Keep seniors engaged with a variety of fun activities
Having lots of fun activity ideas on hand helps prevent boredom, boost mood, reduce agitation, and improve quality of life for older adults.
To give you plenty of options, we found a fantastic free website called Maria’s Place that’s full of creative activity ideas for seniors.
They’re simple, fun, and adaptable for all ability levels. You’re sure to find something that appeals to your older adult.
We explain how to use the website, what types of activity ideas are available, and share some of our favorites.
How to find activity ideas on the Maria’s Place website
The website is easy to navigate and has two main categories: Creative Activities (crafts, coloring, holidays, and more) and Body & Mind (word games, sensory activities, trivia, exercise, poems, and more).
Even though many activities require a subscription to access (shown by a padlock in the corner), there are still many free activities available. Plus, the locked ones can still give you ideas.
The activities are easy to understand because many are explained through excellent video tutorials – like this painting in four parts jigsaw puzzle.
With so many ideas to browse (and more being added every day), it’s fun to click around and explore until you find something that your older adult would enjoy.
You can also use the Search function (magnifying glass icon at the top right corner of the page) if there’s something specific that you have in mind.
Take scenic tours, meditate, reminisce, and learn about caregiving
The website also offers beautiful scenic tours through time-lapse photography set to tranquil music.
Your older adult can relax and enjoy these lovely videos while you take a break or you can enjoy them together.
A few of our favorite activity ideas for seniors
Here are a few activities that we really enjoy:
- Painting in Four Parts – create a DIY jigsaw puzzle by painting a simple pattern or picture and cutting it into pieces
- Fruits, list from A to Z – think of a fruit that starts with each letter of the alphabet
- Fishes coloring page – enjoy coloring or painting this ocean scene
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By DailyCaring Editorial Team
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