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5 Environmentally-Friendly Activities for Seniors on Earth Day

By Rick Cohen, 9:00 am on

Earth Day is celebrated every year on April 22nd. Both the young and the old engage in activities to make the planet a better place on this day. Some communities host colorful parades, while others host special presentations. You and your senior loved one might want to mark the day with an eco-friendly activity.

If you are a family caregiver who is finding it challenging to meet your loved one’s daily needs, consider hiring a professional caregiver. Aging adults who need help around the house, transportation to medical appointments and social events, and assistance with exercise can benefit from having a home caregiver. Milwaukee seniors can enjoy greater independence and receive regular mental and social stimulation when relying on a trusted professional who is expertly trained in various aspects of senior care.

This Earth Day, encourage your loved one to become part of the global movement to adopt eco-friendly practices and implement them all year long. 

1. Create a Compost Pile

Help your loved one make natural plant fertilizer by converting food scraps into a compost pile. This is simple and can be done in your loved one’s yard. Choose a suitable location and start piling yard waste. The pile can be out in the open or confined in wooden slats or another appropriate container. Add coffee grounds, eggshells, fruit and vegetable peelings, and other typical food waste. Remind your loved one to top the food with more yard waste, then turn or mix the conglomeration every two to three weeks. Eventually, the organic matter transforms into great fertilizer for flower and garden plants. 

2. Conserve Water

There are many ways to conserve water daily. Encourage your loved one to take showers, which use less water than baths. During the shower your loved one should turn off the water until he or she is ready to rinse the hair or body. He or she should also do the laundry and use the dishwasher only when there is a full load. Not only can your loved one conserve water by not running excessive cycles, he or she can also save on electricity bills. If your loved one has a garden, he or she should consider watering each plant individually instead of using a hose. 

3. Make Seedling Gifts

Your loved one can start seedlings by putting soil in the sections of egg cartons, paper cups, or similar containers, then planting one or two seeds in the soil, lightly moistening them, and allowing them to grow. Once the little plants appear, your loved one could tie a ribbon around each cup, attach a set of instructions for growing the plant, and give it to family members or friends as gifts on Earth Day. 

4. Go on a Nature Walk

You and your loved one can celebrate the day by getting out and enjoying the natural beauty of your surroundings. Go for a stroll in a local park or nature preserve and enjoy the sights and sounds of the area. Take the grandchildren along so your loved one can experience the world through their inquisitive eyes. Bring along a camera and go bird watching or simply capture images of the flowering plants blooming in spring. 

5. Explore a Farmer’s Market

In addition to using environmentally-friendly practices, farmers often plant crops that add a lot of oxygen to the air we breathe. Buying locally produced food also helps the environment by reducing fuel costs needed to ship harvests in and out of your location. Your loved one might appreciate that all the items found in the local farmers market are fresh from the field.

If your loved one lives independently, reach out to him or her and play your part in saving the planet by adopting these eco-friendly practices. Many older adults are choosing to age in place, and some need a helping hand to continue living at home safely and comfortably. Luckily, there is professional at-home care Milwaukee seniors can trust and rely on.

Some seniors who live independently, have serious age-related diseases such as Alzheimer’s and may require a professional caregiver. Milwaukee, WI, Alzheimer’s care professionals are available 24/7 to help seniors manage daily tasks like bathing, grooming, exercise, and medication reminders. At Home Care Assistance, we believe seniors with Alzheimer’s can live safely and comfortably at home with the help of compassionate and expertly trained caregivers. For more information, call (414) 964-8000 to speak with a knowledgeable Care Manager about the senior care services we offer.