6 Enjoyable Activities for Seniors with Limited Mobility
Many older Australians lose mobility due to various conditions, like a stroke, arthritis or other conditions, or injuries from falls. When this happens, it might be difficult to enjoy certain activities and hobbies like you used to.
Loss of mobility does not mean the end of good times – this is why we created a list of 6 wonderful activities you will be able to enjoy without needing to move around too much!
1. Spend time reading
Reading is a fantastic activity for older adults (or anyone!) – it is a fun way to spend time and to keep the brain engaged.
It can also reduce stress, improve your memory and sleep, and delay cognitive decline.
Reading does not have to be the traditional way of reading a book – how about magazines, using an E-reader or listening to audiobooks? Audiobooks and visual books with lots of photography are a great alternative if you have some trouble reading.
2. Get creative
Drawing, colouring, painting and sculpture are all great ways to be creative.
Some fun projects might include organising family photo albums, making a recipe book, creating scrapbooks or knitting a fabulous blanket.
Being creative can help people who are battling chronic illness and reduce negative emotions and stress. Give it a try!
3. Spend time outdoors
Limited mobility does not mean you cannot enjoy being outdoors anymore – even if it is just getting out on the porch.
Getting some fresh air, sunlight and viewing a nice scenery is a great everyday activity that will give you a guaranteed mood boost.
4. Play games
Games and puzzles are a fantastic source of fun times.
You can play games and make puzzles with family, friends, your Support Worker or it can be a great activity to perform solo!
You can try out classic board and card games, jigsaw puzzles, crossword puzzles, or try out some online games.
5. Enjoy movies, TV shows or music
Whilst we definitely don't recommend watching TV all day, a good movie or a couple of TV shows can be an enjoyable part of the day or week.
Another great activity could be listening to music (and singing along!). Put on some of your favourite songs and enjoy.
6. Participate in charitable works
Giving back to the community is something incredible to do – and it does not matter if you are not very mobile or homebound.
To get started, you can contact local charities, hospitals or religious organisations to find out if they have any projects you could contribute to. Examples of this could be knitting blankets or assembling care packages.
You will stay engaged, and it will give you a wonderful feeling of purpose and accomplishment!
Not sure how to get started with these activities or don’t have the right things in the house? Why not get one of our Support Workers to keep you company & help you get started!