Activities with Your Aging Loved One
Family caregiving can often be a lot to handle. Thinking of ways to keep your loved one feeling happy and healthy is a challenge unto itself. In this blog, we want to make several suggestions about some healthy activities to do with your loved one. The kind of activities you choose ultimately depend on your loved one’s health condition. We understand that you have to be judicious, so not every tip and suggestion will apply to everybody.
Our goal is to help make suggestions so you can get into a healthy routine with your loved one. Activities are great ways to create routines and schedules, which can help your loved one’s daily energy levels, sleeping schedules, and mood.
Consider These Tips
Exercise: We start off with exercise because it is one of the greatest ways to regulate one’s sleep schedule, as well as establish a routine every day. By exercise, we mean to go on walks or do some aerobics in the pool, or any other activities that you feel are appropriate for your loved one. Before starting any exercise program, you must consult with you and your loved one’s doctor.
Listen to Music: Music is an excellent way to relax, bring back memories, and bond with your loved one. This is especially the case for those living with degenerative neurological disorders. More and more research is suggesting that music helps trigger memories and impact mood. Think about the kind of music your loved one likes, and spend an hour out of the day listening together. You may find that your loved one may recollect something and would want to talk about it.
Garden: Doing some light gardening activities is a great way to get outdoors and do some physical activity. Sunlight, for shorts amount of time, can be very beneficial for your health. If you and your loved one are able, go outside and garden for 20 to 30 minutes. Always remember to wear sunscreen.
Arts and Crafts: Another great way to spend time with your loved one is to sit at the dining room table and do a creative project, like solving a puzzle, scrapbooking, painting, etc. These projects are a great way to stimulate the mind and to spend quality time. Also, crafts are not limited to paint and stationary. They can also incorporate decorating cakes and desserts. Be creative!
Light Chores: This may not sound like a “fun” activity, but it can often be an important one for those living with a neurological degenerative disorder. These kinds of conditions can strip away at your loved one’s autonomy and independence. So, having your loved one help out with easy chores can restore their sense of independence. This is especially the case when your loved one has lost the ability to drive or communicate. Try things like folding clothes, putting away dishes, or making the bed. These activities are interactive and can be done relatively quickly.
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