Senior Care in Riverside, CT
The classic toys you enjoyed playing with as a child and may play with with your children now used to be all about having fun. In the context of your senior care plan with your aging loved ones, however, they can offer a wide range of physical, mental, and emotional benefits. By using these toys as an enhancement to your senior care plan you can change up your routine, keep things interesting and engaging, and prevent your aging parents from becoming complacent and suffering consequences such as depression, anxiety, loss of motivation, decreased mobility, and increased rate of physical decline that are common among seniors who cope with boredom and isolation in their later years.
There are many ways that you can make classic toys a fun and beneficial part of your care routine with your loved ones. Share these ideas with their senior health care services provider so that you can all enjoy some carefree childhood playtime while actually pursuing care goals:
• Water guns. With the summertime heat burning outside, getting enough fresh air and physical exercise can be challenging. Playing with water guns, however, helps you beat the heat while encouraging physical activity, strategic thinking, and silly, emotional health-boosting fun. Arm your elderly loved ones, their care provider, yourself, and even your children with water guns and walk or run around the yard spraying each other. Hiding, ducking, spraying, and running or walking offer a cardio workout as well as muscle conditioning and joint strengthening. Be sure to go over safety rules such as never spraying someone in the face before you start the game.
• Jump rope. Most women, and many men, remember playing with jump ropes when they were younger. For your elderly loved ones' generation, this pastime was one of the most popular forms of entertainment during childhood. Jumping rope is a great way to get in some exercise, but also encourages your parents to stretch their memories to recall the songs and rhymes they once used to time their jumps. Encourage them to tell you stories about their childhood playtime while they jump. If they cannot jump, or you are concerned about them tripping over the rope, swing the rope slowly and have them just step over it. This still offers physical benefits.
• Lite-Brite. This classic toy is still a staple in toy stores. A plastic box with a light source inside features a plastic front with many small holes. You position a piece of black paper over this front, secure it into place, and use tiny translucent colored pegs to create a design. When you turn on the light source, the colors glow. Using this toy encourages your parents to think critically as they design a shape or follow one of the pre-made patterns, choose colors, and ensure they use the right number of pegs. The light and color offer further mental stimulation when the final glowing result is unveiled.
Get in touch with the elder care agency in your area to find out more about hiring a senior health care services provider to help you find creative and enjoyable ways to get your parents' minds active and engaged throughout your care plan.
If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Riverside, CT or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Stamford, CT at 203-661-6969.