“We don't stop playing because we grow old;
we grow old because we stop playing.”
George Bernard Shaw
Play teaches children an awareness of the physical world. It allows them to explore and use their imagination in safe environments. They learn socialization, friendship and belonging. Play allows children to try on new behaviors.
As adults we need these same lessons. Stroke survivors can use play to explore their environment - to try out different ways of seeing and living in the world. Play encourages fresh perspectives.
Turn movement into play and see the world differently!
PLAY WITH A BALL
Bounce it and catch it.
Bounce it off your knee and catch it.
Lift your knee, bounce it under your leg.
Take it with you on a walk and bounce and catch as you go.
Walk with a friend and bounce or toss your balls to each other as you walk.
Try walking backwards as you bounce or toss your ball.
Stand on one foot and toss the ball in the air and catch it.
The possibilities are limited only by your imagination, which is of course, the point!
GO TO THE PLAYGROUND
Slide down the sliding board.
Swing on the swings.
Make up challenges for yourself.
MAKE FRIENDS AND PLAY WITH OTHERS
Instead of sitting and talking with friends and family, PLAY with them!
Hitting a beach ball (or two) around while discussing life’s ups and downs changes your perspective.
Go bowling or ice skating.
Have a skipping race.
Work as a group to design a new game.
Pick your toys and make the rules.
Compete and cooperate.