6 Tips to maintain good mental health of Elder Parents

6 Tips to take care of mental health of elders                           We all get 2 days of holiday after a hectic week of work. That is to refresh our body and mind and to relive the next week with full energy and concentration. But with aged parents who have retired, may have retired from their physical work. Are we thinking about the mental relaxation that they would require given their mind is occupied with all the old memories and thoughts around it. There might be new thoughts created around old memories which may be enjoyable. What if those thoughts sucks their energy further and tries to take a toll on their health.

Here are a few tips to help take care of the mental health of your parents.

  1. Listen to your Parents.

Yes, Just Listen. Listen to whatever your parents want to convey to you. Now in this advanced technology, we are able to share our thoughts and feeling through Social media. We can also update our mood to let our feelings out. Let us be the social media where our parents can let out their feelings.

    2. Encourage parents to socialize.

Ensure that your parents are not confined to the TV at home. Find a place near to their home to walk out and relax. This would do great help to their mind as well as body.

    3. Dine Together.

Dining together was always in our tradition and culture. But with change in lifestyle and inadvertent circumstances, we are forced to lead the present day life. Take time to spend with yours parents at least a week. You could do so daily if circumstance permits. Happy for you!

    4. Play!

Play! Not cricket or football. Play chess, carom and other board games. Encourage grandchildren to play board games with their grandparents. It is beneficial for both the parties. Not only does this provide relaxation, playing games like chess with help prevent or delay the loss of memory due to ageing.

    5. Tour.

Tour. Not abroad. If done, it would be great. At least within the country or inside the state. This would help to bring back the sweet memories of the past or to create new sweet memories with the new extended family.

6. Gift your Parents.

Gifts are not only for younger people. We can gift generously with the best of the gifts to our parents that they need the most. It can be, taking them for eye check to see if their spectacles are performing well. Buy them the sweets that they like the most (of course on doctor’s prescription if required)

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Ideas for Fun Activities for the Elderly

Activity Ideas for Seniors

As we get older, our physical and mental abilities change. You may notice that your loved one’s days increasingly consist of sedentary behavior, activities of daily living and rest, but this provides them with little physical, mental and social stimulation that is necessary for a high quality of life. The good news is that there are many fun activities for the elderly people can take part in to keep their minds sharp, bodies strong and spirits high. Whether it’s spending time outdoors, playing games with family and friends, or spending time working on a favorite hobby, doing things they love can benefit their overall well being.

To come up with some fun and creative activities ideas, take inventory of your loved one’s strengths, weaknesses and personal interests. From this list, you can brainstorm ideas for outings and activities and then determine if they might need to be adapted to accommodate their capabilities.

Types of Activities for the Elderly

Not every senior has the same interests or physical and mental abilities. What delights one person may seem completely uninteresting to someone else. Some of the kinds of activities to consider include arts and crafts, being outdoors, games and puzzles, exercise, and field trips. One great way to experience all of these activities to is join a Naamcare Elder Services. Our Companion and Recreation services are generally offers,

  • Card and board games
  • Arts and crafts
  • Exercise, yoga or tai chi classes
  • Educational programs
  • Trips
  • Dances
  • Lectures
  • Support services and resources for seniors

As far as games and puzzles go, many seniors enjoy traditional games like bingo or bridge, while others have fun playing nostalgic board games, games that challenge the mind, and computer games. Some of the well-known board games seniors love include Life, Dominoes, Yahtzee, Operation, Trivial Pursuit, Scrabble and Monopoly.

One of the best games to keep seniors mentally stimulated is the reminiscing game, a game made for senior citizens that challenges the memory with great nostalgic questions. Senior Moments is another memory game that is good for cognitive functioning.

Exercise

Exercise is not only a fun activity, but it is also a great way to stay active, keep your bones healthy and maintain cardiovascular health. The most underrated exercise, especially for seniors, is walking. Even if it is for just 10 minutes a day, the fresh air and change of pace can make a huge difference in your mood and circulation. Other low impact exercises include tai chi, yoga, dancing, and balance exercises.

Activities to Stay Connected

The most important activities for seniors involve those that keep them connected to family, friends and the community. As we age, we tend to lose a sense of connection to the world around us, but keeping that connection is the key to staying healthy and vibrant. Doing activities together, therefore, offers both a fun and therapeutic way to stay engaged. Some of these activities for the elderly include playing family games, cooking together, going on a movie night, visiting with children and grandchildren, going to church, singing songs and playing instruments together, eating out as a family, and even doing chores together.

Arts and Crafts

Whether it’s learning a new craft or continuing with a favorite hobby, most arts and crafts activities can be modified as needed so seniors with certain physical limitations can still enjoy a favorite pastime. A very popular activity for the elderly is ceramics. Many ceramic projects only need light sanding and painting, resulting in a beautiful and rewarding finished piece. This type of services offers a wonderful way for seniors to pass the time either at home. Other suitable crafts for senior citizens include:

  • Painting
  • Drawing
  • Sewing
  • Knitting
  • Crocheting
  • Photography
  • Scrapbooking
  • Making greeting cards
  • Sponge painting stationary
  • Woodworking projects such as building birdhouses or making clocks
  • Making foam magnets
  • Flower arranging

Field Trips

You are never too old to go on a field trip. In fact, field trips represent the ideal activity for seniors as long as they are not too strenuous. It is important to prepare properly for any field trip you plan for a senior loved one. Some of the more popular field trip activities for seniors include going to sports games, luncheons, holiday festivals, parks, libraries, art museums, science museums, zoos and aquariums, picnics, concerts, fair and carnivals, hikes and walks, holiday lights and movies.

More creative field trips may include making and delivering gift baskets to children’s hospitals, veteran organizations, charitable organizations. Seniors may also enjoy helping at a food or clothing bank, or helping serve meals to those in need.

For nature lovers, you can visit bird and animal sanctuaries where you can watch birds and other local wildlife in their natural environment. You can go to nature parks, local wetlands, farms, beaches, caves, natural springs, and historic trails. These types of field trips provide a sense of connection with nature and a calming affect on the mind.

Ideas for field trips are endless, and most communities offer a plethora of options that are listed in community calendars and local newspapers by category, including food, music, hobbies, culture, education, nature, spiritual, and more.

All of these activities can help to strengthen a senior’s abilities, improve flexibility and enhance the likelihood of retaining independence long term.