Recommentations to Facilitate Recreation and Activities for the Elderly
You can live to be a hundred if you give up all the things that make you want to live to be a hundred.
– Woody Allen
How to live well, how to age well — those are the perennial questions of our time, or any time for that matter.
Today, however, as never before, the question of how to age well is starting to be answered:
“In 2003, researchers asked an elderly population in Manitoba Canada the following question: “what is your definition of successful aging?” Most people said successful aging involved: 1) being healthy, 2) staying physically fit, 3) maintaining mental health, and 4) staying socially active.
It turns out that it is exactly these four factors that play the greatest role in aging well. Research into aging populations has shown that not only are these 3 factors important for those of us in our later years but their absence early in our life increases the likelihood of mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders later on.
The evidence is clear: staying healthy, staying physically fit, maintaining a positive and optimistic outlook, and staying socially active is important not only for successful aging but throughout the life span.” (How to Facilitate Recreation and Activities for the Elderly).
Assisted living communities of Amber Court says that what lies at the heart of “successful aging” is, quite simply, remaining active as one ages, but there’s the rub — as George Burns famously observed, “you know you’re getting old when you stoop to tie your shoelaces and wonder what else you could do while you’re down there.” Most elderly can attest to the fact that staying active becomes a challenge as one grows older.
To address this challenge, Amber Court has come up with a set of guidelines for how to help the elderly stay active in assisted living communities (How to Facilitate Recreation and Activities for the Elderly):
- First, review a residence’s medical history from as many sources as possible (e.g., physicians, nurses, social workers, family and friends). This will allow them to compile all the possible physical or cognitive impairments that challenge self-care. After this assessment, assisted living practitioners will better be able to plan activities based on the resident’s strengths and weaknesses. Also, all planned activities and recreation should have realistic goals and clear expectations.
- Second, feedback is critical. Assisted living practitioners should not assume that everything will go according to plan. Instead, they should carefully measure and evaluate the performance of the resident and how well the activity suits the resident.
- Finally, as a resident grows older, their circumstances and bodies will change. Solutions that worked well in the past may not work today. Assisted living practitioners should periodically reassess the planned activities and recreation in terms of changes in weight, hygiene, overall enthusiasm and make changes accordingly.
Founded in 1968, Assisted Living Communities of Amber Court is one of New York State’s most experienced providers of care for the frail elderly with communities in Westbury, Pelham Gardens, Brooklyn NY, and Elizabeth NJ.
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