incorporate brain exercises into their daily lives, and family members can help them. Make sure you pick the appropriate exercises based on abilities and interests. Here are some examples of brain exercises they can do:


Participating in art activities helps workout hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills. It also helps to make you feel happier because you get to be creative with the project you’re working on. Some crafts that seniors can work on are:

  • Coloring
  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Sewing
  • Beadwork
  • Scrapbooking


Games and puzzles are a perfect way to keep a senior’s brain active and alert. These types of activities require constant thinking and fun. Examples of game and puzzles that are a good match for seniors are:

  • Jigsaw puzzles
  • Crossword puzzles
  • Card games
  • Bingo
  • Chess
  • Sudoku

Switching up a Routine

It is easy for the brain to get lazy if your routine is the same every day. Just making little changes to your routine will help your brain to actively think about what you’re doing. Examples of small changes you can make are:

  • Put your shoes on in reverse order
  • Use your non-dominant hand for a task; it’s an interesting challenge
  • Change the order in which you do tasks
  • Add on a new task each day


Socializing is another necessity to keep your brain healthy. Making an effort to talk to someone each day helps stimulate brain function and it also helps in the prevention against mental health issues. Get involved in meaningful conversations with the people around you. No matter the topic of the chat, these interactions are wonderful brain exercises for seniors.

Some seniors experience a faster mental decline than others, but actively helping them with their brain health results in immense benefits. Start these brain exercises as you age in order to delay the symptoms of poor cognition.

In Home Personal Services has locations in Illinois, Florida, and Texas. If you or a loved one is in need of in-home care please contact us through our e-mail or call us at 877.826.4477.

Therapy Dogs

Everyone loves dogs because they’re furry and fun, but did you know that therapy dogs are extremely beneficial to seniors?

Dogs go through training and testing before receiving a therapy dog certification. The official American Kennel Club test includes sitting politely for petting, sit and lay on command, walking through a crowd, coming when called, reaction to distraction, and more. The dogs must pass every aspect of the test in order to become an official therapy dog.

There are various types of therapy dogs as well, including Therapeutic Visitation dogs, Disaster Relief dogs, Facility Therapy dogs, Animal Assisted Therapy dogs, and Reading Therapy dogs.  The type of therapy dog a senior can benefit from varies depending on the situation.

The most common type of pet therapy for seniors is Animal Assisted Therapy. This type of therapy involves dogs interacting with senior for various reasons to help improve their quality of life. More and more often, dogs and other animals are being used for therapeutic purposes at senior facilities.

Benefits of Therapy Dogs for Seniors

t’s a known fact that pets make people happy, but there is some science behind the reasoning. Fifteen minutes of bonding with an animal lowers your stress hormone, cortisol, and raises your feel-good hormone, serotonin. Over time, these interactions with dogs help to protect your heart rate, blood pressure, and stress levels.









Best Breeds

It’s important for therapy dogs to be of certain breeds because they have to be calm and gentle. Smaller therapy dogs tend to work better for seniors; however, larger dogs can still work too. Here are the best breeds for therapy:




French Bulldog


King Charles Spaniel


Bichon Frise





Golden Retriever

Labrador Retriever

German Shepherd



Saint Bernard


Great Dane


Bernese Mountain Dog

Be sure to find out which types of therapy dogs your senior care facility works with to determine which dog will work for you. Scheduling therapy sessions with dogs on a regular basis will help to improve your life and your health.

In Home Personal Services has locations in Illinois, Florida, and Texas. If you or a loved one is in need of in-home care please contact us through our e-mail or call us at 877.826.4477.

Stress Management Tips for Seniors

Managing your health is necessary at any age, but it is even more important as you get older. Mental health is just as important as physical health, and should never be overlooked. Stress management should be a top priority for seniors.

Many seniors have to deal with a variety of factors that raise their stress levels on a daily basis. Highly likely factors include:

  • Grief
  • Health Conditions
  • Injuries
  • New Living Conditions

While some of these factors are more difficult than others, seniors and their family members need to be on the lookout for the debilitating effects of stress. Stress not only brings along physical problems, but it can take a toll on your overall health as well.


