Activities for Seniors – A Guide
If you were to pick some indoor or outdoor activities for seniors would they be an activity that you would do by yourself or with other people?
Only you can answer this but we will cover both situations.
All we can do is to provide some ideas for you in our article titled Activities for Seniors – a Guide.
Some seniors prefer being a loner or someone who prefers their own company to the company of others.
We are all different so it is expected that some will look forward to mixing with others while others do not.
One very good activity for loners is enjoying the company of pets.
A faithful dog or cat or a favorite bird can make a lot of difference to a loner by being the social company for them.
Scrabble is a great game enjoyed by many seniors and their friends.
Different Suggestions for You for Indoor Activities
There are many great ideas for indoor activities for you to enjoy.
These will help your mind to stay active while some will have the added benefit of getting exercise.
Some will surprise you as they probably are ones that you would not be thinking of.
When you join in with others in activities you are also socialising.
There are so many activities we cannot possibly cover them all in this article but reading through the article will remind you of others you enjoyed earlier in your life.
Indoor Activities For You by Yourself
There are many activities you can enjoy indoors on your own.
These activities are mainly related to craft or hobbies.
They include but are not limited to:
- Coloring In
- Jewelry Making
- Foil Engraving
- Writing – Could include writing books or writing your Memoirs for your family to enjoy reading.
- Watching Documentaries and Movies
- Indoor Gardening
- Do a course at home to learn a new activity or activity.
- Card Making
- Listen to Music
- Listen to Talkback Radio
- Play card games such as Klondike and Free Cell.
- Do a Jigsaw Puzzle
- Do a crossword
As you can see these are relatively inexpensive and if you are still living at home by yourself they are ways to spend your time.
Activities With Others
There are so many activities that seniors can enjoy with others and enjoy the socializing part of this that they are far to numerous to mention here.
Some of these are indoors but not at home.
- Ten Pin Bowling (It is indoors and you can either do it by yourself or with others)
- Lunch either at home or at a restaurant
- Playing Cards
- Playing Board Games
- Enjoying Craft Activities With Friends and Families
- Enjoying a Night Out at the Theater
- Remember Things in Old Photos with Friends and Families
- Entertain Friends and Families in your own Home
- Go Shopping With Friends
- Join an ameutuer theater group
- Playing Indoor Bowls.
- Join a Men’s Group or a Ladies Group
Crafts to Enjoy
- Model Making
- Scrapbooking – Always good in a group environment. Great way to have conversations.
- Card Making
- Pottery Class – No need to have your own kiln
- Painting with friends
- Making Stained Glass
- Jewelry Making
- Making Leather Goods
There are quite often crafts within crafts for you to enjoy.
You will find that some craft ideas can be financially rewarding.
Sell your creations at a market near your home.
This is another outing for you to enjoy.
Card Games to Play
- Five Hundred
- Twenty one or Pontoon
Board Games to Play
- Trivial Pursuit
- Chinese Checkers
Outdoor Activities by Yourself
There are many outdoor activities to enjoy when by yourself.
- Going for a walk
- Bird Watching
- Go for a ride on a bus
- Go for a drive
- Go shopping
- Have a swim
- Play Golf
- Do exercises
- Go to a Farmers Market
- Train for sports activities you are still involved in.
Just make yourself get outside and do something.
The fresh air will be beneficial for your health and well being.
Exercise can help not only physically but also mentally.
Outdoor Activities with Others
Outdoor activities with others are important as it helps fill the need for humans to not be lonely. Socializing can help your mental state by helping with stress and depression.
- Travel with Friends – Go on a bus trip or on a cruise.
- Play Sport
- Shop with friends or neighbours
- Enjoy an outing such as a picnic with friends and loved ones
- Gold Panning
- Metal Detecting
- Enjoy a day out at the Races
- Go Boating
- Tai Chi
- Go to the Beach
- Enjoy an outing to a Sports Game
- Visit a craft market with friends
- Go hiking or camping – You will most likely enjoy the planning for this activity with your fellow campers as well as shopping for provisions.
- Join a walking group
Sports with Others
To participate in sports with others it is not necessary to always be involved in an organized event or carnival.
It could be something such as going for a swim with a friend.
Some of these sports will require a certain level of fitness so before deciding on participating in them make sure that you discuss it with your doctor and get his or her approval to do so.
- Playing a round of golf
- Playing Mini Golf
- Go Fishing with a club or group of friends
- If you are still participating in Athletics and have discussed this with your doctor and you have your doctor’s OK then taking part in Athletics Carnivals would be another sport on this list.
- Lawn Bowls
- Go Sailing
- Touch Football
- Table Tennis
- Ten Pin Bowling
Music Activities for Seniors.
Of the many musical activities Senior Citizens enjoy is a good old fashioned sing along.
The chosen music, however, should be appropriate to the ages of the participants.
They must be songs the attendees know from many years before and not some modern hip-hop song that no one there will more than likely never have heard before.
There are also many musical games you can play with others.
These include naming a song from a playlist.
Play the song on a CD or Cassette or a record player and get the audience to name the song being played.
Another game involves playing Nursery Rhymes and stopping them half way through. Get someone to say the next line. Results can cause plenty of laughter.
You may like to go along to an organized song concert.
For example go to a Christmas Carol performance.
Have a night out at an opera.
Travel Ideas for Seniors
Do you intend to travel by yourself or with other people.
You may wish to go on a cruise and meet new friends on board.
I believe if possible it is great when you can cruise with a friend and experience things together.
