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Importance of Play Seniors for Seniors in Greater Edmonton

play seniors activities edmontonEngaging in various forms of play is something that we can all view as enjoyable, but we may be more reluctant to view it as constructive.

The common trend in today’s society is to place value upon busyness and goal-driven tasks and responsibilities, while we devalue acts that do not have tangible results or outcomes that seem objectively productive. The reality is, however, that playfulness is relevant and beneficial in its own uniquely important ways, and people of all ages, including seniors, should prioritize play and make it a part of their daily lives.

What is Play?

‘Play’ can be understood and defined in numerous ways, and each person will likely have their own unique and personal understanding of just what activities and behaviours constitute play in their lives. The crucial idea that underlines all understandings of play is that playfulness involves taking part in activities for no reason other than that they provide joy, rather than in pursuit of a goal-oriented outcome. Anything that is done purely for enjoyment and fun without any other purpose can be described as play.

Why Seniors Should Play

The joy, creativity, imagination, and feelings of fulfillment that can be accessed and explored through engaging in acts of playfulness are beneficial for seniors in a variety of notable ways. Mental and physical health can both be improved through engaging in play. The following is a list of ways that seniors’ can benefit from participating in fun, play-oriented activities:

  • Boosts Creativity
  • Boosts Immune System
  • Creates Feelings of Happiness and Relaxation
  • Helps Build Relationships
  • Improves Cognitive Function
  • Improves Mood
  • Keeps the Brain Active
  • Lowers Blood Pressure
  • Lowers Stress
  • Reduces Memory-Loss
  • Relieves Tension
  • Stimulates Critical Thinking
  • Stimulates Imagination
  • Works the Cardiovascular System
Finding Your Fun

The fact that play can come in countless forms means that there are an incredible number of ways through which seniors can explore fun and take part in diverse forms of play. There are ways to engage in fun that are accessible for seniors at any level of ability, in any state of health, with any type of interest; and play can happen alone, with companions, or in greater social groups. The fun available to seniors is boundless, and each day can include new activities, new people, and new ways to experience the benefits of play. As seniors continue to grow older and their physical and cognitive abilities keep changing, play can change in accordance. There will always be ways to have fun that are accessible, enjoyable, and sustainable for seniors in Edmonton.

Contact us today for a Free Home Care Assessment to discuss how our services in Edmonton, Sherwood Park and St. Albert can help inject fun and activities into your daily routine.