Do you recall how you felt when the school bell rang, signaling the start of the best part of the day – recess? Bounding out to the playground, leaving the pressures of schoolwork behind for a brief moment of unstructured play, there was a tremendous sense of freedom. Sadly, for many elders, this is merely a good memory.
“Play is something done for its own sake,” says Dr. Stuart Brown, founder of the National Institute for Play. It’s voluntary, joyful, provides a sense of involvement, and takes you out of time. And the act is more essential than the result.”
Is it possible and worthwhile for elders to recapture the enjoyment of playing? YES!
The following are the primary benefits of playing for seniors:
- To be connected: Making time to create relationships with others in person is critical to our social health whether through sports, weekly board game tournaments, or any other shared pleasures and interests.
- Sharpening the mind. Lowering the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and boosting thinking and problem-solving abilities.
- To strengthen relationships: When a feeling of fun is added, the everyday tension inherent in most of our interactions is relieved, allowing for stronger bonding.
With the support of Friends 2 Family Care Services LLC, a more joyful way of life is easily achievable. Our caregivers can do housekeeping, grocery shopping, errands, meal preparations, and other activities so your seniors wouldn’t worry about playing and having fun.
Call 205-587-0997 or email us for more information about our non-medical home care in Birmingham, Alabama. We commit to treating your loved one with the same dignity, love, and patience that we would extend to our family members.
Now is the time to take advantage of our family care services in Alabama!