As the weather warms up, it’s as if the world reawakens. It’s evident in the trees and flowers that are beginning to rebloom, but it’s true for us, as well. Just settle onto a park bench and watch as joggers trot past, bicyclists whiz by, and children excitedly climb, swing, and race their way around the playground.
Those with mobility issues still have plenty of opportunities to join in the fun as well, even if a bit of modification is needed! Try these activities for older adults with limited mobility together for some bonding time this spring. As an added pick-me-up, all of these activities can be engaged in outdoors, where all the sights, sounds, and scents of nature further heighten the enjoyment.
Start an exercise routine. With the doctor’s approval, there are a variety of exercises for those with limited mobility to build strength, balance, and endurance. Try these seated exercises or others that are specifically geared towards someone using a cane or walker.
Pick up a new hobby. Springtime is the perfect time, for instance, to try your hand at an outdoor hobby like birdwatching or gardening. However, the sky is the limit! Brainstorm what is of particular interest to the senior, or tap into any unfulfilled aspirations, and give them a try.
Express yourself artistically. Set up a canvas and paint what you see. Or try sitting face to face and painting each other! Other fun ideas to get creative juices flowing include coloring, drawing, knitting, crocheting, and creating clay sculptures. Creative expression has the added benefits of relieving anxiety and stress, decreasing negative emotions, and even improving medical outcomes for those with chronic illness.
Plan a garden party. As it warms up a bit more, invite close friends and family for an outdoor get-together, and make sure pets are included too! Have several simple games and toys on hand for the kids, ask everyone to bring a favorite picnic dish to share, and enjoy an afternoon of socializing.
Join (or start) a book club. Relaxing on the porch with a good book is a wonderful pastime, but make it even more enjoyable by sharing it with friends! Decide on a book that you all want to read and the timeframe you think you can have it completed, and then get together to rehash the plot, characters, highlights and lowlights.
The friendly care experts at Visiting Care Giving Services are on hand to help implement these and other activities for older adults with mobility issues, as well as providing a full range of services to help make them as fun and engaging as possible, including: