Contributed by: Marlene Hendricks, Life Enrichment Assistant Coordinator
For seniors in my care, I know it is important for them to be as physically and mentally active as possible. I “invite” residents to join me on a walk and encourage them to stand up and stretch. When music is playing, we just have to dance or sing. The more fun I make the process, the more they participate.
That’s why I inquire about hobbies, things a person enjoys doing. Often the elderly discontinue hobbies due to disabilities, or the loss of opportunities or partners. As a caregiver, I can help them make adjustments so they can once again participate in activities they really enjoy. For example:
The focus in on doing things for the enjoyment and the sense of accomplishment. If needed, I modify game rules to lessen player frustration and keep things fun for them. To make things more fun for myself, the caregiver, I don’t expect perfection and I go with the flow.
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