Along with the festive holiday season often comes cold weather, especially here in Cincinnati. While the weather outside may make it difficult to enjoy certain activities, there are many things that families can do with their aging loved ones indoors that are not only fun, but engaging. Here are a few of Cincinnati Home Care Assistance’s favorite indoor activities for seniors and older adults.
- Play Games – In addition to classic board games, there are many games available through www.pogo.com. Along with scrabble and other brain boosting board games, you can also enjoy puzzles, card and word games, as well as sports and arcade based games. And with game categories including brain, classic, family, fun, strategy, single-player, and multi-player, there is something for individuals of all ages and interests. A 12-month subscription costs $29.99 and it is a worthwhile investment for snowy days!
- Cook Up a Storm – SageMinder is an online resource for caregivers of aging parents and loved ones. Among the many services provided are “Senior Recipes for Healthy Eating.” Currently on their website are recipes for “Yummy Fall and Winter Soups,” “Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner,” “Drinks,” and “Dips.” All the recipes are aimed at maximizing senior nutrition and are a fun way for seniors and their caregivers to connect and spend time together. To access these recipes, click here.
- Read a Book – Reading is great for senior health as it helps to keep the brain engaged and learning new things. If your aging parent or loved one struggles with reading, you can read aloud or invest in an audio book. Listening to a narrative can be a great way for a senior to enjoy a new adventure, without even having to leave the comfort of home.
- Get Lost in a New Gadget – The advancements in technology have made a wide selection of gadgets available to seniors. For instance, smartphones and tablets can access thousands of free applications on topics ranging from funny jokes to brain games. These devices can also promote socialization through their email and video chatting capabilities. Spend time with your aging loved one and teach them how to use some of today’s technology. Doing so can help them to maintain social ties, all while having fun.
There’s plenty to keep you happy this winter, whether you’re able to go out-and-about or you’re indoors. See a musical, movie, or ballet. Go to a book sale or concert. Play games and cook up a storm. Whatever you do, we wish you a wonderful winter!
For more information on senior or companionship care in Cincinnati, reach out to Home Care Assistance today. In addition to flexible hourly and live-in care, we also provide specialty care services including dementia, Alzheimer’s, post-stroke and Parkinson’s care for Cincinnati seniors. Request free information or a complimentary, in-home consultation by calling a friendly Care Manager at 513-891-2273 today.