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Best Hobbies for Seniors

aging fun hobby for seniors in NYCAs we spoke about in our blog post last week, aging is no reason for our parents and loved ones to stop enjoying themselves! Below are a few activities that Alvita Care suggests could be a great fit for seniors:

Reading
Studies show that seniors who read tend to be happier than those who don’t. If your loved one enjoys reading, by all means– encourage them! If they have eye-sight problems, see if you can find enjoyable books in larger print or you can ask a friend or hire a helper to read to them. You can also consider audiobooks—they are available in many libraries and sites like www.audible.com, which offer a wide variety of audio books and newscasts.

Playing a Musical Instrument
Many seniors remember at an older age that they once had a love for a certain type of music. If they once played an instrument, encourage them to pick it up again! If they never did and still have interest in learning how to play, try to arrange some music lessons for them.

Gardening
Many seniors love gardening because it requires constant attention and care. Beginning by planting just a few flowers this upcoming spring might help beautify your loved one’s home and give them another reason to go outside every morning. For the winter months, there are many indoor gardening options available like caring for plants and herbs that grow inside the house.

Practicing a Language
Many seniors come from families of immigrants and might have spoken another language while growing up. Many times these languages are forgotten over time, but seniors hold on to a passion for their native language and roots. Helping them to pick up this language again by arranging conversation lessons or even encouraging them to watch films or read books in this language can help bring back great memories and exercise our loved one’s minds.

Drawing/Painting
Many people see drawing or painting as a way to relax, enjoy themselves, and keep up their creative spirit. Several art schools and centers offer art courses for senior citizens that modify their activities and expectations according to each individual’s abilities and interests. Check out the course schedule at the 92nd Street Y in NYC that offers many such courses. Many art teachers will offer private lessons and will make even make house calls upon request!

At Alvita Care, we like to keep our clients healthy and happy. As part of our companionship services, our caregiving team can help encourage activities and assist in bringing joy and inspiration to your loved one’s life!

 

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About AlvitaCare

Alvita Care is a fully licensed home healthcare company providing premier in home caregiver services to seniors living in New York City and on Long Island NY. With offices in Midtown Manhattan and Hauppauge NY, Alvita Care was founded in 2008 upon the idea of "Care Without Compromise". Our care-giving services enhance seniors' lives, by improving their well-being, dignity and independence. We have earned The Joint Commissions Gold Seal of Approval and pride ourselves with our proprietary caregiver matching process that carefully matches our experience caregivers to each client based on personality and technical skills needed. Alvita Care can help whether you need assistance for several hours a few times a week or you require live-in or around-the-clock assistance. Our caregivers provide assurance and relief to families by relieving their anxiety, knowing that their loved one is safe, happy and lovingly cared for.