Access to classes and group activities is just one of the many benefits of residing in an assisted living community. When seniors live alone, they have to put in a lot of effort to drive or take public transportation to get somewhere that hosts exercise classes or other activities. As a resident of an assisted living community, they can simply leave their front door and enter the classroom within a few minutes. Here are a few activities your senior loved one may want to partake in:
Many assisted living communities offer exercise classes that are geared toward seniors. This means that many of the physical activities involved are made to assist people with limited mobility.
"Senior exercise classes are accessible to everyone."
Even if your loved one is in a wheelchair or uses a walker, he or she will be able to partake in these classes. Often, attendees sit in chairs and do exercises right from their seats. This makes it easier for less-agile members to partake, and is also a good thing for older people who have trouble with their balance. Some communities also provide transportation to community pools. The water is great for seniors because when they get in, gravity's pull is lessened and they are able to move more freely than they can on land. Plus, physical movement is less painful in a pool, allowing them to get more exercise with less discomfort.
While seniors may not be the most physically able-bodied individuals, many of them are still just as quick as they once were when it comes to snappy retorts and recalling facts. Playing games is a great activity that many assisted living communities offer on a weekly or even daily basis. For those with memory loss or who are seeking Alzheimer's treatment, some games are better than others. For example, simple puzzles with large pieces can be great for those who have trouble with their memory. Matching games are also a good idea because they are easy and allow seniors to build confidence and work on their recall skills. People without memory issues may enjoy a plethora of games, from Trivial Pursuit to cribbage or Mancala. If your loved one has a particular game he or she enjoys, ask the assisted living community if it can be included in game night. Your friend or family member will love spending time getting to know other residents while playing his or her favorite game.