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Tips for Helping Your Senior Parents Stay Active and Engaged as They Age

Senior man staying active by painting a picture while senior male instructor looks on

By Anita Ginsburg

In order for your parents to live a long and healthy life, they need to stay fit both mentally and physically no matter how old they are. Unfortunately, this becomes more difficult as people age. Simply going out to exercise or socialize can seem like an unnecessary and exhausting challenge. Fortunately, there are some ways that you can help your senior parents stay active and engaged as they age.

Set Aside Time to Be Active With Them Each Week

Your senior parents are more likely to be active if they have someone to exercise with. This is why it’s a good idea to set aside some time to participate in some sort of physical activity with them each week. You can do a variety of different things with them like go for a walk or a swim together. Just make sure that you take into account any physical limitations your parents’ might have so that you can choose an activity that everyone will enjoy.

Help Them Choose a Senior Living Community

Another important part of healthy aging is staying socially engaged. However, your parents may live somewhere where it’s difficult to meet up with their friends or attend social gatherings. In this case, you may consider talking to them about moving into a senior living community. These types of communities are great for seniors because they tend to host a wide variety of different events and classes that will help residents stay active and engaged.

Enroll Them in a Class That They Want to Take

Many seniors are interested in continuing to learn or in picking up a new hobby, so they might want to take some sort of class. This is a great way to keep their minds stimulated, and it also encourages social interaction. However, it isn’t uncommon that a lack of funds stops them from pursuing that interest. You can help your parents by enrolling them in a class that they want to take but have been putting off enrolling in.

Show Them How to Use Technology

Quite a few seniors don’t know how to use certain forms of technology that can be beneficial to them. Make it a point to show your parents how to use a computer to search for things online or to send emails to others. You can also teach them how to use video chat on their phone so that they can stay in touch with you and the rest of their family members. By being able to do all of these things, they can easily stay engaged with all of their loved ones.

Anita is a freelance writer from Denver, CO. She studied at Colorado State University, and now writes articles about health, business, family and finance. A mother of two, she enjoys traveling with her family whenever she isn’t writing. You can follow her on Twitter @anitaginsburg.

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