Staying active is an important component to healthy senior living. If you provide care for an aging parent or loved one and are looking for fun, yet simple activities to add to his or her daily routine, consider spending some time outdoors. Not only will the extra bit of vitamin D promote calcium absorption and reduce inflammation, getting outside can be a great way to change up the regular routine and enjoy nature’s beauty. Home Care Assistance of Las Vegas presents three simple activities that almost every senior can try:
– Nature walks are a wonderful way to relax at any age. Find a nearby park with a paved, handicapped accessible trail and take your loved one there several times a week. As you walk around, note the wildlife that you see or any flowers that might be in bloom. If you use the same park throughout the year, you will both be able to see the changes that seasons bring. Studies have also shown that people in close contact with nature report less stress and greater degrees of happiness than those who do not make that connection.
– If you have a back deck or patio, set up a station for the birds. This should include a variety of feeders and a birdbath. Once the birds discover this station, they will come flocking in and provide endless entertainment and watching opportunities. If your loved one becomes interested in the activity, a lightweight pair of binoculars, a notebook and a bird identification guide can take the activity one step further. It is a wonderful way to spend time together and can promote overall mood and engagement.
– Gardening is a preferred activity among older adults because it can be modified to almost any skill level. It is simple to build an accessible garden with raised beds or a container garden on your back porch so that you and your loved one can plant, weed and water together. Include your loved one in the process as much as possible – have them pick out plants, seeds and pots and encourage them to select new plants and flowers as the seasons change. Gardening is a wonderful way to improve your loved one’s mood and outlook, and can also play a role in keeping them physically active.
Don’t feel like you and your loved one have to be cut off from the natural world just because of a busy schedule or physical disability. The three activities above can be modified to meet anyone’s special needs and they are a great way to relax, unwind, and share nature with the one you love.
Have other questions about fun and safe senior activities? Contact Home Care Assistance of Las Vegas today. We offer highly trained and compassionate hourly and live-in caregivers in Las Vegas, as well as complimentary in-home consultations where a friendly Care Manager can answer your questions and discuss individual care needs. Call 702-550-3185 for more information – we’re available 24/7 to answer questions.