For many older men, who have spent a lifetime on a meaningful career, family, hobbies and interests, the very thought of settling in for a day of crafting is, to say the least, unacceptable. The key to discovering appealing activities for elderly men is in first finding the time to dig back into the history of their lives to discover what captured their attention years ago, and then discovering creative ways to include those ideas into their lifestyle today.
As the experts in senior living in Topeka, KS, we love getting to know the older men we serve and creating opportunities for them to live life to the fullest extent! Listed below are some ideas that could work well for the patriarch in your family:
- Sports: When it comes to the sports enthusiast, look into one of the many gaming systems that allow for participation in many different virtual sports right from the sofa at home. When appropriate, look into the neighborhood high school or college schedules and take your loved one to attend games he most enjoys: baseball, basketball, football, swim meets, golf tournaments, etc. Or consider planning family gatherings around his favorite team’s games on TV, recreating a live sporting event atmosphere with particular foods (like hot dogs and nachos), team t-shirts for the whole family to wear, banners and flags for the kids to wave, and a lot of cheering, naturally!
- Outdoors: If, for example, your loved one was an enthusiastic fisherman or hunter, ensure he has lots of chances to be in nature and to view nature programming on television or via the web. Many zoos have live animal cams that let you enjoy viewing your favorite animals at any time. Check with your local parks to determine accessibility to fishing spots and boat rentals to find out if it is feasible for your loved one to enjoy some time on or by the water, or schedule a picnic in a wooded area and enjoy observing wildlife together. You may want to check with organizations that assist those who are differently-abled, such as the National Association for Down Syndrome, which occasionally holds outdoor events in which a member is paired with an adult to give advice about fishing as well as other outdoor activities.
- Music: For those who played a musical instrument, sang with a band, or perhaps enjoy tapping their toes to a particular genre of music, sustaining a connection to music is extremely important, and even though it can be as simple as playing favorite songs and singing along, it can be made more engaging with a trip to a music store, attending a concert – again, the area high schools and colleges are a great resource for musical performances, or hosting a talent show for members of the family who are also musically-inclined.
- Work: Maintaining a feeling of purpose is critical for every human being. Men who are retired educators can volunteer to tutor or read to children through the library or school system; those who were proficient with tools can continue to paint, help build bird feeders or squirrel houses, focus on putting together model cars together with the grandkids. Those many years of knowledge can continue to benefit the new generation!
Speak to Grace Home Care, the experts in senior living in Topeka, KS, for more suggestions to help the older men in your life remain active and engaged. Contact us today at 785-286-2273 for a free in-home consultation to find out how our professional in-home caregivers can bring renewed joy and purpose to each and every day for those you love.