With winter on its last leg, many of us are getting ready to shake off those winter blues and get back to planning our favorite hobbies and recreation. Whether hiking, playing sports, or simply going out with friends, the coming Spring season holds hope and promise.
However, if you are caring for a loved one with limited mobility, you may notice that the options for them to participate in such hobbies are slim. We want our loved ones to be as happy and active as possible. What are some mobility-friendly hobbies available to them?
Here are just a few.
Gardening has been shown to reduce stress, improve your mood, and even help combat loneliness! A long-term, low-energy hobby like gardening is perfect for those with limited mobility, or even chronic illnesses. Some seniors are able to get outside to tend a small garden, while others could benefit more from an indoor planter box by a window or glass door. Better yet, finding a community garden allows seniors to reap the benefits of gardening along with engaging in social activities.
All humans, no matter our age have an inherent spark of creativity. You don’t have to be Picasso to satisfy your need for a creative outlet. Various projects abound that seniors can do alone or with the family. Drawing, coloring, and painting are all activities that can be done alone, or with others. If group projects are more appealing to them, compiling a scrapbook, family photo album, or making a family recipe book are other great options. Involve the grandkids and extended family.
Exercising the Mind
In addition to physical ability, you may be worried about your loved one’s cognitive ability. Reading is a great way to engage and strengthen the brain. Researchers have found that reading can improve basic brain functioning and memory retention. Some research suggests that reading may also delay Alzheimer’s disease. If you are looking to add a social element, try organizing a book club for your loved one and some of their friends. Check your local bookstore or library for free book clubs or even adult coloring sessions.
Age and mobility need not completely restrict fun activities for seniors By taking into consideration their unique limitations and tweaking hobbies to fit their needs, you can help them to remain active and feel fulfilled in what they can do.