Are There Enjoyable Activities for Assisted Living Seniors with Limited Mobility?
When seniors go through seasons of limited mobility, life experiences can still be enjoyable. There are a variety of activities seniors can enjoy even when they are restricted to wheelchairs and limited by walkers. Many elderly people lose mobility as a result of having strokes, experiencing severe arthritis, and suffering injuries from falls. These challenges can change a person’s entire life, but good times do not have to spiral to an end. In fact, learning new activities mark a new beginning for many seniors. There are countless ways to have fun without physically moving around. With a little exploration, you’re sure to find outlets and interests that every senior with limited mobility an enjoy.
9 ACTIVITIES FOR SENIORS WITH LIMITED MOBILITY
1. Reading Exercises the Mind
Reading is a fantastic activity for seniors. It exercises the brain, engages the emotions, and allows seniors to explore the world. Reading is a learning tool that empowers the mind to journey around the world. Reading also improves memory, reduces stress, improves sleep and delays cognitive decline. Some seniors with eyesight restrictions are unable to read the small print in magazines, books, and newspapers. However, modern e-readers and audiobooks provide the same sensation. Immersing seniors into well-narrated stories engages their minds into new topics. Senior living book clubs also provide residents with the opportunity to socialize and make new friends.
2. Hobbies Make Great Habits
There are a lot of hobbies that do not require much mobility. Hobbies also enable seniors to try and learn new things to overcome boredom. There are many hobbies that people seldom get a chance to explore and enjoy when life is busy. This is the perfect opportunity for seniors to partake in bird watching, indoor gardening, baking, knitting, and crocheting, playing an instrument and learning a new language. These types of hobbies are exciting and engaging.
3. Regular Exercise
Exercise is good for health and mood benefits. It also helps seniors avoid feet and ankle swelling. There are exercises seniors can do even with limited mobility. Yoga gives seniors a sense of inspiration with health incentives associated with easy exercises. There are so many people internationally that benefit from yoga. There are 10 health benefits of consistently practicing chair yoga.
10 Benefits of Chair Yoga
- Improves Flexibility,
- Strengthens Core and Helps Weight Management
- Increases Muscle Tone
- Enhances Mobility and Balance
- Supports Joint Health
- Prevents Back Pain
- Teaches Better Breathing
- Fosters Mental Calmness
- Reduces Stress and Promotes Relaxation
- Improves Feeling of Well-Being
4. Creativity is Calming
Drawing, coloring, painting, and sculpting are just a few ways to employ relaxing art activities in residential assisted living homes. It allows seniors to have fun while getting in touch with their creative sides. Some seniors also prefer scrapbooking and organizing photo albums. Allow room for creativity. According to research, creativity can comfort and help people who suffer from chronic illnesses. It increases positive emotions by reducing stress and anxiety while improving overall medical outcomes. Creativity allows seniors to paint new enriching narratives about their lives, literally.
5. Fresh Outdoor Air Does Wonders
Spending time with nature is a natural mood booster – and it’s relaxing. Limited mobility individuals are often able to sit on the porch, patio or view the neighborhood from a picture window. Getting fresh air and enjoying the outdoor scenery should be an everyday activity in residential assisted living.
6. Seniors Value Visitors
The presence of young people provides a positive perk for seniors. Even playing with well-trained pets is another sure way to reduce stress and add a hint of happiness. Invite family, friends, youth groups, sororities and fraternities to your RAL homes to remind seniors that they aren’t forgotten.
7. Never Stop Playing Games
Games make people feel competitive. They make seniors smile. Something as simple as a puzzle can be an awesome source of fun. There is a bottomless list of board games that seniors can play – some are for groups and others are one-on-one. Games like solitaire and crossword puzzles can be played solo. Games give people a sense of connection.
8. TV Entertainment Is Also an Activity
Watching a movie or enjoying a few favorite TV shows can be an enjoyable experience. Remember, too much TV can become an unhealthy distraction and ongoing addiction. Seniors can even watch documentaries on topics and hobbies of current interest. Watching the food network or travel channel also offers a learning experience. Music is another form of entertainment that can be channeled through the television. Music reduces stress, anxiety, and pain. Research shows that music also improves the immune system, aids with sleep, and help the memory. Allow seniors to be entertained by television – the right shows can produce great results.
9. Community Charity
Giving back to the community is something that every senior can do. Community charity is a great way to stay engaged. Seniors who give back feel a sense of purpose and accomplishment. Caregivers can contact local charities, hospitals, and even religious organizations to contribute to ongoing projects. Sometimes charities support other activities of seniors’ interest, like knitting blankets for the homeless, crocheting blankets for babies, and assembling care packages. Seniors have a lot to offer, even with limited mobility.
It is the job of owners and operators to keep seniors engaged in new life experiences daily, even those with limited mobility. Residential assisted living is not just about care and medicine management; seniors are encouraged to enjoy life. Every detail matters when making sure that seniors are getting the most out of life experiences.
5 ADDITIONAL IDEAS TO MAKE ROUTINE SENIOR LIVING ENJOYABLE
- Keep seniors connected to their family;
- Reminisce over old and current photos;
- Eat meals and snacks as a family;
- Take short outings, even simple scenic drives;
- Give residents a gentle shoulder massage or foot rub;
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