For many aging adults, having free time is something of a novelty. Usually their lives were full of responsibilities and obligations that didn’t leave a lot of extra time. So having excess time now can be a little daunting to fill.
Find Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteering to help other people and causes is an excellent way for your aging adult to continue to feel meaning in her own life. Your elderly family member might choose to volunteer with children, other senior citizens, or even with animals. Some agencies require that volunteers go through a training program, so be sure to get an idea what to expect.
Explore Hobby Ideas
If your senior family member used to enjoy certain hobbies, maybe now is a good time to revisit those. For some people, however, hobbies weren’t something that there was enough time for in the past. Perhaps now is the time to explore some ideas for picking up a hobby. Your aging adult might enjoy learning a new hobby with you or on her own, depending on her interests.
Take a Lesson or a Class
Another option is to learn something new. An easy way to do that is to sign up for a one-off lesson or to take a class. Many community colleges offer classes in all sorts of topics that your aging family member might find interesting. You might want to collect brochures from different schools offering community classes and see if anything sparks interest for your aging family member.
Plan Some Day Trips
Day trips are a fantastic way to get away and have new experiences without having to worry about lodging or other issues. Most people have a ton of different sights within an hour or so travel that they haven’t seen or experienced. Start making a list of places your elderly family member might enjoy visiting and see what kinds of trips you can put together.
The bottom line is to help your elderly family member find ways to have some fun and enjoy her time. If you’re not able to explore these ideas with her due to your own responsibilities, consider hiring senior care providers who can help.
When you are in need of care for a senior loved one, consider caregivers provided by Golden Heart Senior Care. We have offices nationwide. For more information, call us today at (800) 601-2792.