5 Activities for Seniors with Limited Mobility
Many seniors lose mobility due to conditions like stroke, severe arthritis, or other injuries. However, loss of mobility doesn’t mean that seniors can’t stay active and engaged. There are many ways to have fun, boost mood, and keep active without disrupting or worsening pre-existing conditions. If you or your loved one are looking for some inspiration, check out this list of easy and fun activities our assisted living team in Sussex County has put together.
#1 – Dive into new worlds through reading
We recently wrote about the benefits of reading as a senior, and it really is the perfect activity for anyone with limited mobility. It’s an easy and fun way to explore any topic under the sun, from true crime and science to history and drama…a good book is sure to provide plenty of entertainment! Reading also helps to relieve stress, improve cognitive function, strengthen problem-solving skills, improve sleep, and build social connections through book clubs and discussions. A lightweight e-reader with adjustable text size or audiobooks is always an option for seniors who may have difficulty with their eyesight or holding heavy paperbacks.
#2 – Put your problem-solving skills to the test with puzzles
When we were all homebound in quarantine, plenty of people rediscovered the fun of puzzles! It’s a great cognitive exercise that’s stimulating, doesn’t require lots of moving around, and can be a solo or group activity. Solving puzzles is remarkably addictive and rewarding, and it doesn’t require much in the way of physical strength to do either. To make it as engaging as possible, it’s best to choose puzzles that connect with your loved one’s life and interests, and that provide a bit of a challenge. You can even have a puzzle custom-made from a beloved family photo as a special present.
#3 – Get active and improve range of motion with a chair or assisted yoga
Yoga can be customized for every age and level of ability, helping to strengthen the body, calm the mind, and improve range of motion. With direction from a qualified therapist, yoga can be performed in a chair or with props that allow your loved ones to work at their level and without exceeding their limitations. These modifications allow seniors to get the physical and mental benefits of yoga without the risks of a fall, injury, or overexertion. Many yoga classes also include a time for mindfulness through meditation, which further helps to ease tension and stress, clear the mind, and reduce blood pressure.
#4 – Learn a new skill and share your own talents
You’re never too old to learn something new, and seniors have a wealth of experience to share! Whether it’s origami, knitting, crochet, painting, or gardening, there are sure to be other seniors who would love to share their skills and help your loved one learn something new. Dabbling in a new hobby is a great way to stimulate cognitive function and a wonderful way to meet new friends, too.
#5 – Stay young at heart with gaming
Whether it’s video games, board games, card games, or anything else, it’s time to play! In the wide world of gaming, there’s something for every mobility level, age, and interest. Games can be played remotely with friends and family, in person, or solo. Besides trying the classics, get adventurous and challenge your grandchild to Xbox virtual reality gaming and find a gaming space to explore and enjoy together.
At Bristol Glen, our CCRC in Sussex County, New Jersey with an assisted living neighborhood, we offer beautiful, spacious apartments that are fully functional for limited mobility residents.
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