As a caretaker or family member of a senior citizen who’s trying to stay sharp, you may be on the lookout for unique activities that can help. At 1Heart Caregiver Services, we have years of experience working with the geriatric population and we have the answers you’re looking for. Explore our top five therapeutic activities for the elderly here!
1. Activity Books
One of our favorite activities is working through an activity book. There are so many different kinds out there that you can tailor the book to the interests and passions of your senior. From complex brain puzzles like sudoku and crossword puzzles to creative outlets like coloring books or paint by numbers, you can find the right activity book for anyone!
Baking can be an incredibly therapeutic activity for the elderly that often has delicious results. Cooking together will bring your older relatives and clients a lot of joy, as it is a social activity that can lead to positive memories. There’s a lot of versatility in baking too, so you can find the appropriate recipe for any capability. Explore three-ingredient bread recipes or multi-step bakes that result in rainbow cupcakes and complex cookies.
3. Guessing Games
For seniors that prefer more sedentary activities or those who aren’t as mobile, a home-based guessing game could be the perfect therapeutic activity for the elderly. Our favorite way to play this game is to collect several items from around the home and place them in an opaque bag. Let your senior reach inside and guess what they’re touching — no peeking allowed!
If your senior doesn’t already have a pet, spending time with a cute animal can really brighten their day. Depending on their activity level, you can bring a single animal to them or take them on a trip to the zoo. Many shelters also offer times for people to interact with their animals to bring joy both to humans and animals alike.
5. Sorting Items
Sometimes, the simplest therapeutic activities for seniors are best. Sorting engages the mind and the body to help seniors retain their fine motor skills by sorting small objects. This activity works best when you choose something that your senior is already interested in or owns. You may want to try some of our suggestions including:
Keeping Them Engaged
Hopefully, these unique activities for seniors have a powerful effect on the people you care for. Use these tools to engage them in everyday activities, keep their brains sharp, and create new memories for everyone to cherish.