Engaging elderly seniors in social events and other activities provide a host of benefits to their health and well-being. From increasing cognitive abilities to improving mobility, here are three fun ways for you to celebrate Senior Citizens Day!
1. Treat Your Senior Loved One to a Movie
Bring back some nostalgia and take your elderly loved one out for a movie. Just by doing a simple search online, you may be able to find vintage films playing at your local theater. If your elderly senior has limited mobility, you can always plan a movie night in at their home. From West Side Story to Cool Hand Luke, Netflix hasan abundance of classics to choose from.
2. Volunteer At Your Local Animal Shelter
It’s no secret that animals bring us, humans, joy as well as mental health benefits! Local shelters are always looking for volunteers to help walk and socialize rescue dogs as well as helping to care for cats. Many animal shelters and pet rescue organizations also have outreach programs for seniors. Pet therapy can help seniors:
- Increase socialization skills
- Reduce anxiety
- Release and overcome grief
- Reduce the effects of dementia conditions
3. Take a Yoga Class Together
You don’t have to be able to twist your body into a pretzel to enjoy the health benefits of yoga. Elderly seniors can even practice yoga stretching exercises right from their chair. Taking a yoga class together not only keeps you both moving, but it’s can also be a great way to solidify your bond. Yoga can:
- Reduce hypertension
- Manage a healthy weight
- Protect joints
- Build strength
- Reduce anxiety
- Increase cognitive abilities
- Lift your mood
The Arbors Assisted Living encourages our residents to live a healthy and active lifestyle. Contact us today to schedule a tour and learn more about how we can help your elderly loved one live their best senior life!