Having more time for socializing is one of the most appealing aspects of retirement and senior living. But during pandemic times, finding ways to connect with others while staying safe can be challenging.
Many have been isolated from their families and friends. Due to the risk of contracting the virus, many cannot see them in person. This has taken a toll on their mental and physical health.
COVID-19’s impact on senior’s physical and mental health
Older individuals were already more prone to social isolation and loneliness than younger age groups before the COVID-19, according to the National Library of Medicine. Consider the enormous change when in-person gatherings, concerts, movies, and other social activities became impossible during the pandemic.
The lack of social contact might severely influence seniors’ mental health. Loneliness can increase the risk of dementia, depression, and anxiety. It can also lead to physical health problems such as high blood pressure, a weakened immune system, and insomnia.
You might believe that social media will have less of an impact and that it will amuse them, but this isn’t the case. According to a study, the harmful social media usage connected to anxiety will have a more substantial influence. The same is for loneliness.
The lockdown has created a world of seclusion and isolation for many elderly people. This has had adverse effects on their mental and bodily health.
And now that we’re starting to get our freedom back, it is more important than ever to find ways to make our seniors back to socializing.
There are many ways to do this, but one of the best is through senior living communities.
Social event activities for seniors in the community
These communities provide a safe and secure environment for seniors to socialize and interact with others their age. They offer a variety of activities and amenities that allow residents to stay active and engaged while also providing opportunities to make new friends.
Consider these suggestions for your next senior moments’ activities in your community:
1) Group walking activity
Fitness activities don’t have to be done alone. Organize a group walking activity in your community that seniors can participate in.
Walking is an excellent way for seniors to exercise while socializing with others. It’s a low-impact activity that can help improve their overall health and well-being. They’ll be more agile and live a longer life with less disability if they’re kept moving.
You may go for a walk along the beach, in a park, or even around your own block. Remind the seniors to wear comfortable shoes, bring sunscreen and/or an umbrella if it’s sunny, and bring a hat or umbrella if it’s rainier.
2) Photography, arts, and crafts
We can improve our health by expressing ourselves creatively and artistically.
Photography, arts, and crafts are great for seniors to express themselves and stay creative. Many different activities can be done, such as painting, drawing, sculpting, and knitting. Invite an expert to come and give a demonstration or teach a class.
This is also an excellent opportunity for seniors to socialize and interact with others who have similar interests. They can share tips and advice and even make new friends.
They could organize an art exhibit as a result of this.
3) Music day
Music has been shown to have many benefits for seniors, including reducing stress, improving mood, and increasing cognitive function. Invite a local band or musician to perform for your community’s residents.
They can tap their feet to the music, dance, play instruments, or even sing.
4) Game Day
Games are also perfect for seniors to socialize and interact with others. They can play classic games like chess, checkers, and cards, or they can try something mind games like Sudoku and crosswords.
Study shows that playing mind games such as challenging crossword puzzles for seniors can help improve their memory and cognitive functions. Mind-boggling Sudoku is also a great way to keep their minds sharp and active.
So, not only will they be having fun, but they’ll also be doing something good for their brain health. You may want to start a tournament and award prizes to the winners to make things more interesting.
5) Outdoor Movie Night
What better way to spend a night than by watching a good movie? Invite the seniors in your community to come and watch a film together. You could even make it a themed night and have them dress up as their favorite character.
You could provide popcorn and snacks for them to enjoy during the movie.
Doing it in a spacious and open area will also allow for social distancing for those who want to keep their distance from others but don’t want to feel isolated.
Organizing social event activities for seniors in the community is a great way to help them stay active and engaged. It’s also an opportunity for them to make new friends and enjoy their golden years.
Remember to keep the seniors’ safety and well-being in mind when planning any activity. If you have any concerns, be sure to consult with a medical professional before proceeding.
So, don’t hesitate to put these ideas into action. Your seniors will thank you for it!