Home Caregiver Tips: Fun Activities to Do With Seniors
By: Connor Kunz | Resources

What activities do seniors like to do? As a family caregiver or a professional caregiver, you may find that you’re doing the same daily activities over and over with those in your care. Schedules are important for those you care for, but they can also become boring, making you and the person you’re caring for less excited about your time together. Many seniors lose the ability to do activities that they once loved, but caregivers have a unique opportunity to be creative and help seniors enjoy those forgotten activities. Below are tips for planning new activities:

1. Ask Questions

Get to know them and ask questions about what they like to do. Take the time to dig deep and see if there is an activity they used to do that you could alter in a way where they could do it again.

2. Be Creative

If there’s an activity that the senior in your care can no longer do, think about other ways they could participate. For example, if they loved to go fishing, suggest that they sign up to help teach a fly tying class.

3. Keep Their Abilities In Mind

There could be physical and mental limitations that may cause agitation for your when attempting certain activities. Be mindful of these limits and focus on things that they can do comfortably.

There are many activities that are appropriate for seniors. It may take some thinking and planning on your part as the caregiver, but keeping your client happy is your goal. According to CaregiverStress.com, there are many possible activities you could do with your clients.

Activities to Do with Seniors

  • Word games

  • Puzzles

  • Going for walks

  • Baking

  • Board games/card games

  • Gardening

  • Crafts

  • Attending sporting events

  • Social activities

As a caregiver, you have the unique opportunity to spend a large amount of time with those you care for. By making your visits entertaining and productive, you’ll start building a deeper relationship with the person you’re caring for and both of you will be happier as a result.

About the Author - Connor Kunz
Connor Kunz
A writer, communicator, and people enthusiast, Connor's lifelong affinity for words dates back to kindergarten, when he dictated rather odd stories about talking animals for his older siblings to write down and illustrate. Today, Connor is grateful for the opportunity to use his skills to advance services that improve lives. When he's not working, you can find Connor hiking in a national park with his wife. 
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