International Day of Older Persons: indoor & outdoor activities

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International Day of Older Persons is a great excuse to get together with people and create some long-lasting memories. Join us as we look at some fun activities you can do inside and outside the home, including options for those with mobility issues.

International Day of Older Persons was initially set up by the United Nations on 14 December 1990, with the aim of putting the spotlight on challenges facing the aging population and promote the development of a society for all ages. So, with this in mind, let's dive right in.

Indoor activities:

Not everyone is able to get outside and to be honest, not everyone wants to get outside. The last year or so has been fraught with ‘stay at home’ messaging and some people aren’t comfortable with leaving their house just yet. For those who want or need to stay home, here’s some indoor activities!

The great International Day of Older Persons bake off

It doesn’t quite roll off of the tongue does it? However, getting together with family or friends and baking something delicious is a great way to spend the day. Baking can be especially helpful for those experiencing Alzheimer’s or dementia as the intense smells, tastes, textures and sights can bring old memories flooding back.

Make sure when planning that you take into consideration the abilities of the person you’re baking with. Whilst some people may be able to carry out the more difficult tasks like kneading and whisking, others might not.

Jobs like kneading, whisking, mixing and stirring are all simple and repetitive tasks that might help someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia feel involved without the pressure of a complex task. These jobs can also be accomplished without the need to stand, making it ideal for those that aren’t mobile.

Games, games, games

Card games are a cheap and easy way to provide hours of fun. There are hundreds of card games that you can play; all of which have varying degrees of difficulty making them accessible to almost everyone.

Simple Card games:

Old favourites

You may find that the person you’re playing with knows games that you’ve never heard of. The beauty of card games is that they’ve been around for centuries and change all the time, meaning they might know some that you don’t!

Puzzles are another nice way to whittle the day away, they’re fun, time consuming, and rewarding. They keep the brain moving, encourage conversation and get you both involved in the same task (great for building a bond with someone!). Both card games and puzzles can be played without any need to stand up or move around too much, making them ideal for those that aren’t mobile.

Outdoor activities:

Getting out and about offers both physical and mental benefits. Being stuck inside all day every day isn’t good for us, so a trip out now and again gives both you and the person you’re with a physical and mental boost. Just remember that if the person you’re with is walking, that you pick the right shoes to avoid a slip or fall.

Pop to a local cafe

Going for a coffee and a cake can be a great day out. It gives you the opportunity to sit and relax in a totally different environment with friends and family. Treating someone to a delicious cake not only benefits the person, but it also helps out local businesses (which have taken a big hit the last couple of years!).

Modern coffee shops’ usually present quite an ambient and comfortable atmosphere with lots of artisan food and drink to choose from. It’s a good opportunity to socialise and catch up with people you may not have seen for a while.

If you’re with someone with mobility issues then try to plan ahead and pick somewhere that is easily accessible to people with disabilities.

Go for a walk in the park

The hills are alive with the sound of health benefits! Spending time in the great outdoors has tremendous health benefits, for example:

  • Decrease in diabetes

  • Lower incidence of cardio-vascular mortality

  • Lower blood pressure

  • Stronger immune system

Some doctors are even handing out ‘nature prescriptions’ encouraging people to get outside to help treat issues such as:

  • Heart disease

  • Hypertension

  • High cholesterol

  • Diabetes

  • Stress

  • Depression

  • Insomnia

As mentioned previously, planning is key when it comes to getting outdoors. If you’re with someone who finds walking difficult or not possible, then try to bear this in mind. Choose a park that is easily accessible to disabled people and/or try to plan the route.

The last thing you want is to head 2 miles down a country track, just to realise that you have to walk 2 miles back. Try to research routes online, circular in nature, flat and with nearby toilets are ideal.

If you would like to find out more about Radfield Home Care and how you can join the team, you can visit www.radfieldhomecare.co.uk or contact your local office.


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