The elderly play a key role in American society. They are often our living link to World War II, Vietnam, and other key historical events. They have stories and backgrounds that we can learn from and should pay attention to.
Every May the Administration on Aging leads Older Americans Month – a celebration of everything that older Americans offer to our communities. The theme for this year’s Older Americans Month is “Engage at Every Age” and it is encouraging the participation in activities that benefit physical, emotional and mental well-being.
This is a terrific message for seniors, who too often can become inactive or depressed. We can help older Americans by helping them remain active. Below are a few easy suggestions for keeping the seniors in your life engaged:
Listen to their stories – If you know of a senior who has a compelling story, it’s time to listen. Do you have a veteran in the family? Some of our older seniors may have grown up during the Great Depression. Find out about their experience. Write it down. Share this history with your children. This is how history transcends generations.
Take walks – It can be great to help the seniors in your life by simply remaining active with them. Encouraging them to get a small amount of daily exercise even if it’s a 10 or 15-minute walk can make a significant difference. It can also help to spend that time outdoors.
Plan activities – Simple activities such as games, crafts or reading can help keep seniors mentally stimulated. This stimulation can go a long way in improving their mental health. Having a set of daily activities is a great way to stay happy and healthy!