Golden Opportunities for Indoor Activity in your Golden Years

Helping a Loved One Find Meaningful Activities When They’re Stuck Inside

Has your aging loved one been stuck inside?  If so, boredom and depression may begin to set in as they struggle to adapt to their “new normal.” 

 

Not being able to leave the house can disrupt your loved one’s routine and make it harder for them to get the exercise and stimulation they need.  While being stuck inside is never ideal, there are many indoor activities designed to help keep older adults happy and healthy. 

Physical

Activities

Keeping your loved ones physically active can help improve their physical and mental health.  If your loved one is stuck indoors without a home gym, don’t be alarmed – there are many fun, equipment-free exercises they can do in the comfort of their own living room!

 

  • Download a fitness app on your loved one’s device to help them find fun, engaging exercises they can do at home.
  • Fitness videos may feel dated, but many companies are producing modern, high-quality videos for seniors to keep them active while indoors! Try out some video samples on Youtube or other streaming services to find exercise programs your loved one likes before making an investment.
  • Yoga is a popular indoor activity for seniors, and with good reason. Clear away some furniture to create a zen space in your loved one’s home they can use to set up their mat and practice in peace.  Make sure handrails are readily accessible to them in case they fall or have trouble getting out of a specific pose.
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STaying

connected

Staying connected to friends and family is critical for your loved one’s mental health.  While being cooped up may make it harder to feel connected, there are many ways to keep your loved one’s social life active while at home.

 

  • Set up a Skye schedule with your loved one to help them stay connected to friends and family while they are stuck indoors.
  • Help your loved one set up a social media account to stay up-to-date on your daily goings-ons.  Spend some time teaching them about privacy settings, messaging functions, and post creation so that they can fully immerse themselves in this digital world.
  • Have your loved one foster a furry friend! There are many health benefits to having a pet in the home, and their constant companionship will allow your loved one to feel connected even when they are stuck inside.
  • Play games with your loved one! Board games, puzzles, and even video games can be a great way to connect with your aging loved one.  If you’re too far away to visit, consider playing a competitive game online together, like a trivia Kahoot or Scattergories

mental

stimulation

Older adults need mentally stimulating activities to keep their skills sharp.  While being stuck at home can often leave aging adults feeling bored, there are many activities they can do to keep their mind active during this time.

 

  • Help your loved one learn a new skill! Get them enrolled in an online class they’re passionate about, or assist them in finding Youtube tutorials that can teach them something new.  Whether they want to learn to knit, play guitar, or speak another language, no one is ever too old to learn!
  • Puzzles can provide your loved one with a stimulating challenge, and there are many on the market today that are specifically designed for the needs of seniors.
  • Build up your loved one’s personal library! Reading can improve your loved one’s cognitive and mental health and while giving them hours of endless entertainment.  If they struggle to read the fine print of novels, consider investing in large-print books or audiobooks. 

mental

stimulation

Older adults need mentally stimulating activities to keep their skills sharp.  While being stuck at home can often leave aging adults feeling bored, there are many activities they can do to keep their mind active during this time.

 

  • Help your loved one learn a new skill! Get them enrolled in an online class they’re passionate about, or assist them in finding Youtube tutorials that can teach them something new.  Whether they want to learn to knit, play guitar, or speak another language, no one is ever too old to learn!
  • Puzzles can provide your loved one with a stimulating challenge, and there are many on the market today that are specifically designed for the needs of seniors.
  • Build up your loved one’s personal library! Reading can improve your loved one’s cognitive and mental health and while giving them hours of endless entertainment.  If they struggle to read the fine print of novels, consider investing in large-print books or audiobooks. 

relaxing

activities

Being stuck inside can be stressful.  Older adults who are beginning to feel stir-crazy may benefit from a little rest and relaxation.  If your loved one seems a little antsy, help them identify some relaxing activities they could do to pass their time in peace.

 

  • Help your loved one set up an indoor garden so they can relieve tension while tending to their houseplants.
  • If your loved one likes to get creative, set up a space where they can do some painting or drawing. Whether they prefer to freehand their work or use a paint-by-numbers kit, art can provide some significant stress-relief for your loved one.
  • Set up a movie night for your loved one! Buy or stream their favorite movie so they can enjoy it in the comfort of their own living room. 
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Staying at home can be a struggle for many older adults.  If your loved one is having a hard time adjusting to a new routine of indoor activities, consider reaching out for assistance.  Here at Beverly’s Daughter, our team is here to help.  Drop us a line and we’ll get back to you within 48 hours with a plan of action customized for your loved one’s unique situation.  Let us help your loved one age in place with activity and grace.

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