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7 Fun Indoor Activities for Seniors

It’s not always easy for older adults to venture out and participate in outdoor activities. Sometimes, you just want to stay at home, indoors, where it’s comfortable. But that doesn’t mean seniors need to resign themselves to a dull day in front of the TV.

There are plenty of fun and engaging indoor activities that can keep seniors entertained and mentally stimulated, including:

  1. Puzzles and board games
  2. Book clubs
  3. Arts and crafts
  4. Exercise
  5. Music therapy
  6. Cooking and baking
  7. Virtual tours and museum visits

People who enjoy life in assisted living and memory care communities can often explore even more options for fun activities and events from the comfort of their homes.

  1. Puzzles & Board Games

Puzzles and board games can be great for seniors because they can provide mental stimulation and help keep the mind sharp. Whether you choose digital puzzles or tangible games, using memory skills, strategic thinking, and problem-solving with puzzles and board games can help support healthy cognition.

Board games are also a fun way to pass the time and bond with family members. From playing with grandkids to enjoying a card game with other adults, games have a social aspect that can improve feelings of isolation and loneliness, too.

  1. Book Clubs

For older adults who are avid readers, consider setting up a virtual book club or looking into existing groups. You, your loved one, and other family members could even choose a book to read together and discuss it over the phone or via video call.

If an in-person book club is more appealing, there are opportunities to create a group with your neighbors and friends. Whether you enjoy thrillers, non-fiction, or the latest bestsellers, book clubs can be a great way to socialize, stimulate the mind, and support cognitive function. Socializing with others in general can be a great way to address memory loss.

  1. Arts & Crafts

Arts and crafts can be a great way to tap into seniors’ creative side and can be especially helpful for addressing loneliness and boredom, too. Painting, knitting, crocheting, woodworking, and jewelry-making can all be excellent options, depending on your personal interests.

For those in assisted living communities, planned art activities can provide opportunities to explore your artistic side and express yourself. Participating in arts and crafts can promote healthy aging, so it’s essential to encourage older adults in your life to flex their creative muscles.

  1. Exercise

Physical activity is important for seniors, but not everyone wants to go outside for a walk or jog. Some of the indoor options for exercise might include balance exercises, yoga or Tai Chi, and even light dancing.

Exercise in older adulthood can have various benefits, including:

  • Bone loss prevention
  • Osteoarthritis pain relief
  • Chronic illness prevention
  • Immune system support
  • A boost in mood

It’s crucial for older adults to consult a medical professional before beginning a new exercise plan. Personal mobility, medical conditions, and other factors can make certain forms of exercise more challenging or risky.

  1. Music Therapy

Music has been shown to have a positive effect on people of all ages, but especially seniors. Music therapy can help reduce anxiety and depression, stimulate the mind, and promote feelings of well-being.

You can help older adults in your life create a playlist of their favorite songs, or tune in to a virtual concert or local radio station that plays their favorite genre of music. For seniors experiencing signs of cognitive decline, playing music from their adolescence and early adulthood can help stimulate musical memory, too.

  1. Cooking & Baking

Cooking and baking are fun activities that can also serve a practical purpose. You can try new recipes with a group or experiment with old family favorites. Cooking meals that follow a nutritious diet of fresh fruits and vegetables and balanced meals can also support your overall health.

  1. Virtual Tours & Museum Visits

Just because you can’t go out doesn’t mean you can’t see the world. Many museums, galleries, and tourist attractions offer virtual tours and online exhibits. These activities can be an excellent opportunity for seniors to explore places they’ve always wanted to visit but have not had the chance to explore in person.

With a computer, phone, or tablet, you can see your favorite artwork, explore famous places, and enjoy popular exhibits at museums worldwide. Virtual museum visits have also been associated with improved mood and mental health.

A group of older adults and one nurse gathered at a table and painting with small flat brushesVisit Ralston Creek Neighborhood

Indoor activities can be fun, and they can also support your quality of life. At Ralston Creek Neighborhood, we offer a variety of activities and events to help seniors enjoy life and maintain their well-being during every season. 

Older adults can find enrichment and community with assisted living. Contact us to schedule a tour and explore our amenities.

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