Our loved ones need to be stimulated mentally, physically, and socially to maintain a healthy lifestyle and to avoid depression. Below are some ideas to get you connected - and inspire your loved one to keep learning and have fun.
Games and Exercise
- Chair Exercises: You can make up your own, ask your physician, or purchase DVDs.
- Walks: Even if it is just a once-daily walk or even ride in a wheelchair outside, the fresh air and change scenery can make a huge difference in mood.
- Outings: Take them shopping, to the park, to a favorite restaurant, etc.
- Music: Get new (new to them) CDs from the library to test out new music.
- Electronic Games: The Wii can also offer games that keep us sharp like puzzles and math games.
- Play some old favorites: like cards, checkers, tic-tac-toe, 20 questions, trivia games, and cards.
Fun on the Go with Seniors
- Animals: Visit a pet store or a zoo.
- Eating Out: Go to a favorite restaurant in the afternoon when it is not busy and just get dessert and coffee.
- Entertainment: See about concerts or plays at your local high schools and churches for low-cost/low-stress live entertainment.
- Special Events: See if there are senior fairs going on in your community. Check out senior daycare facilities for special activities or just visit occasionally.
- See if there are local bingo place - Your loved one will likely grow to look forward to a routine social outing like that!