Covid-19 has turned the world upside down for a lot of people. Many of us are now adjusting to our daily lives to keep ourselves and loved ones safe and healthy. For most seniors, they are likely limiting even more activity to reduce their chances of contracting coronavirus.
We must be supportive of keeping our seniors mentally and physically active while following social distancing recommendations to keep them safe. Finding engaging activities for seniors doesn’t have to be difficult, here are 3 examples below:
1. Walking – this one may seem like a no-brainer, but walking can increase mood and boost immune system. To safely follow social distancing, you can choose to simply walk around the house or in-place to increase their daily steps. If the weather is nice, it may be a good opportunity to get some fresh air while walking around the block. A reminder to maintain 6 feet distance from others and avoid crowded areas.
2. Gardening - for those who enjoy the great outdoors, gardening can provide beautiful scenery while building strength and burning calories. If getting down in the dirt isn’t a safe option, small plants on the patio can provide a full afternoon’s activity and keep your loved one active.
3. Crafting – in a world full of Pinterest and creativity, this can be a fun activity to do safely indoors. The options are limitless when it comes to creating a beautiful work of art like painting, coloring, crocheting, knitting, scrap-booking, etc.
Let’s all stay committed to protecting our seniors during this pandemic while finding ways to help them stay engaged and positive for the road ahead.
*Please make sure to consult your physician when thinking about starting a new exercise routine.