9 Enjoyable Activities for Seniors with Limited Mobility

activities for seniors with limited mobility

Seniors with limited mobility can still enjoy a variety of activities

Many older adults lose mobility due to conditions like stroke, severe arthritis, or injuries from falls. When that happens, activities and hobbies they used to enjoy might now be too difficult.

But loss of mobility doesn’t mean the end of good times. There are many ways to have fun without needing to move around too much.

We rounded up 9 wonderful activities for seniors with limited mobility.

You’re sure to find things that suit your older adult’s interests as well as activities that can be enjoyed with a group.




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9 great activities for seniors with limited mobility

1. Spend time reading
Reading is a fantastic activity for older adults. It’s a fun way to spend time and keep the brain engaged. It can also improve memory, reduce stress, improve sleep, and delay cognitive decline.

Whether your older adult likes reading physical books, magazines, using an e-reader, or listening to audiobooks, they can immerse themselves in a well-told story, look at photographs, or learn about an interesting new topic.

Organizing a book club among their friends is another way for seniors to enjoy reading and socializing.

 

2. Explore a variety of hobbies
Hobbies are great for older adults with limited mobility.

Activities that don’t require a lot of moving around include cooking, baking, birdwatching, knitting, crochet, indoor or container gardening, playing a musical instrument, or learning a language.

This is also a perfect time to learn something new – maybe there are hobbies or interests they’ve never had a chance to explore before. Learning is also a great way to keep the mind active and prevent boredom.

 

3. Exercise regularly
Even if your older adult isn’t very mobile, there may still be exercises they can do to get their bodies moving.

Whether they’re sitting or standing, they can still get the health and mood benefits, especially from chair exercises or chair yoga routines.

There are also exercise routines that can be done using a walker for stability or just focused on the feet and ankles to reduce swelling.

 

4. Get creative
Getting in touch with their creative side is another fun way for seniors to spend time.

Drawing, coloring, painting, and sculpture are all wonderful ways to be creative. Fun projects might include creating scrapbooks, organizing family photo albums, or making a family recipe book.

As a plus, being creative also comes with health benefits.

Research has found creative activities can help people who are battling chronic illness to decrease negative emotions and increase positive ones, reduce stress and anxiety, and improve medical outcomes.

 

5. Spend time outdoors
Getting outside to spend a little time in nature is relaxing and a great mood booster.

Even if their limited mobility means that your older adult can only get to the porch or sit next to a big window, getting some fresh air or viewing the scenery is a great everyday activity.




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6. Have fun with happy visitors
Asking family or friends with babies or friendly pets to stop by for a visit is another fantastic way to engage an older adult.

Almost everyone perks up in the presence of young children. And playing with pets is another surefire way to bring cheer and reduce stress.

 

7. Play games!
Games and puzzles are a fantastic source of fun times.

There are so many to choose from and most can be played in groups with visitors, one-on-one for quality time together, and solo.

Try some classic games or card games, jigsaw puzzles, or crossword puzzles.

 

8. Enjoy movies, TV shows, or music
Watching TV all day, every day isn’t a healthy pastime, but a movie or a couple of TV shows can be an enjoyable part of the day or week. Watching TV could even intersect with a hobby.

For example, your older adult might be interested in watching a documentary on a topic they’re learning about. Or, channels like the Food Network or the Travel Channel could inspire new recipes to try or travel destinations to learn about.

Listening (or singing along!) to music they enjoy is another great activity. Music has the power to reduce stress, anxiety, and pain. It also improves immune function and sleep as well as helping memory.

 

9. Participate in charitable works
Even if your older adult isn’t very mobile or is homebound, they can still give back to the community.

This is a wonderful way to stay engaged and feel a sense of purpose and accomplishment.

Contact local charities, hospitals, or religious organizations to find out if they have any projects your older adult could contribute to. That could mean knitting or crocheting blankets or hats, creating no-sew blankets, or helping to assemble care packages.

