Putting a Spring in a Senior’s Step

Do you see it? Can you feel it? The crowd cheering, foot long hot dogs, fresh cut grass, vendors shouting to sell sugary confections. That’s right, spring training is here! Finally. Now I remember what makes Florida so great, it plays host to 15 major baseball teams for spring training. Now remember, baseball is America’s favorite pastime- that means the senior in your life loves it too! Here are just a few of the benefits a senior can get out of attending a baseball game.
1. Social interaction- Many seniors are isolated from others either by choice or necessity (they feel unsafe driving or don’t have any friends or relatives nearby.) Getting out to a baseball game is good for seniors. As humans we thrive when we engage in activities with others. Just being around others can have a positive impact on mood.
2. Change in routine-When seniors reach the age of retirement and beyond, their lives can become very monotonous. They find themselves waking at the same time every day, eating the same foods, and watching the same shows on T.V. While routine can be comforting it also makes life unexciting. The anticipation of looking forward to attending a new event and doing something out of the ordinary can make unoccupied time enjoyable.
3. A chance to bond- If you’re like me and you have a hard time coming up with topics for conversation with your aging loved one, attending an outing like a baseball game together allows you to have built in conversation starters. You may be surprised at what you are able to learn about the senior in your life by just asking a few simple questions sparked by the activities of the game.
So there you have it. Three good reasons to take a senior to a baseball game this season. If you think your loved one would enjoy attending a baseball game this season but might need a companion, Bayshore Home Care can provide a caregiver to accompany your loved one. Bayshore has been serving seniors in their homes for the past 27 years. Bayshore provides home care in Pinellas, Pasco and Hillsborough counties.

Published Date: February 21, 2013

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