10 Fun Indoor Activities for Seniors

elderly couple playing cards at a table

As the weather cools down and the pandemic wears on, it’s crucial to keep yourself busy, which is why we’ve compiled a list of entertaining indoor activities for you to try. Use this downtime to challenge your mind or to pick up a new skill. Try out one of these indoor activities and let us know how you’ve spent your time in quarantine!

  1. Puzzles

Puzzles are a great form of entertainment for a rainy, fall day. Whether you choose to solve a 500-piece puzzle or spend some time working out a crossword puzzle, this activity is sure to entertain you for hours. After you finish a piece puzzle, consider gluing the pieces together and displaying it as artwork in your house!

Aside from being a fun, cozy activity, puzzles are also proven to help challenge your mind and provide numerous benefits. A blog from Wealth Words states that “the benefits of solving puzzles for the elderly are innumerable, including enhanced memory, better cognitive skills, improved concentration, and much more.” So, the next time you find yourself bored at home, pick out a puzzle, and get to work!

  1. Pick a New Hobby

It’s never too late to learn something new! If you find yourself at home with a surplus of time, consider learning a new hobby like quilting or knitting. Nowadays, there are so many resources online to go from a beginner to a pro in no time! Use this time to experiment as a baker or to learn how to knit yourself some scarves for winter. A new hobby is sure to fill your time and will give you a new skill to add to your portfolio.

  1. Get Moving

As the weather starts to cool down, it’s easy to want to wrap yourself up in blankets and stay in bed all day, but exercising can help improve your mental and physical health. There are so many ways you can continue to work out while staying indoors. If you’re a resident at The Christian Village at Mason, you can tune in to our community-wide channel for daily virtual workouts with our Director of Fitness and Wellness, Kyra Schroer! You can also find numerous at-home exercise routines online specifically designed for older adults.

  1. Play Games

Being inside isn’t all fun and games- but it can be! Playing a game is a great way to spend your time indoors, and there are endless options to choose from. You can break out a deck of cards and enjoy a game of solitaire or choose from a game on the computer or your phone! Invite one or two friends over and play a group game like scrabble or rummy. At The Christian Village at Mason, our personal favorites are Bingo and Euchre.

  1. Journal

Spend some time writing down your thoughts. Journaling can be a therapeutic way to process your thoughts, especially during such an ever-changing period of life. A journal is a great way to document what you’re thinking or feeling during a given time and offers something you can look back on to see how your life has changed. Get creative and fill your journal with stories or current events that can be passed down to your children or grandchildren one day.

  1. Create Something

When you’re stuck indoors, it’s the perfect opportunity to attempt a DIY project or craft. As the holiday season approaches, use this time to create beautiful gifts for your family members. Find a tutorial on YouTube or our Pinterest page to create some festive fall décor. There are endless opportunities when it comes to crafts or DIY projects, so don’t be afraid to try something new and possibly create something beautiful!

  1. Take a Virtual Tour

During this season of life, everyone has been forced to adapt, and a unique example of this is museums. We no longer need to travel the world to visit renowned museums, but instead, we can do it inside the comfort of our own home. Spend your time virtually strolling through the MET or exploring centuries of history in the Smithsonian. Check out this article with over 70 virtual museum tours available to the public!

  1. Call a Friend

Call a friend or family member and use this time to catch up or reconnect with your loved ones. Try out a video chat service like Zoom or Facetime. Spend time sharing stories or updating each other about your lives. Staying connected through phone or video chat can help bring people together and fight off loneliness during winter months.

  1. Play Some Tunes

Enjoy some old favorites or look for new finds. Whether you’re in the mood to get up and dance or want to sit and sway, music always helps to lift the spirits! Dance like no one’s watching!

  1. Write a Letter

There’s something so sincere and timeless about writing a letter to a loved one. Take some time to jot down your thoughts or express your gratitude through a note. Send the letters to your friends and family or store them away to pass down to your grandchildren one day.

There are many fun indoor activities to keep you busy and safe during this next season, especially if you live in a retirement community with loving friends nearby. If you’re interested in learning about what activities we offer for our residents at Christian Village Communities, don’t be afraid to contact us today!

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