Indoor Activities for the Elderly

1st March 2012

 

It is very important for elderly adults to remain active. Physical, mental and social stimulation are the keys to longevity and happiness. Seniors have the benefit of plenty of free time to pursue hobbies and leisure activities, many of which are inexpensive and can be done individually or as a group.

  1. Indoor Physical Activities
    • It is important to keep up physical activities, these can be achieved indoors which can include strengthening exercises with small hand weights, fitness DVDs (some are designed for seniors and those with physical limitations), yoga, Pilates, or simply walking around during commercial breaks if the seniors are watching television. Dancing and table tennis are fun activities that include a social element.

Indoor Mentally Stimulating Activities

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    • It is imperative that the elderly keep their minds sharp. Reading and book clubs and writing groups, as well as word and logic puzzles will keep elderly people from getting bored. Sudoku is a readily available number puzzle that has become very popular in recent years.

Creative Activities

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    • There are many creative activities that the elderly can enjoy such as drawing, painting and needlecrafts, which you can  express your creativity. With proper lighting, photography can be done indoors. Scrapbooking and handmade greeting cards have become very popular. Playing musical instruments can provide a creative outlet for older adults, as can singing songs and doing karaoke.

Recreational Activities

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    • Have a blast from the past and dig out board games and a pack of  cards, bingo and jigsaw puzzles are popular among elderly . Shaping play dough can be beneficial for those with arthritis or other motor issues with the hands. Baking, particularly for a holiday, is enjoyable for many. If you have green fingers you may enjoy can grow small herb gardens indoors. Also elderly women enjoy getting manicures and pedicures they have a turn a piece a bit of pampering makes us all feel better