How to Help Keep Seniors Busy

How to Help Keep Seniors BusyPhoto Credit: Craig Steinberg

While a senior should be able to rest and have less responsibility in their later years, it’s just as important that he or she remain active and busy. This will help physically, mentally, and emotionally.

Why Keeping Seniors Busy is Important

  • Boredom: One obvious reason for keeping seniors busy is to make sure they don’t get too bored. Nobody wants to live a boring life; this doesn’t change for the elderly.

  • Micromanaging from Parents: If your elderly parents live at home with you or if they are able to be around a lot, they can easily tend towards micromanaging when they don’t have enough to do. This can lead to frustration since you don’t necessarily want to hear all of their opinions or how they think things should be done in your own home and with your own family.

  • Unhealthy: Finally, seniors who don’t stay busy tend to be more prone to depression and illnesses. The mind affects the body, and the body affects the mind.

How You Can Help

When you consider what a senior might be interested in doing, always remember that it’s not your job to make them participate in certain activities. It’s your job to support and encourage. The more options you provide the senior, the more likely they’ll find a few things they really enjoy doing on a regular basis.

Here are our top suggestions for ways to help keep seniors busy:

  • Physical Exercise: It’s always a good idea to encourage the senior to continue moving. He or she might consider joining a gym or having a regular workout plan if possible. Some seniors enjoy going for brief walks or gardening. Whatever the exercise, it will help prevent lean muscle loss and osteoporosis. It will also go a long way in preventing mental illnesses.

  • Mental Exercise: This kind of exercise, just like physical exercise, can be done alone or with others. Many seniors enjoy doing crossword puzzles, sewing, or reading to keep their mind active. Others choose to enroll in classes at Universities or the local library to learn something new.

  • Socializing: As always, we encourage families to consider hiring an in home caregiver to not only provide support in care but to also be a companion to the senior. It’s also important that the senior can be around family and friends as much as possible. If the senior doesn’t know many people, joining a class or club can introduce him or her to new friends.

  • Volunteering: Many local hospitals, schools, and churches have volunteer programs that would love help from seniors who have some extra time. The later years of life are a great time to help others and be blessed in return. Volunteering almost always helps brighten the moods of everyone involved. It can also provide a place for physical exercise, mental exercise, and socialization.