Is Play Important to Assisted Living Residents?
Playing is an activity that is beneficial to all ages – it can add joy to your life and relieve stress when dealing with difficult situations. Because older adults can also benefit from play, assisted living residents in communities are able to engage in many forms of activities. Assisted living activities may include pet therapy, music therapy, weekly bingo games, dominoes, puzzles, volunteer visits, and other planned social events.
Is play important? You bet it is. The role of a CareTeam is to assess what is best for the resident. Do they enjoy reading, crafts, cards, group games, dancing, shopping outings, etc? Meeting the resident where they are in their journey gives us clues on their interests and engagement level. If someone suffers from paralysis on the arms and hands, an activity may be listening to a book on tape or watching a slide show of family pictures. Experimenting with various interests can help the team create activities that are appropriate for their cognitive and physical abilities. Play can also relieve stress and often temporarily ease pain and often distracts the residents from current worries and discomfort. The social interaction of playing with family and friends can also help ward off stress and depression. Sharing in fun assisted living activities with new friends can also help us all connect with others and improve our relationships.
In the words of George Bernard Shaw, “We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” Playing can boost your energy and vitality and even improve your resistance to disease, helping you feel your best.
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