When you become a senior and part of the older generation, it’s essential that you keep up an active lifestyle.
Keeping your mind and body engaged will help you to maintain your cognitive and physical capabilities.
There are countless studies and research that conclude that seniors who partake in a wider range of activities, such as the ones listed below, have a greater sense of self, are happier with their day to day lives and have an overall improvement in their well-being.
By keeping the body active through exercise, you can maintain your muscle strength and help to reduce the risk of physical health conditions, such as diabetes and obesity, as well as heart and respiratory conditions that become more common in later life.
Engaging in activities that stimulate the mind can reduce the risk of mental health conditions, such as anxiety, depression, dementia and Alzheimer’s.
Whether you’re living by yourself, with family or loved ones, in assisted living or a nursing home, there are plenty of fun and engaging activities you can enjoy keeping you busy and helping you enjoy your golden years.
Hobbies and Recreational Activities
Arts & Crafts
There are so many different and unique arts and crafts projects for seniors that it would take all day to list them out. Whatever you’re into, whether it’s sewing, knitting, making cards, creating scrapbooks or anything you can think of, there are many hours of fun to be had here.
Walking is great exercise, and it doesn’t matter what kind of physical capabilities you have, you simply walk as far and fast as you’re happy to. This is an easy way to get outside, get some fresh air and stay connected with the world around you. Going for a stroll is a fantastic activity for nursing home residents as you can all venture out as a group to spend some time together.
While the chances that you’re going to get stuck into some high-intensity five-a-side football are low, there are plenty of sports that are perfectly suitable for senior citizens. For example, golfing is a wildly popular sport, as is walking/hiking (see above) and more relaxing sports, such as bowling, and crochet. It will depend on what sports interest you and you enjoy, but there’s no harm in joining a club to see for yourself.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re green-fingered or not; gardening is an excellent hobby for the older generation. While it’s still exercising to some degree, the physical effort is quite low, depending on what you’re doing. There’s always plenty to do in the garden, and it’s a great way of getting some fresh air and moving your body.
Yoga offers many positive aspects, especially for elderly people. You can practice at home, in your nursing home or in a class environment and it’s a great way to give your body an all-over workout. Not only can yoga help with joint flexibility and muscle building, related practices such as meditation have been proven countless times to improve your well-being and overall happiness.
Cooking is another great activity, regardless of whether you’re living alone, in assisted living or with family and friends, who are sure to love any treats you cook up. Why not try different cuisine from around the world? Maybe try perfecting a favorite dish or just because you enjoy it. Cooking is a great way to stimulate your mind and keep you busy.
Mental Stimulation Activities
Puzzles & Brain Games
If you’re looking for an enjoyable way to keep your brain active and stimulated, what better option is there than trying to complete a puzzle? There is a vast wealth of brain games for seniors out there; it just depends on what you find most enjoyable. You could do something traditional, like Sudoku or a jigsaw puzzle, or maybe try and mix things up with a Rubik’s Cube or even a brain training app on your smartphone.
Reading is a great way to keep your brain stimulated and can take you to other worlds, into other people’s minds or for learning new information and opinions about the world. You can read fiction or non-fiction books, or have a look at the vast number of blogs for seniors available online, which can give you a wealth of senior-friendly ideas, conversations, and content.
Thanks to easy to use technology, the internet and the accessibility of books, it’s never been easier to get answers or information about literally anything you might be interested in. By using a computer the answers that you might had to go to the library for 20 years ago are now only a few clicks away.
Computers aren’t your thing? Why not use a personal assistant and voice control? Especially handy for seniors, Amazon Alexa offers a wide range of features that can make your life easier. You can ask questions, ask for jokes, today’s schedule or try one of the many other word commands available.
Just because you are part of the older generation, it doesn’t mean that you have to be out of the dating game. Dating for seniors is becoming more and more popular across the United States, and there are many ways to help you meet new people by going to meetups or using an online dating service application on your tablet or phone.
Owning a Pet
A great way to stay active and engaged is getting yourself a pet. There are many different pets out there which require different levels of care and can give you different levels of affection.
If you’re looking for a companion that won’t leave your side, there are plenty of great dog breeds for seniors out there.
Contacting Your Loved Ones
If you’re the owner of a computer, it doesn’t matter where you or your loved ones are in the world; you can stay in contact them with just a few clicks. Life is busy for everybody but staying in touch with the people we care about has never been easier, whether that’s through email, social media or video chats.
Playing Social Games
There is a huge range of board games and activities that can be enjoyed with groups of friends, other residents of your nursing home, or family members, such as your children or grandchildren. You might like ideas such as Monopoly, or a good old-fashioned game of cards. Whatever games you’re interested in, it is a great way to get to know people and to introduce yourself in a fun environment.
Seeing Friends/Catching Up
Sometimes, all you want to do is sit down with the people you care about and relax. Thankfully, there are plenty of opportunities and things you can still do while you’re relaxing. For instance, there is a vast number of television series and movies that are released every single week.
This is a great way to discover new and exciting interests that you share with the people in your life, making it a great way for you to get closer and more connected.