No matter what age, you want to lead the best possible quality of life possible. This usually means packing your calendar with well-rounded activities, social interaction, and physical activities with friends, family, and loved ones.
This may not be as easy for seniors, especially senior citizens who have recently moved into an assisted living home, downsized their home, have in-home care, or have moved in with family members. For these elderly people it may become all too easy to remain passive.
It is especially important for anyone elderly who is undergoing these changes to get enough mental, emotional and physical stimulation. If you are elderly, you don’t want to become unengaged in life.
Here are some great ideas to help keep active and engaged through this chapter of your life:
- Find a social group that appeals to your personal interests. This could be a book club, golf foursome, or a group of people that enjoy games like bridge or dominos, etc. There are usually plenty of options like these throughout communities.
- Encourage creative outlets like painting classes, reading, listening to audio books, pottery, or anything that stimulates the brain.
- Activities like gardening will get you outside, keep you busy, and provide a sense of responsibility.
- Consider a pet. Pets are great because they give you a sense of responsibility and pets improve overall mental and emotional health. Just make sure to choose a pet you are capable of caring for. Dogs need to be walked and cats need their kitty litter cleaned.
- Get involved within the community. There are always plenty of non-profits, organizations, and churches that allow you to volunteer and meet a new social circle.
- Exercising has so many good-for-you benefits. If you are physically able, consider an exercise group or club. There are usually senior-only pools, gyms, and classes offered.
- Make sure to get outdoors. Just simple walks around the neighborhood or nature trails will lift spirits. Invite a friend or relative along. Doing this regularly will provide exercise and give your relative something to look forward to. Plus, spending time outside is good for the mind, body, and spirit!
- Arrange trips or visits with friends. Plan a day for the group to do cultural activities like visiting a museum, seeing a play or ballet, or visiting historic landmarks and sites.
- Mind games such as puzzles, games, and crosswords are an easy and fun way to stay mentally sharp. Plus, there are tons of interactive mind video games online and apps made especially for mental stimulation.
- Introduce a new hobby such as scrapbooking, collecting coins, bird watching or anything else that may pique their interest.
Use one or more of these tips to keep yourself involved and interested in life.
About Already HomeCare
Already HomeCare was founded with the ideal that we would never place a caregiver in someone’s home that we wouldn’t place in our own family member’s home. We operate in a culture of compassion, and are committed to helping your loved one live a healthy and independent life. Providing senior home care is a highly personalized, intimate experience. We go above and beyond to help reduce the stress and ensure your loved one is getting the quality care they deserve.
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