5 Activities for Seniors with Limited Mobility That Can Keep Them Active and Socially Engaged
Many seniors out there have limited mobility for one reason or another. Sadly, their limited mobility often makes it difficult to participate in activities that keep them active and socially engaged. Thankfully, there are still plenty of fun things they can do to stay active and feel connected! After all, limited mobility is not the end of the world. That is why in this blog post, we will discuss 5 activities that seniors with limited mobility can still enjoy and be happy about. Keep reading for more information!
Reading has the power to transport a reader out of their physical space. Depending on what is being read, the brain can be stimulated, and the reader's cognitive function improved. Seniors with limited mobility can get lost in other worlds contained in paperbacks, hardbound books, e-books. There are even audiobooks that can be listened to instead of being read.
The thing is, reading books is a must-do activity for seniors looking to stay active, remain socially engaged, and stay mentally stimulated during their golden years. The truth is regardless of the content or form, reading books is an activity that can provide entertainment and inspiration while improving critical thinking skills and memory and keeping stress at a minimum.
Seniors who spend time reading a range of books can lay claim to some vicarious experiences. Reading also gives them access to the treasure chests of knowledge, information, and insights hidden deep within them. Reading also makes it easy for such seniors to become active members of traditional and virtual book clubs where they get socially engaged from interacting with like minds.
Games have a way of bringing fun and excitement into any gathering. Regardless of the situation, there is always a game for you. These days there are hordes of immersive, realistic video games that seniors can play to either stimulate their minds, enjoy some good old healthy and friendly rivalry or just have a good hearty laugh. The best part of these games is that you can either play them remotely or in-person with friends, family, or online friends
For seniors who still prefer the “old-school” way, there are just as many games that they can explore with other gamers. Some of the games that seniors with limited mobility issues can explore includes:
- Jigsaw puzzles
- video games
- board games
- card games
Simple Regular Exercises
Exercise! Exercise!!Exercise!!! Seniors need exercise to lead fulfilling lives in their golden years. So what if they face some mobility issues? There is also some form of exercise that they can engage in to stay physically active and healthy. With regular exercise, seniors can enjoy
- improved circulation
- better blood pressure
- improved bone density
- better muscular strength and flexibility
In some cases, their mobility can even be improved over time. The trick to staying healthy and fit as a senior with limited mobility is settling for exercises or a group of low-impact activities and not task the body excessively.
We suggest that you always talk with your doctor before engaging in these exercises. It is also a great idea to have a caregiver or physical therapist around when engaging in these activities. Some of the safe exercises that we could recommend for you include::
- Seated workout routines
- Chair exercises
- Exercises using a walker for stability
- Water aerobics
Volunteering is another activity that seniors can engage in to stay active and socially connected to others. Contrary to popular opinion, charitable activities and volunteering are not limited to able-bodied folks. Seniors who live with limited mobility can still take very active parts in volunteering and other charitable activities.
For one, a senior who adopts volunteering or donating their time to charitable activities will always have a reason to leave the house because of one event or the other. Secondly, it helps them stay firmly connected to the world around them as they get to see the world for what it is, and they better understand their place in it.
Plus, they will be giving back in their little way. So, whichever way you look at it, volunteering offers seniors mental, social, and psychological benefits that positively affect their health in the long run.
Even seniors who might not be obliged to move around can still find a way to participate in charitable activities. They can get in touch with charities, churches, mosques, hospitals around them to find ways to contribute to society. We recommend some of the following volunteering activities for seniors with limited mobility to participate in:
- Supporting an assisted living community close to them.
- Providing materials like knitted blankets for patients in children’s hospitals.
- Supporting pet rescue organizations.
- Providing care packages for health workers.
- Offering free professional services
Explore New Hobbies
There are always hobbies that seniors with limited mobility can enjoy to stay active and get socially engaged. The thing with hobbies is that you can always get new ones every day. The best part is that learning new hobbies prevents boredom, stimulates the mind, and allows you to engage with others outside your immediate environs. Some of the more common hobbies that seniors can engage in include:
- learning a new skill like a language
- learning how to play a new musical instrument
- making family recipe books
There is no shortage of hobbies for seniors with limited mobility to learn. The best part of the hobbies on our list is that they do not require much physical movement or strenuous effort to engage in them. So you could easily engage with them without much physical strain but loads of mental and social benefits to gain.
We understand that seniors with limited mobility might be doubly bored; that is why we recommend these 5 activities to keep active and socially engaged. Here is a caveat, though, we suggest that your caregiver are always around when you engage in these hobbies. We also recommend that you experiment with as many of these activities as you can. That is the only way to truly enjoy the benefits they offer.