The COVID-19 pandemic has created chaos worldwide, with unprecedented challenges being faced by every individual, both financially and health wise. The time is hard for everyone, but this too shall pass.
Staying at home is essential for one’s safety. Although it is important to prioritize their health above anything else at the moment, we can’t ignore one’s mental health. Monotonous daily routine, not seeing relatives and friends, and horrifying news on television and newspapers add to their stress levels. Therefore, it becomes important to take a break and indulge in some simple activities at home.
Here are 8 suggestions to make the lockdown interesting at home for Older Adults:
1. Morning Yoga
Most of the elders in our families love to start their day with morning walks or some light workout sessions with friends in the parks or compounds. However, it’s not possible at the moment to step out. So how about substituting indoor yoga to stay active the whole day? 25-30 min of some performing easy yoga asanas like Kapalbhati Pranayam, Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose), Savasana (Corpse Pose), Anulom-Vilom, Trikonasana (Triangle Pose), etc. can keep you active throughout the day.
Nature lovers can still be close to nature without stepping out of their houses by nurturing those plants in their balconies or terrace. Gardening can be a stress buster for many. It enhances their outdoor spaces while giving fresh air as an added health benefit. It also helps in keeping one fresh and happy, just like those flowers blooming in their indoor gardens.
The most effective way to constantly keep your mind active, engaged and away from boredom, is reading. Older adults may want to restrict too much strain on their eyesight, but technology can come handy. Audio books are a tech miracle for those who love reading. You can make it more interesting by recommending your most favorite books to your friends and family.
4. Art and Craft
Creativity is never out of style. How about they decorate their table top or empty walls with some amazing DIYs? A lot of channels on YouTube can be helpful for elders to give them some great ideas. Come up with different ways to decorate their home with a variety of crafts and home décor items. Knitting, crocheting, embroidery can also be some activities that can keep them engaged and content. It feels good to finish a sweater to give to your grandson!
5. Video Calls with Loved Ones
It is important to maintain distance with the outside world to avoid getting contracted with the virus around us, but physically and NOT socially! Stay connected with your loved ones through virtual meet-ups and don’t allow distance to affect your relationships with family and close friends.
6. Indoor games with Family
There are so many indoor games to choose from like chess, ludo, tambola, and card games which can be played by elders with other family members. This can also be a great way to spend quality time together. Nowadays, a lot of mobile apps are available for these games which allow one to play with their loved ones who are away. It’s a good suggestion to urge your parents to start an online tambola group.
7. Old Bollywood Movies
Who doesn’t like to watch old Bollywood movies or listen to old evergreen songs and relive old days? This can be a great source for stress reduction for elders in our family. It also helps them in better quality sleep.
8. Cooking and Baking
For many, cooking or baking can be calming and relaxing. Psychologists say spending time in the kitchen can help relieve stress and improve one’s mental health. India being a country with diversity in culture, but there are so many dishes from north to south that one can try.
The times are tough and even more for seniors in our families. Their health and wellbeing should be our priority. Thus, we should help them get through these tough times with constant communication, understanding and yes, some fun activities.
To know more about how to provide in-home care or COVID care for elders at home, contact Care4Parents Team and we’ll help you in providing best home health care services for elders. We aim to be an extension of your family; care and compassion is our main priority.