As your parents cross the age of 55, you would have probably started noticing a few elderly tendencies. Boredom, lack of physical activity leading to reduced muscle mass, physical endurance, and strength. Idle mind - they may be forgetting a few things. Moving slower - not willing to do anything beyond sitting and watching TV serials.
When just a few years ago, they were quite capable of running the Chennai Marathon.
There is really nothing wrong with this phase. It comes with age. Tendencies that interfere with the quality of life.
There are a few activities that your parents could try out this summer to not only beat the heat and get back to being active but also to improve the quality of living.
Swimming: Yes, that’s right. There are a few swimming pools right here in Chennai, for example, that encourage the elderly to jump right in. The exercises involve walking in the pool, wading through the water and using the force of arms and legs to move forward. This is an effective and safe way for the elderly to be active without added undue stress on the joints. These relaxing, water-based exercises can be the ideal activity to not only beat the heat but also cater to a wide range of body types.
Yoga: Along with swimming, Yoga is another important activity for both the mind and the body. Swimming supplements this land-based exercise. Yoga can be an indoor activity where you can call in an expert to help you. You could also take a small trip to the beach in the mornings. Beach Yogas not only make you feel like you are on vacation, but they also have plenty of health benefits. Enjoy the sounds of the sea and the warmth of the sun while practising Yoga. It is a beautiful way to start the day.
Hobby: Having healthy lifestyle factors into living a long and happy life. Studies show that hobbies for seniors are equally important. Dancing, gardening, music, volunteering or simple art and craft. There are multiple activities that the elderly can look into to stay cool. It keeps them occupied and brings out various hidden talents that they never thought they could demonstrate to the world.
Adopt a Pet: One of the most popular activities is caring for a pet. It provides a comfort system and helps reduce the stress levels of the body. The feel-good hormone serotonin helps fight depression, lower cholesterol and protect against various heart conditions. The feeling of being lonely also goes away.
Take a Trip: The health benefits of travel for the elderly are plenty. First of all, it gets them out of the house. Secondly, there is the company and meeting new people. And last but not least, it provides a good break from the monotony that life tends to give you along with age. The world can be their oyster. Travel is good for the mind, body and soul. It is a fun way to keep them in shape.
Another significant advantage of the activities described above is that the elderly do not feel isolated. Isolation leads to adverse health outcomes and a slow mental decline. By engaging in leisure activities, it allows them to not only have an active life but a social one as well. Let the sixties be the greatest years of your life.
The idea is to stay sharp, youthful and upbeat. New hobbies to bring out these qualities. To try something new is key to achieve this. The elderly can very much have all the fun they would want to. All you need to do is give us a call. Let us come up with a plan to ensure that they have all it takes to get back to a brighter younger and more fun version of themselves.
With Prayojana, you can create a whole new world for your parents. Give them a chance to explore their hidden wishes and grant them the best times of their lives. We bring home care to their doorstep; health and happiness in various packages.
Take a look at what we have to offer and give us a call now. Let’s do whatever it takes.