By Jessica Still on July 20, 2016 – Re-Posted by Assist@Home Quality Care
Staying active can help keep a person healthy in mind, body, and spirit. Most seniors aren’t strangers to having time on their hands, and community activities provide more than entertainment — they offer an opportunity to socialize, remain active, and enjoy life. And senior entertainment doesn’t just mean bingo halls and local sports games. With the right direction, it’s possible to find an entire year packed with interesting activities and events perfect for seniors.
Local Senior Activities and Outings
It has become increasingly common for universities and other places of learning to offer free or heavily discounted classes for seniors, providing them with an opportunity to learn and discover something new. Learning is a lifelong process, and it’s never too late to expand your horizons with further education. Many seniors return to school to take classes about computers, foreign languages, or even to join a book club.
As far as more traditional entertainment for seniors goes, senior community centers have always been a hotspot for hosting dances, especially ballroom dancing, swing dancing, and line dancing. Dancing isn’t just fun, it’s a good opportunity to socialize and also encourages fitness. For seniors looking for something a little more low-key, public pools have almost all of the same benefits. Water exercises are low impact, they can improve circulation, and they’re a great activity for anyone who suffers from joint pain.
For the outdoors enthusiast, there’s always nature to be explored and appreciated. After all, you don’t need to be able to hike five miles to have a good time in the wilderness. Even with physical limitations, just about anyone can appreciate getting some fresh air or watching local wildlife. Whether you want to take a picnic, visit a local Japanese garden, or tour a lavender farm, t. The sky is truly the limit.
Activities for Seniors with Disabilities
For seniors with physical limitations, there are always options. Whether the issue is limited transportation, restricted mobility, or another restraint on independence, companionship and entertainment may still be well within reach. With a little assistance from a local care provider, even seniors with disabilities may find a world of new things to do and try. Depending on their interests, seniors can even have their care provider set up engaging activities for them!
Locating New Activities
Depending on where you live, it’s very likely there are a number of annual community and holiday events. When your city isn’t holding events, universities often do at little to no cost. Libraries, newspaper listings, and bulletin boards in your neighborhood are all a good place to check for schedules to these events. With the help of resources like these, it doesn’t have to be difficult try new things, visit new places, and continue to lead a rich and interesting life for years to come.
Do you know of any activities for seniors — in your own community or elsewhere — that are fun, inexpensive, and a great way for them to connect with others? Drop us a line with your hints in the comments below.