5 Fantastic Activities You Can Enjoy with an Older Loved One

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Some aspects of caring for an aging parent can be mundane, demanding, challenging, or exhausting at times. Fortunately, such moments can be balanced out by some of the more emotionally rewarding and meaningful aspects of caregiving—one of which is participating in fun, engaging, and beneficial activities with your parent. Here are five suggestions to consider.

1. Games & Puzzles

A relaxing way to spend quality time with your parent is to play favorite games or work various puzzles together. The steps involved in following game rules, remembering other players’ turns, or finding where pieces fit can also help with memory retention, motor skills, and other brain-related processes often affected by age.

A home caregiver can also be a fantastic game-playing partner for your loved one. If your senior loved one needs help managing an illness or assistance with daily tasks, make sure you choose a top-rated provider of home care service. West Hartford Home Care Assistance is here to help your loved one live a happier and healthier life in the golden years. From the mentally stimulating activities in our Cognitive Therapeutics Method to our friendly Care Managers who are available to answer your questions 24 hours a day, we offer a wide array of high-quality at-home care services.

2. Exercise that Doesn’t Feel Like Exercise

Exercise doesn’t have to be something your parent dreads. In fact, certain physical activities can be something for both you and your loved one to look forward to. A boost in circulation, increased flexibility, and even a natural reduction in pain (thanks to an added release of certain hormones) are just some of the many benefits both you and your parent can get from exercise-based activities.

Options include:

• Daily walking together
• Yoga and similar controlled-movement activities
• Swimming, water aerobics, and other water-based activities
• Golf, tennis, and similar forms of exercise that can be stimulating and competitive in an enjoyable way
• Video games designed to encourage physical movements 

3. Dormant Hobbies

Encourage your parent to get back into hobbies he or she enjoyed earlier in life that you can also be a part of. From gardening, stamp or coin collecting, and dancing to crafting items out of wood and making homemade knickknacks or crafts, the possibilities are nearly limitless. Just make appropriate modifications to account for changes in your parent’s capabilities. For instance, with gardening, you might use raised boxes that are easier to reach and care for.

4. Cooking, Baking, & Meal Prep/Planning

If your parent enjoys food or simply any time spent in the kitchen, spend quality time together cooking or baking. But make it a healthy experience by steering your parent toward healthier versions of favorite recipes. This can be especially beneficial if your parent needs to keep his or her weight in check or handle a chronic condition better. You can also get your parent involved with daily food prep and planning activities. Such activities could include working on a weekly menu or going to local farmers markets together to shop for fresh ingredients.

When older adults need regular help with preparing nutritious meals, home caregivers can be a wonderful source of support. Every senior has different needs when aging in place. Some simply need occasional assistance with household chores, while others may be managing a serious illness and require more extensive 24-hour care. West Hartford seniors can count on Home Care Assistance to provide the in-home care they need and deserve. 

5. Creative Activities

Stimulate your parent’s brain in a way that keeps key areas working together by exploring creative activities. Drawing, coloring, knitting, painting, scrapbooking, and sculpting are among the many creative endeavors that can give your loved one something to focus on. These activities can also ease stress and help both you and your parent relax and create new memories or recall favorite ones.

Engaging in these types of enjoyable activities can enhance your loved one’s overall wellbeing, and so can having the help of a compassionate caregiver. Seniors who want to remain healthy as they age can benefit in a variety of ways when they receive professional homecare. Home Care Assistance is here to help your loved one accomplish daily tasks, prevent illness, and focus on living a healthier and more fulfilling life. Call one of our friendly Care Managers today at (860) 372-4500 to learn more about our customized care plans.

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