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Activities and Exercises for the Elderly 65+


 

For the student

 (Everyone has Grandparents)

Create activities

*    Have different levels of activities

v level one; finger exercise (* see at last page)

v level two; bingo or card playing (bingo cards to print)

v level three; walking short distances (Walking off weight)

v level four; walking around the neighborhood

 

*    Look online for activities (About.com Senior Living)

 

*    Check out local library (my.crown.edu)

Bible verse: All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty. Proverbs 14:23 (NKJV)

*    Be creative and make up your own

v Guess how many buttons in a jar                       

v Interview one of the people in private and ask question about the interviewee to the group to see how many answers they just correct.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*    Use humor (Christian jokes)

 

v people benefit from laughing 

v people like to laugh

v laughter releases endorphins from the brain, allowing a natural happy feeling

*    Teach exercises for an activity

*    Mix up the activities, keeps them interested and guessing

v Card playing, bingo, hang man, speakers, arts and craft, story telling, breathing exercises, relaxing exercises, muscle and strength building exercises, mental/memory games, music, dance and drama, nature activity, religious activities.                                                       

 

                                                                        Bible verse: God delights in each good step                                                                                     we take. Psalm 37:23 (NKJV)

 

Education benefits         

Improves coordination                       

Improves muscle strength

Improves memory

Socializing

Gives you a reason to get out of the house

 

 

Resources

Bingo cards to print out

Bingo.Ziggos.com

 

Christian jokes

http://www.basicjokes.com/dtitles.php?cid+14

 

Crown college library

My.crown.edu then click on library

 

New King James Verse Bible

BibleGateway.com

 

Senior living

seniorliving.about.com/od/exercisefitness1a/4senoirexercise.htm

 

Storm athletics (for the younger students at Crown College)

www.stormathletics           

 

Walking off weight

walking.about.com/od/weightloss/Walking_Off_Weight.htm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the health care giver

 

Provide a variety of activities

*    Introduce activities

v Be a speaker and a teacher

v Teach regarding medication (Pharmacology)

      such as blood thinners; coumadin

      blood pressure medication; Atenolol, Lopressor (CDC)

*    Teach about alterative medications and how it affects regular medications (Pharmacology)                                   

*    Massages; touch is very therapeutic (how to give a back massage)

 

*    Teach in relation to healthy eating (National Institutes of Health)

 

*    Activity coordinator (how to coordinate)

v when, where, and time           

*    Develop activity calendar (printable calendar templates)           

v coordinate a month in advance, put in local newspaper

*    Develop good nutrition log (Nutrition Food Overview)

v calcium, fiber, non-fat foods

                                                                        Bible verse: Do not sleep or you will grow                                                                                     poor; stay awake and you will have food to                                                                                     spare. Proverbs 20:13 (NKJV)

 

Explain benefits

May avert hospital stays (CDC)

May seize illness early (CDC)

Therapeutic benefits

Improves heart

Improves flexibility

Increases concentration

Increases endurance

                                                                        Bible verse; The Lord is the strength of my                                                                                     life-of whom shall I be afraid?

                                                                        Psalm 27:1 (NKJV)

 

Resources

Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC)

www.cdc.gov/bloodpressure/

 

National Institutes of Health http://www.nhobi.nih.gov/health/public/heart/obesity/lose_wy/dine_out.htm

 

New King James Verse Bible

BibleGateway.com

 

Nutrition Food Overview

http:www.righthealth.com/Health/Nutrition%20Food-s?lid=goog-ads-sb-            8536643334

 

How to coordinate

www.learningplace.com.au/showitem.asp?pid=25929

 

How to give a back massage

www.ehow.com/video_8066_give-back-massage.html

 

Pharmacology

http://evolve.elsevier.com/KeeHayes/pharmacology/

 

Printable calendar templates

www.printablecalendar.ca/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

* Just call out the nick name of each finger randomly and the participants will have to move that finger. For example, ?I need a ride? they would hold up the thumb. You can make it fun by multi tasking, for example, ?Hey you, I need a ride?. They would hold up the pointing finger and the thumb.