At Homerly International Senior Living we are well aware that as a senior it’s certainly common to develop a routine that eventually dulls their spirit and negatively impacts their physical and mental health. But there’s good news: We can introduce a whole host of stimulating activities to help improve the aging of our loved one’s quality of life.
We have a myriad of ideas that cater to a range of physical abilities and mental capacities, so together with our team we can engage our elders in as many ways as possible. Doing so has the potential to benefit the senior in their life by helping them:
Minimize agitation and depression
Maintain motor skills
Establish a sense of ownership and independence
Gain a feeling of accomplishment
Promote emotional connection and self-expression
Sketching and Water Painting
Art is a great way to boost your mood. Art therapy helps improve your overall mental health and wellbeing, painting classes enable seniors to make new friends and use their social skills in a very relaxed, no pressure atmosphere. Painting forces elders to use both sides of their brain simultaneously. This helps creativity and increases cognitive function.
We often organize trips to other regions of the country to keep seniors moving and active, often providing more opportunities to move than staying at home. Travel can increase confidence as senior travelers overcome fears and get out of their comfort zone.
Sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch are senses we likely all take for granted. Elders with dementia often experience dulling or loss of some senses. Cooking and baking are fully immersive experiences which engage all the senses. It’s a very tactile activity, which allows them to experience different textures and sensations. It also gets them moving and can improve hand-eye coordination through stirring, kneading dough, and other movements. Familiar sights, sounds, and smells can be incredibly pleasant to encounter, and can be quite relaxing. Our cooking sessions include Thai desserts, healthy smoothies, homemade popsicles, and some other delicious meals and snacks prepared by the help of our team.
Playing board games such as Scrabble, Chess, Jenga or Domino with our seniors is an excellent way to keep them sharp and entertained. It helps to boost their cognitive skills, mental and physical health.
Board games encourage socialization between seniors and their loved ones, peers, or caretakers. Such interactions will boost their physical and mental health, strengthen their memory skills, and eliminate the feeling of isolation
Saltwater Pool Therapy
Without the especially harsh chemicals created in a traditional chlorinated pool, our large saltwater pool is gentler on the hair, skin and eyes. Seniors’ skin often becomes thinner and more sensitive as they age, meaning it’s more susceptible to drying out and shouldn’t be exposed to caustic conditions. Swimming is a whole-body workout and is one of the most efficient ways to burn calories. At Homerly Senior Living we created our beautiful saltwater pool so our residents can enjoy a fitness routine that’s built for their bodies, even if they’ve had an injury or are living with asthma or arthritis.
Physical Therapy Sessions
Physical therapy can help give seniors back their independence and make daily tasks easier, by diagnosing movement dysfunction and developing a treatment plan by our professional team. Teaching patients how to properly use therapeutic exercise techniques, providing stimulation or massage to promote healing or assisting patients with the use of equipment such as wheelchairs or walkers are some of the ways we conduct our therapy sessions at Homerly Senior Living.
From table tennis to guided exercise sessions at our fitness room including outdoor and indoor yoga sessions, we’ve put together the ideal senior exercise regimen, which consists of the following three components, aerobic and endurance exercises, strength and resistance training and stretching and flexibility routines. The fun is guaranteed, but the best part are the benefits! Regular exercise provides a myriad of health benefits, including improvements in blood pressure and blood sugar management, reduced amounts of lipids in the blood, better bone and joint health, and long-term preservation of neuro-cognitive function.
Gardening is a moderately intense exercise that can lower the risk of heart attack and stroke. The vitamin D that seniors take in when gardening under the sun can also reduce the risk of heart disease. Through this experience, Homerly Senior Living residents directly contribute to the cultivation of foods that nourish their bodies and beautifying the landscape of their own residence.
Volunteering provides many benefits to both mental and physical health of elders, it helps counteract the effects of stress, anger, and anxiety. The social contact aspect of helping and working with others can have a profound effect on your overall psychological well-being. Every year we conduct charitable events at our premises to collect funds to donate to different institutions in need of help. Helping others leads to increased social integration which allows elders to lead more active lifestyles.