Our elders need this connection. How many of your older loved ones enjoy feeding the wild birds or making sure the bird bath is filled. For those elders who have lost some of their mobility or are suffering from an illness, it’s harder to get out and be “refreshed.”
A friend of mine helped take care of his ailing grandmother. She was bedfast and couldn’t get outside where she loved to garden and watch the birds. He’s a thoughtful soul and bought her a new feeder for the birds that he placed just outside her bedroom window. She found immense pleasure in watching each little bird come right to her window.
Perhaps more than anything, the feeling of the mist coming off the ocean makes me stop and behold how the beauty of this world is so amazing. I was born near it, so perhaps I have a special connection to it. But I really think most people find peace and wonder at the ocean’s side.
I have special memories of the Pacific Ocean. When I was very young, my parents would take me down to beaches near our Southern California home so I could look for shells and feel the sand beneath my feet. Back then, it wasn’t easy to get down to the beach. Many times my daddy would carry me down the narrow winding trails that came down from the jagged cliffs.
I know you all have your own special memories of the ocean and other natural wonders. If you are a care giver, then I encourage you to make time for these natural connections. Find ways of sharing nature with your older loved one. You both will be refreshed and we all deal better with life’s ups and downs when we feed our souls.
Tips on Ways to Share Nature with Your Older Loved One:
- Take a trip to a botanical garden
- Place a bird feeder outside of the kitchen window
- Plan a picnic at a favorite park
- Have lunch at an outdoor restaurant
- Give them a photo album of family outdoor vacations
- Fill a pot with butterfly and humming bird favorites for their patio
- While visiting, go for a walk
- Bring them a bouquet of their favorite flowers
- Get a large print of one of their favorite outdoor places
- Take them on a boat tour of a harbor or lake