Like many people across the UK, we have found we have had a disappointing summer in regards to the weather. At The Porterbrook, we are extremely lucky to have a wide range of facilities and activities for our elderly residents to partake in when the weather is not on our side.
Over the past few weeks, many of our residents have been enjoying playing board games with one another. Participating in games not only passes the time but also encourages mental simulation which is super important for our residents.
We have a wide range of games to choose from, from Scrabble to Monopoly, there is something for everyone to enjoy. The whole home has been getting involved and you can often find many of our residents, team members and families playing with one another, spending quality time and creating new memories.
At The Porterbrook, we try and encourage everyone to socialise as much as possible as we understand that isolation and loneliness are a massive contribution to an elderly person's decline in their mental health. Socialising for an elderly person plays a crucial role in promoting their overall well-being and quality of life. Maintaining an active social life helps combat feelings of loneliness and isolation that can often accompany ageing. Interacting with peers, friends and family members fosters a sense of belonging and emotional support, reducing the risk of depression and anxiety.
Social engagement like playing games can also stimulate cognitive functions, keeping the mind sharp and potentially delaying cognitive decline. Additionally, regular social interactions provide opportunities for seniors to share wisdom, stories, and life experiences, contributing to a sense of purpose and fulfilment. Engaging with others can lead to the development of new friendships, hobbies and interests, enriching their lives in meaningful ways.