It’s all too easy to lose track of time while you’re watching TV, and to spend hours flipping through the channels feeling bored and disengaged. Instead, try stimulating your mind and body with these five fun indoor activities for seniors:
1. Get Crafty
Knitting and needlepoint are great senior crafting activities, but there are so many more options available. Learn to make jewelry, and you can give gifts that will become family heirlooms. Or experiment with scrapbooks, which are not only fun to make, but also become beautiful memory banks you can share with children and grandchildren. Working with your hands helps maintain your manual dexterity, so crafting can have practical benefits, as well. For more ideas, ask a loved one to introduce you to Pinterest, which is full of indoor activities you’re sure to enjoy.
2. Hold a Game Night
You probably won’t have any trouble finding neighbors who love to play cards, so why not make a night of it? You can go with a fairly tame game of bridge, or a rowdier poker night. If you opt for a game such as no-limit hold’em, you can keep it friendly — chips only. Remembering cards and planning your strategy makes a great workout for your brain. What’s more, the social aspect is sure to be good for a few laughs.
3. Make Music
You may already love listening to music, but have you considered making your own? Maybe there’s a piano in the corner of your living room from when one of your kids took lessons, and it’s ready to be played by a new set of hands. Take up playing the organ, or even an electric keyboard or synthesizer that allows you to accompany a melody with your own drum beats. For those with excellent hand strength and dexterity, it’s not too late to take up the guitar, and don’t forget the most obvious instrument of all — your voice. The point is to create your own sound and have fun, not be the next piano or guitar virtuoso.
4. Get Light on Your Feet
If you’re going to start making music, it can’t hurt to start dancing, too. Cutting a rug is active fun that allows you to reminisce about your favorite dances growing up. Coordinating your dance moves with a partner keeps the mind sharp, according to Senior Planet, and can spark a little impromptu romance.
5. Try Your Hand at Table Tennis
Dancing is one of many great indoor activities for seniors that keeps your mind and body sharp, but did you know that ping-pong is another? This game of hand-eye coordination is considered one of the best activities for seniors, and it’s great for beginners and experienced players alike. Whether you want to work up a sweat or keep things light, this is a great way to challenge yourself (and a friend).
From crafts, to music, to dancing the night away, there’s no shortage of great ways to keep your mind and body active indoors. Spend some time away from your TV this afternoon, and make your own creative fun!