As our loved ones enter their golden years, they may no longer be able to move around independently like before. However, that does not mean that they cannot have a good time. People with mobility issues can live life to the fullest too! There are several ways you can entertain and spend quality time with your loved ones. Check out these four fun and uplifting activities for your loved one with limited mobility.
Explore Their Creative Sides
It’s time to bring out the artist in your loved one. From watercolor painting to decoupage, there’s an endless list of artistic mediums that you and your loved ones can explore. You can even start a scrapbook together or work with your loved one to compile all the family recipes together in a book. Perhaps your loved one has always wanted to write a book or learn to knit or sew? You can encourage him to pursue his interests! Creative expression can be therapeutic for your loved one. It can help those who have limited mobility express themselves and can even lead them out from a dark place. Helping your loved one find an avenue to express himself is a meaningful way for you both to spend your time.
Sharing a meal with the people you love is another wonderful way to spend time together. You can cook your loved one’s favorite meal or bring him to discover new restaurants. Sharing a meal is an easy, laid-back activity where meaningful conversations can flow and some of the best memories are made.
Engage in Brain Games
Keeping the mind active is not only a fun way to bond with your loved one but is also crucial for keeping illnesses like Alzheimer’s disease and dementia at bay. Try playing word games together such as Scrabble or crosswords, or other brain-stimulating games like Sudoku and chess. You can introduce your loved one to online versions of these games so you can play with them anytime, anywhere. Your loved one can even meet new people online through these games, make new friends and expand his social circle.
Play Music Together
Encourage your loved one to pick up a new instrument or hone their skills if they can already play one. You can practice playing the instrument together or hold jamming sessions. Invite friends or family to join in the fun! Playing music together is known to improve moods and create good memories. It can even encourage your loved one to be more social. Music stimulates the brain and besides keeping your loved one’s brain active, it also reduces stress and brings about relaxation whether you’re playing an instrument or simply listening to songs.
Having limited mobility should not inhibit or change the way you or your loved one spend your time and live your life. While there may be some activities you cannot do any longer, there is still a world of possibilities out there, such as new hobbies, cuisines, and art for you to explore! Get in touch with us today to learn more about senior living programs in Southlake, TX.