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Activities for Seniors to Pass the Time at Home

Activities for Seniors

Try these activities for seniors this summer.

Oh, the long, hot days of summer! In Arizona, it starts early and goes late. Often, our elders remain indoors during most of the summer months, and more recently, with COVID-19 lurking, seniors with underlying conditions are stuck inside even more so than usual.

It may be a nice time to discover a new activity, or reacquaint with an old hobby! Here are some ideas to either do on your own, with a friend or neighbor, or to encourage an elder loved one to consider to allay boredom and the same old thing every day.

When you add an activity to your day or to the day of a senior you love, you might consider this approach:

  • Focus on enjoyment, not achievement.
  • Determine what time of day is best for the activity.
  • Be flexible and patient with yourself if it’s something new.
  • Minimize distractions.

If you choose an outside activity, make sure it’s early in the morning or later in the evening to avoid extreme temperatures. Outdoor activities can be relaxing and fulfilling. It’s always great to get a change of scenery and enjoy fresh air.

The following are ideas for outside activities:

  • Plant some flowers or herbs in small pots.
  • Pull old plants and weeds from the garden.
  • Take a walk and identify the flowers and plants with a book on plants along the way.
  • Check on your garden daily for new sprouts or ripe vegetables. This can also lead to other activities such as picking and preparing what has grown in the garden.
  • Put a birdbath and feeders out in the yard, so you can watch the birds out the window.
  • Have your meal or snack outside.
  • Read a book or poetry in the shade outside.
  • Play a game of horseshoes.
  • Sit on the porch noticing all the activity, colors, and scents. Wave to the neighbors!

Indoor activities:

  • Sew something for a friend.
  • Take up embroidery or knitting.
  • Call an old friend who would be surprised to hear from you, and catch up.
  • Learn how to Zoom or FaceTime, and suggest a family “gathering.”
  • Read a new book indoors in a quiet spot, with a nice cup of tea.
  • Find a poem or prayer you’d like to memorize and spend several minutes a day reciting it.
  • Pull out old music and listen and reminisce.
  • Find a new radio program or podcast you’d like to listen to.
  • Pull out your old photo albums and just reminisce, or reorganize them.
  • Gather together some paints or colored pencils and create some artwork.
  • Write a letter to an old friend or family member.
  • Make a memory book or a personal scrapbook.
  • Organize drawers or cupboards.
  • Find a new recipe and make something special.
  • Make cookies.
  • Get a handbook for dice games and play.
  • Pull out a once-loved board or card game and play…or learn a new one!
  • Watch an old musical.
  • Make apple pie or cobbler from scratch. See who can peel the longest unbroken peel!
  • Soak and massage your feet, or a friend’s. Paint your toenails if desired!
  • Plan a happy hour for yourself with music and salsa and chips and margarita mix.
  • Put up maps of the state, country and world and mark all the places you’ve been and where you’d like to go.
  • Write down your family timeline and history….births, deaths, moves, marriages,
  • Write down your favorite childhood memories, your memories as an adult and things you have learned about life.
  • Polish and shine your shoes.
  • Make birthday card collages for friends from old magazines and photos.
  • Put on some favorite, irresistible music and MOVE! (You don’t have to call it dancing!)
  • Sing favorite hymns and carols.
  • Blow up an inflatable punch ball and use it as indoor balloon volleyball.
  • Learn simple exercises you can do in a chair.
  • Experiment with aromatherapy and essential oils. Try new ones and notice what they do to your mood. Remember, don’t apply them directly to your skin. Always use in lotions or diluted in infusers, and don’t use for extended periods. Here are some ideas on essential oils to influence mood.Invigorating: Peppermint, rosemary, lemon

    Relaxing: Chamomile, marjoram, ylang-ylang

    Sedating: Lavender, juniper, sandalwood

    Mentally clarifying: Clary sage, fennel, basil

    Depression-lifting: Grapefruit, rose

    Immunity-strengthening: Bergamot, tea tree, cajuput

    Anxiety-lifting: Orange, jasmine, frankincense

For more recommendations of fun activities for seniors, call on the aging care pros at Nightingale Homecare! We’d love to provide the friendly companionship for older adults, along with plenty of creative and engaging ideas that make each day the best it can be. Call us any time at (602) 504-1555 to learn more about how our experts in home care in Glendale, AZ and the surrounding area can help a senior you love.

Top Ways to Help Seniors Enjoy the Good Ole Summertime from Nightingale’s Home Health Experts

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The home health experts at Nightingale share summertime tips for seniors.

At Nightingale Homecare, we love to step out of the ordinary and help seniors enjoy opportunities for new and exciting endeavors; and what better time than summertime to try something new? With a professional home health caregiver on hand, there are a plethora of experiences to jump into, and memories to be made that will last a lifetime. Here are just a few of the many ideas to consider trying with your senior loved one:

Indoor Activities:

When the Arizona heat requires us to stay inside, try turning off the TV and engaging in one of these fun and interactive activities together:

  • Creative Crafts: Crafts are a wonderful way to span the generations and get everyone involved. One of our favorite ideas is creating a memory book with seniors. Visit the scrapbooking section of your local craft store to find assorted tiny mementos, ribbons, and other adornments, then settle in with your senior loved one and some photo albums. Walk through the memories in the pictures together, and select some that are especially cherished to include when creating his or her memory book. This activity has also been shown to be especially beneficial for seniors who are working through grief or loss.
  • Make It or Bake It: Another great way to bring all ages together is an afternoon of experimenting with new recipes or creating tried and true favorites. Bring out the recipe box, or browse the internet for ideas, and let everyone pitch in to help – from chopping to measuring to stirring, there’s something for all ages and ability levels to do in preparing food. The best part? Taste testing the finished product together!
  • Indoor Outings: Museums, libraries, stores, and movie theaters are all cool and comfortable in the heat of summer, and offer seniors the opportunity to get out and about without overheating.

Outdoor Activities:

There’s nothing like the beauty of nature, and when weather permits (early or late in the day, especially), try some of the following ideas – making sure there’s plenty of cold water available and that the senior is well protected from the sun:

  • Get Growing: It’s incredibly satisfying to have a hand in growing and nurturing a garden, whether flowers, fruits or vegetables, and there are plenty of ways to make it easier for seniors to participate, such as raised gardens or standalone potted plants. The benefits of fresh air, low-impact exercise, motor coordination, and feelings of accomplishment are priceless.
  • Pack and Park: There’s nothing like an old fashioned picnic in the park, watching a little league ball game or the children playing on the playground, dogs catching balls and frisbees, maybe even an outdoor movie or concert in the evening.  Encourage the senior to share memories of picnics past, enjoy cold slices of watermelon and cups of chilled lemonade, fly a kite – the sky’s the limit!
  • Uncover Buried Treasure: The thrill of a treasure hunt doesn’t wane with age, and for many seniors, taking a lightweight metal detector out in search of something hidden is tons of fun. Better yet, take several along and make a game of it with multiple family members, with awards for the biggest treasure, the smallest treasure, the first treasure found, etc.

Nightingale Homecare, the top rated providers of in home care Scottsdale seniors need, can help your senior loved ones live life to the fullest this summer and all year long! It’s our goal to ensure that older adults remain active and thriving, and we’re happy to provide transportation and accompaniment services to allow seniors to safely get out and about whenever and wherever they please. Contact us any time at (602) 504-1555 to get started on improving quality of life for your senior loved one!

Posted in Arizona Home Care, Blog, Caregiving on August 1st, 2018 · Comments Off on Top Ways to Help Seniors Enjoy the Good Ole Summertime from Nightingale’s Home Health Experts