Engaging Seniors Through Enriching Activities

Senior Couple Lounging on a Wood DeckProviding seniors with enriching activities provides many mental health benefits, including lifting a person’s mood and increasing a sense of self-reliance and purpose. If you would like to explore ideas for how to engage seniors in enriching activities, contact LightHouse Healthcare, Inc. in Fairfax and Prince William Counties.

Web Resources:
Click the links below to access resource websites to learn more about enrichment activities for seniors.

Benefits of Activities for the Elderly
Finding the right activities for your senior loved one can help him or her prevent depression and possibly reduce the risk of dementia. This article lists some tips and activities for keeping older adults engaged.

Arts and Crafts for Seniors
This article explores some rewarding arts and crafts activities for senior citizens.

Art, Music, and Alzheimer’s Disease
The Alzheimer’s Association lists some tips for using art and music activities to engage seniors with Alzheimer’s disease.

The Senior Brain on Music
A study from the University of Kansas Medical Center shows that the average senior brain may benefit from engaging in music-related activities.

Painting in Twilight: An Artist’s Escape From Alzheimer’s
While victims of Alzheimer’s disease and other related dementias are losing their memories and ability to communicate, art can be their escape. This was true for Lester Potts, who began succumbing to Alzheimer’s disease at age 70. Art allowed him to express himself after he lost the ability to communicate with words. Learn Lester’s story and view his paintings in this audio slideshow.

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