The COVID-19 pandemic has caused unforeseen challenges for people around the world. Mental health remains at the forefront during this time of isolation and stress. Mental health includes our social, psychological, and emotional well-being. It determines how we relate to others, make healthy choices, and handle stress while affecting how we feel, think, and act.
Below is a list of some of the most popular ways seniors can stay engaged during the pandemic:
1. Reading. It is a great activity for seniors to keep the brain engaged, reduce stress, improve memory, and reduce cognitive decline. For those who prefer to listen rather than read, audiobooks are available.
2. Explore a new hobby. The pandemic is the perfect time for seniors to explore and learn something new. Some hobbies for seniors include knitting, painting, and gardening.
3. Board and card games. They can enhance memory and help exercise cognitive skills. Board and card games can also be played virtually with friends and family.
4. Baking. It is relaxing and allows you to be creative. Baking also stimulates the senses, which can help build up an appetite. This is an effective way of encouraging seniors to eat more and try new foods.
5. FaceTime. It is an app found on Apple devices that can be used as a video call tool. If you don’t have an Apple device, there are numerous other apps such as Skype or Zoom that can be used to stay connected with family and friends.
6. Watch movies. This is a great way for seniors to improve mood states and new learn things. Movies can be purchased, rented, or streamed online using streaming services such as Netflix, Crave, or Amazon Prime Video.
7. Exercise. Even if you or your loved one has mobility issues, there are many exercises that can be performed to stay active such as chair exercises or chair yoga.
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This article is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice or diagnosis. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.