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6 Easy Ways to Cure the Boredom Blues in the Golden Years

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Seniors tend to experience boredom more than any other age group. Most of them have retired from their careers, their kids have moved out, their spouses may have passed away, and their friends may have moved on to retirement homes or other cities.

Some older adults lose the physical ability to do the things they once did. Seniors can face a variety of challenges as they age, many of which can be mitigated with the help of professional in-home caregivers who provide high-quality in-home care. New Hampshire families trust in Home Care Assistance to help their elderly loved ones age in place safely and comfortably.

If your senior loved one often seems bored, here are some ways he or she can cure the boredom blues. 

1. Start a New Hobby

The good thing about hobbies is that anyone can do one regardless of mobility levels, ability to drive, or other limitations. If there’s something your loved one has always wanted to learn, there is no better time than the present to start. Painting, quilting, learning an instrument, gardening, the possibilities are almost endless. Help your loved one come up with an idea and encourage him or her to sign up for lessons.

2. Go Online

If your loved one has not yet been introduced to the internet or the latest technology, consider giving him or her a laptop, tablet, or smartphone and teaching the basics. You can set up social media accounts and help your loved one reconnect with old friends or family members, or you can teach him or her how to find interesting blogs. Showing your loved one how to find recipes, look up family history, or download music opens a whole new world. Just don’t forget to teach internet safety tips.

3. Volunteer 

Giving back to the community is a wonderful way to stave off boredom. Ask your senior loved one if there is a cause he or she wants to participate in, and find a volunteer opportunity. If you have a hard time finding something, try going through your loved one’s religious organization or a local senior center. Volunteering can also be a great opportunity to socialize. 

4. Attend Family Activities

Spending more time with children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews can help seniors cure the boredom blues. Next time you go out to eat, have a backyard barbecue, or plan a trip, consider inviting your loved one. You can also start planning regular activities that family members of all ages can do. Encourage other members of your family to do the same, and you can even set up a rotating visitation schedule for your family. 

If you or other family members are not always available to provide support to your aging loved one, consider hiring a compassionate caregiver. Caring for a senior loved one can be rewarding, but it can also be overwhelming for family caregivers who have other responsibilities they need to focus on. For these families, the perfect solution is respite care. New Hampshire families rely on our caregivers whenever they need time to rest, work, run errands, and even go on vacation.

5. Get a Pet

Whether it’s a fun-loving dog or a tank full of beautiful fish, a pet for your senior loved one can cure both boredom and loneliness. Just make sure it’s an animal your loved one can take care of. For example, if your loved one is in a wheelchair, you don’t want to get a dog that needs walking, but a cat or a bird might be ideal. 

6. Sign Up for Senior Social Groups

If your loved one doesn’t get to socialize as much as he or she would like, look for senior social groups in the community. You can find them through local religious organizations or senior centers. These groups may volunteer, travel, or do fun activities together and meet at regular intervals.

Sometimes aging adults need motivation to engage in activities, and they also want reassurance that their daily tasks will be done. If your senior loved one needs hourly or live-in care, New Hampshire Home Care Assistance can help. Our caregivers can assist with exercise and mobility, prepare nutritious meals, provide timely medication reminders, and help with a wide array of other important daily tasks. Call us at (603) 471-3004 to learn about our high-quality in-home care services.