As people age, they experience many physical and mental changes. One way to keep the elderly active and feeling youthful is by providing them with stimulating activities. These ideas will help seniors live a more positive, active lifestyle.
Volunteering is a rewarding feeling and experience. The elderly have a lot of experience and knowledge to share with those around them -- young and old. For example, a retired executive can volunteer his time at a local non-profit organisation helping up-and-coming entrepreneurs. A retired schoolteacher can offer a few hours a week of tutoring at a local school or library. There are even opportunities to provide companionship to other seniors who are not doing as well in nursing homes. Volunteering will allow the elderly to give back to their community while staying busy and socialising.
Exercise is important; it can help improve the quality of life for the elderly. Incorporate activities that will help them burn some calories and keep their joints active and moving. Create a one-mile walking club that meets a few times a week to cover one mile. Mix up the traditional workout routine and offer salsa dancing classes, line dancing and square dancing classes. Water aerobics is a non-impact activity that will allow seniors to work out and not strain their muscles and joints.
Host a weekly cooking class for seniors. Healthy eating is an important part of a senior's life. Offer an activity that will help them make better decisions and educate them on their cooking and eating habits. This could also be a good time to swap and share recipes. Incorporate special cooking segments for those with diet restrictions because of diabetes, high cholesterol or high blood pressure.
The Internet has enhanced the lives of people all over the world. You no longer have to leave your home to shop, fill out a job application or send a letter; it all can be done in the comfort of your own home. Offer training to seniors who shy away from technology because of fear or a lack of knowledge. Training classes can show them how to use a computer, open an e-mail account, surf the Internet and chat online with their grandchildren. This type of activity should enhance their quality of life and help them feel as though they can relate to the lives and interests of younger family members.
Arrange to have various arts and crafts activities for the elderly. Some ideas include knitting, painting and sculpting with soft clay. Schedule a photography day field trip. Take a day and go to various places to photograph nature and people. Have the photographers print their film and frame it to have a mini art show with the photographs.