It can be difficult to know what to do with people who are in their 70s, 80s, and 90s. You want to engage them in activities because you want them to have fun, but their idea of a good time may not be the same as yours. The following are some activities you can do with senior citizens that will provide hours of enjoyment for the both of you.
Card and Board Games
It sounds simple, but it really is something that older people enjoy. A friendly game of poker and rummy can be exciting, and last an hour or more. Classic board games such as Scrabble, Checkers, and others are favorites for young and old, so they are good options.
A Walk in a Park
When the weather is nice, there’s nothing better than a stroll in a beautiful park. There’s no need to rush anything, and it’s a good time to take a step back and appreciate nature and everything it offers us. Take a break on a park bench, or bring along some lunch for a picnic. Just spending time together outside can be an enjoyable activity for your loved one and you.
Many seniors don’t have to do anything but look out the window of a car to have a good time. If you know of some scenic drives, plan a trip. Mountainous, beach, and wilderness areas are great options. Plan a stop midway to enjoy a quick, delicious lunch to bring even more enjoyment to the activity.
Concerts or Plays
Many seniors wish they could see an orchestra or theatre performance, but don’t have a means to go or anyone to go with them. They would love it if someone would invite them to one. Ask about these possibilities to see how interested the person you’re seeking activities for is about this option.
Some seniors love to shop, but they don’t want to be a burden when they walk too slowly or want to take their time. If you have the time, take a senior citizen on a shopping trip making it a point to let him/her know to take as much time as needed. Interact with your loved one as you are shopping, so he/she doesn’t feel that you’re bored or ready to go. If you can make it enjoyable for you, your loved one will enjoy it more.
Going to the movies doesn’t happen as much as it used to for seniors, so if there’s something that he/she would like to see in the theaters, ask if he/she would like to go with you. Some communities have places that show classics, so research your area to see if that’s a possibility.
Finding Additional Activities for Senior Citizens
As you’re searching for activities for senior citizens, consider asking the person. If he/she says “nothing,” offer some of the options presented here. If the person is still uninterested, it might be useful to speak to personal consultant Kendall Van Blarcom. A personal consultant can help you understand what your loved one may be feeling, and why he/she isn’t excited about doing any activities. He can also help you encourage him/her to do more, despite the aches, pains and other challenges that come with this stage of life.
In addition, Kendall Van Blarcom can speak with your senior loved one to help him/her feel better about his/her life. He’s an active listener who has been able to help many senior citizens improve the quality of their life.