By Michael Feldman
Do you think your ideas of keeping your elderly family members are lacking the spark? Or you are a senior person yourself and you are on the lookout for ideas to stay happy and engaged. If you are nodding your head in a Yes, you must not stop here and keep reading ahead to get your hands on some amazing ideas for the best recreation spots for senior family members.
Our elder citizens need our love and time the most since they are stuck at home and have little to do with recreation. If you are caught up in your daily routine and cannot spare some time to spend with them, then you should check out these recreation spots and ideas to ensure that they have a good time while you are busy elsewhere.
Here is a list of top out-of-the-box ideas that you can pick every time you want to do something special for your elderly loved ones:
- Wine Tasting
- Mini Golf
- Arts and Crafts Work
- Trivia Night
- Family Movie Date
- Senior Exercise
- Sauna Bathing
- Bird Watching
- Amusement Park
- Storytelling Groups
- Pet Care Training
- Charity Walks
- Massage Date
- Cooking Competition
Your beloved parent or grandparent has spent his/her lifetime drinking wine and they can definitely tell a classic wine from an ordinary one. Plan a wine tasting session and see what are some of the best choices you can stock at home for regular usage as well as for special events. Add a little twist to the wine tasting session and gift them the one they like the most.
You really want your grandpa to re-live his golf playing joyous moments from his youth but the golf parks are far away to be his routine. Snap! Bring mini golf to your home garden. Keep them healthy and involved with a sense of appreciation to green elements.
Bring a lot of new greens to your home, regardless you have a decent landscape area or not. Remember to choose easy-to-manage vegetables and fruits to grow at home, and always offer to help them keep the plants alive. Connection with Mother Nature and seeing the fruitful results of their gardening skills is a fulfilling idea. Later, also arrange a special dinner date with the home-grown vegetables or fruits.
Arts and Crafts Work
Bring easy-to-manage artwork for their activities at home or enroll them in group activities. Let them flow with whatever they want to paint or decorate, let the artist come out and shine. Keep collecting these masterpieces and then also arrange an exhibition on the family reunion day. For everything they make, show a lot of appreciation to keep them happy and stay connected to ask what they are making next.
Elders with a mobility issue or health restraints need activities which require less physical effort. So, sit with them and let them sing their hearts out. Join them by arranging a Karaoke night with neighbors or family members. Join them to listen to the best numbers from their times; enjoy a merger of modern and ancient music tastes in one single night.
Family gatherings are always the best source of recreation. Make it a habit; let your children see what you do with your parents or grandparents and they will learn how you expect to be honored when you are old. Trivia night are an engaging and entertaining piece of activity where the whole family gets a chance to spend a quality night together. Let the elderly people test you and benefit you with their knowledge.
Family Movie Date
Elderly family members often wish to be part of your active social routine, not just being limited to the activities they can perform on their own. They want to feel young and cherish family moments. Gather everyone and take them out for a movie date. Make sure the sofas are comfy and you get them a good glass of beer along with a good bunch of fellows.
Importance of staying active for the elderly can hardly be overstated. But at times, they just don’t feel like getting out of their comfort zone or some physical discomfort may be inclining them to stay glued to their chair. Chairs! No worries go for some on-chair exercises. You will get a lot of ideas from online videos. Grab a handful of relevant videos and when they wish to remain in their comfy chairs, let them be.
Want an exotic recreational activity for your grandparents or parents but have no time to plan anything out of the place? Boom! Get a hot tub at home or take them to a sauna where they can rejuvenate. Hot baths are not just an exotic experience, they come with so many health benefits as well. So you can have dual benefits in one source of joy.
Appreciate their love for nature and arrange some bird watching trip. Get your children to join along and make sure they get a fair chance to appreciate the Mother Nature for those beautiful creatures. Let the old and young enjoy the masterly flights of birds in the open air or take them to an aviary to see some creatures they have never seen up close.
Who says amusement parks are only for children? Take elderly fellows to amusement parks and amuse them with technological advancement. Let their inner child feel comfortable to enjoy some special treatment. Serve their favorite flavor of ice-cream they were fond of since childhood. Recreate the best childhood memories you have with them when they took you out to these amusement parks.
Our elderly people have had their fair share of life experiences and learnings. They could be a great source of learning and mentorship to our children based on these lifelong lessons. Plan group activities for them to share their life stories with others.
Pet Care Training
Pets are the most loyal partners when it comes to staying with elderly family members. They take care of each other given they have proper training and communication. Get both partners into training of better living. After all they spend most part of the day together, it’s important for a healthy relationship.
Elderly often miss being socially active and being a reason for improving the lives of others. Take them to charity causes; let them be a part of the social and noble causes for the sake of humanity. This brings back their sense of responsibility and gives them a chance to see their contribution in this world.
The community pool is yet another source of networking as well as a healthy leisure activity for our home-stuck elders. Put them into learning classes and let them get the benefit of both social and healthy lifestyle. Where swimming is considered a joyous activity, it comes with known health benefits for arthritis or blood pressure patients.
Don’t feel like exerting any effort into physical activities because you had a tough week at work, get a massage and take your grandpa or grandma along with you. Spa massages are the most relaxing and soothing recreational treats one can get (or two can get). Take a drink along and enjoy your spa talk with an invigorating spa experience.
Loving families are the ones who cook together not just eat together. It helps you to work on your family bond and teamwork alongside. A happy date idea is a family cooking together; get your tailgate grill and set out for an outdoor BBQ, what a treat it would be!
Make teams and let the elderly ones be the judge to decide who won this year’s family cooking competition. If they don’t feel like just sitting and tasting at the end, bring them in your team of cooks as head chef.
By now, you must be planning your next family day to fit in one of these recreational activities to rekindle the family spirit. Bring the best of the leisure time for them to feel the connection and family bond. Let them know they are special and you are there when they need someone to lift them up from their boring lifestyle. If so, here is what you must consider:
- Take their input, at the end of the day you want to make them happy so ask them what they feel like doing.
- Plan ahead of the day and make sure you stick to it.
- Do not rush activities, they have been waiting, so make sure it is worth it. Spare some time at the end as well; do not make them feel that you are in a hurry to get done with it.
- Make sure their health and enjoyment go side by side, focusing on just one side will not serve the purpose.
- Have expert advice, always make sure you consult with their physician before putting them into any sort of physical activities.
- Take their feedback before planning the next one.
So what are you waiting for? Start jotting down the to-do list for your next elderly day out or at-home recreational sessions. If you have some other ideas to share, please share as a comment with others who are on the lookout for ideas.