Tips for Seniors to Stay Active When Homebound

Staying active can help seniors who are homebound to live higher quality, healthier lives. Use these tips to help seniors stay active.

Find Exercises That Seniors Can Do At Home

Physical activity is a natural form of stress relief. It also helps seniors stay flexible, fit, and healthy. Some great exercises for homebound seniors include:

  • Stretching

  • Seated strength training

  • Aerobic exercise

  • Yoga

Help Seniors Enjoy a New Hobby

Trying something new can help seniors stay sharp and active. Activities like knitting, reading, painting, wood carving, and scrapbooking, are great choices.

Set Seniors Up in Online Communities

There are lots of ways for seniors to connect with others online. If they really like writing, for example, they could write for a blog. Online communities, chat rooms, and digital games all allow seniors to socialize without leaving home.

Play Games Regularly

If seniors have favorite board or card games, make time to play on a regular basis. They may also be able to play some games by themselves.

Encourage Visitors

Socializing doesn’t require going out. Seniors can connect with others by:

  • Having visitors over

  • Hosting groups for activities

  • Using Skype to catch up with friends or loved ones

Taking Care of Their Place

For seniors able to perform some maintenance, cleaning, or decorating tasks, it’s good to keep at it. These sorts of activities can help seniors stay active and take pride in their home.

(ClearCare Online)

The following information was taken from, "Helping Homebound Seniors Stay Active."

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