Jancare places great importance on the health of its seniors. Under the leadership of Janice Green, who has more than 10 years of experience in the field, our nurses develop personal relationships with their clients and assist them in a way that is unique to them as an individual. This ensures that we provide the best nursing service possible to everyone that needs our help.
One of the things we recommend to our clients often is to stay active! Not only can it keep your mind sharp, it can also help reduce stress and keep you happier overall. That’s why we wanted to share some great activities found in an article written by Daily Caring. We love this article because its written for seniors that have limited mobility, showing that these activities are accessible to anyone. The full post contains nine activities, which you can read by clicking here, but here are five of our favorites:
- Spend time reading
Reading is a fantastic activity for older adults. It’s a fun way to spend time and keep the brain engaged. It can also improve memory, reduce stress, improve sleep, and delay cognitive decline.
Whether your older adult likes reading physical books, magazines, using an e-reader, or listening to audiobooks, they can immerse themselves in a well-told story, look at photographs, or learn about an interesting new topic.
Organizing a book club among their friends is another way for seniors to enjoy reading and socializing.
- Explore a variety of hobbies
Hobbies are great for older adults with limited mobility. Activities that don’t require a lot of moving around include cooking, baking, birdwatching, knitting, crochet, indoor or container gardening, playing a musical instrument, or practicing languages.
This is also a perfect time to learn something new – maybe there are hobbies or interests they’ve never had a chance to explore before. Learning is also a great way to stay sharp and keep boredom at bay.
- Exercise regularly
Even if your older adult isn’t very mobile, there may still be exercises they can do to get their bodies moving. Whether they’re sitting or standing, they can still get the health and mood benefits, especially from chair exercises or chair yoga routines.
There are also exercise routines that can be done using a walker for stability or just focused on the feet and ankles to reduce swelling.
- Get creative
Getting in touch with their creative side is another fun way for seniors to spend time.
Drawing, coloring, painting, and sculpture are all wonderful ways to be creative. Fun projects might include creating scrapbooks, organizing family photo albums, or making a family recipe book.
As a plus, being creative also comes with health benefits. Research has found creative activities can help people who are battling chronic illness to decrease negative emotions and increase positive ones, reduce stress and anxiety, and improve medical outcomes.
- Spend time outdoors
Getting outside to spend a little time in nature is relaxing and a great mood booster.
Even if their limited mobility means that your older adult can only get to the porch or sit next to a big window, getting some fresh air or viewing the scenery is a great everyday activity.
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