This time of year presents a significant challenge to seniors because of the lull following the holiday season, the cooler temperatures, and the increased risk of contracting viruses and COVID-19. Minimizing exposure and limiting outings in winter weather are valuable safety precautions for everyone to take, especially older adults, who are at higher risk of contracting an illness. At the same time, it is equally important to consider mind and body wellness by continuing daily activities that keep your loved one active. We’ve compiled some of our favorite ways that caregivers can help seniors feel active, stay safe, and enjoy the warmth of home in good company. Here are some ideas:
Get Busy With Games and Puzzles
Engaging and stimulating indoor games and puzzles can help seniors stay active and motivated. There are a variety of puzzles and games on the market available to suit a wide range of interests and abilities, as well as an array of price points. Even with the gifting season behind us, friends and family can surprise their loved one with a gift delivered to their home. Caregivers can also spend time with seniors, choosing one together online or at a local store.
Explore the full range of activities and virtual products that sites like Relish or Being Saavy.com offer for keeping older adults active. Caregivers can engage seniors at various functionality levels in interactive games, such as Boggle, Rummikub, or Chess. Bananagrams is also a practical option, specifically because the game is available in a senior-friendly version that features larger letters.
Board games or puzzles require handling pieces, and are wonderful opportunities for seniors to stimulate their minds, while keeping their hands nimble. Caregivers will need to adapt their entertainment selections to the older adult’s ability, and choose puzzles that contain an appropriate amount of pieces. Some may be able and motivated to work on a long-term project, while others may need fewer, larger pieces that accommodate their limited vision or dexterity. When enjoyed in the company of a companion, friends, or family, games and puzzles can prove to be a truly memorable shared experience.
Design A Craft
Keeping active becomes easy with knitting, crocheting, and sewing. Older adults will find it rewarding to design and create their own masterpieces that can later be displayed, shared, or put to practical use. Caregivers can accompany seniors to their local craft supplier, such as Hobby Lobby or Michaels, where they can draw inspiration and shop for materials to create a work of art.
Knitting or crocheting for charity is a meaningful way for seniors to share their skills and make a difference. There are numerous organizations that accept donations of knitted hats, shawls, scarves, blankets, and more. For more information about using these unique skills to help benefit others, click here.
Take on an Exercise Routine
Staying active through movement improves emotional well-being and promotes good health. Caregivers can explore online exercise classes available on YouTube or other sites, and easily help seniors gain access to exercise routines that are geared specifically for older adults. There are many options for low-impact exercises that are free of charge and possible to do at home. Incorporating exercise into the daily routine will help seniors experience increased energy levels and maintain their health.
While being inside is encouraged, older adults can still remain active outdoors as well. On days that allow being outside, caregivers can accompany seniors on walks around the neighborhood, in a local park, or on a guided trail that is smooth and dry.
Regardless of how you choose to spend the days indoors, you can always find additional caregiver resources on our website and explore a variety of timely topics such as medical assistance, personal care, and senior companionship.
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