Although living by a routine can be important for a senior’s health and happiness, there are times when day-to-day life can grow boring. For those days when normal activities are just too dull, Lancaster respite caregivers suggest trying some new approaches to stave off boredom and revitalize your senior loved one’s mood.
Hold a Water Shooter Fight
This activity is perfect for cooling off on a warm summer day. If your loved one isn’t interested in getting wet, you can set up a target and take turns hitting the mark instead. Either way, this is a fun way to encourage your loved one to reminisce about childhood while engaging in physical activity.
Host a Video Game Tournament
Call the neighbors over or invite the grandkids and set up a video game marathon that can last as long as everyone wants to play. Interactive games with handheld sensors work best for encouraging social interaction, and seniors with limited mobility can also be paired into teams to play strategy games.
Start a Home Decorating Project
From painting a picture frame to building a new dresser, there is always something your loved one can do to spruce up his or her home. Long-term projects are a great way to prevent future boredom, but completing even a short project can provide your loved one with a sense of accomplishment.
Play Tourist for a Day
No matter how long your loved one has lived in the same neighborhood, there is still something new he or she can discover. Look for a new restaurant or an old historical landmark you can visit together. You can even dress the part with tourist hats, safari shirts, and cameras before heading out on the adventure. Your loved one will likely get a kick out of looking at the world through a different perspective.
Take Classes on New Subjects
By the time your loved one reached the golden years, he or she had accumulated a lifetime of experiences and knowledge. However, this wisdom may be lumped together under similar subjects. Encourage your loved one to learn something completely new. For example, a senior who has always loved football could take a ballroom dancing class. Alternatively, a logical retired accountant could try an art class. Stretching your loved one’s personal comfort zone might even spark an interest that turns into a new hobby.
Sometimes a simple approach is enough to cure a senior’s boredom. For instance, hiring a professional caregiver for regular social engagement can give your loved one something to look forward to and keep him or her emotionally healthy. At Lancaster Home Care Assistance, our caregivers can provide transportation, offer emotional support, assist with exercise, and help with a wide variety of daily tasks. For more information on senior care Lancaster families can count on, call one of our friendly Care Managers at (717) 540-4663 today.