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Helping Seniors Discover Exciting New Hobbies

Home Care in Canal Fulton OH

Who says age keeps people from discovering fun new things? Elders can benefit from the stimulation of picking up a brand new hobby! It’s not just “busy work” either. Engaging seniors with something new Home Care in Canal Fulton OHand interesting has been shown to improve mental health and can even positively impact physical activity.

Get Creative 

Creative tasks are at the top of many favorite hobbies, and for good reason. They are stimulating and just plain fun. Even seniors who have experience with creative hobbies such as scrapbooking or painting may want to change things up again. Sculpting, photography, baking, and simple jewelry making can all be interesting new hobbies for the creative mind. Creating something together is even better, and a great way to maintain a social bond with caregivers.

 Try New Games

Everyone is familiar with the old stereotype of elders gathered around the table to play a game of cribbage. Well, there are many other senior-friendly card and board games that can be loads of fun. Better yet, many games have simple memory and matching aspects that can help maintain crucial parts of the brain associated with elder-related symptoms like dementia. Favored games include Uno, Phase 10, Mahjong, and Scrabble. Like creative projects, playing games with a caregiver can give a much-appreciated social boost.

Engaging, Simple Activities

Some seniors, particularly those with special needs or dementia, may enjoy more simple games they can play alone or with others without frustration. Fun memory improving games for these older adults include Matchmate and What’s Missing?, which feature fun and recognizable images by artists such as Norman Rockwell. Caregivers have found that playing match-making games with less cards or in specialized “low vision” versions work especially well. The key to finding an enjoyable activity is patience and attention. It may be surprising to see which activity captures an elder’s attention, even if it’s just for a few minutes. If they are up to it, discovering new interests even for special needs elders can be hugely beneficial.

 Keep Trying New Things

Even seniors who have mobility issues or other challenges can benefit from experiencing new things, especially with others. While in-home care can help with the usual things we think about, social interaction can be an important part of elder care too. Playing games or helping with new hobbies can be just as important, and appreciated, in home care as anything else.

If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring professional home care in Canal Fulton, OH, call the caring staff at Rather Be Home Senior Care at (330) 915-4575 today!


Deidre Scott, Founder

Owner, Founder at Rather Be Home Senior Care
Deidre Scott is the founder of Rather Be Home and has always found her passion in the health and well-being of others. Shortly after receiving her bachelor's degree she worked for Bristol Myers-Squibb as a cardiovascular representative. Her specialties included blood pressure, diabetes and cholesterol. She then worked 15 years with Procter & Gamble where she educated Veterinarians on how nutrition could help nutritionally manage various disease states such as kidney failure, colitis and diabetes in cats and dogs. During that time she pursued her education further and received her MBA.

She founded Rather Be Home in 2014 after seeing the tribulations her friends were having with their aging parents. Hard decisions need to be made and no one knows where to go for help. Having lived with her grandparents most of her childhood and helping her grandma care for her grandpa it just seemed natural to open a home care business. Deidre is also a certified instructor for CPR/First Aid & AED through the American Red Cross and a State Tested Nurse Aide registered through the Ohio Department of Health. Currently she is undergoing classes to become a Certified Senior Advisor. She sets rigorous standards for her company as well as the caregivers she employs.