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Fun things to do with an elderly loved one

Whether you are an experienced carer or someone who suddenly finds themselves caring for an elderly parent, it can be quite daunting.

Here are some books that offer valuable insights and advice on caring for elderly individuals:

"Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End" by Atul Gawande explores the challenges of ageing and end-of-life care, offering profound insights into how to provide compassionate and meaningful care for elderly individuals.

"The 36-Hour Day: A Family Guide to Caring for People Who Have Alzheimer's Disease, Other Dementias, and Memory Loss" by Nancy L. Mace and Peter V. Rabins: This comprehensive guide provides practical advice and support for caregivers of individuals with dementia and memory loss, offering strategies for managing daily activities, communication, and behaviour.

Caring for an older adult involves considering their interests, abilities, and preferences. Here are some activities you can do together:

  1. Conversation and Reminiscing: Engage in meaningful conversations about their life experiences, memories, and interests. Reminiscing can be a comforting and enjoyable activity.

  2. Arts and Crafts: Simple art projects like painting, drawing, or crafting can be therapeutic and enjoyable. You can adapt activities based on their interests and physical abilities.

  3. Listening to Music: Play their favourite songs or tunes from their era. Music has a powerful effect on mood and memory and can be a source of joy and comfort.

  4. Gardening: Please engage in light gardening activities like watering plants, repotting, or enjoying the outdoors together.

  5. Reading: Read aloud to them from books, newspapers, or magazines. You can also encourage them to read or listen to audiobooks together if they're able.

  6. Puzzles and Games: Play board games, card games, or do puzzles together. Choose games that are easy to understand and don't require too much physical strain.

  7. Cooking or Baking: Prepare simple recipes together. Cooking or baking can be a sensory experience and a great way to engage with familiar tastes and smells.

  8. Outdoor Strolls: Take gentle walks outside if they're able. Even short walks can provide fresh air and a change of scenery.

  9. Watching Movies or TV Shows: Enjoy a movie or favorite TV show together. Choose programs that are uplifting or evoke positive memories.

  10. Exercise or Gentle Stretching: Depending on their physical condition, engage in light exercise routines or gentle stretching exercises to promote mobility and well-being.

  11. Attend Community Events: Check out local senior centres or community centres for events or activities specifically designed for seniors.

  12. Technology Exploration: If they're interested, introduce them to technology. They might enjoy video calls with family members, browsing the internet, or playing simple games on a tablet.

Always prioritise their comfort and safety and be open to adjusting activities based on their preferences and abilities.


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