Living in an assisted living community, seniors often find themselves with ample downtime and oftentimes, there is not much to do. Keeping seniors active has known to decrease depression, loneliness, and promote exercise and socialization. Therefore, in recent years, activity directors at assisted living communities have begun looking for new and innovative ways to keep seniors busy and active.
Here are some ways that assisted living communities are going beyond just bingo in order to keep residents entertained in their daily lives:
- Yoga and Other Wellness Activities
While yoga may seem intimidating at first, it is actually one of the best forms of physical and mental exercise for seniors. Physically, yoga can increase flexibility, promote good bone health, and relieve menopausal discomfort. Mentally, it keeps the mind sharp through meditation and mindfulness. Yoga instructors will tailor classes to so the difficulty level does not put a strain on individuals.
- Wii & Video Games
Popular interactive video games such as Wii Tennis, Guitar Hero, and interactive dancing are popular in assisted living homes, and have even become a competitive sport with tournaments being held.
- History & Storytelling
Seniors have lived through many decades and have lots of stories to tell. Activity directors will arrange times throughout the week for individuals to share certain events about their lives growing up. Additionally, they organize for volunteers or experts to come help residents write memoirs so their life story is preserved.
- Spa Services
Manicures, pedicures, massages, and facials! Beauty technicians set up their services in assisted living communities to beautify residents if they so please.
- Cooking Classes
Residents who have a knack for cooking may learn new and traditional recipes from local chefs and other residents. They may even help out in the kitchen for a community meal.
Living in an assisted living community can be fun! The process of transitioning a loved one into an assisted living community can be stressful. However, by looking at event calendars and meeting with social and activities directors during your tours of different facilities, you can find communities that have an environment that is sociable and fun.