5 Safe Yet Fun Activities for Seniors with Parkinson's

5 Activities That Are Safe and Fun for Seniors with Parkinson’s

By Will Reid, 9:00 am on

Many seniors withdraw from social activity due to Parkinson’s, but caregivers need to encourage their loved ones to stay socially active. Although Parkinson’s can make it challenging for seniors to participate in many activities, it is not impossible for them to continue to stay active. Here are 5 fun and safe activities your loved one with Parkinson’s can participate in. 

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1. Cards and Board Games

Your loved one may have limited mobility, but he or she can still play fun card and board games with the family. Have another player shuffle the cards. If your loved one needs to move the board game pieces, someone else can do it for him or her. Help your loved one feel comfortable by letting him or her know it doesn’t matter if the hands shake while holding the cards or when it’s his or her turn to go during the game. The objective is for your loved one to have fun doing things he or she did prior to being diagnosed with Parkinson’s.

2. Bake Sales

This fun activity can help your loved one bond with other members of the family. Your loved one can also participate in bake sales through the local church and community organizations. Bake sales are a great way to get your loved one out of the house and interacting with others. This activity can be emotionally relieving.

3. Sing-Alongs

Singing is a fun activity that offers your loved one a few health benefits. When a senior participates in a sing-along, he or she is exercising the vocal cords. This can help with speaking and swallowing, which are two symptoms seniors with Parkinson’s experience. Host sing-alongs at your home, or sign up your loved one for karaoke events in the community, especially those hosted specifically for seniors. To make this activity better, ask family members to play the guitar, piano, or other instruments during the sing-along. 

4. Reading

Reading can be a challenging task for seniors with Parkinson’s for several reasons, such as the inability to turn the pages or hold books in their hands. If your loved one used to be an avid reader, the loss of this activity can impact him or her negatively. Make reading fun again by doing it as a group activity. Have family and friends take turns reading through books or magazines. When it is your loved one’s turn to read, have one of the participants turn the pages. Audiobooks are also a great idea. 

5. Video Games 

Technological advances have made it easier for seniors with Parkinson’s to play games without the need for fine motor skills. Your loved one can operate a game controller that responds to arm swings or other types of movement. In addition to having fun, by playing these interactive games your loved one can get the exercise he or she needs to stay healthy.

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