Activities for Elders or Disabled During the Winter
Sometimes during the winter months it is so difficult to keep our loved ones active and busy. Just because it is cold and dark outdoors doesn't mean it has to feel the same way inside!
We have compiled a list of our favorite activites to do indoors to keep your loved ones interested and excited all winter long.
- Sip Hot Chocolate
- We all love to snuggle up on the couch, watch the snow fall, and warm ourselves up by sipping some good 'ol hot cocoa. There are so many different varieties of hot cocoa these days so you should be able to find one that fits your needs (i.e. sugar free, low sodium, etc). This is also a fun way to get your loved one involved in helping out!
- Celebrate the upcoming Holidays by making Crafts
- Indoor Exercise
- The cold shouldn’t cause a decrease in physical activity. It’s one of the most important ways to maintain overall health. A mall provides a great space to walk around in with an elderly loved one. Some malls even have facilitated ‘mall walking’ clubs or programs. Other low-impact exercises that can be done indoors are tai chi, yoga, stretches, and chair exercises.
- Animal Therapy
- It is proven that pet companions presents many health benefits to seniors. More and more often pets are being utilized at senior facilities for therapy. They lower cholesterol levels which can prevent heart attacks and strokes! They also lessen the symptoms of depression, since caring for living beings gives elderly adults a sense of purpose. Many facilities have organized for kittens to be brought in for feeding by patients.
We hope that you are enjoying you winter season thus far as we patiently await for Spring to make her grand entrance very soon! Don't forget to check out our Monthly Calendar under the 'What we offer Tab' at the top of the page to see what fun activites we have going on at Edwards Adult Day Center.
If you have any other fun activity ideas you would like to share, please contact us. We love your feedback and new ideas! Happy Winter to you all!