Spiritual ActivitiesGiving seniors in long-term care spiritual support is one of the best ways to help their well-being and improve their quality of life. A spiritual connection is important for those who practice a faith. Enable your residents to connect with thier family and friends regularly so they feel more connected with their community and maintain their optimism during this time. You can help them achieve mental wellness through the opportunities for prayer sessions, and relaxing meditation.
Artistic PursuitsEveryone is creative in their own special way, no matter their age. There are many therapeutic benefits to seniors who engage in activities that stimulate their creative side. Senior care residents can participate in artistic activities such as drawing, painting, and craft projects. Residents can make small clay sculptures or perhaps a watercolor landscape. They can engage in craft activities such as making bookmarks, collages, cards, and decorations, for their families, friends, and fellow seniors.
Sorting ActivitiesThere are various sorting activities seniors can participate in. When seniors engage in practical activities, it is a great way to help with their memory care, among other benefits. It helps them feel productive and gain the satisfaction of accomplishing a task. Some of the sorting activities we recommend include:
- Color sorting
- Sorting out clothes by sizes, colors, and more
- Getting mixed packs of cards and sorting them out
- Making patched rugs out of old clothes
Seasonal ActivitiesSeniors should be encouraged to take part in seasonal activities. This is important so that they don’t feel left out from the festivities their families and friends might be celebrating. Holidays like Easter present the perfect opportunity to get seniors in the holiday spirit. They can decorate boiled eggs using paints, dyes, and other coloring techniques. A combination of other activities such as Easter quizzes, trivia, and the creation of holiday photos from posters and magazines can be fun too!
In-Room Activity PacksThere are many in-room activities seniors can get involved in to pass the time and feel a sense of accomplishment. Some of these are word sentences, anagrams, riddles, quizzes, hidden objects, and crosswords. Creating “Bored Boards” has also become a trend that even seniors can try. Bored Boards are simply fun, educational activities to keep people busy when they’re feeling bored. Examples of some popular types of Bored Boards games include hangman games, dots and boxes, and tic-tac-toe. There are also letter Bored Boards that explore handwriting styles, numbers, clocks, and shapes to keep the mind sharp. For a more personalized touch, consider selfie Board Boards where seniors are encouraged to create collage-style boards of themselves, their families, their favorite meals, and much more!
Online ActivitiesWith the digital age, online activities are essential for senior citizens to keep them in the know and connected with the outside world. Online journals and skill developing courses can be great tools for seniors to learn and grow their knowledge. These online platforms tend to have affordable subscriptions and provide great insights. Whenever they are free, getting to use these tools is a great way to pass the time and learn a new skill.
LivestreamsLivestreams have become popular for a while now, and many events have now gone digital. Seniors can stream live events such as concerts, nature tours, and other events they love to see. Time moves fast when you’re engaged in something that entertains you, and so these Livestream platforms can be a perfect place to start and keep seniors engaged.
ExercisesNo matter what age, exercise is still a great way for a person to stay healthy and feel good about themselves. Free workout programs are always available whether at home or in care homes, so accessing them is easy through platforms like YouTube. When seniors are in lockdown the can get stiff and sore from sitting for long periods of time. Get them up and moving with a low impact exercise routine. As caregivers, you can help guide them in exercise activities so they only find the right routine for their exercise level.
There is no shortage of activities that seniors can enjoy while they’re cooped up. These activities are fun and engaging, but they are also very fulfilling for senior citizens. The more activities they are involved in, the more they feel connected to their families and community.
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