We have had several comments and requests for elderly music activities in recent months. Many of our readers are familiar with the benefits (including for health) of using music with seniors and the more elderly. (Great for kids too). And they’ve also read our page on Health, Music and Mood.

One of the most easy and enjoyable ways for seniors to learn and play their own music is with chimes. The simple way. So we’ve invited experts in the field, at Musical Pipes, to be a guest writer and discuss this in a unique article for our site.

One of our activity consultants is very familiar with these ideas, has played chimes herself, and highly recommends it as an activity, because you don’t need to take lessons, practice, read music, or even know much about music.

Tips on Elderly Music with Chimes

Here is what our guest writer Jay from Musical Pipes says about using pipe chimes…

…..”If you have ever played handheld pipe chimes you know just how much fun they can be and how easy they are to play.  After all, you won’t need to know how to read complicated sheet music and is as simple as hitting your one chime when it’s your turn in the song. 

No musical talent required! So it’s perfect for elderly music. Playing pipe chimes is a great group activity where people of all ages can play together without any practice and is a loved holiday tradition for many families. 

Enjoy fun songs that you’ll recognize ranging from over 200 Christmas, religious and children’s songs that we all heard while growing up like Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, When The Saints Go Marching In, Old McDonald and On Top Of Old Smoky, just to name a few.

Elderly music for one, or a group — With the addition of some uniquely designed cradle holders,  you can turn your same handheld pipe chime set into a xylophone. This allows just one person to enjoy the same songs without the need of a large group. 

You can even dramatically simplify things by removing all the chimes/notes that you don’t need for each song.  In some cases, you can play a whole song with only five chimes in front of you.  It’s a great learning tool and a fun activity for all ages.
 
Making your own set can also be fairly easy with the use of some simple tools, time and accuracy.  After all, these are just metal pipes cut to the correct length that make such a beautiful sound. 

Click here for free instructions on how to make your own pipe chime set and storage bag

Sets Or, if you’d rather someone else do the work, you can purchase an affordable complete or fully customized set, including 23 pipe chimes, a heavy duty storage bag, metal strikers, cradle holders, wooden mallets and song books from Musical Pipes where everything is hand made.

Music Books — One more thing, you can get all the pipe chime music for free online

or you can purchase either a PDF or printed version of each song book with some very useful aids — including how many pipes are used for each song, an index, a list of chimes needed for each song and how often they are used, etc. 

The PDF version allows you to print out each song however you’d like (on large posters for example) or even display them on a big screen or TV.  In any case, the printed song books and PDFs are well worth it.  There are many other helpful hints and tricks on how to play your pipe chime set.
 
As Musical Pipe’s slogan goes, “It’s chime to start making music!”
…Jay, at Musical Pipes
 

There is now a nice song book with Familiar Tunes. Perfect for the senior age group. The Familiar Tunes song book has 60 songs in it that seniors will most likely recognize (folk songs, traditional songs, camp fire songs, patriotic songs, etc.). And easy to learn and use.

So see if elderly music with chimes would work with your group or family. I love the idea of having an activity with making chimes yourself. (You would need someone to help who has access to basic tools, and the ability to use them). And having access to a PDF version of the music to print out and display on a large screen is great.

Elderly music activities are wonderful additions to get-togethers, parties (if you  need ideas, see our page on party theme ideas), special meals, events, etc. And the use of chimes is an easy way for many to participate and have the satisfaction of creating music of their own (rather than always just listening).

It’s simple enough for children too, and some of the music books Musical Pipes has were written for children originally, but also used extensively for seniors as well. So consider how you might include making music with your group.

Be sure to also read:

Senior Activities – by the Month  — Our “Master Page” to help you get loads of senior activities for each of the individual 12 months, plus other General ideas to do throughout the 4 seasons. You’ll never run out of thnigs to do! Some are quite unique.

