With age comes the inevitable reduction of mobility, particularly in those that suffer from stroke, arthritis, and the general degradation of collagen and muscle. When that happens, it can be quite disheartening, especially when one realizes that many of their favorite pass times are now becoming difficult to indulge in. However, the loss of mobility does not have to spell the end of happiness and joyful leisure activities, it simply inspires more creative ways in which we can spend our time, engage with the world and boost our moods. To help loved ones that have difficulty moving around, here are some of the best activities for seniors with limited mobility.
Read More Often
Reading is one of the most conducive activities anyone can indulge in. With such a wide array of genres, authors, and even mediums through which one can consume literature, reading (or listening to podcasts) opens up a world of endless possibilities. You can embark on treacherous medieval quests or try to understand the current political-economic climate of the world all from the comfort of a plush armchair.
Furthermore, studies have shown that reading can hold benefits that go beyond entertainment. It stimulates the brain and can improve memory, reduce stress and even delay cognitive deterioration. You can even make it a social activity by joining a book club!
Revisit Some Arts And Crafts
Arts and crafts are an amazing way to unleash your creativity and have some fun. From sketching and painting to pottery and sculptures, there is a myriad of ways to engage your imagination without moving around a lot. Starting fun projects like creating a scrapbook or designing a family collage can be a great way to pass time and de-stress. Research shows that creativity comes with a host of perks for your health, including helping stave off depression, reducing stress and anxiety as well as alleviating symptoms of chronic illness. If you or your loved ones are not interested in creating your art, then maybe you can indulge in art as a spectator and visit landmarks of interest such as art museums and theatres around you.
Netflix Isn’t Just For The Young
While certainly not healthy if you overdo it, watching TV shows and Netflix in moderation has been shown to improve the mood and reduce stress. Like reading, TV shows or Netflix shows come in a variety of genres, allowing you to pick and choose those that align with your interest. Be it true crime documentaries, cooking shows, or even the ever-popular Korean dramas, there is an endless stream of content available at your fingertips. With just a smartphone or a smart TV and a Netflix account, you will never be bored again. You can also make it a communal activity by hosting movies nights and inviting your friends and family over!
Relax in Nature
Aside from indoor activities like watching Netflix and reading, it is important to venture outside from time to time. Taking strolls through a park or simply sitting by the porch can drastically improve your mood and make you feel productive. This activity is easy to incorporate into your daily routine and does not require strenuous effort whilst also ensuring that you or your loved ones remain in touch with the world outside your home.