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Fun Summer Activities For Your Senior Family Member
Posted By: Becky Davis

When the summer months reach higher temperatures, it can be difficult for seniors to find ways to stay active. Staying active is vital in keeping their minds sharp, their spirits up, and their bodies in good shape. The following are several activities you can turn to that will help improve memory and maintain general cognitive function during the summer months.

Play a game

Games are one of the simplest ways to stay busy and active during the summer months, especially if it’s too hot to go outside. There are an endless number of board games to choose from, like Scrabble, checkers, chess, and backgammon. Charades is a good way to introduce exercise and is a great way to engage a larger crowd.

Card games can also bring hours of entertainment, and are a portable alternative you can take anywhere. Consider poker, blackjack, gin rummy, and spades. If you’re lacking an opponent, solitaire is a good option. There are also games you can play with only a pen and paper, such as hangman and tic-tac-toe. There are puzzle books made for crosswords, sudoku, and word searches that can be used on rainy days as well.

Get crafty

When you have no choice but to stay near the air-conditioning, get creative. Crafts are an excellent activity for seniors because they can give them new skills and keep them challenged mentally. You can try painting, knitting, sewing, scrapbooking, or even woodworking.

One soothing way to do crafts is to make art to music. Bring out some paper and artistic tools of any kind, including paints, chalk pastels, and even crayons, and turn on some music. There is no wrong way to create art, especially when listening to music.

Provided it is cool enough, you can also take arts and crafts outdoors. Maybe you know an experienced artist, or someone you can hire, to come over and lead an outdoor painting class. You can also set up a painting corner in your own garden or take a field trip to a more scenic area.

Get some exercise

Summer is the best time to get out and try new physical activities. Exercise is key for people of all ages, but especially for seniors because it can be difficult for them to stay moving. If temperatures are too high, you can take your family member to the pool for some swimming or water aerobics. This activity is gentle on aging joints. You could also consider yoga, dancing classes, or joining a league for a sport they enjoy.

If those activities require too much movement, try simply taking a trip to get them out. Many towns have local events that pass through during the summer where you can take your family. You could take them to the movies, or on a walk through the local zoo. Fairs are also good opportunities for exercise and fresh air, and provide the chance for new and exciting experiences, like experimenting with food trucks.

Photograph activities

One thing that almost always lifts the spirits of seniors is going through old photographs. Bring out an old photo album and talk about the past, encouraging your elderly loved one to share their memories about each photo. If you have a bunch of pictures that are unorganized, you could ask them to help you put them into photo albums. You can also turn the process into an opportunity for scrapbooking projects.

Spend time at home

Sometimes the easiest way to beat the heat is to stay home and get some work done around the house. Encourage seniors to declutter unneeded possessions that no longer bring them joy. Redecorating is another fun way to stay active, keeping seniors engaged while they refresh their surroundings. See if there are any minor home repairs that they can perform or help with. Many times, the simple feeling of accomplishing something can raise a senior’s spirits.

To learn more about activities that you and your senior loved one can do, contact Bivins Pointe in Amarillo, Texas today. You can call us at 806-350-2200 or Contact Us by email to learn more about our Events and our Rehab and Recovery Services. You can also find out more about the Bfit Gym, our first-rate Amenities, and current Volunteering Opportunities. Visit us in person at 6600 Killgore Dr in Amarillo, TX to Tour our facility and see how we can help you or your loved one.


How Activities At A Rehab Facility Enhance The Healing Process
Posted By: Becky Davis

After an injury or operation, it is important to have a well-rounded recovery plan. Medication, follow-up appointments, and rest are all common resources for recovering patients. However, it is equally important to ensure that a recovery plan will include physical and mental activities. It can be easy for a patient to rely on bed rest and inactivity as they heal. If they are able, adding physical and mental exercise can help your loved one to have a more successful recovery. Read below for a list of common activities that may benefit your loved one during recovery at a rehab facility.

Mental activities at a rehab facility

When you think of exercise, you probably envision physical activity or going to the gym. There is also another form of exercise that is often overlooked: exercising the brain. Cognition, memory, and mental health are all important factors when you or a family member are recovering from injury or surgery.

One activity that can aid a patient's recovery at a rehab facility is listening to or playing music. Playing a simple instrument, or even tapping along to the music, can improve hand-eye coordination, dexterity, and cognition. Listening to music can also improve mood and encourages movement throughout the body.

Playing games is an activity enjoyed by people both young and old. Having fun by playing games is also a great tool to help your loved one to recover after surgery. Games can help with cognition, dexterity, mood, and problem-solving skills, and provide much needed socialization. Consider playing easy games such as Go-Fish for a more relaxing experience, or more challenging games like Chess or Trivia. Playing games with family, friends, and other patients can improve you or your loved one's recovery.

