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Baseball is the Sport for Aging Parents

Elder Care in Thomasville GA

At times, being retired can be hard. Though the person getting up for work at 5am each day may beg to differ, non-working seniors understand it is no easy task to find things to do during the day.Elder Care in Thomasville GA

Elder care professionals have to coordinate activities to keep aging parents busy. One way to do so is to get them watching baseball. Yep, this all-American game remains more popular with those of an advanced age than it does with the younger generation. This fact is something sons and daughters might want to use to keep an aging parent interested in life.

So why is baseball such a good choice as a sport for seniors? Here are some reasons:

Baseball is Slower Than Other Sports

A baseball game has particular rhythms. Each batter approaches the box in his or her own sweet time. They take a couple of practice swings, then chew their tobacco, perhaps spitting a little on ground. Meanwhile, the pitcher prepares to throw the ball, but, first, the catcher must call for the right pitch. All of these individual actions take time. That is what makes baseball such a good sport for an aging parent. Many will enjoy being able to sit back and sip a glass of lemonade, watching a game unwind at its own leisurely pace.

Long Seasons

A regular professional football season consists of 16 games, basketball has 82 games and, finally baseball has a total of 162. The entire MLB season lasts from April to October. Moreover, there is a game almost each night during the regular season. Consequently, fans have no problem catching one. Seniors, with extra leisure time on hand, enjoy knowing they have something to do in the evenings and on weekend afternoons.

Ball Parks Reminiscent of the Past

In the last years there has been a resurgence of baseball parks designed in a fashion similar to those of the past. Despite possessing modern amenities, such as elaborate food courts, so-called retro-baseball parks are cathedrals to honor the long history of the sport as “America’s pastime.” Elderly parents should find this respect for the past ingratiating.

How to Re-Introduce an Aging Parent to Baseball

Some seniors may have gotten out of the habit of watching baseball. Here are some ways that one can get them back in the habit:

  • Take them to a game.
  • Purchase some home team memorabilia.
  • Talk to them about a game attended years ago.
  • Watch a baseball documentary with them.

Get Started Now

When trying to find activities for an aging parent to do, it is always best to start by speaking with their elder care provider.
If you or an aging loved one are considering elder care in Thomasville, GA, please call the caring staff at Hopewell In-Home Senior Care today: (FL) 850-386-5552 , (GA) 229-236-5552 . Providing Senior Care Services in North Florida & South Georgia

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Brian Moran, RN, Marketing Director, Partner

Marketing Director, Partner at Hopewell In-Home Senior Care
Brian Moran, RN is both a Partner and Director of Marketing for Hopewell In-Home Senior Care. Brian has worked at the Bellevue Hospital in NYC, Tallahassee Community Hospital, Select Specialty Hospital and has over 12 years’ experience as a home health care nurse at American Home Patient. Since joining Hopewell In-Home Senior Care in 2008, Brian has used his knowledge of health care and local resources to help seniors in Tallahassee, FL navigate the medical resource maze. His goal is to assist seniors and their families by increasing awareness, affordability and quality of in-home caregiver services for those who wish to age in place.