With winter approaching, it’s time to plan some of those must-try activities for seniors to experience. There are so many fun things to do, and it is a great time to try new things.
Stay at home activities
Many seniors like to knit but have problems with arthritis or tendonitis. There is a perfect solution for that. You can knit a blanket with your arms! Just use your cell phone for seniors to Google “Arm Knitting a Blanket for Beginners” and watch the do-it-yourself videos with the instructions. This would be a lot of fun as a get-together for you and your friends. You could get creative with it if you have experience knitting.
It could even turn into a hobby for you. A big, fluffy blanket would also make a great gift. Knitting a blanket with your arms only requires about 500 feet of super chunky yarn and your arms. It will take an hour or two to knit an entire blanket. If you have difficulty getting the hang of using your arms, there are also giant knitting needles that are available online. You can do an internet search for giant knitting needles.
One really awesome activity is playing video games with friends on the Wii. There are several fun games that will keep you active, including bowling, boxing, baseball, tennis, golf, and more. The best thing is that if you find yourself snowed in, these games can be played with online friends! Be sure to get your Wii set up to play online and make sure your friends are ready as well.
Guided meditation is an option for a group activity with your friends. You can search online for free guided meditation scripts. Choose one for a friend to read to the group or you can search YouTube for free guided meditation for anxiety, relaxation, depression, or body scan. You can listen as a group for a relaxing experience that is sure to strengthen friendships.
Have a game night with friends called Name that Tune. Get some old music together and form teams. Then play a few seconds of a song to see which team guesses the most correct songs to win. This activity is sure to challenge your memory and it makes for a great time for everyone.
Staying connected socially is so important for seniors. One way to do it is to have a Music Circle Night. Get some drumsticks, maracas, a triangle, bongo drums, and other simple pieces for everyone to use. Simply begin playing with the idea that everyone will get a tune going naturally. It’s a fun way to connect with your friends and family.
You can have a get-together with friends to paint clay pots or even garden rocks. When you are finished with your creations, arrange them on your windowsill while you wait for springtime when you can use them in your garden.
Getting out of the house activities
Another activity you can do with family or friends is going to an escape room. Have you heard of the game Clue? It’s similar to that, only it’s a real-life adventure game instead of a board game. Your group of people will go into a themed room where you will have one hour to complete your mission to escape the room. Your group will be required to discover clues, solve puzzles, and accomplish tasks in one or more rooms to be able to move to the next specific goal within the timeframe allotted. You could get a group of friends together for this fun mission activity.
Take a class at your local library. Check with your library to see what classes you may be interested in taking. You may be able to find a pottery or art class to take. It will be a fun and challenging activity.
Bingo! Everyone loves Bingo. Check online to find local Bingo nights. Meet up with your friends for some fun together. This will keep you connected with friends and engaged in some enjoyable time together. Playing games can have physical, mental, and emotional benefits for seniors.
Have a movie night where you and your friends meet up to enjoy a movie together. Some movie theaters offer a dine-in option, so you all could enjoy dinner together while you watch the movie.
Have an out and about entertainment night. Go to a local comedy club with your friends. You are sure to have a lot of laughter. Laughter is a good way to combat loneliness, depression, and anxiety.
Dance night is also a fun way to keep moving. Dancing has been shown to be one of the most powerful forms of exercise for keeping both the body and brain challenged and healthy.
Meet your friends at the local library to research your genealogy. This can be an intriguing way to trace your family history. It can be fulfilling to find tidbits of information that you didn’t know before.
Learn to play a musical instrument. Is there a musical instrument that you’ve always wanted to play? Maybe you’ve always wanted to play the guitar or piano? Learning to play a musical instrument is a wonderful way to keep your mind sharp and your hand-eye coordination in tact.
Go on a cruise! Cruises are a good way to enjoy warmer weather in the winter. Thee are many cruise lines that offer cruises for seniors. You and some friends could take a cruise together. You are likely to meet new friends on your journey.
Remember to Stay Connected
There are many ways to remain active in the wintertime, but it’s also important to stay connected with friends and family. There are cell phones for seniors that are easy to use, and they can help you stay connected in many ways. Staying connected can involve meeting up with friends in the community or meeting with friends in your home or the home of a friend. Connection promotes feelings of belonging and importance. Remember to reach out to others who may be struggling to reach out.