February is National Senior Independence Month, a wonderful time to celebrate the independence and vitality of our older loved ones. This month is all about supporting and encouraging them to stay active, healthy, and happy. It’s a perfect opportunity to check in, lend a hand, and show our appreciation.

Here’s a checklist to help your loved ones thrive throughout the year:


Schedule a Health Checkup

Keeping on top of health is key! This month, make sure your loved one has a doctor’s appointment lined up. It’s a great time to review their medications and jot down any questions for the doctor. Staying proactive with health checkups ensures they continue enjoying life to the fullest.


Update Emergency Contacts

Safety is important for peace of mind. Take a moment to update their emergency contact list, making sure it includes family, friends, and neighbors. Teach them how to access it easily and set up speed dials on their phone. This simple step ensures they can reach out quickly if needed.


Declutter and Organize

A tidy home feels great! Help your loved one organize their space, making sure everything they need is within easy reach. A clutter-free environment can boost mood and reduce stress. Plus, it’s a fun way to spend time together and refresh their living space.


Refresh Their Diet

Good nutrition is a cornerstone of independence. Clean out the fridge, pantry, and freezer, and stock up on fresh, healthy foods. This simple act can make mealtime enjoyable and ensure they have access to nourishing meals.


Plan Healthy Meals

Meal planning can be a delightful activity. Offer to help with grocery shopping and meal prep or create a menu that makes it easy for them to whip up tasty, nutritious meals. If you’re not available, a companion can follow your recipe, ensuring they enjoy healthy, home-cooked meals. You can create a shopping list for the companion and ensure all the recommended food items are on it.

Healthy food groups to consider when creating a menu:

  • Fruits and Vegetables
  • Whole Grains
  • Low-Fat Dairy Products
  • Lean Meats, Fish, Poultry, and Legumes
  • Nuts and Seeds
  • Healthy Oils Such as Avocado Oil and Olive Oil
  • Water and Other Non-Alcoholic Beverages


Encourage Regular Activity

Staying active is essential for well-being. Encourage your loved one to engage in enjoyable activities like walking, yoga, or light strength training. Check out local community centers for fun exercise groups. Regular activity keeps them energized and connected.

Before a loved one implements an exercise routine, they should consult their physician first. Some exercises to mention could be:

  • Pilates
  • Yoga or Chair Yoga
  • Aerobic exercises that help strengthen the lungs
  • Light strength training


Review Medications

Help your loved one stay on top of their medications. A quick review ensures they’re taking everything correctly and avoiding any issues. This small task can make a big difference in their daily routine.


Enhance Home Safety

A safe home is a happy home. Check for potential fall hazards, ensure good lighting, and remove any unstable furniture. These simple adjustments can create a safer, more comfortable living environment.


Explore Local Programs

Look into local programs that offer support, companionship, and convenience. Meal delivery services, transportation options, and social activities can enrich their lives and provide additional support. Many communities offer fantastic resources to keep older adults engaged and independent.


Build Lasting Habits

Senior Independence Month is just the beginning. Encourage your loved one to adopt healthy habits that promote safety, health, and happiness all year round. Together, we can help them enjoy their independence and continue living vibrant, fulfilling lives.

Let’s celebrate this month by taking positive steps to support and cherish the independence of our loved ones!


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Resource links:

Senior Independence Awareness Month



February is Senior Independence Awareness Month



Senior Independence Awareness Month



Aging in Place: Growing Older at Home



Mental and Physical Benefits of Cleaning and Organizing



Older adults, both male and female, can benefit from regular physical activity.



Here Are 5 Ways Spring-Cleaning Can Make You Healthier



Managing Your Elderly Parent’s Medications



Medication Management



Taking Medicines Safely as You Age



Physical Activity Exercise among Older People



Older adults can benefit from regular physical activity