What To Do When You Have Limited Mobility
As adults grow older they tend to have limited mobility due to health conditions like stroke, severe arthritis, or injuries from accidental falls.
According to statistics,1 in 5 women and 1 in 6 men over 65 years of age will struggle with their mobility within the next twenty years. There are currently over 20% of women and over 16% of men who suffer from some form of disability and the number keeps increasing with age.
If you or a loved one currently struggles with mobility and are still managing to be self-sufficient, they require a certain level of home care.
Their health is very important if they’re to keep being independent.
Limited mobility doesn’t mean one can’t have good times again. Listed in this article are ways to have fun and stay engaged without having to move around much.
1. Go Out for Some Fresh Air
This is something most people who’ve got limited mobility to want to do. They sometimes prefer staying indoors which isn’t good for their mental health.
Walking may not be something you can do now but going out would help your physical and mental health. You can look out for the best wheelchair suited for your requirements so you can go get some fresh air. Just thirty minutes out in the open surrounded by nature can boost your mood at an exponential rate.
It would provide you with a sense of achievement and perspective throughout the rest of the day.
2. Keep Your Brain Active
It’s sometimes easy to remain focused on the physical limitations we’re faced with to the detriment of our brain health. It is necessary to look out for your brain’s health.
This involves much exercise and frequent stimulation just like you would the rest of your body. You need your brain to get smarter as you get older. This can be done by playing crossword puzzles, training your brain, and solving math puzzles.
They’re the teasers you need to keep the strongest muscle in your body sharp. Even reading informative materials such as the newspaper, journals, magazines, reading books, and participating in book clubs’ discussion.
These may seem trivial but don’t underestimate their effect.
3. Get in Touch With Your Creative Side
Who says limited mobility means limited fun? Getting in touch with your creative side is another fun way to spend your time.
Have you ever wanted to do something creative and crazy? Now’s probably the time to be unashamed. Drawing, designing, painting, and crafting art sculptures are beautiful ways you can get to be creative.
According to research, engaging in creative activities can help people battling severe sickness to reduce negative energy and increase their positivity level. It even reduces stress and anxiety.
Fun projects to engage in could include creating scrapbooks, family albums, or your special family recipe book.
What are you waiting for? Get your creative juices rolling.
4. Start a Garden
This is something you should also consider doing during this period. Starting a garden is a great activity for people limited due to mobility restrictions.
They are simple processes like potting a plant or trimming light bushes. Just being in the garden alone allows you to get a little bit of that natural feel.
The amazing thing about this activity is that it can be done even if you’ve been confined to a wheelchair. You can have the ability to be one of the few who contribute to the availability of oxygen for humanity.
Again growing your garden even if it’s in a small raised bed can provide you with a sense of purpose. Sometimes, that’s what we need. Purpose.
5. Are You Spending Time With People Who Matter To You?
If your answer to that was no or not enough, then asking family or friends with little ones or friendly pets to come to visit is something you should do. It’s a great way to engage yourself.
You may haven’t been spending enough time with your loved ones and no one’s judging you for that. But if they do matter to you, this is a good time to get back into their lives. And yes, do play with pets; it’s yet another way to reduce stress.
Finally, since there are countless activities out there you can engage in when you’ve got limited mobility, asking for help when you need it tops them all.
The truth is, you’d have bad days — really terrible days where you just want everything to end. It’s in those moments where you’re vulnerable that you need someone to hold onto you. Never be afraid to ask for help. We all need it.
Dallas Dorrall is passionate about music and is living her dream managing and promoting Nashville/Muscle Shoals based Country Music Artist, Johnny Collier, currently touring the US. While traveling, she enjoys reviewing new artists, restaurants and nightclubs. Dallas is crazy about her family and friends and attributes her enthusiasm for life to a quote by Marianne Williamson (which she still reads every day) entitled “Our Deepest Fear”.