Which activities does your loved one enjoy?
Taking part in activities can help to improve your loved one’s physical, social and emotional wellbeing during their retirement.
This week, we’re looking at 5 small group activities for older adults and how they can benefit your loved one:
Small Group Activities for the Older Adults: Baking
Are you a keen baker?
Kneading or mixing ingredients can help to improve your loved one’s motor skills and muscular strength, whilst reading and following instructions can help to improve their cognitive function and memory.
Baking as part of a small group can help improve your loved one’s social skills as it provides ample time for sharing stories and ideas. They can also help each other with their baking and share ingredients/equipment.
Reading and Sharing Stories Together
Reading as part of a small group is a fun way to enjoy storytelling. Taking it in turns to read a passage out loud can help to improve your loved one’s confidence, and provides great opportunities to discuss important themes and gain a better understanding of the world around them.
They may also feel encouraged to try genres that they have never come across before. This can help to broaden their horizons whilst expanding their knowledge and vocabulary.
To better improve cognitive skills, why not suggest that your loved one’s reading group tries working with discussion prompts? As an example, each member could bring along an item they particularly like – such as a household ornament, before taking it in turns to create a story, with their item as the main subject.
Small Group Activities for Older Adults: Exercising Together
Exercising makes for a great small group activity for older adults. No matter how you choose to move your body, it’s an effective way to boost your physical and mental health.
Exercising in a group can encourage some friendly competition; this is great for motivating your loved one to work harder, whilst also providing them with opportunities to socialise with like-minded people.
As part of a small group, your loved one could take part in a dance class, or embark on a woodland walk. Staying fit can help to reduce the risk of illnesses such as diabetes, stroke and heart disease. It can also lead to improved balance, reducing the risk of falls.
Joining a Knitting Circle
Knitting is a gentle activity that can help to improve your loved one’s motor skills. Whilst having the opportunity to learn something new, your loved one can spend some time catching up with their friends.
If your loved one hasn’t tried knitting before, try enrolling your loved one in a group that teaches it. Learning is a great way for older adults, in particular, to maintain cognitive health and improve memory.
Small Group Activities for the Older Adults: Board Games
Games such as dominos, cards or scrabble can all help to improve your loved one’s cognitive abilities and improve their concentration.
Strategic thinking is beneficial for strengthening memory and problem-solving abilities. Playing games can also help your loved one to improve their social skills as they work together as a team with their peers.
Small group activities help to improve physical, social and emotional wellbeing. Why not read our previous blog to learn more about how exercise can improve your mental health?
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