The importance of activities for elderly people

As part of the Aria Care experience, we put great emphasis on the importance of activities for elderly people. These activities not only help maintain our residents’ health but also help them stay active and connected to their community.

If you are looking to find a care home, here are some activities that can be enjoyed in elderly years. You’ll enjoy all of these and more as part of a fulfilling lifestyle at an Aria Care home:

  1. Exercise: Exercise is one of the most important activities for elderly people to maintain their physical health. Activities like walking, swimming, or yoga can improve balance, strength, and flexibility. Exercise can also improve mood and cognitive function. We regularly run gentle exercise classes for our residents to help ensure they feel their best.
  2. Gardening: Gardening is a great activity that promotes physical activity and exposure to nature. It is also an excellent way to get some Vitamin D from sunlight exposure. Gardening has been shown to reduce stress levels and improve mood. Many Aria Care homes have picturesque outdoor areas where residents can relax in the sun or get their gardening gloves on.
  3. Learning new things: Learning new things can help keep the brain active and improve cognitive function. Activities like reading, taking online classes, or learning a new language are great ways to continue learning. We keep plenty of books in our homes for the keen readers, whether they’re fans of learning new things or just enjoy a good story.
  4. Hobbies: Hobbies like painting, playing music, or knitting can be great stress-relievers and provide a sense of accomplishment.
  5. Socialising: Socialising with friends and family is important for mental and emotional well-being. Activities like sharing meals or joining a social club can help residents stay connected to their community.
  6. Games: Games like chess, cards, or bingo can be great for mental stimulation and social interaction. These are always popular with our residents and so play an important part of our activity timetables.
  7. Pet ownership: Pet ownership has been shown to reduce stress levels and improve mood. Taking care of a pet can also provide a sense of purpose and companionship. We often run pet therapy sessions with dogs, cats or even llamas coming into visit our residents!
  8. Meditation: Meditation is a great way to reduce stress and improve mental well-being. It can also help with sleep and pain management. There are plenty of calm, quiet areas in our homes where residents can take a moment to practice their spirituality.

As you can see, there are many fun activities elderly people can enjoy in their later years, and we strive to offer everything needed for an enjoyable and fulfilling lifestyle at every Aria Care home. If you are looking for respite, or long term care for an elderly relative, it is important to understand the types of activities available regardless of whether it is a residential, nursing or dementia care home. Take a look at your local Aria Care home to see the activities on offer.