When did bingo become the de facto recreational activity for older adults?
That’s not to say a night of casual gambling isn’t fun, because it can be. It even has benefits like social connection, increased mental engagement and, of course, prizes.
But bingo isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. And it’s definitely not the only leisurely activity available.
Check out the list below to learn about 17 fun activities for seniors looking for something different.
Not only are exercise groups great for staying healthy, they’re also perfect for meeting new people.
It’s never too late to learn something new. Plus, many universities offer free or reduced tuition for people over 65.
Pickleball is a paddled sport that’s played on a court, and has been described as a mix of table tennis, actual tennis, and badminton. It’s easy to learn, and can be played one on one, or doubles (two players on a team). It provides social connection and a great cardio workout.
With the wealth of internet and in-person resources, learning an instrument has never been more accessible.
Music is universally loved. It’s emotional, relatable, and fun. Whether we’re rocking to one of our favorite bands, or discovering new tunes, the experience of live music is unmatched.
Video games have been linked to an improved sense of well-being for seniors. Games that are novel and challenging may have the most benefit.
Some of us were made for the stage. Acting (plays, improv, etc.) lets us express creativity and meet like-minded people.
Sometimes, dimming the lights and getting lost in a good movie is exactly what we need. And watching with others can be a great bonding experience. Sharing popcorn, quoting classically iconic lines, and discussing the movie afterwards are part of the fun.
Gardening is great for many reasons. We can make our home beautiful, grow our own food, and grow plants that support the native wildlife (like bees and butterflies). Gardening also provides physical activity, sun exposure (for vitamin D), and stress relief.
Coding is also called computer programming. It’s the practice of writing instructions to tell computers what to do and how. There are many coding languages, which are useful for different things, like building websites and apps. Coding can open doors to job opportunities or freelance gigs, or just be a fun hobby.
Playing games with others can be challenging, cooperative and fun. Hosting a recurring game night helps us socialize and relax.
Photography encourages us to be mindful of the world around us. It helps us find beauty in everyday things, capture memories and express creativity.
Who doesn’t love to laugh? It feels so good! Plus, laughter has tons of benefits for our health. From up and coming local talent to big-time comedians, going out for a night of belly-busting jokes is always fun.
Dancing is great for self-expression and meeting people. It’s also an excellent form of exercise. It helps us connect to our body, build confidence, and improve coordination and balance.
Hiking is great because it can be adapted to any skill level, from flat, paved trails to very technical treks. Hiking can provide a cardio workout, help build strong bones and muscles, and increase stamina. It also lets us spend time in nature, which can reduce stress and anxiety.
For many of us, arcades are a nostalgic wonderland of neon lights. So, why not relive the glory days? Many major cities have arcades for adults, with all the classic games for hours of quarter-operated excitement.
Everyone has different reasons for wanting to learn a new language. They may include traveling to different countries, connecting with our heritage and family, or wanting a new challenge. Learning language may help improve memory, problem solving and listening skills, too.