My mom hated exercise! She was so averse to it that she recoiled from activity completely in her later years in the skilled nursing facility. For the last ten years of her life she was completely dependent on a wheel chair to get around. I am convinced now that had she simply stood up more often, gotten out of her bed instead of lying down most of her 24 hours a day, she not only would have lived longer, but would have enjoyed life a lot more.
My Grandma sadly suffered from Alzheimer’s for more than 20 years. During her final years, her memory and motor skills suffered terribly. We got in the habit, as most people do, of sitting in front of the television and wasting the day away. We had no idea of the importance of activities for seniors with Alzheimer’s. The more she did nothing, the more I felt her slipping away.
Topics: Activities for Seniors
It might seem as though a trip to the zoo or even the aquarium for your elderly father is too much. After all, many people feel these trips may not be practical for adults who receive some type of senior care. June is National Zoo and Aquarium Month, but don’t dismiss any such potential trip to one of these destinations out of hand. There are many reasons why this could be a great senior care activity and provide mental and physical health benefits for your elderly father.
These types of outings can help your father get exercise which is essential, regardless of his age. Most doctors recommend that seniors get at least 15 minutes of cardiovascular exercise every day. This can be in the form of calisthenics, yoga, going for a brisk walk, and many other things. Going to the zoo will usually require people to walk around, different distances in some situations. That could be an opportunity for your father to get the physical exercise he needs, but to do so in a fun and exciting way.
Pet Therapy for Home Care in Sacramento CA
We all know of the tremendous benefit service dogs bring to the disabled, but there is a new trend that has some promising value for people suffering from dementia in the Sacramento region. It seems that people suffering from
these cognitive decline symptoms can be helped by the companionship of all kinds of domesticated animals: dogs, cats, horses, fish and even birds.