The Importance of Activities in Assisted Living
Activities are an essential component to keeping seniors healthy. Assisted living communities should have available activities designed to nurture the mental, physical, spiritual and social aspects of the residents. They need to address differing lifestyles and physical challenges. There should be plenty of independent activities, classes, group outings as well as one-on-one interactions for those less able to join in.
An assisted living community should have a room large enough to accommodate groups to gather in and hold parties, celebrations, play games, and socialize. Ideally there should be some safe outdoor space in which to walk or sit to enjoy nature. Group trips arranged for shopping, church services and travel can provide further enjoyment.
At Bethesda, we offer a variety of activities chosen to promote an enriching, active lifestyle. Each community has its favorite local spots so be sure to check the monthly activities calendar for your local community to view a list of events. This calendar will be found on the Activities page under the Amenities and Services section on the left-hand side of the web page.
Dr. Barbera, an author and licensed psychologist consulting in long-term care communities, shares the following advice regarding activities for senior residents:
- Therapeutic recreation reverses the downward spiral of depression. If a senior is feeling depressed, it can be helpful to participate in activities that bring joy.
- Structured days are happier days. Most people are happier when they have planned activities to do each day.
- Activities are more vital when all time is leisure time. Assisted living residents no longer work, have chores to do, or other tasks to fill the day which makes it even more critical to do something constructive and worthwhile.
- Therapeutic recreation allows residents to continue or create new identities. Activities can help a resident find an interest or hobby that coincides with new limitations brought on with aging.
- Activities foster socialization with peers. Discovering new friends through group interactions is certainly a side benefit.
- Life needs purpose. Seniors can participate in activities that may include fundraising or volunteering.
Bethesda offers assisted, independent, memory care and respite/short term–care living. We understand the challenges our seniors and their families face when the time comes for a lifestyle change. We stress that a move in residency does not have to mean the end of a social life. We are sure you will find a happy home in Bethesda Senior Living. Please read our recent blog post that shares tips for selecting the best assisted living community for Your Senior.
Posted on Thu, January 22, 2015
by Shawn Deane