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Coupon Clipping and Laundry Folding

Coupon clipping

Winter time is upon us. This is a good time to do indoor activities with your loved one who has Alzheimer’s. How about some coupon clipping or folding laundry?

Coupon clipping is an activity that your mother or aunt may enjoy if she enjoyed paperwork or marketing or housekeeping. This repetitive task can help a person feel like she is contributing. You will need some coupon flyers, scissors and either an organizer folder or envelops.

You might suggest to your mother that she look for coupons of her favorite things. If she cuts out coupons for milk, all-purpose cleaning and cereals, you might want to organize your coupon folder by categories. This will work with envelops as well. Your mother might like to do the sorting and organizing. If she is in the beginning stages of the disease, she might be able to sort the coupons by date and take out the ones that have expired.

You don’t have to use the coupons if they are not things you need or you can sort them out again later if you need to. Just please don’t do that where your mother can see you.

A good daily activity is folding clean laundry. A recent TV ad has a stay-at-home father who says that laundry is one of best parts of his day. You might remind your father or uncle that if he wears it or uses it, he can fold it.

You will need a laundry basket of clean items and a place to stack folded items. The couch works in many homes. When you ask your father to help you fold the laundry, this will make him feel like he is an important productive family member. Furthermore the repetition can be soothing. Towels are a great favorite since they are easy to fold. You could even buy multiples of low cost washcloths and dish towels and use them for this activity.

Another thing you can do is put socks together. Start with all the socks that are the same color and then you can add a mix of different colors. One thing you need to remember is that this is not a test for your father. Accept his work and don’t correct any mistakes.

Stanton Lawson is the Co-Owner of Sequoia Senior Solutions. Sequoia’s mission is to ensure a better quality of life for their elderly clients and their families, by providing dependable and affordable in-home care. Sequoia’s focus is to keep you or your loved ones at home and avoid:

Loss of friends and possessions

Loss of independence and freedom

Loss of spirit which is drained by the battles of daily living

Sequoia Senior Solutions, Inc. services Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Napa, Sonoma and Solano Counties. The main office is located at191 Lynch Creek Way, Suite 102, Petaluma, CA 94954. Email Tel: (707) 763-6600 Fax: (707) 763-6607,

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