You are only as old as you feel and keeping active can help you feeling young. Exercise not only has a multitude of health benefits for the body, but for your mind as well.
This may get harder as you age, and especially for your aging loved ones, but according to the American Academy of Family Physicians points to inactivity as “one of the reasons many elderly fail to thrive”. That is why it is even more important that as you age that you keep yourself and your loved ones active. The more active one is as they age it can help stave of mobility issues, and encourage healthy brain activity which can help deter dementia and Alzheimer’s.
This is when our caregivers can help! They can help manage your aging loved ones daily routine to make sure that it includes activities that will keep them active. Here are a few ways to get your aging loved ones up and moving:
Gardening can be a great way for your loved ones to get some exercise. Maintaining a garden is a fun way to get your loved one outside and to stimulate all of their senses. They will need to get up, walk around and work in the garden giving them exercise. They can also make it a veggie garden promoting a healthy lifestyle! An added bonus! “It’s restorative, even if you have dementia,” says Dee McGuire, a horticultural therapist at Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center and Hospital in Baltimore. With all of these great benefits gardening can be a fun way to get active.
Pets make great companions and they give their owners good reason to stay active. Dogs, cats, whatever your pet is they are always full of energy and looking after them encourages your loved one to go outside and go for walks. This in turn keeps your loved one active!
Volunteering is a great way to keep your senior loved one active while also achieving a sense of accomplishment. Whether it’s saving the environment or working with children these activities will keep your loved one engaged.
Board Games are also another great activity. Putting a puzzle together, or playing a strategy game can be the great for your loved one. By playing these games they will be able to stimulate the brain, giving their mind a work out. By doing so you’re helping them stimulate their mental capabilities.
Encourage your loved one to start getting active. Try to be positive about it and find an activity or hobby that they enjoy, don’t feel like you have to force it. This in turn will help them stay youthful and happy.
Fletcher, June. “Growing Connections: Gardening with Seniors.” AgingCare. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 Mar. 2016.
“10 Easy Ways Seniors Can Boost Their Mental Health and Well-Being.” EverydayHealth.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 Mar. 2016.