Four activities for senior citizens to prevent boredom
Good quality of life varies for people at different stages in their lives, but one element remains consistent in enhancing quality of life: not experiencing boredom. For seniors who spend much of their day on their own or without a lot of interactions, discovering productive and enjoyable ways to stave off boredom is essential to finding joy.
Depending on a senior’s personality and favorite pastimes, activities and ways to fight boredom may vary. Here are just four ways to help seniors in preventing boredom.
1. Explore a new hobby.
People can develop new hobbies and interests at any age. For seniors who have changed their daily activities since retiring and are finding trouble filling their days, exploring new activities is a great way to keep minds active and engaged. For those with a creative streak, painting or drawing can be a pleasant way to spend time. Seniors may even find it enjoyable to take a local art class to further hone their artistic skills.
2. Connect with loved ones.
In today’s technology-filled world, there always seems to be new ways to connect with friends and loved ones regardless of how close or how far away you may live from them. Taking some time each day or every few days to call a loved one or Skype is a wonderful way to occupy your time and stay up to date on the lives of dear friends, family, and loved ones. If phone or video calls are not a favorite form of communication, seniors may want to try writing letters or cards to friends and loved ones. A handwritten note is always a pleasure to receive—and give.
3. Dust off those board games.
Family game night does not have to be a thing of the past. From Monopoly to charades to word games like Scrabble, board games can not only make an afternoon fly by, they can bring together friends and loved ones for a night of laughter and fun. If board games are not for you or your loved one, you may enjoy card games like bridge or gin instead. Additionally, these card games are great for a group of friends to play on a regular basis and enjoy some time catching up with one another.
4. Volunteer in your community.
Many seniors have a cause or organization that they and their family feel strongly about supporting. Finding ways to volunteer on behalf of a cause or with a particular organization is a great way to keep busy, meet new friends, and give back to the community. At Holiday Retirement, we have two programs, Seniors Serving Seniors and Seniors Serving Society, which work to engage residents and encourage a feeling of greater purpose and passion in their own lives.
Our staff prides itself on delivering the Holiday Touch and preventing boredom day-in and day-out for Holiday Retirement community residents. A wide variety of events and activities going on seven days a week help residents stay engaged with their fellow residents, discover new interests to keep their minds busy, and foster richer, more satisfying lives for our seniors. Find an event at a Holiday Retirement community near you or a loved one today!