According to Harvard Health Publishing, stress can lead to the following issues:

Physical effects: A senior who is stressed may develop tension headaches, indigestion, heart palpitations, crying, or overeating.

Mental effects: The negative effects of stress on your mental health include difficulty sleeping, short term memory loss, poor concentration, anxiety, depression and irritability.

Dangerous effects: Long-term stress can lead to high blood pressure, a weakened immune system, and an increased risk for heart disease.

Stress Management Tips:

These effects from stress can be problematic; however, if you take the proper steps to avoid stress, you can decrease your chances of developing more health problems.

  • Write it down

Journaling on a daily basis is a great way to release your thoughts. Sometimes it is difficult to understand what you are feeling, but writing it all down will make it clearer for you. Adding journaling into your daily routine is an ideal first step to managing your stress.

  • Read

Reading is not only a wonderful distraction, but it is also a tool for inspiration. Emerge yourself in literature, poetry, or any topic that excites you. Reading is good for your health because it allows you to constantly think about ideas and concepts. Keeping your brain occupied is crucial for stress management.

  • Meditate

Everyone has their own method when it comes to meditation, so find what works best for you. Whether it be simple breathing exercises and stretches or ten minutes of silence, participate in mindful meditation every day. This will help control your thoughts and keep you feeling relaxed.

  • Play with a pet

Playing with a pet is a fun way to reduce your stress levels and improve your mood quickly. Take the time to play with your favorite furry friend each day in order to feel calmer. If you don’t own a pet, look into therapy pets that may be available for you to play with.

  • Exercise

Regular exercise can boost your mood, improve your physical health, and help you clear your mind. Make sure to exercise only to your personal abilities to avoid injuries, and get assistance if needed. Exercise is one of the best ways to manage stress.

  • Talk to a friend or family member

Sometimes all you need is someone to talk to. Reach out to someone you trust and talk to them about your current stressful situations. Also take the time to have a fun conversation with them as well. Socializing will help keep your mental health in check and is great for stress management.

  • Be involved in activities & hobbies

Get involved in your favorite hobbies or find new activities you can participate in. It can be a craft, a game, a social activity, or anything else you discover. Adding recreational fun into your daily life can improve your stress levels and make you feel happier overall.

  • Listen to music

Listening to certain types of music has a calming effect on the brain. Listen to your favorite genre of music and your favorite songs. Calm music can settle you down and upbeat music can increase your happiness. Choose your music based on how you need to improve your mood. Listening regularly will decrease your stress over time.

In Home Personal Services has locations in Illinois, Florida, and Texas. If you or a loved one is in need of in-home care please contact us through our e-mail or call us at 877.826.4477.

Hobbies – Finding a Fun and Healthy Activity!

Hobbies not only provide leisure and pleasure, but they can also benefit your health. Today we’re going to look at three aspects of hobbies: how they can help us be healthy, how to choose or modify a hobby for your needs, and what some good hobbies are to try.

Hobbies Benefit Health

Leading a healthy lifestyle can add to the longevity and quality of your life, but studies show that participating in hobbies and staying socially active are equally as important. Hobbies can provide both physical and mental health benefits by giving you a space to expend your time and energy. Here are some ways that hobbies influence health.

Reduce Distress/Increase Eustress

Studies have shown that participating in hobbies and leisurely actives can lower your heart rate, reducing distress (negative stress) and bringing about calm. Eustress (positive stress) is our positive reaction to situations that present a challenge, whether that is a fun challenge like finishing a blanket for a grandchild’s birthday, or a more difficult challenge like running a race. Being a part of activities that bring about eustress can motivate and focus your energy, providing incentive to complete whatever task is at hand.

Increase Mobility and Flexibility

Participating in hobbies that require some physical exertion can assist in keeping your limbs moving properly.  Activities such as golf, water aerobics, swimming, walking, and yoga can assist in stretching your muscles, improving flexibility, and maintaining hand-eye coordination. Additionally, hobbies that promote physical activity can prevent any ailments or current health conditions, such as arthritis, from becoming worse.  

Raise Self-Esteem

Hobbies can psychologically boost your mood.  Taking part in activities that you enjoy and take pride in leads to confidence and inward positivity, which raises your endorphin and dopamine levels. Being in communication with others, taking pride in what you do/create, and sharing that pride can help motivate your mind and significantly decrease feelings of sadness and ward off depression.

