Fighting Senior Boredom
August 20, 2015
For seniors, boredom is more than a fleeting state of mind. It can have serious health consequences and a direct impact on their quality of life, too. That’s why it’s important to for seniors to stay active and busy.
Some seniors may feel that life has passed them by or that they no longer have the energy or ability to do the things they once loved. That certainly is not the case. As a caregiver, start by making a list of activities that your loved one enjoys and can still do, keeping in mind mobility and health issues.
Once you’ve made a list (with their input), the next step is to make a plan. Too often, good intentions fall by the wayside. Put a time and date next to each activity, so you’re much more likely to follow through.
Keep in mind, some seniors will immediately say no to new activities. This is a reflex response due to depression or even fear. You may have to push a little harder than you’d like to get them to agree. Getting them to say yes will help break the cycle of saying no without giving the activity a real chance.
Activities for Seniors
You may think the cure for senior boredom lies outside of the home. However, if your loved one is homebound, there are still plenty of fun activities that can keep them busy and entertained. For example, there are brain exercises for seniors, which include anything from crossword puzzles to memory exercises to jigsaw puzzles.
In addition, whether your loved one has mobility issues or not, there are a wide range of exercise programs for seniors that can be done in the home or in a group setting. If possible, get the elderly adult in your life out of the house and to a senior center or rec center that has programs for older adults. Many seniors are even using video games to stay active longer.
Once such program is Silver Sneakers, which can be found at many YMCAs. Not only is it a great opportunity for them to get fit and squeeze in a little physical activity, it’s a chance to meet and connect with other people their own age.
The actual activity is less important than the senior having something to look forward to and something that makes them feel like their life still has value. Whether it is a support group, shopping, a ballgame, or simply watching a TV show together, making time to include the loved one in your life will go a long way towards improving their mental health, physical health, and overall quality of life.
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