Activities for Senior's

By
Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty Plano

  •  Elderly people may become depressed when living away from family, but a senior home can offer them social interaction with others in their age range. Tailor activities to the individual tastes of seniors--some groups may be interested in the arts, while others enjoy taking part in sports.  Here are just a few ideas that can help your senior to become active.

Book Club

  • Seniors that want to keep their minds active may enjoy a book group. Decide on a specific time frame, such as weekly or monthly. Members are asked to read the designated book and, at the meeting, participants discuss it. Residents can take turns choosing the books; the selector then leads that discussion. Some popular books have suggestions for questions in the back of the book that could form the basis for a meeting.

Volunteer

  • Volunteering helps seniors feel like they're needed and can contribute to society. Residents can volunteer for issues important to them. For example, organize a group to clean up a nearby park or to tutor elementary students with failing grades.

Exercise

  • Staying active can help relieve some of the aches and pains that come with old age. Hire someone who is familiar with working with seniors, as she may have to modify activities for physical limitations. Gentle exercise, such as yoga, water aerobics, tai chi and walking, usually fit in well with a senior's pace and any physical constraints.

Crafts

  • Teach residents craft skills, such as knitting, woodworking or quilting. These activities tie in well with the changing seasons.  Residents also might enjoy an opportunity to sell their crafts to raise money for charities or for senior outings.

Celebrations

  • Celebrations can be a way for residents to come together, relax and socialize. Serve food, play music, have a sing-along and play games. Celebrate each holiday throughout the year. Be sensitive to and accommodate the various religious beliefs of all residents. Each month organize a group birthday party for all whose birthday falls within that month.

Outings

  • Organize outings for the residents, who usually enjoy getting out and seeing new places and things. For example, enjoy a group lunch at a new eatery, tour a museum exhibition, head to a sports game, or simply visit a park or the zoo.



Comments (2)

Judy Klem
Transition Stage LLC - Shelton, CT
Home Staging, Senior Move Management, Fairfield/New Haven counties

Hi Diana - These are all very important for seniors to stay involved and active. I hit Suggest.

Jul 05, 2011 01:22 AM
'The Diamond Group' 'A Cut Above The Rest'
The Diamond Group @ Keller Williams - Lubbock, TX
Lubbock Texas Real Estate

Hi Diana, some good advice friend.  Keeping active is the best defense from boredom and olddom?  is that a word.........lol.  Hope you all had a great 4th of July!

Jul 05, 2011 05:55 AM