Four Relaxing Hobbies for Your Mom to Engage In With You

Four Relaxing Hobbies for Your Mom to Engage In With You
You're looking for ways to connect with your mom. You spend time together each week, but it usually involves going out or watching TV. You want to try something else. Here are some ideas.

#1 – Baking

Baking is not only relaxing to some, but it also fills the freezer with foods for a future date. Some forms of baking can be a workout, too. Kneading dough works the hands and arms. If your mom has arthritis, kneading is a good way to strengthen the fingers and wrists.

Bread dough, biscuits, and scones can all be frozen and baked at a later date. You can do the same with pre-made pies and cookie dough. If you decide to try baking as a hobby, make sure you have plenty of freezer bags available for storage.

#2 – Birdwatching 

Head outside and spot birds. You can find books to help you identify them online or in bookstores. Print out a list or bring an empty journal and keep track of the birds you see while you're out walking or enjoying time in a garden.

Bird feeders are a good way to draw birds to your mom's gardens. If she is in an area where bears are known to hang out, she will need to keep the feeders out of reach or only use them in the winter when birds have a harder time finding food.

#3 – Gardening

Gardening is another hobby that helps boost food supplies. Fresh vegetables are an important part of a healthy diet. Excess crops can be donated to local food shelves or frozen for the winter. 

With a garden, your mom gets fresh air and gets some exercise as she walks around and bends over to weed. If space is limited, you can look into patio gardens. Raised bed gardens are best if she can't bend over or uses a wheelchair.

#4 – Scrapbooking

Scrapbooking is a great way to organizing old family letters, photographs, and memorabilia. Sit down with your mom and create books filled with family information. You can make them as decorative as you want. The goal is to have everything organized and saved for future generations.

Your mom will benefit from socialization with you, but she also needs to spend time with others. She needs to have friends closer to her own age. One of the ways to make sure this happens is by having her frequent events at a local senior center.

Getting your mom to a senior center can be challenging. If you can't get the time off work, there's a simple solution. Look into the services caregivers provide. Caregivers can help in many ways including transportation, running errands, and housekeeping. Call a home care agency to talk about hiring a caregiver for your mom.

If you or an aging loved one are considering caregivers in Salt Lake City, UT, contact the caring staff at Interim Healthcare. Call today 801-401-3515.

Author: Michael and Marlena Hawkins, Owners, Interim HealthCare, Salt Lake City, UT 

Interim HealthCare of Salt Lake City has been in business since February 2014, providing in-home personal care and support services that help our elderly and/or disabled neighbors live enriched, safe and independent lives. Our goal is to provide customized care and support services that make it possible for our clients to remain in the comfort of their own homes rather than relocate to an assisted living facility. Interim HealthCare is family owned by Michael and Marlana Hawkins, and is a Veteran Owned Small Business.


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