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Celebrate National Audubon Day with Your Parent on April 26

Caregivers in Pleasant Hill CA
Caregiver in Pleasant Hill CA

The National Audubon Society was created to protect birds and the places they live, feed, and breed today and in the future. They encourage support of our fine feathered friends through education, advocacy, and special events. While April 26 is its national day, as a caregiver for your senior parent, you can spend any day celebrating the birds in your neighborhood.

As a caregiver, you can use this special day to plan some fun time with your aging parent celebrating the birds in your area. Whether you live in a big city or out in the country, there are always birds that enrich the places we live and are worth celebrating and protecting. So, grab your binoculars and your parent and head out to find some birds on April 26.

  • Go to the back yard. The easiest way to find some birds is often just opening the back door and heading out into the yard. If your parent has a home, or even an apartment with a balcony or patio, then he might have some birds right outside that he could get to know better. Often, those common birds that hang around backyards are the ones people know the least about. Help your parent spot some birds in his yard (if he has a bird feeder, it’ll attract even more varieties), then go inside and do some research on the birds you saw. As his caregiver, you can help him use the internet to look up the birds you saw, or you can purchase a birding book to try to find the birds you saw.
  • Take a walk in the neighborhood. Spring is the time birds are building their nests and singing their songs each morning. If you can find the time, go for an early morning stroll around the neighborhood with your parent to see which birds you and your parent can spot flying around the trees and neighbor’s homes. You might be surprised by the wide variety of birds that frequent your area. If you’ve been kept inside due to COVID-19 restrictions, this can also be a perfect opportunity for your parent to reconnect with his neighbors. A caregiver from a home care agency can help your senior take regular walks when you are unable to assist.
  • Visit a local park. If your park has trees and/or a body of water, birds are sure to be calling that park home. Bring your binoculars, your bird book and maybe even a portable chair to set out to watch the birds that visit the park. It’s fun to have a check list as well so that your parent can check off all the birds he’s lucky enough to spot. Don’t forget to bring the camera if your parent likes to take photos so he can capture them for future enjoyment by printing up his photos.

No matter how you decide to celebrate National Audubon Day with your parent, remember to bring the kids with as well so long as everyone can be safe. Bird watching is a great family-friendly activity that everyone can take part in together, building memories that will last a lifetime. When you can’t be there to take walks, a caregiver from a home care agency can ensure your senior loved one gets out in the fresh air and gets quality exercise.

If you or an aging loved one is considering caregivers in Pleasant Hill, CA, please contact the caring staff at Golden Heart Senior Care of Walnut Creek. (925) 203-3039.

Things Your Elderly Loved One Can Control About Their Health

Does your elderly loved one often get stressed about not being able to control things in their life? Maybe they often worry about their health and things that happen outside their control. If this is the case, there are some things that your elderly loved one should know. First of all, there are some things they can control about their health.


One of the main things that your elderly loved one can control is how much or how little exercise. Daily exercise is extremely important. It can help your elderly loved one improve their energy, lose weight, reduce health symptoms, and much more. This is a lot that your elderly loved one has control over when you think about it. You should spend some time talking to your elderly loved one about their exercise plans. Maybe they aren’t currently exercising regularly because they don’t know what to do. If this is the case, you or caregivers can help them out make a plan to exercise from this point forward.

Portion Control

Your elderly loved one also has control over how much or how little they are eating. If they are currently eating large portions for any meal, they can make a plan to change this. It can start by measuring out their food at dinner. This is often a good meal to start with. If they can stick with that portion control plan for about 21 days, then they can add in portion control on another meal of the day. They can also practice portion control with their snacks, as well.

Getting Immunizations

Your elderly loved one can control whether they get immunizations. There are many immunizations that are often recommended for the elderly. For instance, your elderly loved one could choose to get the flu shot every year. They can also talk to their doctor about other immunizations that are recommended. If there are any of these immunizations your elderly loved one has more questions about, they can ask their doctor about the appointments they have.


These are just some of the ways that your elderly loved one can control their health. If they can start by making even one of these choices, they can feel more in control of their overall health. If needed, your elderly loved one can even let their caregivers know what type of help they need with their help. For instance, they might need help managing medications. This is something caregivers can assist with.


If you or an aging loved one is considering caregivers in Pleasant Hill, CA, please contact the caring staff at Golden Heart Senior Care of Walnut Creek. (925) 203-3039.