 

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By DailyCaring Editorial Team
Image: Lares Home Care

 

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14 Comments

  • Reply October 16, 2019

    Jean Weier, MA

    Whenever I read one of your articles I feel it just touches the very tip of the iceberg and I need much more in depth material. Too simplistic is just that too simple.

    • Reply October 17, 2019

      DailyCaring

      Do you have specific questions that we can help answer?

  • Reply October 12, 2019

    Clarence Sexton

    Looking for mother. Looking for somewhere she can do activities , on daily basis . To get her out of house. And occupy her time. On the days she wants to. Thank you .

  • Reply August 19, 2019

    Arturo Blackburn

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  • Reply August 12, 2019

    T

    My mom’s hands are almost completely unusable because of arthritis. She can walk assisted by a rollator only. Are there any simply explained activities for a creative person without use of their hands? If she had not lost her hands, I know she could enjoy life and crafts so much. Lack of doing these things is affecting her mind negatively.

    • Reply August 13, 2019

      DailyCaring

      It’s great that you’re thinking creatively to help your mom find activities she can still enjoy. Since she isn’t able to use her hands, maybe she would enjoy watching TV shows or documentaries related to the crafts or hobbies that she used to enjoy. Those types of shows can be fascinating and fun as well as a nice way for her to reconnect with that activity. Reading magazines devoted to her hobbies may also be another way to enjoy the activity without actually doing it.

      She may also enjoy listening to books on tape, watching nature cameras, listening to music, and more. Check out our ideas here:
      — Entertain and Engage Seniors with Books on Tape https://dailycaring.com/stimulate-senior-minds-with-books-on-tape/
      — Audio Books for Vision Impaired Seniors: Free Library Service https://dailycaring.com/audio-books-for-vision-impaired-seniors-free-library-service/
      — 9 Entertaining Activities for Low Vision Seniors with Alzheimer’s or Dementia https://dailycaring.com/9-activities-for-low-vision-seniors-with-alzheimers-or-dementia/
      — Entertaining Seniors at Home: Watch Free Live Nature Cameras https://dailycaring.com/entertaining-seniors-at-home-watch-free-live-nature-cameras/

    • Reply September 24, 2019

      Sarah Hicks

      I am a very artsy type of person I don’t feel it would help me if I sat and watched arty programmes on TV. .in fact I’d feel more frustrated knowing I can’t do these things anymore. Sitting with your mom and creating things together would be lovely, you can show her colours and she can choose her designs making necklaces and bracelets. And art, is behind the mind..creations change gradually..monets art became deeper and darker whilst his eye sight faded, Alexander created his best piece in the Vatican after his age affected him Even if a painting is wobberly ..splashed..or bubble art there is amazing ways to still be creative. With love x

  • Reply August 11, 2019

    Mabel Regimbal

    I think your post is condescending and totally unaware of the needs of seniors with mobility problems. Having mobility issues does not necessarily mean being wheel chair bound or that they need to sit and play games all day or reading or watching tv. Thank you for your suggestions but please do a bit more research before writing your next post.

    • Reply August 11, 2019

      DailyCaring

      We get many requests for these types of low-impact activity ideas from families who are caring for older adults who have very limited mobility, are easily fatigued, or have other types of serious health conditions that severely limit their physical movements. We share these suggestions to help them find different ways to have fun and stay engaged with others.

      Since these activities don’t suit your active older adult, perhaps you’ll find something they’ll like better in our Activities category — https://dailycaring.com/category/daily-care/activities-older-adults/

  • Reply May 28, 2019

    martha

    Group conversations and board games also helps in generating a sense of purpose and fulfillment among elderly.

  • Reply October 20, 2018

    Anonymous

    Hello Editorial Team,

    Thank you for your very good Adult care tips.

    • Reply October 20, 2018

      DailyCaring

      You’re very welcome! We’re so glad our articles are helpful 🙂

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