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Healthy Hobbies for Seniors at South Coast Post-Acute 

Many seniors will be in a position where they need to transition to a skilled nursing facility like South Care Post-Acute. Often, this is the result of being released from a hospital after surgery, or as part of caring for a long-term illness.  One way to care for many long-term illnesses is through healthy hobbies.

Post-acute care continues to become a more popular solution to help prevent the chance of readmission to healthcare facilities. For caregivers of seniors, this also leads to a new level of worry. Some caregivers struggle to find activities to help keep the minds of seniors sharp.

Engaging in hands-on healthy hobbies can help Senior citizens avoid boredom or loneliness, and perhaps more importantly, help reduce the risk of health problems. Being social can also help improve cognition in older adults, which helps them utilize their communication skills. Interactions with others are an integral part of mental stimulation. 

There are so many options available to seniors at our post-acute care facility. Many everyday activities range from physical activities like group fitness classes and gardening groups to more mentally stimulating activities like book clubs and skill classes. Finding a post-acute rehabilitation facility like South Coast Post-Acute that provides access to many hobbies can make a difference. We focus on getting you back on your feet after post-acute injury or illness. 

We want to offer suggestions to get back to being you and maybe find new ways to express yourself. 

Healthy Hobby Tips for Seniors

  • Arts and Crafts – our facility offers group sessions for arts and crafts to help with building cognitive functions and working together with other members to increase social experiences/
  • Fitness classes – learn strength training movements that focus on balance and coordination
  • Gaming – tablets are a great way to keep your mind sharp with games and activities. If it works for the younger generation, why not for the elderly.
  • Gardening – Gardening groups are a delightful way to enjoy the great outdoors and be able to have something to show for the efforts. Grow herbs, fruits, vegetables, or flowers that can be shared with all the other residents in the facility. 
  • Grasp a foreign language – The digital age makes it easier than ever to learn a new language. Whether preparing for a trip abroad or as a refresher from previous learning, grasping a foreign language helps keep minds sharp and active. 
  • Learn your Lineage – discover your family story through websites like Ancestry.com or myheritage.com.
  • Painting – Painting can be both an independent and group activity. Creating scenes on a canvas can encourage feelings of independence while paining along and can be a fun way to connect with other seniors and socialize. 
  • Playing Cards – Go fish anyone? Playing card games with other residents is a great way to engage and keep mentally stimulated.
  • Social Media – embracing the digital age means learning how to navigate social media. Our residents enjoy our social media tutorials because it helps them feel connected to their family and loved ones. 
  • Volunteering – A dynamic activity that provides socialization and helps with feelings of independence. Maintaining a sense of independence and self-worth comes along with being an active volunteer, something most seniors love. 
  • Walking – Group-walking activities encourage your loved one to get out and explore the grounds. Done in groups or alone, this is an excellent low-impact physical fitness activity. 
  • Yoga – Stretching is a great way for our members to stay active, even with limited mobility. We can provide simple stretches that keep our members flexible and active.

For seniors who have complex medical needs, inclusion is essential. For those who have mobility issues or some other sort of physical disability, it is important to find activities that are accessible and manageable. Remember that being healthy is about leaning into the benefits of movement and maintaining the highest quality of life possible. 

These are just some of the many activities we offer as part of our rehabilitation therapy services. It is also vital to ask your loved one what they like to do since your expectations and their preferences might not align. This is especially true if your loved one has recently suffered a medical setback and is not doing a lot of physical or mental activity at the moment. Make sure you are clear on your loved one’s preferences for healthy hobbies and activities. Our skilled post-acute staff can then tailor activities that will delight your loved one.  Visit South Coast Post-Acute to learn more about our facility or contact us to make an appointment.

Real People. Remarkable Care. South Coast Post-Acute.

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