If you provide in-home care for an elderly parent, helping him or her stay healthy and happy may be as simple as playing a board game or taking a walk together. If you’re wondering how else you can promote your senior loved one’s wellbeing, here are a few ideas.
Encourage Mental Stimulation
Engaging seniors in games such as crossword puzzles, jigsaw puzzles, scrabble and other games used to stimulate the mind facilitates both the mental and emotional functions in seniors. The joy of completing a puzzle or engaging in a social game with friends, family members, or in-home caregivers will boost a senior’s feelings of self-worth and promote a positive outlook.
As a caregiver, it is easy to fall into the habit of doing things for your loved one that he or she can easily do without help. However, by encouraging self-sufficiency and independence, the opportunity to increase activity and movement will boost your loved one’s energy and physical health. Even the smallest of tasks such as writing a grocery list or sorting laundry will keep the mind and body engaged during the day.
Schedule Daily Activities
Keeping seniors fit and active will promote health and wellness both physically and mentally. Scheduling a routine of activities, such as exercising, shopping and gardening, keeps him or her engaged and provides an easy way to maintain balance and stability. Participating in these activities with seniors also creates camaraderie and shows you lead by example.
Include Social Hour
The benefits of being socially active are just as important as being physically active. Creating an opportunity to socialize with friends and family or attend local senior events will promote self-esteem and help seniors maintain a high quality of life. Enlisting seniors in a hobby or community service enhances emotional stability and wards off the effects of depression and loneliness.
It takes little effort to boost the health of seniors. Creating a schedule of activities including exercise, games, and social hour will increase the wellbeing and longevity of the senior you care for. Practicing what you preach will also reinforce the idea you are a team and strengthen the bond between you.
If you’re the primary caregiver for your aging parent and you both could use additional support, reach out to Home Care Assistance. We provide quality respite care in Columbus, giving caregivers the time they need to recharge while providing comprehensive care to seniors. To learn more, give us a call at (614) 481-8888 and speak with a friendly Care Manager today.