There’s no age limit on a good old fashioned play date. Everyone enjoys spending time with friends, family, and loved ones — so why should that stop once you’re a senior? Even though we may slow down as we get older, maintaining a commitment to social activities and sharing new experiences is important.
Plan a group outing for your loved ones, and enjoy their smiles and laughter as they remind themselves that we’re never too old for play. Stay active and get get of the house if you can, even if it requires a little bit of help. Even light to moderate activity and social interaction can work wonders.
Group activities for elderly adults include:
- Buy canvases and paints from an art supply store. Take a trip to a scenic location and have everyone let their inner artist out.
- Visit a museum. Have lunch afterwards and talk about your favorite aspects.
- Go to the movies to see the latest Oscar candidate. Discuss what you liked and didn’t like.
- Have everyone get together those old family photos, and create scrapbooks together. Share stories about the loved ones in your photos.
- Take a class in cooking, quilting or flower arranging. Then show off your skills at the next gathering!
- Take a group yoga or tai chi class. Exercise is great for seniors, and much more fun with a few friends.
- Visit a local park and practice your nature photography skills, or simply take it in through your own eyes.
- Start a book discussion group. When possible, prepare foods from the book you’re reading at the get-together.
- Have a game night. Give out prizes to the winners. Card games, Yahtzee and Scrabble are always group favorites!
- Start a walking group. Meet at the local park or mall, and enjoy each other’s company as you get a little exercise.