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Three Activities To Do With Your Senior Relative That Will Make Them Happier and Healthier

By: Integrity Home Care + Hospice

Here at Integrity Home Care, we know you want only the best for your senior relatives,  especially when it comes to their health. As your senior relative ages, it becomes increasingly  important that they prioritize their health and do what they can to lead a healthy lifestyle.  However, that’s easier said than done. Sometimes it takes a bit of extra motivation for seniors to  take the necessary steps to stay as healthy as possible—but that extra motivation is something that YOU can help with! By participating in healthy activities with your loved one, you can increase the chance that they’ll adopt a healthy lifestyle (and give your own a little lift while  you’re at it). We’ve rounded up three activities that you can do with your senior loved-ones that will help them stay happy and healthy. 

Get Some Exercise 

Getting regular exercise at any age is crucial to staying healthy, and this is no exception for seniors. According to the National Institute on Aging, exercising can help seniors keep and improve their strength, improve balance, lower risk of falls and injuries, control blood pressure, and more. Regular exercise also makes it easier to perform daily tasks such as bathing, eating,  dressing and getting into and out of bed, just to name a few. To help your senior relative stay physically active, make time to exercise together. Some of the best exercises for seniors include walking, cycling, dancing, and water aerobics—and you’ll be pleased to discover that local  fitness centers often have many such workout classes tailored especially to senior citizens. Remember, research shows that people are more likely to stick with an exercise program if they enjoy it, so if the smell of chlorine isn’t your favorite, skip the water aerobics this time around and be sure to pick something you both like!

Cook and Eat Healthy Meals Together 

Regardless of age, one of the most significant contributing factors to our quality of health is our diet. Cooking and eating meals together is a great way to spend quality time with your senior relatives while ensuring they are consuming the nutrients they need. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, older adults are often not getting enough protein or vitamin B12 in their diets. Therefore, consider incorporating legumes, seafood, and fortified soy alternatives into your meals, as these foods are great sources of both. 

Participate in a Leisure Activity 

Research shows that participating in leisure activities, such as playing board games, reading, dancing, and playing musical instruments, is associated with a lower risk of dementia. By finding a leisure activity you both enjoy doing, you’ll not only help your senior relative stay mentally sharp, but you’ll also cultivate a common interest that will strengthen your bond.

Consider taking dance classes at a local studio, putting together a puzzle, or learning a new card game such as the ones found on tridewi slot. Or, if  your loved one is not able to perform those activities, something as simple as reading their favorite book aloud can be a great way to connect. 

Related post: Integrity Home Care’s Top Tips to Engage Your Senior Relative to Prevent Depression

Integrity Home Care Is Here to Help 

Our family at Integrity Home Care + Hospice is here to support you and your senior relatives. If  you have questions on how to best help your senior relative with their in-home care therapy,  we’d love to answer them. Please reach out to us online, or call us at 855-442-4968

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