Indoor Activities for Seniors at home: A Fun List with A Touch of Productivity

Indoor Activities for Seniors at home: A Fun List with A Touch of Productivity

One of the main reasons people usually dread being stuck indoors is that they feel like it’s a prison, and more often than not, theirs nothing to do. The usual reaction to too much boredom is depression. 

However, there are many things that you can do while inside your house or apartment that can help you still enjoy yourself without feeling imprisoned or bored out of your mind.

Here is a list of fun activities you can do that can make your time indoors enjoyable and ensure your mental and physical well-being.

Activity ideas for Seniors to Make Their Time Enjoyable:

Seniors have a lot of options for indoor activities. Here are our top picks for the best indoor activities:

Retired Senior Woman Attending Art Class In Community Centre

Arts and Crafts: 

It’s a great way to express your inner creativity through arts and crafts. Arts and crafts are an excellent way to keep yourself engaged and calm while also allowing your mind to function as a creative and imaginative tool.

African senior woman listening music playlist in the city

Music: 

Music is also a great way to express your emotions. Consider learning an instrument or singing to your favorite music. It will keep your mind fresh and help you socialize with others around you. 

You can also listen to your favorite songs or even listen to a piece of old music that you used to listen to back in the days to stroll down memory lane.

Senior woman reading book while sitting on bed in the bed room

Reading Books or Listening to Audiobooks:

It’s no secret that reading books have many benefits. Books are one of the best ways to cultivate your mind and expand your thinking. But reading books may not be for everybody. Even though it’s a great indoor practice, many people don’t like reading or think it consumes too much time. 

That’s why with the advancement of technology, you have access to thousands of audiobooks at your fingertips. So if you don’t enjoy reading, you could listen to audiobooks as it is less time-consuming and still has many benefits.

Two popular audiobook apps you can download on your phone are Audible and  Scribd. These apps allow you to listen directly from your smartphone.

Happy senior man playing cards with friends

Card Games: 

Playing card games with your friends and associates is a great way to bond and make fun memories together. You can play various games, including blackjack, Uno, poker, and many more.

Board Games:

Like card games, Board games also offer a range of mental and social benefits. Depending on what type of board game, you play you can game various benefits. A prime example of an awesome mind-stimulating board game is chess which can challenge your thinking in any way leading to mental growth.

Grandfather With Granddaughter Sitting On Sofa At Home Watching Movie With Family In Background

Movies: 

Watching your favorite movie with a loved one or friend always makes it a pleasurable experience. Movies are a great way to spend time fulfilling and an excellent way to socialize and connect with other people. 

Some people may not enjoy movies because they cannot sit down for too long. But thanks to advances in technology, now you can watch your favorite movie on Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, etc., right from your pocket device.

Senior african woman dancing outdoor - Focus on face

Dancing:

Dancing is an activity that nearly everybody loves doing at some point in their life. It’s fun and exciting! There are lots of dance styles that you can learn, ranging from ballroom dancing, ballet, modern dancing all the way to swing dancing! You don’t need many materials to do this activity either, making it easier for seniors who might be suffering mobility issues.

Garden room, Biophilia trend, Living with Nature, biophilic interior design. Many different indoor

Indoor Gardening: 

If you can’t go outside to connect with nature, then making your indoor garden is a great way to experience the feeling of nature while still being indoors. Indoor gardening is, in fact, more simple and more easily manageable than an outdoor garden because plants or flowers that you plant in a small container are more portable and easy to manage than extensive gardens outside. Both types of parks have a subtle indescribable beauty. Indoor gardening can help us feel connected to nature and its beauty even if we are stuck at home. 

Senior african american couple cooking together in kitchen smiling

Cooking: 

You don’t have to be a Master Chef to be able to cook simple meals. With technology making it far easier for us to learn cooking, it is never too late to learn a new skill if you don’t know how to cook. Cooking our meals gives us a sense of accomplishment, and nothing ever tastes as good as something you make with your heart and soul. Sometimes cooking small meals for yourself and others can be a rewarding experience, especially if they say they love your food. 

Seniors talking during break

Organizing a Social Conversation or Debate Time: 

It means making time to debate with others about a specific topic and exchange your perspectives. This is a great way to test your knowledge and communication skills. 

