Social activities are important for people of all ages, and seniors are no exception. Those who move into a retirement residence only to stay alone in their room will end up suffering from isolation, which will take a toll on their physical and mental health.
Frequently engaging in social activities helps break isolation, and will instantly brighten up the lives of seniors. This is why most retirement residences are offering a variety of activities their residents can choose to add to their schedule.
Whether you are considering taking a look at the activities offered by your retirement residence, or you would like to come up with your own ideas, here are some examples of social activities for seniors:
Volunteering is one of the best social activities for seniors. This is a great way to give back to your community, to give yourself a sense of purpose, and to meet new people. Search for a volunteer activity that meets your interests, and see how you can make yourself useful.
If you are surrounded by great friends, joining social activities with them will give you more opportunities to enjoy spending time with them. If you are feeling alone, volunteering, joining a fitness class or learning how to play music will allow you to meet new people who share your interests, and to make new friends.
2. Playing cards or board games
Don’t just keep playing the same card or board games you have been playing for years. Learning how to play new games will stimulate your mind, and change your routine. There are many card games and board games for you to try.
Unfortunately, many seniors withdraw from the world, and their lack of social stimulation causes them physical, mental and emotional pain. But things don’t have to be this way. Playing cards and board games are a great way to socialize with others. Chatting with new friends a few times a week, or adding one or two games to your schedule are simple ways to break isolation, and give you a sense of purpose and accomplishment.
Winning a few games of cards or learning a new hobby will also boost your self-confidence, which should boost your happiness as well. Just remember, winning isn’t everything!
3. Taking a dance class
Dancing is one of the more vibrant social activities for seniors. If you want to add some exercise to your routine, taking a dance class could be fun. If you don’t enjoy dancing, you could choose to join a fitness class, a yoga class, or a swimming class. There are many ways for you to move your body while making new friends and learning something new.
4. Playing music
Learning how to play your favourite music instrument will keep you busy and engaged, especially if you join a music class with other people. When you feel confident enough, you will be able to play music for your friends, and everyone will have a great time.
Rehearsing a piece of music can stimulate your mind, which will make you look forward to each new day with a smile.
5. Learning a new hobby
Everyone needs to have something fun and motivating to do with their time. Reconnect with an old hobby you haven’t practiced in many years, or choose a new activity you have never heard of. You’ll be glad you did. Just take a look at the different classes offered by your retirement residence or in your community, and make your choice. Cooking classes, drawing classes, knitting classes, or scrapbooking classes could inspire your new hobby. You could even learn a new language, or learn how to use a smartphone.
Engaging in a new hobby can help you acquire new skills and knowledge. Being curious means you will never be bored! The world has so much to offer, and there will always be something new for you to learn. A hobby is especially fun when accompanied by your friends, such as dancing or cooking. These activities will help keep your body and your brain active. No matter which social activities you choose to add to your schedule, engaging in them will certainly help improve your physical and mental health.
6. Staying active
If you are a senior who wants to stay healthy and active, you can do establish a light exercise routine with your companions. Being active increases happiness and general satisfaction with life, while reducing risks of suffering from depression, Alzheimer’s disease, osteoporosis, arthritis, and cardiovascular problems, among other issues.
When you follow a routine, it can give you a good reason to get out of bed each morning, and to make the most of each day. Having fun during exercise and making new friends will keep you motivated, and will make you feel like adding more social activities to your schedule.