Plan to Play: Three Ways Seniors Can Keep Active in 2024

Posted on January 4th, 2024

This new year, let’s remember to have fun and participate in leisure activities! It’s important for seniors to maintain physical health, cognitive function, and emotional well-being. Here are three ways seniors can plan to play:

Social Games and Activities:

  • Card Games: Card games like bridge, poker, flying aces, or rummy can provide mental stimulation and social interaction.

  • Board Games: Classic board games such as chess, Scrabble, or Monopoly are not only fun but also help with cognitive skills.

  • Mahjong: This traditional Chinese game involves strategy and teamwork, making it an excellent choice for social play.

Physical Activities:

  • Walking Groups: Seniors can form walking groups in their community to enjoy the outdoors, stay active, and socialize with others.

  • Yoga and Tai Chi: These low-impact exercises help improve flexibility, balance, and overall well-being. Many Optima Living communities offer classes every week.

  • Dancing: Joining a dance class or participating in dance events can be a joyful way for seniors to stay active and in touch with their inner youth.

Creative Pursuits:

  • Art and Craft Classes: Painting, drawing, knitting, or other craft activities are not only enjoyable but also provide a creative outlet.

  • Music: Learning to play an instrument, joining a choir, or simply listening to music can be creatively fulfilling.

  • Writing Groups: Seniors can join writing clubs or start their own group to share stories, memories, and creative writing projects. 

If you’re helping plan activities or giving suggestions, keep in mind that people have unique preferences and varying physical abilities. Regular engagement in play and leisure can contribute to a more fulfilling and enriched quality of life.

Optima Living communities all over Western Canada offer all sorts of activities, classes, and social clubs for residents to take full advantage of. Life at an Optima Living community is your chance to BE FREE and BE YOU. Find a community near you today.