How to Create an Engaging Life for Seniors with Limited MobilityOctober 29, 2017 | Heritage Place
Seniors may not be as agile as they were at age thirty-five but they can still live their lives to the fullest! In this edition of the Heritage Place Senior Living blog, we'll explore how caregivers, children of aging adults, and assisted living centers can create engaging active lives for seniors with limited mobility.
Engaging the Mind Body and Spirit
Here at Heritage Place Senior Living in Bountiful UT we have a unique approach to senior living. We design an activities program that nurtures the mind body and spirit. Peruse our monthly activities calendar for a sampling and we'll highlight some of our favorite examples below.
Engage the Mind
Mental stimulation is important at every stage of life. If you're looking for a fun way to intellectually engage your senior loved one consider:
- Card or board games
- Wii (a Heritage Place favorite is Wii Bowling!)
- A movie night
- Cooking simple recipes
- Getting creative through drawing painting sewing knitting or crafts!
Move the Body
In our assisted living program we organize safe and fun exercise activities daily. Some of our favorite and accessible activities include:
- Group strolls in nature
- Chair yoga or aerobics (wonderfully accessible for seniors in wheelchairs)
- The ever-so-joint friendly water aerobics
Feed the Soul
Here at Heritage Place we welcome seniors from all walks of life and religions. However since 75-80% of our seniors are LDS we offer a lot of LDS-focused spiritual activities. Hop on over to our Spirituality Blog for an in-depth look into our spirituality-based activities and amenities.
In addition to these spirituality-based activities we organize non-religious activities that feed the soul. A few of these include:
- Pet therapy!
- Relaxing hand massages
- Volunteering (hop on over to our Volunteering Blog to learn how we incorporate philanthropic work into our activities program!)
Adaptive Activities and Tips for Families
If you don't live in the same area as your senior loved one there are many ways to stay connected and engaged - all without causing the stress of travel. Some examples include:
- For your Holiday plans consider bringing a wonderful homecooked meal to your senior loved one rather than going somewhere that might be hard to navigate;
- Use technology like FaceTime to interact with your loved one via long distances;
- Hire a caregiver or consider the benefits of community living.
We hope that you found these tips to be helpful! If you have any questions about senior living or would like to introduce your senior to our nurturing community we'd love to talk.
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