By Joy Loverde
An older person’s activities will vary based on interests, mobility, resources and physical limitations. Discuss basic parameters with your aging parents to determine what will work for them. Overcoming barriers (such as finding alternative transportation for someone who no longer drives) can help broaden the possibilities.
Be creative! My book, The Complete Eldercare Planner offers a wealth of ideas that will influence your parents to get back in touch with the things they love to do.
To get the conversation started, here are a few questions you can ask your parents:
What is important for you to do right now?
Is there anything new that you would like to learn?
Do you have a skill that you can teach to others?
Have you considered volunteering for a cause that is important to you?
Have you investigated local community classes or senior center activities?
Would you like to pursue any unfulfilled dreams?
Who is alone and lonely that you can visit or call?
Have you contacted everyone you want to see or talk with?
Lucky are the older adults elderly those who have time on their hands. Here are a few activities that might cultivate a new interest and encourage new possibilities for your aging parents to learn and connect:
Drawing and painting classes
Fitness classes for older adults
Handicrafts and sewing
Playing a musical instrument
Singing and dancing in a choir
Senior rights and advocacy groups
Acting and modeling
Caring for animals
Letter-writing for the visually impaired
Cooking and baking
Reading to others
Going back to school
Learning foreign language
Games and puzzles
Collecting stamps and coins
Gardening and Caring for House Plants