Staying physically active as we age provides a range of health benefits, such as delaying or preventing dementia and other diseases, alleviating chronic pain, and helping the aging person recover faster from an injury or illness. Connections with family, friends, and community have a significant impact on a person’s overall well-being.
You can engage the elderly in social activities by organizing social gatherings and game nights in the person’s home or at the local community center, encouraging the aging person to join a club or group or to become a volunteer.
Ask the elderly about activities that interest them and encourage them to pursue those interests. For example, if your aging parent enjoys reading, help her/him join the local book club. Or to spend time in a local community garden if she/he prefers gardening.
Meeting up with other people regularly is a great way to spend time with those who share the same interests and needs.
Also, becoming a volunteer within the person’s local community provides a sense of purpose, boosts confidence, and improves mood. Enquire with local animal shelters, schools, or community centers about the volunteering opportunities for seniors, as these are always looking for volunteers of all ages.
Moreover, many seniors benefit from lifelong learning opportunities at local adult education centers and colleges. Enroll the older adult in classes designed for seniors, where they can continue to learn and maintain good cognitive functions.