If you’re caring for an elderly person in your home, it can be difficult to keep them entertained and active. After all, they might not be able to walk as well or see as clearly as they used to, which limits their activities. This guide on how to keep seniors entertained at home will help you find activities they can do without the risk of falling or injury. These fun activities will give them exercise while keeping their minds sharp and helping them maintain social relationships with friends, family, and neighbors that they wouldn’t have had otherwise.
1) Board Games
There are so many board games out there that can be played with seniors. Some popular ones are Scrabble, Boggle, and Monopoly. Board games are a great way for seniors to spend time with family and friends. They also allow the person hosting the game to control the pace of play and keep everyone in suspense until they draw their next card or roll their dice.
2) Crocheting or Knitting
Crocheting and knitting are both old-fashioned, but still popular activities for seniors. These are good because you can do them in your spare time or as a hobby. You can also make things with it like scarves, blankets, and sweaters. There are many different patterns and stitches that you can use so you don't get bored of doing the same thing over and over again. You can also use different colors to make designs in your project or just stick to one color.
Scrapbooking is a great way for grandparents and grandchildren to spend time together. Whether the grandchild is just getting started, or has been scrapbooking for years, this hobby can spark a lot of creativity in both generations. Scrapbooks are also a great way for older adults with Alzheimer's Disease or dementia to have some sense of accomplishment and control over their lives when they can't do much else - besides improving mental an phycial health.
4) Outdoor Activities
There are plenty of outdoor activities that appeal to seniors, that don't involve strenuous activity.
Hiking: Hiking doesn't have to be up rocky scrambles and tall mountains. Just a walk around a nature reserve can do wonders for the mind.
Kayaking: Kayakers should be comfortable in the water and can swim well. Rent a kayak for one day, or bring your own, and spend the afternoon on the lake.
Canoeing: Canoeists should be strong swimmers but not necessarily comfortable in deep water.
5) Visiting Friends
Visiting friends is a great way for seniors to get out of the house and have some fun. Try visiting people who live nearby or going to one of their favorite restaurants in town. If they don't like going out, suggest having them over your home for lunch or dinner, where they can enjoy a home cooked meal that you made from scratch! You could also go on walks around the neighborhood, stop by their favorite bakery or go see a movie together. A social life isn't just about what's happening outside your front door - there are so many fun things you can do right inside your own home too!