Helping seniors retain an active lifestyle is one of the best ways to minimize age-related conditions, mental acuity, and loss of independence. Physical activity not only provides natural mood enhancement, it helps maintain physical and mental health. The challenge is coming up with creative ways for seniors to maintain an active lifestyle. Here are some things that can help, presented by Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of Fort Myers home care.
Make Fitness Fun
Simple things like walks in the park or on the beach are great because seniors get exercise against a backdrop of pleasant scenery. In cold weather, they might enjoy indoor activity like bowling or walking inside a mall. Just keep in mind that exercise doesn’t have to be done within the confines of a gym. Explore options for fitness in the local community and you’d be surprised at what classes and unique opportunities are available.
Keep a Journal
Encourage your loved one to keep a journal as it offers multiple benefits. A journal allows seniors to keep track of their progress and record details they might otherwise forget. Writing things down also improves memory and can allow seniors to look back on specific events, such as a wonderful outing with grandchildren.
Stimulate the Mind
At Home Care Assistance of Fort Myers, we know it’s important for seniors to stay active mentally as well as physically. In fact, we’ve developed our own program, The Cognitive Therapeutics Method that promotes mental acuity and brain health. Along with enlisting in our fun in-home program, encourage your loved one to do crosswords, play trivia games, or work on puzzles that provide logical and numerical challenges.
It’s important for seniors to feel they have a purpose. Volunteering at a nursing home, for example, is a great way for them to stay active and help others. It will keep them inspired. Knowing they are improving the lives of others will be personally rewarding and can boost their confidence and self-esteem, as well as infuse their desire to keep going.
Having support from family and friends is an invaluable asset for anyone, especially seniors. Make sure your loved one knows he or she is wanted, needed and loved. Have them participate in family picnics or trips to the zoo, and involve them in everyday tasks, even if they’re as simple as such as preparing lunch, watering the plants, or folding laundry.
Want to find out how else you can help your loved one maintain his or her active lifestyle and independence? Call (239) 449-4701 and learn how our hourly and live-in caregivers in Fort Myers are helping change the way the world ages. We offer complimentary, no-obligation consultations so don’t hesitate to reach out to us!