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Seniors Playing Games

20 Exciting Games and Activities for Older Adults

Adult day care is a great place for seniors to spend the daytime, especially if they have been isolated at home. There is a large range of both group and individual games and activities for seniors to stimulate them mentally and also to keep them physically active. It is also a fantastic way for seniors to maintain a healthy social life.

Individual Games

Senior doing crossword puzzle  

1. Sudoku

Solving puzzles is a great way to keep a senior’s mind active and reinforce cognitive skills. Sudoku is a popular puzzle that can be easily obtained for free off the Internet. It is useful for helping seniors to develop and maintain logical thinking skills.

2. Crossword puzzles

These can also be easily obtained off the Internet. It is great for improving general knowledge and memory.

3. Electronic game consoles

Electronic game consoles provide an endless list of brain games that seniors can play in order to experience positive effect on mental capabilities such as memory and reaction time. Consoles such as Wii and Kinect are especially useful for helping seniors to get some exercise.

Group Games

group of seniors playing games and doing fun activities at adult day care having fun.  

4. Guessing Games

Many different forms of guessing games can be played. Oneway is to place items in a paper bag for identification by touch. This reinforces tactile and memory skills. Alternatively, visual memory can be enhanced by showing players pictures of famous places and/or people for identification. Another way of playing guessing games is to play recordings of sounds such as musical instruments or animals for players to identify. This stimulates auditory memory.

5. Charades

Charades is a well-known game that is great for allowing individuals to socialize, as well as stay active. Additionally, few supplies are needed and it can be played almost anywhere.

6. Pictionary

Not unlike charades, Pictionary is a great way for seniors to socialize, especially if they face problems in mobility and are unable to play charades.

Activities

senior woman working with clay doing arts and crafts while at sunshine adult day care center  

7. Arts and Crafts

Doing arts and crafts is a great way to pass the time and to reinforce creativity and cognitive function at the same time. There is also a wide variety of options to choose from so that seniors will not get bored.

8. Knitting

Knitting allows seniors to exercise their joints and at the same time create something useful, such as a jumper.

9. Crochet

Crochet, much like knitting, allows seniors to make something practical that they can use on a daily basis. Alternatively, they can create something for aesthetic decoration, to brighten up their homes. Crochet projects also make good gifts!

10. Water color painting

Water color painting is a great way for seniors to express their creativity. Although some materials are required, these are rather inexpensive and can be acquired easily.

11. Drawing

Drawing is a great alternative to water color painting. Whilst it allows seniors to still express creativity, fewer materials are required, and less effort is needed to set up and clean up afterwards as well. To make drawing a social activity, seniors can choose to do portraits of each other.

12. Scrapbooking/Making collages

Scrapbooking and making collages can be greatly beneficial to seniors. Firstly, sweet memories are brought back when going through an old photo album. Secondly, cutting, pasting and designing the scrapbook or collage helps with spatial concepts. Additionally, the entire process of completing a scrapbook or collage project will give the senior a sense of accomplishment, which is great for mental health and preventing depression.

Exercise

Senior Exercising   Exercise is a fantastic way for seniors to stay healthy, and also provides opportunities for them to socialize with one another. However, since seniors in adult day care may have a range of physical abilities, it is important to cater to each individual to prevent accidents and injuries.

13. Gardening

Gardening not only keeps the senior physically active, but can also give him or her a great sense of achievement, especially when the freshly harvested vegetables or fruit are used in the preparation of meals.

14. Lawn bowling

Lawn bowling is a great way to allow seniors to enjoy the outdoors and get some fresh air. However, it is more suitable for seniors who are physically fit.

15. Tai Chi

Tai Chi can be done by seniors with a large range of physical abilities. It is great because it helps senior gain a better sense of balance, which helps to make falls less likely. Seniors can either follow instructional programs on DVDs or an expert instructor.

16. Nature walks/City walks

Seniors can go on walks in groups, be it in nature or a trip to the city center. This allows the seniors to interact with one another and at the same time get some exercise. However, it is important to ensure that these walks are supervised.

Music-related activities

Senior listening to music   Activities involving music is a great way to keep seniors’ auditory functions exercised. Studies have also suggested that music is helpful for Alzheimer’s patients, and other seniors with memory deficits.

17. Chair exercises

Just doing chair exercises might get boring for seniors. Playing some music can add rhythm to the activity and also keep the senior entertained. It makes the activity a lot less mundane.

18. Dance sessions

Seniors with a greater degree of mobility can engage in some simple dance sessions to get some exercise. It is also a great way for them to socialize. If a senior has limited mobility, just arm movements will work as well.

19. Sing-along sessions

Sing-along sessions are a popular activity in adult day care, and for good reason. It is a great way to keep seniors entertained and at the same time allow them to socialize. To give seniors even greater involvement in the activity, they can form an impromptu rhythm band, using common household items such as coffee tins and wooden spoons for drums.

20. Music listening sessions

Simply listening to music together can be a fantastic activity for seniors as well. This is especially so if music from a senior’s youth is selected. This allows the seniors to reminiscent, and studies have also shown that music from an individual’s youth may stimulate long-term memory.