Winter is the time of year when most of us want to stay indoors, including older adults. However, there are only so many activities you can carry out with your loved ones until you run out of ideas. If you’re planning a list of things you can do with them over the holidays, read on for more inspiration on winter activities for your loved ones!
Nurture An Indoor Garden
Even during winter, it’s possible to nurture an indoor garden. It’s an inexpensive venture, with indoor gardening tools not costing a lot. You could also DIY and customize many of the tools you need like pots, watering cans, shovels, trays using items you can find in your home. This value adds to the experience by allowing you and your loved one to bond over the creative process of your indoor garden. Think about it, how great would it feel to bring life from seed and nurture it? Gardening is by far one of the most fulfilling and therapeutic hobbies an aging member of the community can invest their time and energy in. Besides growing your favorite plants, you could also consider growing an organic garden, where you can harvest the vegetables and fruits for your meals.
Learn A New Language
It is never too late to pick up a new skill. Studies show that anyone at any age is capable of learning a new language. In fact, with the advancements in technology in the market today, there are fewer barriers to resources and tools to assist you with this. There are multiple great apps that gamify the learning experience, and others that allow you to practice with native speakers of that language. Not only does bilingualism improve cognition, studies also show that patients with Alzheimer’s disease who are monolingual developed dementia earlier than those who spoke more than one language. The brain needs exercise and learning a new word can keep it active and efficient. Moreover, having a study buddy while learning a new language makes the process more fun. You could also bond with your loved one by watching films and videos in the language you’re learning.
Release Your Inner Artist
For many older adults, staying in a sedentary position is much more comfortable than being active for extended periods. In this case, arts and crafts are the perfect activity to do on a chilly winter day. Creating ornaments for your Christmas tree or simply painting landscapes, portraits, or abstract works encourages self-expression and creativity. If your loved one has great control over their motor skills, you can also consider crafts like pottery to create pots, plates, or even cups to their liking.
Why Choose Aston Gardens At Pelican Marsh?
The sheer range of amenities and services we offer easily makes our senior living community the ideal destination among retirees. During this festive season, we ensure all residents are having the time of their lives with the holiday activities we offer.