There is always plenty to do on a cruise and once you have paid your fare a lot of it is cost free.
It is included in the fare.
If you intend to do day trips these will cost you money.
Other items that will not be free are souvenirs, drinks, some of the restaurants on the boat, gambling at the casino, and tips.
Another travel idea is to take a road trip.
Should you still be driving you will be free to travel anywhere in your own state or country.
You may like to do a bus trip to a predetermined destination.
This could be to visit family or friends or simply just to go there to see some specific tourist attraction.
If you are a member of a group or a retirement community there are probably going to be day trips organized for you to participate in.
These trips may be to country towns of interest to people, to a beachside location or just around the city or town you live in.
The organizer of these outings will be experienced and ensure all have a good time.
Another idea is to simply hop on a bus and travel around your city seeing things that are either new to you or something that you are interested in and haven’t seen for sometime.
Activities for People Who Experience Limited Mobility
Are you limited in your mobility?
Here are some activities for you to enjoy.
Play music. This activity will stimulate your mental condition and make you less depressed.
Reading. Reading can cause brain activity. You can then retell the story to friends and family.
Writing. Write a letter to an old friend or a poem.
Make paper crafts. Origami is a popular craft.
Go out into the fresh air and enjoy nature. The bird sounds and the trees are wonderful to take in.
Club Ideas for Seniors
There are quite a lot of different clubs either for you to join or to start off.
Starting a club among your friends and relatives is not difficult.
To start a much larger club could be more difficult.
A Garden Club
If you have been an avid gardener throughout your adult life join or start a garden club.
It doesn’t matter the size of the club even if it is only yourself and a few like minded friends or relatives.
The socializing side of a club like this is astronomical.
You will find yourselves chattering away for hours.
You will probably need some suitable land area to set up a combined garden on.
Decide if you want to plant vegetables or flowers.
On occasion organize for a local nurseryman to visit and give you a short talk.
Your individual knowledge will be increased by what the other members know that you don’t.
Between your group you may decide to build a raised garden bed to make access easier.
You will find that because of the increased activity you will have greater movement in your body and a much better outlook on life in general.
Begin a Coffee Club
This idea is possibly one of the easiest to arrange.
Meet a group of friends for coffee on a regular basis.
Talk about old times while enjoying a favorite cup of coffee.
Conversations can range from how the world has changed in our lifetime to how will climate change affect our grandchildren.
You can then talk about everything in between.
Keep the talk civil and probably don’t discuss politics and religion. (just to be safe not to upset anyone)
A Movie Club
This is another easy club to start.
Once again get together with a group of friends and relatives.
Pick a movie between your group and organize a suitable time to go to see it.
If you have enough members you may even be able to arrange a discount when seeing a movie.
You could then meet a week or so after the outing to discuss the movie over a cup of coffee or tea.
Gather friends and neighbours who have similar interests in music.
Meet at a different members home each time you meet and enjoy the music together.
You may b surprised on the amount of conversation that happens.
All things from the song to the artist who is performing it.
Other groups and clubs
Here are some other ideas for clubs or groups for you:
Craft Group – People with a common interest in craft,not necessarily the same craft, can meet together and talk about the various crafts they are interested in and give talks to the group on their craft
Singing Group – If you or someone you know has the ability to lead a singing group you could start one of these and after becoming reasonably proficient perform at retirement communities near you.
Gem Club – Should this be an interest of you and others you know start a Gem Club. Go prospecting together and afterwards cut and polish your finds together.
Men’s Club – As men quite often have different interests to women in a lot of retirement communities there are clubs that cater for men. They have guest speakers who talk about topics men are interested in. In our community they then go on to play darts and snooker or have a refreshing cold drink.
Start or Join a Fishing Club – Enjoy the company of others when you go fishing. You will probably learn of new fishing spots that may produce better results than you have been achieving.
You could also learn of different types of fishing tackle and bait to use.
Cooking Club / Dinner Club – Starting this type of club between your friends, neighbours and relatives can lead to a lot of different meals being enjoyed through the group.
I imagine you will all be trying new and delicious meals when you meet and having a lively conversation as well as some amazing wine.
Walking Group – Form a walking group with your friends and neighbours.
Arrange to meet at a convenient time at a predetermined location.
Different members will have different levels of fitness so for the ones that are not as fit as others arrange the route to be walked to pass their home at a time when they will not have overdone things.
You will all be stimulated both physically and mentally by the increase in your exercise.
I personally like to walk daily but you and your friends may be totally different.
Don’t overdo things to start with and increase the distance each time you walk.
If any members are not fit or have not exercised for some time please ensure their doctor has given the OK for them to walk.
The type of club you can join or start is only limited by your imagination.
If you need to find a suitable club to join look online searching in your local area or possibly in your local phone book.
Courses You May Like to Complete
As we age some of us like to learn new things.
The learning of new topics and how to do things enriches and stimulates our brain.
It raises our self esteem and increases our range of topics we are able to hold a conversation about.
You will easily be able to find courses on most subjects online.
I am doing new courses constantly.
If you have a local university, college or high school there could be courses that they conduct for senior citizens.
Just go to this link I found in google to find out what is available.
The above I found under free courses.
Please search for specific courses that you are interested in.
Now it is Up to You
Thank you for your time you have spent reading our article Activities for Seniors – a Guide.
I do hope you are now ready to begin some of the activities we have discussed in the article.
It is now up to you to decide what it is you will do with these ideas.
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