Improve Memory

Participating in hobbies that require some physical exertion can assist in keeping your limbs moving properly.  Activities such as golf, water aerobics, swimming, walking, and yoga can assist in stretching your muscles, improving flexibility, and maintaining hand-eye coordination. Additionally, hobbies that promote physical activity can prevent any ailments or current health conditions, such as arthritis, from becoming worse.  

Choose/Modify A Hobby

There may be challenges that prevent you from doing your preferred hobby, but there are also ways to make your hobby accessible. For example, if you enjoy gardening but are in a wheelchair, there are elevated gardens that are wheelchair accessible for ease of use. If there is a program you are interested in but not sure about your accessibility, talk to the program director and they may have some modifications and ideas!

As you go about finding a hobby (or even multiple hobbies) to take part in it is important to choose activities that are enjoyable to you, safe, and appropriate for your mobility. We’ve come up with a list of hobbies that may spark an interest. Some other great resources are the local library or senior center! They can often steer you towards groups, events, and hobbies to participate in within the community.

  • Make a video/movie
  • Write a book
  • Sing in a community/church choir
  • Swim/water aerobics
  • Enroll in a dance class
  • Take up gardening
  • Golf
  • Crossword puzzles
  • Decorate cakes/cookies
  • Photography
  • Woodworking
  • Mentor a child/young adult/younger man or woman
  • Delve into your family history

In Home Personal Services has locations in Illinois, Florida, and Texas. If you or a loved one is in need of in-home care please contact us through our e-mail or call us at 877.826.4477.

Staying Active with Exercise

Staying Active

We all know the importance of keeping active throughout our lives. It can help your body to stay in shape, prevent certain diseases, and reduce arthritis associated pain. When it comes to seniors, it can also help them to stay mobile and independent, while benefiting health both mentally and physically.

With active exercises it is important to have a mixture of various physical activity. This will help balance your exercise plan as well keep your workouts interesting and fun. Base your exercises on the four building blocks of fitness: Balance, Cardio, Strength & Power Training, and Flexibility. Of course, speak with your doctor first to see what exercises are appropriate for you to participate in. Here are some examples of exercises that fit the building blocks:

Building Blocks of Fitness


Types of exercises:  Yoga, Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Posture Exercises

Why it helps: Balance exercises help to maintain stability and stay upright.


Types of exercises: Walking, Swimming, Hiking, Dancing, Tennis, Stair Climbing, Cycling.

Why it helps: Cardio uses large muscle groups and gets your heart pumping, improving blood flow. Cardio also helps lessen fatigue and shortness of breath.


Types of exercises:  Body Weight Exercises, Machines, Free Weights, Elastic Resistance Bands.

Why it helps: Strength training builds up muscles with repetitive motions using weights, body weight, or external resistance.


Types of exercises: Yoga, Stationary Stretches, Movement Stretches, Dancing.

Why it helps: Stretching and flexibility helps your body stay lean and limber, and increases range of movement.

Some easy ways to start exercising are to find a local class such as aerobics classes, water aerobics classes, and senior fitness classes. Don’t forget that having a healthy diet can assist your fitness and making it more effective.

Happy exercising!

In Home Personal Services has locations in Illinois, Florida, and Texas. If you or a loved one is in need of in-home care please contact us through our e-mail or call us at 877.826.4477.

Best Pets for Seniors – The Benefits of an Animal Companion

IHPS and Pets

At In Home Personal Services our caregivers have seen a wide variety of pets, but did you know that they can also provide care for your pet? One of our clients had a pet bird, and the caregiving team was of course there to provide care for the person, but they would also help with the bird which included taking the bird on walks!

Many of our clients know first-hand the wondrous effects owning a pet can have. Studies have found, time and time again, that pet ownership has significant benefits for the mental, physical, and emotional health. That’s right, it’s good for the soul! Pets tend to love unconditionally, and the love and friendship that emanates from pet companionship can not only reduce stress, but also bring about happiness and a nurturing spirit.

Before You Get a Pet

Figuring out which pet to get can be a fun process, but there are factors to keep in mind before you bring home/get the senior in your life a furry companion.


