Caregiver Tips: Keep Seniors Active

As a professional or family caregiver, consistent daily activities are beneficial, but can become mundane and boring. Schedules are important, but you and the person you’re caring for may become less excited about your time together. We recommend 3 approaches:

1) Constantly ask questions. It is important to know the patients or family members interests. Although we may know our loved ones interests extremely well, interests change. They may have seen something on TV or prefer to do something else.

2) Be creative. If there’s an activity your client or family member can no longer do, think about other ways they could participate. For example, if your client loved to go fishing, suggest that they sign up to help teach a fly tying class. With technology today, there are many games on the iPad or systems one can buy to not only keep seniors active, but involved in their interests.

3) Keep in mind the client’s abilities. There could be physical and mental limitations that may cause agitation for your client or loved one when attempting certain activities. Be mindful of these limits and focus on things that they can do comfortably.

Some easy activities we recommend:

  • Word games
  • Puzzles

  • Going for walks

  • Baking

  • Gardening

  • Crafts

  • Attending sporting events

  • Social activities

As we mentioned, seniors are generally not technology proficient, but introducing an iPad and showing them how to use it can help significantly. Games such as Wii, that allow bowling, golf, tennis in the home can also help them participate in activities that might have been difficult with their limitations. Caring for loved ones or clients can be challenging, but there are many ways to improve the quality of care