For many senior men, who’ve spent a lifetime engaged in a career, family, hobbies and interests, the very thought of settling in for a day of crafting is, at best, undesirable. The answer to uncovering interesting activities for senior men is in first taking the time to dig back into the history of their lives to discover what captured their interest over the years, and then discovering creative ways to include those ideas in their lifestyle today.
At Absolute Companion Care, we enjoy getting to know the older men we serve and offering opportunities to allow them to enjoy life to the fullest! Here are some ideas that will work well for the patriarch in your family:
- Sports: For the sports fan, take a look at one of the numerous gaming systems that allow for involvement in a variety of virtual sports right from home. When appropriate, check out local high school or college schedules and take your senior loved one to games he most enjoys: baseball, basketball, football, swim meets, golf tournaments, etc. Or plan family gatherings around his favorite team’s games on TV, recreating a live sporting event environment with particular foods (like hot dogs and nachos), team t-shirts for everyone to wear, banners and flags for the kids to wave, and a lot of cheering, naturally!
- Outdoors: In the event a senior loved one was a passionate fisherman or hunter, make sure he has plenty of chances to be in nature and to watch nature programs on the internet or on television. Many nature centers and zoos now have live web cams that allow you to watch your favorite animals at any time or day or night. Consult with your local parks to inquire about accessibility to fishing spots and boat rentals to determine if it’s practical for your loved one to take pleasure in some time on or by the water, or schedule a picnic in a wooded area and enjoy watching the wildlife together. You can also talk with organizations which help individuals who are differently-abled, such as the National Association for Down Syndrome, which sometimes holds outdoor events in which a member is paired with an adult volunteer to offer assistance with fishing as well as other outdoor activities.
- Music: For individuals who played a musical instrument, sang with a band, or simply just enjoy tapping their toes to a certain genre of music, sustaining a connection to music is important, and though it could be as simple as playing favorite songs and singing along, it can be made more engaging with a trip to a music store, attending a concert – again, the area high schools and colleges are a wonderful resource for musical performances, or hosting a talent show for friends and family who are also musically-inclined.
- Work: Maintaining a sense of purpose is vital for us all. Men who are retired educators can volunteer to tutor or read to children through the library or school system; those who were proficient with tools can continue to paint, help build bird feeders or squirrel houses, focus on putting together model cars with the grandkids. Those numerous years of expertise can continue to impact the next generation!
Speak with Absolute Companion Care, the leaders in home care in Towson, MD, for further strategies to help the older men in your life remain active and engaged in what interests them most. Give us a call at 410-357-9640 to schedule a free in-home consultation and to find out how our expertly trained in-home caregivers can bring renewed happiness and purpose to each day for those you love.