There are so many activities that can help to entertain, enrich, and assist a patient during their recovery at a rehab facility. Do some research and consider options such as reading, learning opportunities, and social events in your area. Taking care of mental and emotional needs can help ensure the best possible recovery for you or your loved one.

Physical activities at a rehab facility

Both physical exercise and physical therapy should be considered in a post-surgery recovery plan. The benefits of exercise, when performed safely as prescribed by a patient's care team, are virtually endless.

Exercising is good for your body and can help you to avoid injury and illness, but it can also help your body heal after surgery. It may sound scary or painful, but exercise will help you or your loved one build up energy and stamina, and improve mood. Physical activities can also help to retrain parts of the body that may have been affected by prior injury or surgery.

Having access to a private gym that you or your loved one feel comfortable in, and can easily use, is important for proper recovery. When you look for a rehab facility, make sure that there are knowledgeable staff on hand to help you build and use a fitness plan. The care team at a professional rehab facility will focus on a plan that works for each patient’s unique recovery needs.

Having a well trained physical therapist is also key to optimal rehabilitation and recovery. You or your loved one may need to improve muscle conditioning and strength, or range of movement. Patients may also need assistance with pain management when performing the daily tasks of living and to learn how to avoid future injuries. Some patients even need to relearn how to use certain parts of the body. Physical therapy can greatly help you or your loved one heal in these types of situations and many more.

Get the best surgery rehab in Amarillo, Texas

If you or a loved one need expert care after surgery or help healing from an injury, contact Bivins Pointe in Amarillo Texas today.


Guest Blog: 5 Creative Ways to Keep Senior Minds Sharp & Active
Posted By: Becky Davis

5 Creative Ways to Keep Senior Minds Sharp & Active

Aging not only brings about a lot of physical changes, but mental ones, too. Case in point, the 
World Health Organization posits that around 15% of adults aged 60 and up suffer from one cognitive disease or another. And while some of these changes are inevitable due to age, there are certainly a few things you can do that'll keep you and your loved ones mentally fit. Read on for 5 tips to keep a senior's mind sharp and active!

Listen to Classical Music


People have long linked classical music to cognitive functions. 
An experiment conducted by psychologists at Northumbria University have found that classical music, specifically Antonio Vivaldi's The Four Seasons, can enhance mental alertness and memory. Participants in the experiment reportedly performed better in cognitive tests, which required mental-concentration, when listening to Vivaldi's piece. What's more interesting is the most obvious increase in performance happened during the Spring concerto, which exhibits a more spry sound, as compared to the more somber Autumn concerto.

Continued Studies


 Researchers from the University of California have found that adults can get over the negative effects of cognitive aging through continuous learning. This is a big finding, as more and more seniors across America have gone back to the classroom in their golden years, either to pursue previously unexplored passions or to finish degrees they never got to complete in their youth. These days, not only do they have the time and resources to pursue a degree, but there are also more options now for avid learners of all ages. Maryville University’s guide to traditional versus online degrees points out that the two differ mostly in terms of distance and scheduling. If your retired loved one is looking to enroll in a traditional school, then it’s important to keep in mind how far their prospective university is from their homes, and what time of day their classes will be held. On the other hand, seniors with mobility issues may also consider taking the online option, which lets them learn more about their chosen topics from the comforts of their home. What’s more, here in Texas, seniors can even attend up to six hours of undergraduate or graduate courses from public universities for free if they request for the exemption.

Sleep


Sleep isn't just a period of recovery for our bodies, as it's also the time our brains process everything that happened within the day. And while many adults sleep a lot less than they did in their youth due to work and other responsibilities, seniors and older adults cannot afford to do the same. That's because they have a difficult time forming memories compared to younger people. This means people that are a little more advanced in age need to adhere to a strict 8-hour sleeping schedule to maintain their cognitive functions.

Play Games and Puzzles

University of Konstanz's research on chess has found the game to be a great memory exercise. Chess incentivizes players to memorize thousands of possible moves (along with the optimal counter-moves), thereby providing our brains with the necessary activity to keep them sharp. Other puzzle games such as Sudoku have also been known to help individuals remain mentally active — in some cases even warding off the onset of cognitive impairments.

Exercise



Physical exercise is also linked to your mental capacities. 
Professors from the kinesiology department at the University of Illinois have found that people who exercised regularly tended to fare better in cognitive tasks than those who didn't. Individuals who exercised on a regular basis were also observed to exhibit greater mental focus. While this option may be a little harder for those advanced in age, simply walking in the morning will suffice.

 

Article specially written for bivinspointe.org

By Bianca Adkins