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Activities for Seniors
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There are many misconceptions about what senior citizens can and can’t do. For some reason, it is believed that once a person reaches the age that allows them to be referred to as senior citizens they can no longer live an active life. This however is not the case. As long as they are in good physical health, there should be no reason for them not to live an active and fulfilling lifestyle. In fact, they will undoubtedly be excited about being involved in any activity that arouses them. No matter their age, daily activities should be a top priority.

Research shows that being socially active has positive effects on the general health and well-being of individuals throughout their lives. People with a variety of social ties have a lower death rate and decline in memory. Social activities are in fact, just as significant for seniors as exercise. Maintaining speed, muscle strength and dexterity through young adulthood into older age is a result of being socially active. Doing volunteer work, going to social gatherings and sports events or maybe visiting friends are all factors in maintaining good physical health.

There are lots of social activities for seniors to choose from. Often libraries and park commissions and generally offer free senior activities. The activities offered can range from book clubs to painting classes, yoga, pottery, dancing and tai chi, bingo and the so on. It’s just a matter of any interested senior deciding what to do and getting out there and doing it.
Day trips that are focused toward seniors are additional ways to be involved in social forums. Most tourism agencies partner with local organizations to plan trips to the malls, museums, casinos and movie theatres and much more. An advantage to trips like this is it gives seniors the opportunity to meet other seniors they can associate with.

Additionally, many assisted-living facilities offer a wide range of activities for their residents. There are activities available to fit the different needs of seniors. For example, if someone is unable to stand, there are hands-on activities they can participate in while sitting. If the senior suffers with memory loss, facilities offer a number of brief, engaging activities for the resident to participate in. In other words, there is something for everyone to do no matter what the physical limitation.
Following are suggested activities seniors can choose from:

  • Enroll in a course at a community college
  • Take a local craft store workshop
  • Start or join a book club
  • Volunteer at local hospitals, nursing homes and libraries.
  • Join an exercise class that offers aerobics, water aerobics, swimming or yoga.
  • Start or join a movie night and allow someone different to choose the movie each week
  • Form or join a choir.
  • Host or attend weekly game nights
  • Go on group outings to the mall, grocery store, movies, etc.
  • Visit neighbors at least once a week.
  • Plan outings with family members you don’t get to see often.

As you can see, there are a number of activity options for seniors to choose from. What is most important to remember is that activity, regardless of age, is a great benefit overall.

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