60, 70 or 80 years old – growing old doesn’t mean that you always have to be stuck at home and lead a dull and boring life. Whatever your age, nothing can stop you from having fun.
#1. Exercise Regularly
I know what’s going on in your head: since when did exercise become a fun activity? Well, it can be if you want it to be.
If the daily routine of your loved ones doesn’t include exercise, now is the right time to incorporate it. Whether they are your grandparents or parents, I am sure you want your loved ones to be in good health and as goes the old saying, “healthy body, healthy mind.”
Now, I am not asking you to make them do jump squats, mountain climbers or spiderman push-ups (except if your aging loved ones are as strong and robust as Big Momma).
- Walking: When the weather is nice enough, go for a short walk with them around the block or stroll around in a nearby park and let them get some nice fresh air.
- Chair Yoga: Say Namaste! Nowadays, with the range of books and online classes, you can easily find some guidance for gentle stretching, breathing and balance moves.
- Online stretching and exercise classes
- Swimming: Ok, this is not recommended for older adults who are not very mobile.
#2. Spend Time Outdoors
Sometimes, don’t you feel bored or even suffocated when staying too much indoors? And, please, it doesn’t mean you are claustrophobic, but instead, it could mean that you need some time with Mother Nature.
Now, think about the plight of our loved ones as they spend most of the time stuck inside the house. Getting them to spend some more time in the serene nature will make them feel more relaxed and comfortable. For those with limited mobility, just sitting at a big window or on the porch is enough to boost their mood.
#3. Have Fun With Happy Visitors
Why do we always wait for Christmas, Thanksgiving or a birthday to visit our loved ones?
Surprise the elders by asking family members and friends to stop by for a visit. And, if they bring along toddlers, well, we all know how the presence of young children can bring happiness and reduce stress.
#4. Enjoy Music
Ever heard of the connection between music and health? Or, the relationship between music and older adults?
- Several studies indicated that music could reduce stress, anxiety, and pain in seniors.
- Music can also boost the brain’s memory maker, also called the medial prefrontal cortex. As a result, it can provide comfort and relief to people who have Alzheimer’s and dementia.
- Music can increase their positive emotions and boost moods.
- It is also noted that seniors who often listen to music have better nights of sleep.
- Furthermore, music encourages social interactions.
Well, here are some songs that you can enjoy with older adults:
- “Come Together” by the Beatles
- “Eight Days a Week” by the Beatles
- “Blue Suede Shoes” by Elvis Presley
- “Walkin’ After Midnight” by Patsy Cline
- “Shake, Rattle & Roll” by Bill Haley & His Comets
- “Stand By Me” by Ben E. King
- “Put On a Happy Face” by Adams/Strouse
- “Love Me Do” by The Beatles
- “The Glory of Love” by Benny Goodman
- “Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree” by Andrews Sisters
- “Day By Day” by Stephen Schwartz
When I talk about music, I think about how K-pop (or rather BTS) is currently conquering the world. Now, I am sure you will tell me that we are talking about seniors here and forget about listening to K-pop songs, they won’t even like the mention of it. Wrong!
Don’t be shocked, but do you know how many seniors are fans of K-pop? As per a recent survey, many people in their 60 agreed that “BTS is a positive influence.”
And, honestly, whatever your age, you are never too old to like BTS. So, if your older loved ones appreciate some nice Korean music, try to understand and share their passion.
Ever since we were born, parents have always stayed by our side. Now that they have grown old, it’s our turn to stay by their side.