Home Care in Darien, CT – Go Beyond Board Games and TV to Keep Your Senior Active Indoors
If your senior loved one has been complaining about being bored lately, here are some activity ideas for them to try. Feel free to adapt each activity to the abilities of your favorite senior.
- Journaling – encourage them to write. They could start with their memoirs or life history. Or they could try their hand at writing a novel. Maybe they have a hidden talent for writing that’s just waiting to be discovered or maybe they’ll simply enjoy the therapeutic benefits writing has to offer.
- Learn to write poetry – how to books can be located at the local library or online. Find a class to enroll in to get them started.
- Jewelry making, rock polishing, and making clay beads – these are fun hobbies for men or women, and of all ages. Go into a craft store and see what options they offer. There may even be some jewelry making classes offered through the local community college or senior’s groups.
- Learn how to use a computer or other technology. These classes are usually offered at colleges or universities for the general public and there are also seniors-only classes.
- Join a book club. Invite other seniors to become part of the club. Meet monthly and have snacks and a conversation together.
- Attend local concerts or choir performances together as a group with other seniors or as a family.
- Pottery and clay making classes offered locally. Shaping clay is good exercise for keeping hands nimble and is also a very satisfying sensory experience.
- Go on a lunch date to a restaurant you’ve never visited before or an old favorite. Take your senior loved one with you and enjoy the time being out together.
- Photography – teach your loved one how to use a digital camera and then how to manipulate photos on the computer. They could even learn how to do some digital scrapbooking with the photos they have collected.
- Help your senior loved one build a bird sanctuary in their back yard and then sit in the window and do some bird-watching. They can keep a journal of birds they’ve seen, count the number of birds, and even take pictures of them to identify the species later. Bird watching can be very interesting and satisfying even for the senior who doesn’t think they will like it at first.
An in-home care provider can give your elderly loved one the assistance they need to complete home care tasks such as laundry, dishes, and making meals. They can also help with personal care needs like bathing, getting dressed and combing hair. A caregiver is a great source of companionship and friendship to the elderly loved one who would otherwise be at home alone.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Darien, CT or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Stamford, CT at (203) 340-0652.