Consistent debates can help you and others around you to fully be expressive with each other, and when you all exchange views, the connection and bond between you will become more profound and meaningful.

Close up of senior woman exercising with dumbbell

Exercising: 

If outdoor activities are closed for you, you should keep yourself in shape and fit. Health is an invaluable asset, and you should never neglect it. You can do small exercises like stretching, walking, breathing exercises, and many more to keep your body healthy. Just remember not to go overboard with exercising, as too much hardcore exercise suddenly can harm your health instead.

Happy senior friends by birthday cake at party

Celebrations:

Everyone likes a great party. Try to arrange a celebration for every little event to keep your indoor experience fresh and joyful. Festivals and parties can help you connect and socialize with others and keep your mind fresh and energetic.

Happy senior woman using laptop

Learn New Skills: 

To use your time productively, you can try building new skills and honing your existing ones to expand your range of expertise and enjoy being productive. You can learn a new language, learn computer skills and many more to develop yourself and your mind. Learning new skills has no age limit, you can find a ton of free skills on Youtube

Knitting Needles And Balls Of Threads

Knitting and Handicraft: 

You can use your free time to create anything from your imagination and try building it. You can also knit clothes for yourself or to gift other people to show your care for them. These are valuable skills that could be used in practical life and help you in many ways.

Dog friendship - happy pet friends

Get a Pet: 

One can take a dog, cat, or bird as their pet. They are great companions, and giving them food, shelter and to see them having babies is always enjoyable for an animal lover.

Group of elderly people sitting in a row

Social Campaign: 

Some groups are always active in blood donating, environment cleaning, and animal welfare. You can join a group according to your interest. You can donate them or share your valuable experiences with them.

Senior african american man taking a picture of his wife on the beach

Photography: 

Nowadays, the cameras that are in mobile phones have developed quite well for photography. You can share your moments with the world through photography. Posting photos is also an excellent way to make new friends on social media. 

Activities to Keep you or a loved one Fit and Healthy

senior woman doing yoga

Yoga: 

By practicing yoga, you can improve the strength, balance, and flexibility of your body. It also has many health benefits that include back pain relief, a healthy heart, stress management. It also has mental health benefits like relaxation, better moods, and elevates your mental energy.

Senior woman doing tai chi exercises

Tai Chi: 

This is also a great practice to have as it also has many physical and mental health benefits. Tai chi can help you reduce stress, anxiety, depression, and help you manage your negative mental states, and improve your mood positively. It also enhances your acrobatic capacities and increases your energy and stamina. Tai Chi improves your strength, flexibility, and balance and expands your muscle definitions. 

African senior woman doing yoga session at home - Focus on face

Guided Meditation: 

Guided meditations are a great habit of keeping as it has several mental benefits and will also help you control your emotions and be relaxed. Meditations are a proven way to help with stress, anxiety, and depression. Guided meditation practice can keep you emotionally positive and help you deal with specific emotional problems that you might be dealing with.

Indoor games you can play with a family member :

 

Black and red table tennis racket

Table-Tennis: 

Table tennis is a fun sport that you can play indoors with your friends. It can help you get physical benefits like improved reaction, speed, and flexibility as a sports activity. It is a fun sport to play with your friends at home to keep you active and make enjoyable memories.

couple of seniors and mature people looking and the tv and using controllers playing video games

Video Games: 

While too many video games aren’t recommended, playing video games within a controlled time limit can be entertaining and enjoyable. It can keep you engaged, and some video games that offer multiplayer options can help you socialize and bring back the inner competitive kid within yourself. Although it doesn’t have any physical benefits, it still is a great way to take a break and relax.

Carom: 

Playing carom is a fun, entertaining way to keep ourselves engaged and have fun with our friends. Carom can be a great way to socialize and make great memories.

Closeup image of people playing chessboard game together

Chess: 

In the category of board games, chess is one of the top best and oldest brain-stimulating games that dates to more than a thousand years. Chess is more of a strategical game that will keep your brain sharp and focused depending on how well your opponent plays the game.

poker hand of playing cards on green casino cloth

Poker: 

Poker is one of those mind games that need a touch of luck and a strategical mind to win. It is a fun card game that can be played with your friends. Poker has applications of many real-life skills such as cold reading, staying calm and focused.

happy senior man with smartphone and headphones

Learning A New Language: 

Learning another language helps the mind stay sharp and keeps the brain active and engaged throughout memorizing words and expressions. The more languages you learn, the more complex the brain will have to work. Research shows that learning a new language has excellent health benefits, even slowing down symptoms of aging.

