Variety, as they say, is the spice of life.
This couldn’t ring more true for senior citizens in home care. While appreciating that some clients may have limited mobility, there are still a myriad of fun senior activities to engage in. For an elder, activity is key. A complete home care plan should have fun activities for adults that cater to their mental, social and physical well-being.
In this article, we will go over the best activities for senior citizens, including mental, physical, and emotional exercises.
Mental Activities for Elderly Citizens
The same way physical exercise strengthens and trains our bodies, cognitive exercises stimulates the brain and helps develop new connections as people age.
The more you challenge your brain, the better it becomes at processing new information. This contributes to a senior’s mental health.
Unlike physical activity that might be limiting to seniors because of limited mobility and chronic conditions, mental and cognitive exercises allow most citizens to participate.
Here are some mental activities for elderly people:
- Puzzles, Sudoku and word games are great for improving and maintaining cognitive function.
- Card games.
- Chess and strategy games like checkers.
- Reading books, journals and newspapers.
- Knitting and sewing. These boost hand-eye coordination. The fact that sewing and knotting can be done anywhere and even solo also means it’s an encouraging exercise for seniors to try out even at home.
- Woodworking can bring out artistic creativity, harness hand-eye coordination as well as give a level of physical activity.
Physical Activities for The Elderly
Physical activity is extremely important. This is why:
- It improves muscle strength which is important for movement and general life activities.
- Exercising releases feel-good hormones, which elevate your mood, and give you better sleep.
- It reduces your risk of some cancers as well as type 2 diabetes.
- Regular exercise helps strengthen joints and bones which can lower your susceptibility to osteoporosis.
- It helps lower blood sugar and cholesterol.
- Exercising helps keep your weight in check.
A senior’s physical health regimen does not necessarily have to be repetitive, boring or strenuous. Mix things up with different activities to keep things interesting as well as incorporate the seniors ideas of what makes an exciting workout session for them.
Apart from eating well-balanced meals, getting sufficient sleep and engaging in mentally stimulating activities, physical activities help keep the body agile, which also keeps the brain alert.
Even for seniors with limited mobility, try and avoid inactivity as much as possible and find low impact exercises that they can comfortably manage. To plan an elder’s activity, take their level of mobility, general health and chronic conditions into consideration. It’s beneficial to plan an elder’s activity around exercises that will also ease any symptoms they might have and keep encouraging them to exercise.
Conditions such as arthritis can be greatly helped with regular swimming.