At Forward Day, we talk a lot about helping seniors to avoid slips and falls. It’s a top reason we’re so proud of our Shower Bay portable showers. Because they eliminate the bathroom when it comes to the bathing process, Shower Bay enables elderly individuals as well as those with mobility issues to avoid any potential slips and falls in the bathtub or shower.
Instead, they can roll their shower wheelchairs into Shower Bay to take a safe, seated shower with full running water.
Outside of the bathing experience, however, seniors are often forced to limit their activities in order to ensure their safety. With the fall season fast approaching, we thought it was a good time to discuss a few fun and safe activities that will help seniors to have fun and avoid falls during the fall.
Cuddle up with a Book or a Movie
Naturally, the fall will offer cooler temperatures than the summer. And while it’s always advisable to get fresh air, there are just going to be those days when you’d like to do nothing more than keep warm and cozy indoors. Encourage your elderly loved one to join you for a movie. Of course, reading is an excellent – and very safe – indoor activity as well.
“When it’s chilly out, stay indoors and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate by the fire,” suggests Shayne Fitz-Coy on Alert-1.com, “Cuddle up with a warm blanket and put on your favorite movie. Don’t forget the marshmallows!”
Play Digital Games
There’s no need to rub your eyes. We meant this one. Yes, video game playing sounds more like a teenager’s activity. However, there’s no reason that older adults can’t have a little digital fun as well. Considering the fact that cooler temperatures during the fall will require us all to spend more time indoors, it’s a great idea to get your elderly loved ones to enjoy what the kids enjoy. According to Buzztime.com, playing digital games can be good for seniors’ well-being.
“In a 2013 study by North Carolina State University and the Georgia Institute of Technology, seniors who played digital games had better wellbeing and social functioning – plus lower rates of depression – than seniors who refrained from gaming,” reports the site, “To maximize the wellness benefits of digital gaming, provide residents with senior-friendly handheld gaming tablets.”
Whip up Some Tasty Homemade Treats
When you think of fall eats, what comes to mind? We’re thinking pumpkin pie, cookies, and cakes. Perhaps, baking would make an excellent inclusion in your fall-themed activities for your elderly loved one. Baking is also an activity that the entire family can enjoy. And we’d argue that there’s no more important activity for seniors than one that allows them to bond with their families.
“Baking, mixing, and assembly are fun activities that many older adults will enjoy,” says DailyLiving.com. The site goes on to suggest baked apple roses, baked apples with oatmeal streusel topping, pumpkin cheesecake, and soft-glazed pumpkin sugar cookies as your fall baking suggestions.