You are only as young as you think you are and what you think depends on what you do. Plenty of senior citizens get caught in a rut that they cannot get out of because they are not experimenting as much as they should and are simply not living life to the fullest. Social activities and exercise have repeatedly been exactly what keeps the elderly happier and healthier.
Get them tech ready
A lot of senior citizens feel lost and unable to understand the constantly changing digitalized world because they did not grow up with it. OATS is a nonprofit based in New York City that conducts free classes for the elderly teaching them the basics of technology. Knowing where to eat, sleep and stay is available online and it even helps senior citizens stay in touch with their family more easily. They want to learn how to do what their kids are doing and how to use the internet to their advantage so giving them the tools to get started serves as a great class while also being something they will look forward to. There are many smaller projects similar to OATS in the UK where children are teaching senior citizens how to use technology.
Keeping their mind exercised
Tons of people talk about the importance of keeping your body in peak shape as you get older but a lot of people tend to forget the importance of keeping your mind thinking as well. Simple games like Sudoku and a crossword can keep them livelier and also helps better their mood. Writing, learning a new instrument and even solving a puzzle has been known to be good for the brain and these activities also help pass the time.
Dancing for senior citizens
Any form of dance has been known to improve memory and keep your body in better shape. It is a great way of meeting new people and becoming part of the community. It also gives patients something to look forward to. The elderly tend to feel trapped in a chair or a bed for most of the day which can lead to a lot of frustration. Letting loose and keeping your mind alert can help any situation. It is also an activity that just about anyone can do even if they have a mental illness.
Virtual bowling, tennis or football is something that can be brought inside any nursing home and it also adds the technology component to the mix. It serves as great exercise done in an unconventional way so it could wind up working wonders.