Spending time with a peer group is important at any age. It can be even more beneficial, both physically and mentally, for seniors to participate in activities with those of a similar age. Elderly peers can empathize with a fellow senior’s emotions, thought processes, and experiences. The lack of a generation gap can also help a senior feel like he or she fits in. Summit senior care experts suggest these activities your elderly loved one can participate in with other seniors.
Water aerobics is a form of resistance training in waist-deep water. Like standard aerobics, water aerobics is generally taught in groups and is popular with both younger adults and seniors alike, meaning your loved one will not feel like he or she sticks out. Water aerobic classes can give your loved one a chance to visit with other seniors while keeping fit and healthy at the same time. This activity is a good option for seniors because working out in the water can be gentler on the body than exercising on land, especially for those with arthritis.
Knitting or Crocheting
Knitting and crocheting are popular hobbies amongst seniors as a solo activity, but many places such as churches and senior organizations are forming clubs where people can meet to do these activities together. Seniors can socialize while they work, help each other learn different skills, and share patterns. In addition to being a great social outlet, knitting and crocheting are an excellent form of occupational therapy to help maintain your loved one’s agility in the arms, hands, and fingers.
Joining other seniors to play favorite board and card games can be socially and mentally rewarding for your loved one because he or she can spend time with others while participating in a goal-directed activity. Moreover, studies are showing using the brain continually and in new ways helps prevent cognitive decline and increase emotional stability.
Having a nice meal can become difficult for some seniors, especially those who live alone. Cooking, like any other task, can become more tiring with age, and seniors are less likely to cook for themselves or make sure their diets are balanced and healthy. Though some seniors may have an hourly or live-in caregiver in Summit to help with this task, your loved one may prefer the social activity of dining out with other seniors. Setting a time to regularly go out for meals with friends is a great way for your loved one to maintain social connections and interpersonal relationships and eat a well-made meal without much effort.
Participating in these social activities can help keep your loved one physically, mentally, and emotionally well. If he or she needs assistance with mobility or needs transportation to events such as these, a professional caregiver from Home Care Assistance can help. For seniors who need more comprehensive care, we also offer specialized Alzheimer’s, stroke, and Parkinson’s home care Summit families can rely on. For more information, call one of our experienced Care Managers today at 908.450.9400 to schedule a free in-home consultation.