Retirement life does not just mean sitting down on a rocking chair to watch shows or to play bingo. Many of our loved ones today demand plenty of stimulating adventures and savor opportunities to pick up new interests or hobbies. There are many benefits to keeping older adults occupied and engaged, such as being mentally fitter and physically sharper. Regardless of one’s age, everyone should also be able to enjoy pastimes or be able to feel young, excited, and carefree. We have prepared four fun activities you and your loved ones can participate in!
Undeniably, music can provide the patient with the ability to self-heal, especially for people with dementia. Even dancing to music can help your loved ones to connect their body to healing and exciting rhythms. Singing in front of others may even help your loved ones to enjoy the moment and temporarily take off the burden and stress they may be facing.
Creative activities such as painting, beading, knitting, drawing, or woodworking can help your loved ones to increase focus and concentration. Taking part in such activities could even promote a meditative, calm state for them. Although some creative arts and craft supplies can be costly, you can look for items or activities that are affordable and easy to store or transport around. Depending on your loved ones’ abilities and space, you can encourage them to experiment with different mediums to express their creativity. Projects such as beaded bracelets, woodcrafts, collages, and scarves can certainly help to relieve their boredom for many days to come.
Have a Picnic
Nothing is as engaging and fun as a family picnic. Pack a few of your loved one’s favorite dishes and beverages, drive to a favorite park, and enjoy a sumptuous meal at a nice picnic spot. If a picnic table makes for troublesome dining accommodation, you can opt to bring foldable chairs instead.
A patio, a courtyard, or a deck may also make the best picnic spot if your loved ones’ mobility is compromised. If they are not able to physically venture out of the house, you can always bring the picnic to them instead! Unpack the picnic meal, open the windows, and invite your friends and families to share some lovely picnic memories together.
Decorate the House
Even if it may not be time to start preparing for holiday decorations, there are still other ways to make your loved one’s living space festive and decorative all year round. From using Christmas ornaments such as wreaths and Christmas socks to harvest-inspired ornaments such as hay bales, there are many ways you and your loved ones can plan and decorate the house together.
Senior Living Accommodations at Discovery Senior Living
There are many fun activities your loved ones can partake in that will make their retirement life much more exciting. This is especially important for seniors staying alone to find ways to engage themselves. If you are concerned for your family members living in isolation, Discovery Senior Living provides a multitude of senior living options your loved ones can live in and be cared for by our health professionals. They will retain their independence, yet have fun with their new friends!