August is National Golf Month and it’s the perfect time for seniors to learn more about this sport. If your senior loved one already plays golf they can take advantage of specials and deals during National Golf Month to play more or upgrade their equipment. And if your senior parent has never played golf before it’s the best time of the year for them to start taking golf lessons. With companion care at home services, your senior would have a partner to play some holes.
Golf is one of the best things that seniors can do because it has a wide range of benefits for seniors:
Socialization Which Could Include a Companion Care at Home Aide
Social isolation can be as detrimental to a senior’s physical and mental health as many illnesses can. It’s a huge problem for seniors aging at home. But golf is the perfect sport for socialization. At many golf courses, seniors can hang out, get a drink or a snack, and talk with other golfers. It’s a great way for seniors to make friends. And seniors can go out in groups to play a round of golf. If your senior loved one doesn’t have any friends who golf companion care at home can include golfing time. With companion care at home, your senior parent will always have a friend who is ready to go play a few holes of golf or practice putting with your senior loved one at home.
Huge Health Benefits
The health benefits of golf for seniors are huge. Golf isn’t a particularly tough physical sport but it helps seniors improve their core strength as they swing the club and perform other movements. And walking around the golf course is fantastic for seniors because it’s not high-impact but it does help with heart health, endurance, and maintaining balance. Golf can help seniors keep their mobility longer as they get older because it keeps them moving in the best possible ways.
Seniors can also get significant cognitive benefits from playing golf. Thinking about lining up a shot, the hand-eye coordination involved in swinging the club and hitting the ball, and other activities that happen during a round of golf will help seniors exercise their brains as well as their bodies. And having conversations and interactions with people, judging the distance from the ball to the hole which involves spatial reasoning, and many other cognitive processes get a workout when seniors play golf, too.
It’s hard to quantify happiness but seniors can also get a boost in their happiness and a better quality of life when they are playing golf regularly. Being able to get outside and enjoy beautiful weather and all the greenery of the golf course can really help a senior’s mental health. Golf courses are meticulously maintained so they are always beautiful. And spending time around other people can provide a big lift to seniors who are struggling with the symptoms of depression. Seniors can find a lot of fulfillment and a sense of accomplishment and purpose from playing golf, which is what they need to be happy as they get older.