Tips to Keep Your Loved One Spry and Active in Retirement
Guest post by Andrea Gibbs
When an elderly member of the family retires, it is important that they don't get bored and lose their passion for life. It's been found that retirement can bring about significant changes in an individual's daily activities, social network, health practice, and physical environment. Focus on staying active, and you'll stay healthy. Take a look at these tips and strategies to keep your retired loved one feeling spry and active in retirement.
Exercise To Stay More Active
One of the best ways to stay active as you get older is to exercise. Exercise can help improve health, reduce anxiety and help increase blood flow throughout your body. Exercising regularly can also strengthen the muscles and increase strength and endurance. If you are looking for activities to do at home with your loved one, here are some simple exercises that will keep their bodies fit: Go for a walk around their neighborhood or apartment building a few times each week. You can go on a bike ride together or purchase a stationary bike to use indoors when it's too cold or rainy outside.
Sign Up for Classes That Interest Them
No matter what your elderly loved one is interested in, you’re sure to find classes in the area that relate. If they're tech-savvy, plenty of online classes are also available. Some ideas include cooking, writing, and dance classes. You could also bring them along with you on a hike at a local park or sign them up for a crafting class at your local big box store. This is the perfect opportunity for your loved one to meet new people who share their interests. It’ll allow them to socialize so they can make new friends and enjoy life as much as possible during retirement.
Read A Book or Two On Meditation and Mindfulness
It is imperative that you make sure that your elderly loved one practices a bit of mindfulness and meditation every day. The benefits of these practices are well documented and include reduced stress levels, improved focus, better sleep, and more. Many different books are available for this purpose, with titles like "Mindfulness for Beginners" and "The Art of Happiness." In addition to these books, there are also many apps that can guide your senior loved one through a brief mindfulness or meditation practice. In some areas, it may be possible to find free classes on this topic at local libraries.
Try A Little Potted Garden in The Home
Gardening is one of the best overall activities for elderly loved ones. It provides a great form of exercise, but it also ensures that your senior has access to fresh air and some sunshine. If you are worried that your senior parent may not have the ability to tend to a full-sized garden, you can still take advantage of the benefits by planting a few potted herbs at home. This will allow him to get outside when needed and enjoy the process of growing something with his own hands in an easy-to-maintain pot.
Exercise the Brain with Trivia Games Like Bridge or Rummy Cubes
Board games such as Bridge and Rummy Cubes are a great way to exercise the brain, require concentration and attention to detail, and are an excellent way for seniors to socialize with friends. Both games also encourage interaction and conversation between players, which is highly important for seniors who may be feeling lonely or isolated. As they play the game, fun memories from years past can resurface, providing a welcome distraction from any issues they may be dealing with. Additionally, the cognitive challenges of these games help keep those brain cells active and ticking!
Andrea Gibbs is the Content Manager at SpringHive Web Agency, a company that offers web design services, maintenance, and Internet marketing. She specializes in content marketing, social media, and SEO. She also serves as a blog contributor at Serenity Senior Care. She's an avid personal development enthusiast and an expert in the field of health and fitness. When she's not writing she can be found running hills or hiking trails, rooting for her favorite team (the Pittsburgh Steelers), or watching a good Netflix series.