It can be difficult to come up with ideas that you and an elderly individual can enjoy together. Creative activities are necessary to keep the brain active and healthy. Mental health is just as important as physical health, so we have created this list of our favourite tried and tested creative activities to do with your elderly loved one.
Home spa day
Creative activities don’t always have to be physically or mentally exhausting and sometimes relaxation is better. Together you and your loved one could enjoy a small spa day in the comfort of their own home. This could include face masks, doing each other’s manicures and pedicures with relaxing music in the background or having a local beauty therapist come over to give you both a well-deserved massage.
Who doesn’t love a visit to the day spa?
Afternoon tea is a lovely little activity to do with your loved one. Allowing them to control the situation will encourage their creativity and allow you to both bond over some tea, scones and sandwiches! You could even suggest a theme to spark their interest.
Complete a large puzzle
Puzzles are a great way to keep the brain active on a rainy or dull day. Working through a large puzzle, puzzle book or even playing cards with an elderly individual can keep your loved one entertained for hours or even days whilst bonding together.
Gardening is a great way to encourage your elderly loved ones to spend time outdoors whilst expressing their creativeness. If your loved one does not have the strength to complete advanced gardening activities, there are still small things they can help contribute to the process. The planning aspect of gardening is an activity they can certainly get stuck into!
If the elderly individual in your life enjoys reading magazines or books, it could be a good idea to provide new books when they ask to keep their brain active and thinking. You could also take it to the next level and offer to discuss books in an outside book club setting when COVID-19 restrictions are lifted or over a video call.
Another activity for your loved one along these lines could include writing. It could be beneficial for them to start a diary and write daily including their thoughts and feeling and the different things that have happened throughout their day. If this is not their taste, then writing stories/poetry may be a better creative outlet for them.