There may be times when we forget that just because our loved one is older, doesn’t mean that they don’t enjoy activities. Boredom is prevalent among the elderly, which can lead to loneliness, which then can lead to poorer health and depression.
But before you rush off to sign up your parents or relatives to classes or programs, be sure to ask them first. The process might be tough if your loved one is impaired and cannot make decisions for themselves. However, your alert parent may welcome the idea and look forward to participating.
Evaluate Physical Condition
Check with your loved one’s physician on any type of activity. Each person is different, and an activity that may be deemed safe for one person may not be for another.
Evaluate Mental Condition
As with the physical evaluation, make sure that activities are appropriate for mental alertness and level. A parent that does not have Dementia may quickly tire of the activities geared towards brain injury. For instance, my dad thought the activities he participated in at the adult day care center were too “simple”.
Evaluate Past Lifestyle, Social Experiences
If your parents differ in personalities, likes/dislikes, hobbies, etc., it may difficult to get them to agree on going to one place for their entertainment. My mom, before her diagnosis, loved going to the casino, socializing with others, participating in cultural and art events, and other people-oriented activities. My dad on the other hand, has always been more of an introvert. He preferred and prefers to stay home and watch the news. He prefers a quiet environment.
Finding an activity for your loved ones should be fun and worthwhile as long as you do not forget to include your loved one in those decisions. Perhaps, just enjoying a nice talk on the patio everyday would be enough to make your loved one’s day.
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