Ideas for Planning Activities for Active Elderly Adults

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Ideas for Planning Activities for Active Elderly Adults
Active seniors enjoy participating in an assortment of activities. (granddaughter and grandma hiking image by Nino Pavisic from

Active seniors tend to have specific tastes in activities. They largely look for activities that can be enjoyed without physical exhaustion while still being challenging and exciting. Older people are also often looking for opportunities to socialise, and many gravitate toward activities that offer the chance to be with, or make new, friends. There are endless options for meeting the needs of active seniors.

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Hobbies and Crafts

Although almost a cliché concerning seniors, the already ageless attraction of hobbies and crafts have experienced a rebirth in recent years. Now the age old standards, quilting, knitting, whittling and woodworking have many new publications and organisations supporting and expounding on them. Seniors might enjoy learning a new craft that they can do from a restful position, or might take comfort in using their longtime abilities for a good cause. It can be especially enjoyable to seniors if they know their work is useful, such as handmade furniture going to charity auctions, or blankets for premature babies. Organising either a general craft time or clubs with specific focuses can offer sociability to seniors and offer them a pleasurable, useful way to spend their time.

Ideas for Planning Activities for Active Elderly Adults
Useful hobbies can benefit more than just the Senior doing them. (knitting image by hazel proudlove from

Performance Outings

Even if a senior no longer feels up to chasing balls across a court, it doesn't mean he has necessarily stopped enjoying watching them be chased by others. The same applies to theatre and music lovers. Organising outings to plays, sports events, lectures and concerts can be thoroughly enjoyable for seniors. It is important, however, when planning these outings, to take a senior's special needs into consideration. Make sure participants are able to sit comfortably for the length of the presentation, hear the performance, and make sure there is easy access to seating for seniors not keen on climbing stairs.

Ideas for Planning Activities for Active Elderly Adults
Concerts and performances can allow a senior to indulge their love of the arts. (concert image by Francis Lempérière from

Exercise Groups

No matter what the age of a senior, her doctor likely recommends she engage is some variation of daily exercise. It can be fun to pair this need for exercise with socialisation and entertainment. Swim classes, walking clubs, boating, senior's aerobics or biking are good examples of enjoyable exercise. These activities can be nearly as beneficial when engaged in individually. Be sure to have an older person's doctor clear her health regime before she begins it. A senior should pay special attention to not overdoing and be aware of when her body tells her to slow down.

Ideas for Planning Activities for Active Elderly Adults
Swimming is a perfect exercise activity for seniors. (Swimming image by Stana from

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