Adults benefit physically and mentally by choosing to learn new things over the years. For seniors, participating in activities is more than just fun and games. There are many things seniors can do to help age well, including physical activity, exercise, and making healthy food choices. Research indicates that engaging in enjoyable social and productive activities, like taking an art class or volunteering in the community, may also help maintain wellbeing. Below are ideas for your elder loved ones to stay young.
- Get Out and About. Take part in its events and activities outside of home. Go to the theater, a sporting event, travel with a group of adults, try different restaurants, or reconnect with old friends through your high school or college alumni association.
- Learn Something New. Get in touch with your local community college and register for a class. Many of them offer free or discounted courses for older adults. If a traditional classroom set up is not your preference, consider joining a book or film club, or try learning a new language.
- Become More Active in the Community. Volunteer to serve meals, organize donations for people in need, or help an organization send care packages to soldiers stationed overseas. If you are an animal lover, consider helping at your local animal shelter. If you enjoy gardening, you can also help at a community garden or park.
- Be Physically Active. Take an exercise or dance class. If you are looking for a team sport, consider joining a sports team for adults, or engage with your friends and neighbors by scheduling a regular walk or bike ride.
If you are looking for activities or resources in your community, your Component Employee Assistance Program (EAP) can help. EAP can also help you locate eldercare services and activities. EAP is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help you manage your elder care concerns.
For more information about EAP, reach your DHS Work-Life specialists at email@example.com.