People have the same basic needs at any age: to explore, have fun, learn, and live life to the fullest. Senior living activities do much more than just pass the time. They help seniors lead healthier, happier lives.
Assisted living communities offer a variety of activities to suit residents’ varying abilities and interests. Here are some of the top ways A Place for Mom’s partner communities help seniors stay active.
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Lifelong learning is crucial to feeling energized and interested in life. Workshops and classes in senior living communities include:
Dancing remains ever-popular at senior communities and is a daily event for most. Dancing is not only fun, but it helps keep residents fit. Plus, it’s an excellent social opportunity.
Residents often enjoy:
The show must go on! Entertainment is a mainstay of most assisted living facilities. Entertainers often perform at communities so residents don’t need to travel. Sometimes, friends and family are even invited.
Types of senior living entertainment include:
Exercise promotes healthy blood flow to the brain and increases mobility. This is why fitness at assisted living communities involves more than just “the morning stretch.”
Today’s senior communities strive to make fitness fun and easily accessible through activities such as:
Singing is great for the soul. There’s no such thing as bad singing if it comes from the heart.
Many communities stage their own competitions like “American Idol” or “The Masked Singer,” but even old-fashioned karaoke is a blast. You may even find yourself being serenaded by community choirs or other talented musicians.
Whatever it may be, sit back, relax, and enjoy:
Many events are holiday-themed, but no special occasion is needed to have fun. Some communities hold carnivals for residents complete with cotton candy and dunk tanks, while others host senior proms or screenings of major events such as political debates and sports championships.
Each community hosts different kinds of special events, so be sure to explore ones that interest you. Examples include:
It’s not just bingo! Whether you prefer traditional or virtual games, the majority of assisted living facilities have a combination of both.
Many communities have Nintendo’s Wii, a video game system in which users interact with the game by moving their body rather than manipulating a joystick. Most residents find the Wii easy to learn and downright enjoyable.
Who doesn’t love going to new places, spending time with friends, or simply trying something new? Many assisted living communities plan field trips to help residents bond and learn. Some examples are:
People of all ages need opportunities to breathe fresh air, smell wildflowers, or walk among the trees. Senior communities provide frequent outdoor excursions to help residents immerse themselves in nature.
Some outdoor activities include:
Activities can stimulate older adults’ minds and bodies in three key ways:
Interested in finding out about the classes, clubs, workshops, and additional unique activities at assisted living communities near you? Contact our Senior Living Advisors to find out what’s on the activities schedule at local senior living communities.
Merritt Whitely is an editor at A Place for Mom. She developed health content for seniors at Hearing Charities of America and the National Hearing Aid Project. She’s also managed multiple print publications, blogs, and social media channels for seniors as the marketing manager at Sertoma, Inc.