What Activities Can I Do with the Elderly? Aging is an inevitable process. And it comes not only with bodily changes, but cognitive changes as well. For the younger ones, it comes with the responsibility of engaging and making the elderly feel busy and useful.
It is synonymous with a baby coming with the same responsibility for the adults.
Singapore has been witnessing an increase in the elderly population. 7 % of the population in Singapore is considered elderly i.e., over 65 years of age. And it has been estimated to increase to 19 % by 2030.
Every fourth person will be elderly! That means on average, every family or household has at least one person above age 55. Age-related changes in body and mind begin to appear when a person reaches 50 or 55.
As a person ages, his personality becomes more stable with the experience he gains. But as he reaches 50, the process is reversed!
Research says that as a person ages above 50, his personality stability begins to decrease instead. Aging brings him back to baby life! Gradually, it becomes a need to do activities with the elderly. Because:
Research also shows that seniors who are engaged in social activities are less prone to developing mental disorders, such as dementia and Alzheimer’s and loss of intellectual and cognitive capabilities.
Here we are having some indoor and outdoor activities that you can enjoy with the elderly:
Take your elder partner for a visit to a local Singaporean museum. It’s free for permanent citizens! This will give them a chance to explore their heritage, take a mild walk and exercise, and kill time most interestingly.
Encourage your seniors to go green. Gardening and fruit picking are most popular among the elderly. Because they kind of challenge them.
Make a common goal of a healthy, green garden with the elderly. This way, you can get to do a very productive and healthy activity with them. Incorporate this into your daily routine. Besides, this can be a very fun way to do some aerobic exercise daily.
People usually do not get to take time out of their busy routines and go to a cinema, theatre, or music shows. Old age gives you more than enough time!
You won’t imagine how much they relish such cultural events. Grab your tickets, and have a fun theatre or music night with your senior partner.
Music, songs, and sing-alongs are especially suggested for the elderly with cognitive impairment or dementia.
Don’t forget to grab a camera when going for any outdoor activity. This is because:
Read with the elderly. Share views and opinions. This will take you both to a healthy conversation, and more engagement.
Besides, reading has enormous benefits for aging people.
Yoga is one of the best exercises for the elderly. It helps improve their flexibility, balance, and mood swings.
But you will be doing yoga with your senior partner as an enjoyable activity and t spend some quality time. The benefits of it are a bonus!
Grab your paints and brushes. And indulge in a faun painting activity with your elder. Colors are therapy!
This can boost their creativity, make them busy, and help them sleep better.
You must have observed that people as they age, get more involved with children and their games. Board games are a very efficient way of engaging your senior in a fun activity. This also helps keep their mind sharp.