This post is sponsored by Comfort Keepers.
Like many of you, I’m helping take care of my aging senior parents at this stage of life. I take on the role of caregiver with gratitude because I’m glad to still have my parents. There are challenges but also happiness along the way. My sister and I are blessed to have our parents for so long of our adult lives. They are fortunate to see their only granddaughter get married and have 3 children and those great grandchildren have the good fortune to get to know their great grandparents. That’s the way it’s supposed to be. Family is so important to all of us, that is why I’m excited to partner with Comfort Keepers to help share and celebrate their 2021 Comfort Keepers National Day of Joy.
What is National Day of Joy?
Comfort Keepers, the leading provider of in-home care for seniors and adults in need of assistance, will celebrate their third annual “National Day of Joy” on Wednesday, June 30, 2021. The National Day of Joy, founded by Comfort Keepers, takes place each year on the last Wednesday of June and was established to encourage and inspire individuals to find joy in everyday moments. It’s a day to focus on what brings our seniors joy especially during this last year of the pandemic – especially if they are not able to see people in person as much. It’s been a tough year for all of us.
Comfort Keepers is more than just a company name. Comfort Keepers is what they call their caregivers because they do so much more than provide care. Helping to elevate the human spirit and make their clients’ lives brighter and safer, all from the comfort of their home
I appreciate companies like this more than ever now. With my parents aging, this past year has been more challenging than ever. Mom has recently experienced severe back pain which has really gotten her down from her normal day to day activities. Having someone available to help her out has been a life saver for me.
Let’s celebrate the joyful moments of life!
Studies have shown that laughter and joy have the ability to improve mood, curb anxiety and depression, and mitigate the negative effects of stress and relieve pain.
I’ll share how our family has celebrated along the way during this very trying past year we’ve all had. Now more than ever, our family is looking down the road to what lies ahead and we may be using caregiver services for the first time with my parents. We hope they can continue to stay in their home living independently, but we don’t know what the future holds.
It’s sometimes difficult to know what to do as loved ones age. What do you lose by hiring a caregiver? Comfort Keepers concentrates on the freedom, joyful moments and experiences their clients are gaining with caregiver services.
For me, just having a caring person come into my parents home to help them out with meals and daily activities for a few hours a day is so freeing for me. We all have so much on our plates these days and caring for elderly parents is part of that for some of us who are fortunate to still have them.
This past year, we still saw each other and celebrated just being together as a family. We did stay apart for the first couple months of the pandemic, but made the decision to still see each other as often as we could after that.
Americans find joy in people – not places, events or things.
Comfort Keepers arranges for seniors to have the opportunity to live happy and fulfilling independent lives by treating them as if they are a member of their own family, with dignity and compassionate care.
Mom and dad enjoy being in their own home and having daily routines of life to keep them busy. We all need those daily routines.
A Comfort Keepers national poll shows that seeing family members (42%) and spending time with them (38%) brings Americans more joy than traveling (37%), seeing close friends (32%) or not wearing a mask as often (28%).
Seniors over the age of 65 prioritized seeing family the most (55%), compared to last year, when dining at a restaurant topped their post-pandemic to-do list.
We are all ready to get back to some sense of normal, aren’t we?
Seniors have mastered social media and texting as a way to stay in touch with family and friends.
My parents don’t use a computer, but we got mom an old iphone just so she could be part of the family texts, sharing pictures and activities every day. She really enjoys having that phone and I know this brings her joy.
We picked muscadines last year and Mark and I learned how to make muscadine jelly. That was a rewarding thing to learn how to do and Mom was a big help in picking and showing us the ropes on jelly making. Mom knows a lot about cooking and making jelly and after we got the hang of it, we did another batch at home.
We picked blueberries with the grandchildren. Little Iris had fun picking blueberries with mom while they were home last summer.
A couple of months ago, Mark and I decided to plant tomatoes in mom and dad’s backyard, so we bought tomato plants and got them planted in the ground. Mom and dad were supervisors since we are novice tomato growers.
I’m happy to report they are looking great and already have lots of little green tomatoes growing!
Our family has always been all about spending time together, especially holidays and special occasions. The girls made birthday cards for their great grandaddy last year and it was so cute. I know he’s so proud of those 3 great grandgirls.
Mom is too and when baby #3 came along last year, Alexandra has been a wonderful addition to the family. We all adore those girls.
We celebrated Mother’s Day on our patio this year and had the best weather. Mark was talking to dad about something and I love the natural look of this photo as they are engaging in conversation.
Dad is a fan of sweets and dessert is always a highlight for him. We so enjoyed our family gathering, being outside together, celebrating mom and Lauren and the girls being home was just perfect. Family is so important to all of us and I’m sure you all feel the same way about your family.
Each generation learns from the previous and it’s such a blessing to still have mom and dad in our lives. I know it’s good for these girls to be able to see the love and wisdom from their great grandmother and passing down legacies of faith is the best thing we can do for the next generation.
Comfort Keepers, which is a leading provider of in-home care for seniors and adults who need assistance, will celebrate their third annual “National Day of Joy” on Wednesday, June 30, 2021. It was established to encourage and inspire each of us to find moments of joy every day.
Do you have aging seniors in your life? How do you find joy in the day to day lives of those senior adults who might need your help with things along the way. It can be overwhelming to be available all the time, but there is help out there when we need it. I’m so glad there are companies like Comfort Keepers to help our families in need of assistance. My mom and dad are definitely reaching the point that we are going to have to bring in other people to help. We hope to navigate this road with dignity and respect for them and help them along their journey. We don’t always know what is coming, but we can be prepared and informed when it does come.
For more information or to participate in the National Day of Joy, please visit Comfort Keepers Day of Joy.