Tom was diabetic and had heart disease. Some days it was difficult for him to do much, so he spent a lot of time resting in his recliner. To prevent Tom from getting bored, his daughter Emma bought him a bird feeder to put outside the window his recliner faced. Soon, brightly colored birds were flocking to the feeder. Tom enjoyed watching their antics and became interested in the kinds of birds he saw. Before long, Tom was an avid bird watcher.
Bird watching can be a great way for older adults to stave off boredom when they are fatigued and need to rest. It’s relaxing to watch the birds and it can provide a mood boost. If your older family member likes birds, developing an interest in bird watching can be a delightful activity for both seniors and their family caregivers. Getting started is easy and doesn’t have to cost a lot. Below are some tips for caregivers to help an older adult become a birdwatcher.
Set Up a Birdfeeder
Caregivers and seniors can purchase a birdfeeder, but it might be more fun to make one together. If one of you is handy at woodworking, you can build a feeder from a plan. If not, purchase a kit that you can put together. Once you’ve got a birdfeeder, set it up where the older adult can see it from a place where they sit frequently. Purchase bird food at a pet food supply store, garden supply store, or at the grocery store.
Get a Bird Guide
Purchase a guide book the older adult can use to identify the birds they see and learn more about them. There are many guides on the market. Caregivers and seniors can go on an outing to the book store to find the one they like best. Make sure the book isn’t too heavy for the older adult to easily hold.
Even if your loved one plans to do most of their birdwatching out the window, a pair of binoculars can help them see the birds that are too shy to come to the feeder, but land in the trees instead. Knowing what kinds of birds are coming into the yard can help caregivers and seniors to find the right food to draw them closer.
Once an older adult has developed an interest in birdwatching, caregivers can use it as an incentive to increase their physical activity. Encourage your aging relative to take a walk in the park with you to spot different birds than the ones visiting the yard. You could also take a trip to a zoo or bird sanctuary to see even more.
If you or an aging loved one are considering caregivers in Robbinsville, NJ, please call the caring staff at Care Street Home Care. You can reach our Mercer/Burlington Division at (609) 496-5666.
Dr. Shelly, as he is fondly known, has served as an Alzheimer’s Support Group Facilitator in Mercer County and is a Certified Dementia Instructor. Knowledgeable, compassionate, and unusually devoted, his guidance is crucial in helping families understand their options and render decisions for their loved ones’ care plan. Dr. Shelly’s extensive experience, sincere and pleasant demeanor, and professional affiliations have made him a vital asset to Care Street.