Activities for Elderly Parents

Activities for elderly parents concept - Senior woman and her adult daughter gardening on a nice summer day

Activities for Elderly Parents

Helping to keep our parents as mentally and physically active as possible is one of the best ways to help them stay happy and healthy as they get older. Combining fun activities with eating healthy, drinking plenty of fluids, and getting the sleep we need is exactly what the doctor calls for.

However, sometimes we begin to run out of ideas for things to do with our elderly parents and loved ones.  Here are a few ideas to keep in mind when the next opportunity comes around:

For Rainy Days or a Quiet Afternoon Indoors

Sometimes the simple pleasure of playing favourite games can be a fun thing to do with your elderly parents. Do a crossword or jigsaw puzzle with them whenever you can, or play a game of cards.  

How about giving painting a try? Watercolours are popular and easy to use. There are also things which you can do to prepare for your next sunny day outside, such as painting flower pots together for their doorstep. You could even start on those Christmas gifts by painting tree ornaments. The possibilities are endless.

Have you ever wanted to learn a new language? It’s a great opportunity to keep our minds engaged. How exciting would it be for you and your mum or dad to be able to talk together in a foreign tongue. There are simple applications which you can use together to learn from beginning to advanced, in multiple languages, if it’s difficult to make it to professional classes.

What About the Sunny Days?

On those sunny days where you’d like to do something different, look to your community. Getting outdoors is a great way to be stimulated, keep muscles strong, and emotions engaged.

Pack a picnic lunch and go to your local park, a museum, or your local library.

Another idea is to join a walking group together, mobility permitting. Getting fresh air and exercise by walking increases lung capacity, circulation, and overall respiratory health – even if it’s only for ten minutes!

Lastly, most of us enjoy a beautiful garden. Take your time and plant some seeds in the ground, or just admire the beauty of the flowers together.

Contact Anglican Care to talk about the services we offer to enhance the lives of ageing people.