Caregivers have to handle many different things when caring for a senior, and some necessities of the job can put stress on both parties involved as well as disrupt the work-life balance of the caregiver. For this reason, it’s important to have fun with your senior once in a while to ease tension and build rapport.
So, what are some of the activities that can relieve stress for both you and your loved one? Here are four suggestions:
1. Enjoy Gardening Together
One of the best stress relievers is gardening. Being outside is a relaxing activity on its own, and having to tend a garden keeps the mind occupied. While the caregiver can do most of the labor-intensive work, there are still plenty of activities in the garden that a senior can do, such as planting and light digging. Together, you can learn about flowers that you’ve never seen before or even grow your own vegetables and fruits, such as strawberries and tomatoes.
2. Discover Fun New Technology
Many new video gaming systems no longer require the use of controllers with complicated buttons and interfaces. Motion control is all the rage in video games these days, offering user-friendly game play for people of all ages. Gaming is a great way for seniors to relive their days of playing tennis or golf without as much physical stress on the body. This new trend has been picking up steam recently and is a great activity for those trying to find simple and easy stress relievers.
3. Learn Some New Recipes
For many seniors, recipes were relatively simple when they were young. These days, recipes are becoming more experimental and complex, and they’re available online to try out. Cooking can be a fun activity that doesn’t put stress on the body, and trying new things is always a valuable experience.
4. Pick Up a Musical Instrument
While the guitar may not necessarily be the most senior-friendly musical instrument, there are hundreds of musical instruments to choose from. The piano is a relaxing instrument, and lessons are readily available through many instructors. Even if you’re the only one playing an instrument, it may be fun for your loved one to take up singing.
There are many other activities for seniors and their caregivers to do together that can relieve stress: going for walks, swimming, reading books, or even just talking. Be creative and adventurous and you will find a great activity to enjoy with the senior in your life.