Hi Gretchen. I’m with you! This is a really satisfying part of my practice. One thing that I like to do with my seniors, and that they too seem to love, are reaction drills. Yep, go old exercises to test and improve their reactions, quickness and hand-eye coordination. At first, as you can imagine, these drills/exercises can be a bit frustrating for them, so I’m careful in keeping it simple and things that they can achieve with a little bit of concentration and effort. Then as they begin to improve and I start to increase the intensity, you can just see them light up and rise to the challenge. I love it!
I work with many seniors and I agree with LaRue.
I use balls of all sizes to toss and catch, I also incorporate household items whenever possible such as their chairs, steps, piano benches for stretching, “stand ups”, or as the focus of the final reach in an exercise.
Strength work such as basic bicep curls and lateral raises are really great too.
I also like to go outside and walk, navigating sidewalks and uneven terrain with them is important.