As a caregiver or senior citizen, you know that the basics of life are very important for both yourself and the senior that you care for. You diligently stock up on home healthcare equipment supplies such as walkers, discreet incontinence protectors, and tools that can help to make your daily tasks easier to perform—and that’s a wonderful start!
However, it can be easy to forget, in the midst of caring for yourself as a senior or as a caregiver charged with caring for a senior and all of the medical and personal necessities, that an aging person’s mind has just as many needs as their bodies do. Staying mentally alert, stimulated, and active is a major factor of a senior’s wellbeing, and helping to keep a senior’s mind active and challenged can further promote happiness and longevity.Try to keep their mind engaged and focused on something. You can crack open a crossword puzzle, read a thrilling biography, or download a new app on your phone with fun games and challenges. Remember, keeping your mind active will help keep your body active.
A fun way to engage in passion and challenge is to try out new hobbies or to find alternative ways to pursue existing hobbies.
If you or the senior that you care for have limited–or even full–mobility, there are hobbies available that suit that lifestyle:
All of the above hobbies can be completed whilst sitting, so even if you or the senior under your care are in constant need of their equipment for elderly care at home, few hobbies are out of reach. However, as a caregiver, it is important (if possible) to take the senior you care for outside to find places of inspiration. This can be made easier with elder care products such as walkers or wheelchairs. Try to find a garden, park, or viewpoint that can be easily accessed for both mobile and mobility-impaired seniors, then set up an easel or a sketchbook and wait patiently as a masterpiece is born.
For those who prefer scrapbooking, it can be fun to take mini-excursions to places similar to those mentioned above so that you or the senior you work with can take photos to include in the scrapbook and maybe even some flora and fauna to press between the pages.
If you or the senior you work with would like to try their hand at puzzle-solving and other mind-stimulating games, the need for mobility is decreased as those can be played in one’s home. However, stay open to the option of setting up a puzzle or chess board in your backyard or in a park, and even consider visiting a senior center and playing with other seniors. Even the most challenging puzzle or game of chess can become boring if there’s no one challenging to play along with!
If you live in an area with wonderful senior resources, you will surely be able to find groups of like-minded individuals. If you’re town is not equipped with expansive senior resources, perhaps it can become you or you senior’s “hobby” to proactively created groups and activities for seniors and/or to advocate for better resources and care.
If you or your patient have none to few mobility restrictions, try searching for groups like this one, which hails from the Bay Area. Groups like this encourage senior citizens to continue to be engaged with their community and the rest of the world around, both mentally and physically. If you are confident in your mobility and your ability to be away from home, this can be a great opportunity to build relationships with people and the world.
Whether you’re ready to take on the world or to pick up a new, challenging hobby from home, it is crucial that you care for yourself and/or your patient. If you’re going to adventure to a nearby park, another state, or your own backyard, it’s important to have all of the elder care products and home healthcare equipment supplies that you may or will need. You’ve got an exciting future ahead of you—do your best to be prepared, comfortable, and cared for whilst you embark.