Cavendish Manor

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Activity plans for seniors offered by Cavendish Manor

Activity plans for seniors

Social activities are significant for seniors, as they have more time on their hands. Therefore, it requires careful attention to planning diverse and accessible activities, which is a challenge for nurses and caregivers. 

People of any age must be active physically and socially. Individuals benefit from a solid social and physical lifestyle because they will feel connected to their community, improve their health, and maintain a strong identity. 

How do you improve the activity level of the elderly?

Aging does not necessarily mean a loss of physical activity levels. Retirement is a time to plan for travel, create healthy and new life habits, and resume past plans and interests. However, movement limitations, injury, and accessibility concerns reduce the activity level of the aged, making it difficult to achieve these goals. 

Inactivity in seniors is one of the common problems and has various physical and mental health causes, including joint inflammation, osteoporosis, hip fracture, stroke, and Parkinson’s. Movement restriction in the elderly due to discomfort and pain harms their mental and emotional health and quality of life. Finding new and effective methods, correct sports activities, and a healthy lifestyle can increase mobility in the elderly and improve their quality of life.

Improving the activity level of the elderly with the help of caregivers

Some retired need to stay in bed continuously, but some can go about their daily life safely with the help of their nurse. If your loved one needs support services to perform daily life activities, a professional and trained caregiver can be very helpful in this field. Fortunately, at Cavendish Manor Retirement Residence, professional and reliable caregivers are ready to provide specialized services to support the elderly.

Prioritizing daily exercise to increase the activity level of the elderly

Muscles and joints are the most critical factors in mobility, especially in old age. Therefore, the aged should be encouraged to exercise daily. The presence of a supportive caregiver can make walking and exercise enjoyable activities for them. By being with the senior, the elderly caregivers help them carry out the doctor’s sports orders in complete safety.

Some of the recommended sports for them include the following:

  •  walking
  •  Yoga
  •  Tai chi
  •  Swimming
  •  Dance
  •  Riding bike
  •  Slow running
Gardening is the most popular pastime for seniors.

Gardening has many benefits for the elderly and can become a positive habit. The satisfaction of planting a seed and watching it grow is one of the healthiest hobbies, and it gives people the opportunity to grow with the most beautiful flowers, plants, fruits, and vegetables.

Here are just a few of the mental and physical benefits of gardening and planting plants:

  • Reduce stress levels
  • Feeling fruitful of achievements
  • Get out in the fresh air
  • Helping to be fit and active
  • Good entertainment
  • Harvesting and preparing nutritious and healthy food

Getting up and being active throughout the day is very beneficial for the health of the elderly. A study conducted in 2015 shows that just two 50-minute sessions of caring for and maintaining plants and watering them can significantly improve endurance and brain function.

Computer games

In 2014, the Telegraph reported that one in four over-55s have a games console in their home, embracing technology such as tablets and smartphones.

Computer games provide great entertainment and challenge the brain. In 2015, Telegraph reported that 3D computer games prevent memory loss.

Social Networks

Social networks have taken the world by surprise, and as much as they are popular among young people, they also have many fans among older people. According to Ofcom, 58% of people aged 55-64 will have their social accounts in 2020. The Corona pandemic also caused the elderly to show interest in these social networks more than before.

Popular social networks such as WhatsApp, Facebook, and Skype are beneficial for the aged and effective for meeting family members online.

Reading books

Studying and reading different books is one of the best and healthiest pastimes. So that it can help strengthen memory, increase decision-making skills, reduce stress, and help people sleep better and more usefully.

Reading before sleep creates conditions for better sleep, allows the elderly to maintain their brain function at a high level, and prevents neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s, dementia, and Parkinson’s. We can say that studying is a sport for the mind.

Individual or group tours

They are visiting touristic areas in a group or even as individuals can be one of the best pastimes for the elderly because it makes them feel alive and present in the community. This center has provided the conditions so that they can go to the beautiful Niagara Falls by city bus and visit it with the help of a caregiver.

Another helpful entertainment program for seniors is hanging out with friends at a casino or shopping at local stores. The Cavendish Manor Retirement Residence offers its guests Fallsview Casino. Spending a night with friends in this space reminds them of their youth so that they can forget the infirmities of old age.

Conclusion

Eventually, it is important to keep seniors safe while being active. While it’s great to have a hobby, too many activities carry many risks and should be a wake-up call. Therefore, the caregiver must pay full attention to them. Also, being aware of the conditions and learning new hobbies can lead to self-confidence in the elderly.