Top Ways to Help Older Adults Stay Active and Engaged from Home & Hearth Caregivers
Contrary to popular belief, aging and slowing down do not necessarily go hand in hand! Today’s generation of seniors in particular is breaking the mold. Case in point: the Brooklyn Senior Games, a highly competitive, Olympic-style athletic event for seniors ranging in age from mid-60s into the 90s. Or Olga Kotelko, the amazing 93-year-old record-breaking track and field athlete.
While inspiring, it’s certainly not necessary for seniors to strive for Olympic gold medals to increase their level of activity as well as enhance their overall health. These simple tips can help seniors take that all-important first step:
- Join a community senior center. With a plethora of social opportunities, outings, exercise programs, healthy meals, and more, senior centers are one of the best ways for older adults to remain active and enhance their engagement in fun, fulfilling activities.
- Adopt a pet. Whether the senior in your life is a dog person who’d love daily walks around the block, or a cat person who prefers a lap companion while reading, pets provide the benefit of hands-on care and affection that can improve mental and emotional health and engagement.
- Support a cause. The years following retirement open up a whole new world to seniors in the form of volunteering. The fulfillment that comes from making a difference in the lives of others adds a burst of renewed energy and determination unlike any other.
- Learn something new. Community colleges often offer a wide variety of adult classes, and now may just be the perfect time for seniors to try something completely new: an art class, such as painting, drawing, or pottery, a foreign language class, cooking, woodworking – the sky’s the limit!
- Seek out a home caregiver or companion. Professional in-home caregivers, such as those at Home & Hearth Caregivers, help encourage seniors to become involved in exercise programs, community events, hobbies and interests, and more. They can also provide transportation and accompaniment to ensure safety.
If you’ve noticed your senior loved one slowing down and want to help provide him or her with a boost of motivation to regain the joys of being more active once again, the first step is to discuss ideas and get the approval of his or her physician. The next step is to call on the professionals at Home & Hearth Caregivers for trusted senior care throughout DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, Will and the surrounding Illinois counties. Our friendly, compassionate caregivers love helping seniors thrive and grow, and we’re here for you! Contact us any time at 800-349-0663 to learn more.