In the past, it was always expected that older adults should live sedentary lives and take things slow. This is especially so if they have any chronic conditions like congestive heart failure (CHF). However, recent research has shown that exercising and moving more is actually beneficial to individuals living with CHF. Not only can they help boost their mood, manage weight, and keep muscles toned and healthy, but regular light exercises can even help with reducing the number of hospital admissions that they face. On top of these benefits, activities for older adults are important for social interaction and greater ties to the community.
However, before you start applying for every event you can, it is important to first have a physical check with your medical provider so that you can have an up-to-date understanding of your body. This will let you have a better idea of your physical condition and limitations. It would also be good to have your doctor’s recommendations on activities that he or she believes will value add.
Here at Hidden Meadows On The Ridge, we have established the Celebrations Activities and Events program due to this firm belief that there should always be exciting, fun, and accessible activities to take part in regardless of your age. Our experts have compiled a list of some of the favorite activities for mature adults with CHF.
Exercise isn’t always running a marathon or pumping iron at the gym. There are many forms of low-impact exercises that you and your loved ones can engage in such as yoga, walking, swimming, and stretching. Yoga, in particular, has many forms and poses that can be customized to create a practice that will best suit your physical needs. Whether it is restorative yoga to improve flexibility and boost recovery, or hot yoga to get the sweat dripping, there are many ways that exercises can be shifted to suit your interests and physical needs.
Whether it is in your own backyard or a community garden, gardening is one of the best ways to get in some movement and sun into your day. Not only is it a great way to pass your time, but it can also be very fulfilling when you see your plants bloom or come home with a handful of beautiful flowers and vegetables.
In fact, this can also easily be adapted to indoor gardening by just having a set up near your window. Older adults with CHF may need to make some changes to their gardening setup to minimize physical exertion, such as getting a gardening stool or raised flower beds.
Whether it is a mobile app that they play during their free time or a board game designed for the whole family, memory games are amongst the best activities that mature adults can engage in. Not only can they add in an element of social engagement and competition, but they are also perfect for days where you are not at your physical best or have certain physical limitations.