How Seniors Can Stay Mentally Engaged During the COVID-19 Virus Lockdown

Keep Seniors Mentally Engaged

The COVID-19 lockdown has had a drastic impact on all of us. We’re left feeling the strain of adjusting to new routines that limit our physical and mental exercise options. This can be particularly difficult for our senior community. Now more than ever, we need to provide our elderly loved ones with the support and care they require. Homes of Joy has gathered a few innovative, practical tips to help seniors stay mentally engaged during the Coronavirus lockdown.

So what can you do to keep the seniors in your life healthy during the Coronavirus quarantine? Here are innovative, practical tips to remain mentally alert during the quarantine.

1. Start a New Hobby

Take a break from the stress and immerse yourself in an engaging activity. It might be time to discover a new passion or pick up an old interest. When you spend your time engaging in an activity that you enjoy, you tend to get absorbed into a natural flow. This can be an excellent way to release stress. We think during this time of isolation gardening is a great option.  Many of our members have enjoyed gardening in the past and find it is an easy hobby to pick back up right now. It’s excellent for engaging your mind, body, and spirit. It also promotes creative expression as well as beneficial physical exercise.

2. Low-Impact Exercises

A beginner online yoga class is an excellent way to get active and reduce stress without being overly strenuous on the body. While we’re all stuck inside during the lockdown, it’s still important to find ways to keep the body moving and physically healthy. Gentle exercise routines like yoga, have numerous benefits for body and mind, including better sleep, increased mobility, and stronger bones. You can find numerous free online exercise classes available as a result of the Coronavirus lockdown. 

3. Virtual Escapes

Being cooped up in the house for long periods can take a toll on mental health and overall happiness. Even though options for going out are currently limited, there are many virtual escape options available to ease that cabin-fever. Take a long walk through the California Redwoods on YouTube or enjoy a relaxing day fishing by the river with VR goggles. This can be a great way to experience new scenery while also taking a moment to escape reality and decompress.

4. Neurobic Exercises

Physical exercise is important, but what about your brain? Neurobic exercises are meant to help increase your focus and mental sharpness. There are several routines you can do to keep yourself mentally engaged. A few standard neurobic activities include using your non-dominant hand to perform everyday tasks, brainstorming sessions with a partner, and selecting your wardrobe with only your sense of touch. These small activities can help with stimulating the brain by working senses and mental muscles that aren’t used as often.

5. Eat Healthy & Rest

There’s really no substitute for a wholesome meal and a great night’s rest. While our routines might be upside-down due to Coronavirus, we still need to prioritize the foods we are putting into our bodies and our sleep schedule. Ensuring your diet is well balanced will lead to improved memory, mood, and better sleeping habits. Staying on top of these everyday things can impact overall health and wellbeing and help seniors stay mentally engaged during the Coronavirus lockdown.

At Homes of Joy, we are dedicated to providing our members with ample opportunities to participate in life-enriching activities that engage each individual’s interests, passions, and purpose. Our unique program includes a vibrant yet structured calendar that promotes physical vitality, mindful engagement, and social/community interaction in a fun and meaningful way.

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