Coming up with ideas that you and an elderly individual can enjoy together can be difficult. The activities are necessary to keep the brain active and healthy. We have created a list of great creative activities to do with your elderly loved ones as mental health is just as important as physical health. 
 
Home Spa Day 
Creative activities can sometimes be relaxing as it's not always better to do activities that are physically and mentally exhausting. A small spa day can be enjoyed in the comfort of your own home. This could include face masks, manicures and even pedicures with relaxing music in the background. You could even have a local beauty therapist over to give you both a very well deserved massage. 
 
Afternoon Tea 
A lovely little activity can be afternoon tea with your loved one. This allows them control of the situation and will encourage their creativity whilst bonding over some tea, scone and sandwiches! Suggesting a theme for them to participate in could also spark their interest. 
 
Large Puzzles 
On a rainy or dull day completing a puzzle is a great way to keep the brain active. Playing cards, working through a large puzzle or puzzle book with an elderly individual can keep your loved one entertained for hours or even days whilst bonding together. 
 
Gardening 
To encourage your loved one to go outdoors try to entice them with gardening which allows them to express their creativeness. Some elderly loved ones do not have the strength to complete advanced gardening activities but not to worry there are still many things they can get stuck into! 
 
Reading/ Writing 
It could be a good idea to provide new books if the elderly individual enjoys reading magazines or books. This is another great way to keep their brain active and thinking. You could also offer to discuss book club ideas to them. 
Starting a diary could be beneficial which encourages them to write daily including their thoughts and feelings about different events that happened throughout their day. 
 
At The Essex Care Group, we aim to support the people we work with to live their lives, their way, to realise their potential, whatever their impairment or disability. We design our services to be as individual as you are, from short-term support following an illness to long-term or permanent support. 
We can also help you manage your medication routine or support you whilst you get used to being back at home after a stay in hospital. To find out more, visit our website on www.essexcaregroup.co.uk, email us at info@essexcaregroup.co.uk or give us a call on 01206 489 542. 
 
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