Seniors need to remain physically and mentally active to keep up with everyday skills. Taking on a new hobby is an easy and fun way to make this a reality. Here are a few enjoyable hobbies that help promote your senior loved one’s health.
Growing beautiful flowers inside or outside can be a source of mental stimulation for your loved one as the sight and smell of the flowers revitalizes his or her senses. Being outside in the fresh air and sunshine, digging in the soil, and pruning the leaves provides mild aerobic physical activity. Picking vegetables from the garden, kneeling, and bending burns calories and can keep your loved one’s back and knees flexible.
Bowling allows seniors to move at their own pace according to their individual abilities without creating too much strain on joints and muscles and also provides relief from anxiety through physical activity. Being a part of a team can help your loved one create social bonds while being engaged in a group activity.
Studies have shown singing can have a positive physical and mental impact on the health of seniors. Singing increases lung capacity and clears congestion from the chest and sinuses, and standing or sitting up straight and tall while singing can lead to better posture. When singing songs, endorphins are released in the brain that can help combat depression while reading the lyrics and concentrating on the notes can increase mental agility and memory.
Gaining popularity with many seniors receiving home care in Summit, tai chi is serene and easy on the body, involving a combination of gentle movements mixed with balance skills. Tai chi provides a way for your loved one to relax while firming and toning his or her muscles at the same time.
No matter what hobby your loved one wants to take up, make sure he or she has a safe and comfortable environment to enjoy it in. Turn to the expertly trained caregivers at Home Care Assistance for help with mobility, exercise, and a variety of other important daily tasks. For seniors who need more comprehensive care, consider our specialized Parkinson’s, dementia, and Alzheimer’s care in Summit. For more information on our senior care services, call one of our knowledgeable Care Managers today at 908.450.9400 to schedule a free consultation.