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Keeping America Beautiful Together

By Greg and Hilary Eldridge

Caregivers in Buford GA

Caregivers in Buford GAThis is Keep America Beautiful month. While it’s not exactly known when or how the idea for Keep America Beautiful month came to be, it is likely to have gotten its start by the Keep America Beautiful Foundation, a US-based nonprofit organization. The organization envisions a country where every community is a clean, green, and beautiful place to live.

To do that, it has three basic missions: Reduce waste, prevent littering and beautify communities. With those missions in mind, each April gives people a chance to do something toward making their own community more beautiful, while also recognizing and celebrating everything everyone does, as a whole, to make America a better, more beautiful and sustainable place in which to love.

So why not sit down with your senior loved one, put on your thinking caps, and come up with something the two of you can do to improve your own community? It’s also a fantastic way to get your family member out of the house and into fresh, spring air.

Not sure what to do or where to begin? Don’t despair—the Foundation has several ideas, and others are all over the Internet and social media sites. In fact, the Keep America Beautiful Twitter page posts new ideas every day—not just in April. There you can find ideas on everything from different ways of recycling coffee grounds to learning where you can purchase edible eating utensils! But if those things aren’t your “cup of tea,” here are some other ideas.

  • Find ways to reduce waste by repurposing or reusing old items. Recycle other items, as needed.
  • Reduce litter whenever possible by keeping a litter bag in your or your parent’s car; and when taking out trash, tie it securely shut and place in the proper trash or recycling receptacle so animals and small children can’t knock it over and strew trash around the neighborhood.
  • Speaking of litter, perhaps as a twosome, or with a bigger group of family members or friends, you could adopt part of a park, street or highway, or participate in a community-wide cleanup.
  • If there is winter debris in your parent’s yard you may want to help them clean it up, then plant some flowers, possibly a tree or bush, or maybe even plant a garden. If there is not enough space for a garden, look into a community garden.

If it’s difficult for your loved one to get out of the house, there are plenty things he or she can do indoors to be “green” and sustainable:

  • Again, recycle whenever possible.
  • Use reusable shopping bags when grocery shopping.
  • Use energy-efficient appliances and light bulbs; and don’t forget to turn lights off when leaving the room.
  • Setting their AC/heat a little higher or lower, respectively, and installing low-flow showerheads, along with repairing leaky faucets, are just a few very simple ways to reduce your parent’s carbon footprint on the planet, while reducing their energy bills at the same time.

If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring help for family caregivers in Buford, GA, please contact the caring staff at Home Helpers, call (678) 430-8511.