Getting older doesn’t automatically mean playing bingo and watching TV for entertainment. Luckily, there are many awesome and unique activities your older loved one can enjoy during the golden years. Here are some recommendations to consider and the reasons the suggested activities can be beneficial for seniors.
Exercise Classes for Seniors
Seniors can keep their bones and joints healthy, maintain a healthy weight, and increase flexibility and balance while interacting with their peers. Encourage your loved one to consider exercise classes specifically designed for seniors. There are many options available, including:
• Water aerobics programs
• Yoga classes focusing on senior-friendly poses
• Low-impact workout classes
• Chair-based senior exercise classes if your loved one has mobility issues
An in-home caregiver can help your loved one exercise safely. Homecare service agencies can be a great boon to seniors. With the help of the caregivers at Home Care Assistance, your aging loved one can lead a happier and healthier life. We offer a revolutionary program called the Balanced Care Method, which encourages seniors to eat nutritious foods, exercise and socialize regularly, and focus on other lifestyle factors that increase life expectancy.
Your loved one doesn’t have to spend hours on the couch to enjoy video games. For instance, Wii Sports makes a popular line of games that require body movements, which can allow your loved one to interact with other family members while also getting some exercise in a way that’s fun and engaging. For a brain workout, games like NeuroRacer and World of Warcraft can sharpen cognitive skills.
You might be surprised at how many small clubs for seniors there are in your area. Even if you can’t find a nearby book or garden club for your loved one, you can always help him or her start a club with other like-minded seniors in the area. Joining a club is a great way to boost social interaction while also getting mental stimulation.
For families living in South Tampa, respite care can be a wonderful solution when their aging loved ones need companionship and socialization a few hours a week or just need minor assistance with daily household tasks. At Home Care Assistance, we thrive on helping seniors maintain their independence while living in the comfort of home.
Find creative ways to draw on your loved one’s life experiences to help him or her retain important memories. There are many fun activities you can suggest to encourage your loved one to be creative. Possibilities include:
• Scrapbooking as a way to tell stories with photos and treasured items
• Having family story nights
• Using memory books that contain various topics you can use to inspire your loved one to share related personal stories
Art and/or Music-Based Activities
Activities involving art and music stimulate multiple parts of the brain at once. Certain art-based and music-related activities also require physical movements that can increase coordination and balance. Specific activities of this nature include:
• Sculpting, painting, and craft making
• Playing a musical instrument or learning how to play one
• Music bingo, musical chairs, and group singing
There are many apps specially created to allow seniors to maintain and enhance their cognitive abilities in ways that are enjoyable and stimulating. Even simply tapping or moving fingers on apps can help with manual dexterity. Seniors Lifestyle Magazine recommends the following brain-stimulating apps for older adults:
• Fit Brains
• Brain Yoga
• CogniFit Brain Fitness
Outings to area parks, museums, malls, and historic sites provide a chance to meet new people while also getting some exercise by walking around. Many communities have senior ride services your loved one may be able to use during times when you’re not able to take him or her out. Some companies also offer discounted bus tours for seniors to local points of interest.
South Tampa senior care experts are available to provide high-quality care to seniors on an as-needed basis. From assistance with mobility and exercise to providing transportation to the doctor’s office and social events, there are a variety of ways professional caregivers can help your aging loved one continue to live independently. Trust Home Care Assistance to provide high-quality compassionate, professional home care for your loved one. Schedule a free in-home consultation by giving us a call today at (813) 488-5804.