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Elderly Care Consideration: A Trip to the Zoo

Elderly Care in Gilbert AZ

While most zoos and aquariums are open all year round, summer is arguably the most popular time of the year when people visit these facilities. Seniors who rely on some type of elder care may enjoy Elderly Care in Gilbert AZspending an afternoon at the zoo.  While many people think of just taking children to the zoo, people of all ages, especially seniors, also enjoy what the zoo has to offer.  Seniors who require any type of elderly home care will not likely be going to the zoo by themselves, though.  It’s best if their caregiver accompanies them on the trip.

There are many benefits to visiting the zoo and as June is National Zoo and Aquarium Month, we list a few of them here.

1. Mental stimulation. Any time a person is exposed to new stimuli, new information, or new experiences, it can be highly beneficial. It will be stimulating neural activity in the brain and that is important at preventing or delaying some aspects of memory loss.

2. Fresh air. Getting outside and getting fresh air can feel rejuvenating for just about anyone who spends a significant amount of time indoors. For seniors who may be living alone, they may begin to feel isolated. Getting out to the zoo exposes them to not just fresh air, but other people as well.

3. Exercise. Even if the senior requires a cane or walker to get around, making that kind of effort when visiting the zoo is going to be getting him or her a great deal of exercise. Most doctors recommend people of all ages, including seniors who have suffered from a heart attack, get at least 15 minutes of cardiovascular exercise every day. Just imagine how much exercise people can get when they visit the zoo.

Yes, a trip to the zoo can be a great elder care activity, and spending that time with friends or even a family member can make it even more special for the senior.

If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring elderly care services in Gilbert, AZ, please contact the caring staff at About You Home Care (480) 351-4473. Servicing Phoenix and the surrounding communities.

Debbie McLay

Founder and CEO at About You Home Care
Debbie McLay has had a ten year career working as a Behavioral Health Technician providing Direct Care to youth and adults with behavioral challenges, including substance abuse, eating disorders, domestic violence, and mental illness. For her exceptional work in this area Debbie was nominated for Subcontractor Employee of the Year by Value Options, an organization contracted to manage the mental health system in Maricopa County, and her client was nominated for the Most Successful Client of the Year. Debbie’s entrepreneurial endeavors began twelve years ago when she owned a successful retail business in a busy mall.

Debbie experienced firsthand in her own family the challenges that caregiver’s endure when caring for an aging loved one and saw a need for providers who adhere to a higher standard with exceptional service and individualized care that she herself provided in her behavioral health career. Debbie combined her background in healthcare with her entrepreneurial experience and founded About You Home Care with a vision of serving others who were faced with the struggles that her family had experienced. She’s also a strong believer in community service and does volunteer work for Duet, a nonprofit organization that provides aid for older adults and their families that face the difficult challenges associated with aging. Debbie has been on the fundraising event Steering Committee since 2011 and served as the event chair for two of those years.

Debbie did her Undergraduate studies in Psychology and Behavioral Science with Honors and pursued additional education in Chemical Dependency Counseling.