Hobbies can act as therapy for seniors. Many doctors believe engaging in fun activities a long way toward keeping older adults healthy and active, which is especially crucial for those who have limited mobility. Fort Myers senior home care professionals have put together a list of 5 hobbies your elderly loved one can participate in while managing physical challenges.
There has recently been a rise in popularity of adult color therapy among the senior population. The influx of pencil or marker brands and variety of adult coloring books gives your loved one plenty of options. Access to adult coloring books with pages ranging from beautiful flowers detailed geometric shapes delights everyone. Libraries and senior centers have regular group sessions open to everyone who enjoys this particular hobby. Movement keeps the joints in the hands lubricated, and this activity can increase your loved one’s dexterity and fine motor skills.
2. Stamp Collecting
Being a philatelist is a relatively inexpensive hobby that can keep your loved one’s mind active and healthy. The historical context, beautiful art, and social aspect of stamp collecting may incite hours of conversation with other collectors, which can keep your loved one’s cognitive skills active. Stamps.org is an excellent resource of information on membership and local clubs of the American Philatelic Society.
Like stories, songs can be passed through the generations and bring them closer. A nice thing about music today is the ability to download and print a variety of music, from complete Broadway musical scores to religious classics. Participation in this activity can help enhance dexterity of the fingers and hands if your loved one also plays music while singing. Your loved one’s throat and facial muscles may become supple and more animated, which can help him or her speak louder and more clearly.
4. Playing Cards
The advent of large print materials helps seniors with impaired eyesight be able to enjoy time spent with others while playing cards. This classic pastime can keep your loved one’s mind active because he or she needs to think and multitask to complete the game and can increase his or her dexterity as well. Lo Vision playing cards are a wonderful option because of the large font and larger card size.
Some seniors find writing relaxing. Telling stories, whether familial or historic, engages the brain, and setting goals can help your loved one remain mentally active on a daily basis. Blogging can help collect your loved one’s memories in one place. Additionally, typing maintains dexterity in the hands and fingers. Regular movement is needed on a daily basis so arthritis won’t stiffen your loved one’s joints and reduce his or her activity level.
Encourage your loved one to remain as active as possible to enhance his or her quality of life. At Home Care Assistance, our dedicated caregivers are available 24/7 to assist with mobility and exercise, provide social and mental stimulation, and assist with various daily tasks, and we also offer specialized Parkinson’s, stroke, and Alzheimer’s home care Fort Myers seniors can count on. Call (239) 449-4701 today to learn more.