Closing my blinds this evening, I was reminded that summer is winding down and soon we’ll be reminded to set our clocks back as we move from summer to fall. It was 8:19 pm and the sun had taken cover for the evening meaning less daylight. For some seniors that means they will begin spending a lot more time inside. I’ve learned over the years that keeping our older loved ones stimulated mentally, physically and socially can help to maintain health and avoid depression and isolation. Here are some ideas to get you thinking about ways to inspire your loved one to stay active when the seasons change and they begin spending more time indoors.
- Chair exercises are a great way to stay physical; you can make up your own, use a DVD or check out the offerings at the wellness center or gym in your community.
- Create a music playlist of your favorites for a friend and have them do the same for you; this is a great way to explore new music.
- Electronic games such as Wii offer games that keep seniors sharp, like puzzle and math games.
- Host a movie night a couple of times per week, and write a review of the movie to share with friends and/or family.
- Start a book club and have each member host the club for your meeting.
- Crochet or knit blankets for families in need and work with churches in the community to get them distributed.
As we age keeping our mind and bodies active is an important part of our wellbeing. Don’t allow a season change to stop you from taking care of yourself both mentally and physically. If nothing from my list peaks your interest, don’t stop there. Contact the activities director in your community and learn about activities offered there. Keeping yourself healthy and active is extremely important and yields great benefits, both physically and mentally.