Activity Ideas for Elderly Fathers

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Is your elderly father growing bored with staying home all the time? When illness or injury get in the way of an active senior social life, it can be quite frustrating. As a family caregiver, you are responsible for keeping your aging dad safe, comfortable, clean, fed and healthy. However, none of this can address the fact that your father also needs an active social life and should participate in activities when he can.

So, how can family caregivers like you get their aging dads active in their home, their neighborhood and their community? Every activity should be modified to fit your elderly parent’s physical abilities, stamina, strength, interests and personality.

Elder Care Mt. Gilead OH - Activity Ideas for Elderly Fathers

Elder Care Mt. Gilead OH – Activity Ideas for Elderly Fathers

Here are just a few ideas:

Invite people over for a cookout. Plan an outdoor party during the warm summer months. It can include a barbecue with friends or a potluck for family members. Make sure your aging dad has enough space for the event and let him help with the planning of the meals and the activities.

Attend a sporting event. While your elderly dad may not be able to attend a professional sporting event there are plenty of amateur athletic competitions that he could watch. Many communities have intermural sports, and local high schools are always hosting games and meets all year round.

Visit the park. Whether your elderly dad wants to do a picnic or just take a walk and get some exercise, the park is an ideal destination. Most parks have smooth walking paths and shady bench seating. Whether bird watching or people watching, your aging parent will find it a nice way to get out into the community and pass the time.

Attend community events. Most communities have something going on each weekend. You just have to look on the city website to find a schedule of events. Common community activities include plays, concerts, car shows, fairs, rodeos, craft fairs and holiday celebrations. Don’t forget to look at the events happening in nearby cities and towns as well.

Invite out-of-town relatives and friends. Seniors love to connect with loved ones who are far away. They can invite family members from afar to visit for a while and spend some time together. Whether it’s siblings, nieces, nephews, cousins or other loved ones, visitors are always a special treat.

Go out with the elder care provider. Your aging dad and his elder care provider can do some interesting things as well. They can take a trip to a local museum, tourist attraction, state or national park or other interesting historic site or landmark of interest.

Your aging father may have health issues to deal with, but that doesn’t mean they have to be housebound. When you plan on some fun activities to do with your elderly parent, you’ll help him have some fun and build strong memories.

If you are considering Elder Care Services in Mt. Gilead OH, call the caring staff at Central Star Home Health at (419) 610-2161.  Providing services for families in Mansfield, Lexington, Bellville, Mt. Gilead, Loudonville, Crestline, Galion, Shelby, Ashland, Wooster, and the surrounding areas.
About the author: Stephen Sternbach
Stephen Sternbach has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Star Multi Care Services since 1987. After the sale of the New York and New Jersey operations of Star Multi Care Services, Sternbach brought the company private where he remains President and CEO of this newly developed $22M home healthcare company. With Sternbach at the helm, Star Multi Care Services employs more than 550 employees, in six offices throughout Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York. From 1978 to 1986, Sternbach was associated with Automated Data Processing, Inc. (“ADP”)–a provider of information services, where he held several marketing positions before becoming the Director of Sales. 1999-2008 Sternbach was an active participant on the Board of Directors for Proginet–a computer software company based in Garden City, New York. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society from 1996-2002. In 1996, Stephen Sternbach was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young, Paine Webber and NASDAQ. Sternbach was also named in Crain’s New York Business Article, “40 Under 40” Successful Business Executives/Future Business Leaders in 1995. While maintaining a diversity of business and personal interests, Sternbach concentrated most of his efforts over the past 28 years towards continuously improving the quality of services delivered by the Star Multi Care Services’ family of companies. Stephen Sternbach holds a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University – Maxwell School of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations and Personnel Administration from Ithaca College.