What type of animal does the person prefer? That little Chihuahua named Tiny Tim may be the calmest and sweetest dog ever, but if the person looking for a pet doesn’t really like dogs, then you’re already starting out on negative footing. The choice also depends on your connection with the animal.  Spending some time at the shelter or with the animal before choosing to bring it home is key to determining if you are both a good fit for each other.

Financial Situation

Owning a pet comes with costs.  Of course buying food is the most frequent expense, but don’t forget that medications and trips to the vet are some added expenses that can take its toll if you’re not prepared.  It’s important to take a look at your finances and decide if it’s the best time to invest in the care of a pet, or if you need to build a little bit to get to that step.

Longevity of the Pet

Some pets may have a long life span and it is vital to prepare for what is to happen to them should something happen to you.  Having family members or friends who would take in and care for your loved pet if you have to be in the hospital, for example, will help ease anxiety.

Baby Animals Vs. Adult Animals

Yes.  Kittens and puppies are the cutest. However, raising a kitten or puppy involves more time and money.  Additionally, the health of a baby animal can be unpredictable. Puppies and kittens can sometimes start out with one temperament and end with a different one as they learn and age, which may not be compatible with you and your lifestyle.  When you choose an adult pet you will have a better idea of their temperament as well as their health history.

Pros and Cons of Different Species


Dogs can help you become more active and socialize! Since dogs need exercise, playing with them inside or taking them on walks can increase the mobility of the senior taking care of them.  This also gives the chance for the owner to interact with others while walking around the neighborhood or at the dog park.


Owning a dog who is rambunctious can be more stressful then relaxing, and it’s important to look at the animal’s energy level and size. Large dogs can sometimes be too big for a senior adult and may unwittingly harm the owner. Smaller dogs, like the tea cup variety, can also prove to be a tripping hazard for senior adults.


Cats don’t require a lot of training or maintenance, which means that if your mobility is limited, a cat would be easy to care for.  Cats won’t need a daily walk, are not excessively loud, and are content to stay indoors or even sleep and cuddle in your lap (or in a box, on your computer keyboard, or directly on top of that book you’re reading).


Cats have a tendency to be protective, and will often claw at or bite the person threatening that which they are protecting.  Seniors who have skin issues or poor immune systems need to avoid getting scratched. The temperament of your cat may also be a challenge.  Spending time with the cat before bringing it home is important to make sure you are both a good fit.


Fish offer a no fur, allergy free possibility! Fish are relaxing and generally low maintenance animals.  With a daily feeding, weekly water testing, and monthly gravel vacuuming, taking care of a fish becomes something that can easily fit into your schedule while still giving you a pet to care for. The colors and movement of the fish make a calming environment, and decorating your tank will make your aquarium interesting and fun.


Depending on the type of fish, tank, and cleaning system, taking care of your fish can become more time consuming than you first imagined.  Initial set up for your particular fish, and getting the water just right, may be the most taxing part of the process.  Another challenge you may face is the death of your fish.  The life span of fish tends to be shorter than other pets, especially if the water temperature and treatment aren’t at the correct levels.


Birds are great pets because they come in smaller varieties, are playful, beautiful, and in some cases they even talk to you.

There are two main categories of birds: Psittacines and Passerines. The type of bird you’re looking for will determine which of the two groups you will lean towards.  Psittacines are birds with sturdy, curved beaks, can be tamed and are good at talking. (Ex. parakeet, cockatiel)

Passerines are birds with straight, short pointed beaks and are generally on the smaller side. (Ex. finches, canaries) These types of bird will often have beautiful chirps or songs.


Certain birds, like parrots, can be louder than other birds. So if you’re put off by all the chatter, a smaller bird like a parakeet would be a better fit. Also, getting proper care for your bird is important.  Birds can carry diseases so making sure they are seen by a veterinarian that specializes in birds will help make sure that your bird is healthy and stays healthy.

Whether you live by yourself, have family members who live with you, or have a companion caregiver a pet can become an added loved member of your household.

In Home Personal Services has locations in Illinois, Florida, and Texas. If you or a loved one is in need of in-home care please contact us through our e-mail or call us at 877.826.4477.