Fun Elderly Activities

We’ve had readers ask us for more elderly activities that can be done with kids, including when visiting a family member — whether at their homes, assisted living, or a nursing home. Kids of all ages tend to get bored and restless fast; and since the purpose of a visit is to visit, it’s a good idea to have them unplug from cell phones and mobile devices. At least for much of the visit.

Children sometimes feel nervous or even afraid to visit older people, especially if they don’t know them well. They might even think it will be boring. But there needn’t be any concerns.

The Busy Bag

When my kids were young, I always had them pack a “busy bag” when we visited grandparents. They were quilted cloth bags that were just larger than a student’s 3-ring binder, and had a handle and an outer pocket. In fact, they were made by one of their grandmothers. 

Inside we always included some things that could also be done with the grandparent…
A children’s book they could read to the grandparent (or be read to), an activities or coloring book (or both), crayons, a pad of plain drawing paper, pencil, eraser, a small game (we had travel-sized board games), perhaps a small puzzle, a snack, sometimes materials for a craft, perhaps homework, etc. Depending on who we were visiting, we might also bring a larger board game.
 
It’s always a good idea to have in mind a nice supply of more elderly activities to do too. And this will, of course, depend on the person you’re visiting with, how long the visit, and the age of the children.

We’re going to pull ideas together here from all over our web site that you can do with kids (teens too), and some can even be continued over more than one visit. Others may involve specific materials and items, so these will need to be planned – but you’re sure to have fun!

You may already know if your elderly loved one or friend has a hobby or is interested in learning something new (see our page on finding a hobby). Many of these will be suitable to do with children… and you may be surprised at what even younger kids can do. Some are open to more elderly activities with different experiences, at any age.

Here are the categories this page contains:
Crafts
Fun With Food
General Activities
Games

Crafts

We have quite a few crafts around our web site for more elderly activities to do with kids, so will pull a few together here. Younger kids may need help on some, but can participate. But anyone over age 12 will be able to do most of the other crafts as well. Keep in mind, that depending on the elderly person you’re doing activities with, he/she may also need some assistance.

You can take a look at our main easy craft ideas page (a.k.a. “craft central”) and get links to lots of specific categories; i.e., for holidays and seasons. And see how you might modify them for your needs. But we’re including a few direct links here to fun crafts to get you started.

Fleece Blankets — Children really enjoy doing this no-sew activity. They’re so easy and are especially fun to do with someone. The process is relaxing and simple, so lots of visiting can take place too. See just what to do on our page about making fleece blankets.

Scrapbooking – Or even looking through photo albums are more elderly activities that help memory too. Activities with photos are very appealing to seniors. Just as appealing is the conversation that goes along with them; the sharing of family history and stories with youngsters. Plus, it’s a very important way for them to keep their memories sharp.

Picture Frame Crafts– More elderly activities to go along with the photo theme might includecreating a unique picture frame craft to put a special photo in. We haveseveral ideas, all of them easy, on our page all about making picture frame crafts.You’ll see many can be decorated for various holidays and occasions (thinkValentine’s Day, patriotic days, St. Patrick’s Day, winter holidays, etc.).

Decorate A Birdhouse– You can get small wooden birdhouses at craft stores and easily paint themwith acrylics, add some beads, buttons, artificial foliage, wooden craftshapes, etc., and make something quite spectacular. I’ve even found them for $1each at the dollar store, and also at thrift stores.

Use them as a decorativeitem indoors, or out. Apply a couple coats of water-based polyurethane varnish,and it will be very sturdy. However, I suggest you put it in a covered area ifyou use it outdoors. More elderly activities with birdhouses include covering them ingraham crackers, cookies and candy, gingerbreadhouse style; or all candy. Use frosting (including squirt tube frosting) as “glue.”

Crazy Creature Gourds – Kids just love coming up with wild and crazy creatures using those wonderfully lumpy, bumpy gourds. (And so do seniors – we’ve even done this with dementia patients).

You can find them in the fall, of course, but sometimes at other times of the year too. Some type of squash or gourd can be found almost year around in grocery stores. See more elderly activities with gourds at gourd craft ideas.

