Enriching the quality of life of seniors living in assisted living homes is as easy as maintaining a hobby. Not only does it provide them with an opportunity to connect with other seniors, but it gives them a sense of belonging and purpose, and can prevent feelings of loneliness and boredom.
Here’s why you might want to encourage your loved one to keep up their favorite hobby:
Battling depression is one of the biggest struggles that seniors face when they move into a senior home. As seniors transition into a new way of life, they often find it difficult to adjust to a new environment and give up their independence. Often times, they may feel like they are cut off from the outside world. By maintaining a hobby, whether that be playing cards, knitting, or having afternoon tea, your loved one will have something to look forward to every day. Investing time in things that make them happy will allow them to feel a higher sense of worth.
Seniors often find it challenging to make new friends. Having a hobby provides mutual conversation topics among seniors and allows them to converse with other like-minded people. This also creates a sense of belonging as it allows them to join a group or community. It’s important to have a group of people that you can share meaningful conversations with during times when your family is unable to visit. As we get older, we realize that everyone leads busy lives, so it is crucial to fill your time with people that you enjoy being around.
There is always something new to learn, and this is especially true for seniors. A hobby is an effective way to stimulate nerve functioning, improve memory, and prevent rapid cognitive decline. Some of the best mental activities for seniors include building puzzles, painting, reading, and journaling. Creativity keeps your mind engaged and provides an outlet to manage stress and frustration.
It is important to help seniors feel connected. They can often feel isolated, especially if they have mobility issues or become unable to drive. These individuals are typically at greater risk of dementia and have a shorter life span. Seniors will have more energy, a better appetite, and greater feelings of satisfaction if they have a positive outlook on life.
No matter how old you get, diet and exercise are still crucial components of a healthy lifestyle. As you get older, the type of exercise you are able to do becomes more limited; however, it is still recommended that you incorporate movement into your daily routine. Inactivity causes feelings of depression and loneliness, but combating them can be as easy as going for a walk, by yourself or with a friend.
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