It may be hard to find an activity for a senior that doesn’t put them in danger, as the activities they used to enjoy may be too difficult. But fear not! There are still activities out there that don’t require too much physical activity while still maintaining the good times! Here are some of them:
- Reading! This is a good way to keep the brain engaged, improving your memory, reducing stress, improving sleep, and delaying cognitive decline. Organizing a book club is another way to enjoy reading and socializing.
- Picking up a new hobby. There are several hobbies that don’t require a lot of movement, such as cooking, knitting, crocheting, gardening, playing an instrument, or practicing languages.
- Exercising. Whether they are sitting or standing, they can still benefit from movement to the best of their ability, with chair exercises or chair yoga routines.
- Get creative! Drawing, coloring, painting, and sculpting allow you to bring out your colorful side, with research showing that creative activities can help people battling chronic illness to decrease negative emotions and increase positive ones.
- Spend time outdoors. Getting some fresh air or viewing some scenery is always a good, relaxing activity as well as a mood booster.
- Having visitors! Having any visitor, especially young children or pets, is a surefire way to bring cheer and reduce stress.
- Movies, TV shows, or music. Any of these activities have the power to reduce stress, anxiety, and pain. They also improve immune function and sleep as well as memory.
- Charity work! Even if your senior isn’t very mobile, they can still give back to the community. Contact your local charities to see if they have any projects to contribute to.