Several older adults have restricted mobility because of their medical conditions. This has affected their daily routine making their days dull; they find it difficult to do the hobbies and activities they enjoyed before. Even doing a few household chores or visiting a laundry service nearby is impossible.
If you have a senior in your household that has slowly slumped into a daily routine. They eventually become dispirited, which may have a negative impact on their physical and mental health. Several activities can boost the mood and make them stay socially engaged without needing to move around much.
Engage in Conversations
You might think having a conversation is not an activity, but it is for the elderly who do not have someone to spend time with or chat with. Spend time having engaging conversations with your loved ones; encouraging them to share their life experiences reduces their feeling of loneliness.
Short Walks and Mild Exercises
Our brain releases endorphins when we do physical activities. Let your elderly loved one have those endorphins through physical activity. You can encourage them to sign up for sports activities or join exercise groups for seniors. But, if it is difficult for them to visit the gym or sports center, you can set up exercise videos for them to watch on television or computer.
If that’s too much work for them, you can accompany them in taking walks around the community. Some bring their elderly loved ones when they go for a walk to drop off their laundry at the neighborhood laundry service, anything that gives them a chance to exercise and be productive. Others even take them to grocery shops to let them enjoy themselves while taking a few steps around.
It suffocates the elderly to be only indoors, and they enjoy the outdoors. It gives them fresh air and makes them see life outside. A great stimulating activity for the outdoors is gardening. It does not have to be strenuous and advanced; they can do basic tasks like watering the plants.
Gardening arouses the senses and exposes the elderly to some vitamin D. Moreover, it gives them the joy to see the fruits of their labor bloom into beautiful flowers.
Music and Dancing
Music-centered activities have a positive impact on elderly adults. Even professionals use music therapy for seniors with cognitive impairments or advanced dementia to help trigger memories and support feelings of happiness.
If your senior is still physically well, you can have them attend a live concert, ballroom classes, or other group lessons and gatherings centered on music and dancing.
Several elderly do not have the energy to join dance lessons or gatherings but still have an artistic spirit in them. If this is the case, invite them to do assorted crafting activities. They can paint, draw, sketch, knit basic patterns, or do any crafting activity that lets them express their artistic side.
These are just a few activities to help your elderly have an active and engaging lifestyle. Happy and contented seniors can expect to live longer.