Afternoon Activities for the Elderly

1st March 2012
  1. Visiting a Park
    • What better way to enjoy a sunny afternoon than visiting a local park? Parks are an ideal place to spend an afternoon because they accommodate a great range of activities, set up a picnic or simply take in the sights and fresh air. Regardless of how much physicality you’re up for, a park makes for a fine setting.

Museums and Libraries

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    • If you or friends and family aren’t feeling outdoorsy at the moment, a visit to a museum or a library might be in the cards. Not only are both places full of interesting sights and facts, they appeal to those like peace and quiet. Museums and libraries often provide accommodations like wheelchairs for seniors, so call ahead if you’d like special arrangements.

Senior Centres

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    • Dedicated centres for senior recreation exist all over the country. Visitors can participate in organized activities such as arts and crafts fairs, games like billiards, and exercise programs tailored to seniors. Senior centres also hold health and wellness programs and provide screenings for blood pressure and hearing, and even daily meal programs. Perhaps most important, senior centres are great places to meet other people and make new friends.

New Hobbies

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    • Hobbies are a way of doing something enjoyable while keeping the mind sharp at the same time. Whether it be knitting, painting or even learning a new language, pursuing a passion is a most rewarding experience. Many schools offer seniors the chance to take or audit classes at a reduced charge or for no charge at all.

Videogames

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    • The days of videogames being a strictly sedentary activity for kids are over. Videogames popular with the senior crowd include Wii Sports and Wii Fit because of their use of actual player movement for control simulates bowling, baseball and exercising. Other games like Brain Training for the Nintendo DS handheld provide puzzles designed to exercise your brain muscle