Engagement Ideas to Keep Seniors Active at Home
For caregivers, it can be challenging to find new ways to provide meaningful activity for your loved one with dementia, Alzheimer’s, or other age-related conditions. To help, we’ve put together this free eBook, packed with fresh ideas to keep engaged at home!
Why Is Senior Engagement Important?
For older adults, purposeful activities can prolong mobility, memory, and brain function. This is especially important when dealing with age-related issues like Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s.
According to Jonathan Graff-Radford, M.D, physical activity has many benefits for seniors with cognitive impairment. For example, Graff-Radford states it can “keep thinking, reasoning and learning skills sharp”. Additionally, he says, it can “improve memory, reasoning, judgment and thinking skills”. Interestingly, he also claims that senior engagement can help to “delay the start of Alzheimer’s for people at risk of developing the disease, or slow the progress of the disease.”
Lately, Covid-19 (alongside Arizona temperatures soaring well above 100 degrees) has had seniors spending a lot more time indoors. Unfortunately, many people have suffered the physical and mental strain this has caused.
At Oakwood, our club members stay active by engaging in classes, socialization, creating artwork & music, and exercise. Additionally, they explore finding new hobbies and interests.
Of course, we realize many of these things are difficult to replicate at home. Therefore, we’ve created this handy guide for caregivers – filled with fresh ideas to keep your loved ones happy, healthy, and active!