At the beginning of the pandemic, it seemed that just about everybody was picking up new hobbies to stay busy. Whether it was sewing, reading, gardening, or trying out new recipes, finding new forms of entertainment from the safety of home was less challenging a year ago than it is today.
These days, the “pandemic fatigue” experienced by many people, including older adults, coupled with the latest CDC guidelines, have led many to weigh the opportunities to safely reengage in activities outside the home. However, many seniors still remain cautious and are spending the bulk of their time indoors and in the safety of their own household.
The senior home care team at Visiting Care Giving Services has creative ideas to help aging adults find new ways to stay active and engaged when choosing to stay at home:
While many people are familiar with popular crafts like crocheting or drawing, there are several unique ways that aging adults can get creative, such as origami, making greeting cards to send to loved ones, or collaging old photos. Caregivers can encourage out-of-the-box ideas, like painting rocks or designing an indoor moss garden for new ways of helping senior adults express their creative side. Research even shows that crafting can help reduce anxiety, improve mood, and increase happiness.
“Mindfulness” has become quite a buzzword over the past year — and for good reason. Mindfulness practices, like meditation, breathing exercises, birdwatching and Tai Chi can help quiet the mind and provide aging adults with something to direct their focus on. Other activities that drive mindfulness include journaling, gardening, flower arranging, and taking leisurely walks.
Listen Along With Audio
For older adults with vision challenges, audio books and podcasts can be a great source of endless entertainment. Some libraries now provide the option to check out and download audio books straight from their website, while other sites like Audible allow you to purchase new books each month. Additionally, listening to audio books can help fight loneliness and create an engaging experience. Our St. Charles caregivers are happy to provide help with selecting new audio books that are both entertaining and enjoyable for seniors.
Visiting Care Giving Services is always here to help seniors find ways to remain active and engaged in fun activities, even during the pandemic. Our in-home services offer companionship to seniors and provide respite for family members to take time off from caregiving duties. Here are just a few of the many ways we can help:
For more creative ideas to help aging adults or to learn how Visiting Care Giving Services can support a better quality of life for a senior loved one, contact us at our Saint Charles, MO office at (636) 493-9058 or our Fairview Heights, IL office at (618) 366-9058. For a full list of the communities we serve, please visit our Service Area page.