Different Types of Puzzles for seniors

Puzzles are another hobby that can keep your mind active and focused. It also improves your memory and analytical skills. There are different types of puzzles you can play during your free time.

Close up shot of jigsaw puzzle pieces

Jigsaw puzzles

Jigsaw puzzles are suitable for testing abstract reasoning, which is essential for logical thinking. It helps to improve hand-eye coordination skills, color perception, and form recognition.

Overhead Angle of a Pencil on Top of a Crossword Puzzle

Crossword Puzzles:

Crossword puzzles are a fun way to keep your mind sharp and focused. It is an excellent brainteaser that will put you in the mood and give you a relaxed feeling, one of its great benefits. These puzzles also serve as brain training, and it is known to be good for mental acuity.

Classical colorful puzzle cube on wooden stump

Logic Puzzles: 

Logic puzzles test how smart we are by asking us questions. We must answer using our knowledge, analytical skills, and logical reasoning, depending on the type of puzzle we choose. This activity can help develop new neural pathways into an active part of your daily life as it stimulates your brain functions such as decision-making, solving skills, and focus.

Scrabble: 

Scrabble is a word game that will test how well we know the language and its words. It’s among those board games that keep our brains sharp, which helps us remember things better and have fun with friends or family at home. It also improves analytical thinking, spelling abilities as well as vocabulary.

Top down on a vintage mahjong game

Mahjong: 

Mahjong is a popular Chinese game that has been around for thousands of years in China. The reason why it’s so popular in the East is because they believe it’s a fun way to spend time with friends and family while keeping their minds sharp. It also helps keep the brain active and focused, which will help you relax, have fun and enjoy your spare time with friends or family at home.

Martial Arts: 

Martial arts is a great activity choice for seniors who want to stay fit physically and mentally. Martial arts are a fantastic hobby to take up for older people from all walks of life, whether you’re constantly on the move or stuck indoors due to bad weather. Still, no matter challenging it might be, learning a new skill will be exciting, invaluable, and a great pastime to look back on.

We hope this list has inspired you with all the different options for seniors to stay active and engaged. The activities on our list are not only enjoyable but also help with mental health and memory retention.

Research Your Ancestry & Make a Family Tree:

Research your family history. You can use different sources of information such as websites, Census records, and school yearbooks. You’d be surprised at how many resources are available to help you discover the unknown about your family history. These research methods are fun, educational, and engaging for seniors all around the world to enjoy!

Family Trees are excellent ways to keep the mind focused and sharp while learning new things about your ancestry.

Senior woman reading book

Join Book Clubs online

Join an online book club or Facebook group, so you can read books with friends at home or learn something new together. Reading the same book as others will help you discuss it and look at the world differently.

Social media

Get on social media

Getting on social media is an excellent way to connect with your loved ones all around the world. You can socialize and meet new people. You can chat or watch videos together. Having fun online also helps stimulate your brain in similar ways playing board games does, which keeps your mind sharp and focused!

One of the most popular social media websites for seniors is Facebook. Facebook allows users who sign-up for free profiles to share pictures, videos, and articles, as well as their own opinions and thoughts with whoever they like.

Senior man using laptop in the living room

Surf the Internet

Surfing the Internet can be an excellent way to search for things you love and enjoy. You can access millions of websites, videos, images, e-books, blogs, articles, etc. In today’s world, where everyone is connected online, there are an infinite amount of possibilities!

Family Watching Online Class

Take Online Classes

Taking online classes is a great option for seniors who want to learn something new and exciting! You don’t need to limit yourself to just language learning or computer skills either: there are thousands of other courses available online that will pique your interest. Take full advantage of the World Wide Web when looking for an interesting online course!

Linda’s Care Home Care employs professional caregivers who provide in-home caregiving services like personal assistance, medication reminders, respite care, and more. Contact us today for a free consultation!

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