Feather Angels – Anyone can make these fluffy floating angels. (We also show them in a mobile). Think of ways you can use and give them, on our feather angel craft page.

Mouse Bookmark – Both kids and seniors enjoy mouse crafts, and one of our most popular is an easy mouse bookmark craft. We show basic beads, but you can certainly get creative (or very fancy) and use any kind of bead you can think of, including sparkly and vintage, as from old jewelry. (There will also be a link on that page that will lead you to more elderly activities using an amusing mouse theme).

Rug Hooking – I’ve mentioned before on another page that my kids’ great-grandfather  (when he was in his 90s) spent the cold winter months hooking rugs with an easy kit. The photo on the right is one of them. Now each of my grown children have a memoir. But had we not lived too far away, they also would have loved to have helped great-grandad, as an activity together. Rug hooking is a really easy process both for kids and older people, and along with a little music and memorable conversation, it makes a great activity for everyone.

Make An Easy Centerpiece – If you want lots more elderly activities that can be done all year long, simple centerpieces are perfect. You can do them together for just about any occasion. Maybe you’re having or attending an event or party. Or perhaps you’d like to make a special item for a raffle, silent auction, or give-away. Get some ideas for making very affordable centerpieces. And again, many can be changed out to fit different purposes and seasons.

Seasons and Holidays – Can you think of how to turn this easy Ghostmallow into another character or food decoration for different holidays, like for winter or Valentine’s Day? Many of our crafts are all about using imagination and seeing how you can change them out.

We have more elderly activities for specific times of the year. You can find the different categories on our main page about easy craft ideas — such as Valentine’s Day, leprechauns, craft angels for many times of the year, 4th of July and other patriotic holidays, Halloween, Fall, Christmas, and other winter holidays. Just pick what interests you!

Fun With Food

We have lots more elderly activities with fun food themes – treats are just about everyone’s favorites. Especially with chocolate! Here are a few of our popular pages.

Creative S’mores – Kids and adults alike love making s’mores. But we go way beyond basics and have many creative concoctions – some invented by my son. You can also find marshmallows in various flavors and colors. Or add a dash of food coloring (as for Halloween) and see what happen. If you’re not able to make your s’more around a fire, no problem. Most of ours were created in the microwave! So learn how to make smores the gourmet way….

Chocolate Strawberries – These are also extremely simple, and extremely delicious. There are many more elderly activities to do when decorating these. And elegant enough for a party or giving for gifts (my kids always make me a batch for Mother’s Day). See different ways to decorate them and make them into characters, all on our page on how to make chocolate covered strawberries.

Chocolate Covered Worms – Can you guess what these are? We made them as kids and of course convinced our friends they were the real thing. (Worthy of being on a TV reality show). See how to make this – and more elderly activities for eating – on our page all about food activities.

Hershey’s Kiss Mouse – Did you even make these when you were young? My kids learned from an older relative and started making them for me at Christmas to hang on our tree. They’re so easy! And with all the colors of Hershey Kiss wrappings these days, you can make them any time of the year. (They’re cute for Valentine’s Day too). See our Hershey Mouse Chocolate Crafts page.

Dipping Chocolate Magic Wands – (And other things). We have more elderly activities with chocolate… and dipping chocolate lends itself to great variety. Whether using jumbo pretzels, apricots, nuts, cookies (for starters), there’s something for everyone. Plus we’ve got some really cute ways to decorate them and use them for holidays. Visit Creative, Easy Dipping Chocolate.

Homemade Ice Cream, The Easy Way – Making homemade ice cream is one of Dad’s favorite activities. He’s been doing it with us since we were children, back when ice cream makers were waaaay more manual and time-intensive. And you can get recipes for fabulous flavors. We personally prefer using honey or maple syrup as sweeteners, instead of sugar… it’s more natural. See our ideas at How To Make Ice Cream – The Easy Way.

Making Marzipan – Are you familiar with marzipan? It’s like playing with clay! A tradition from Europe, marzipan is often used at holiday time, and you can frequently see it in candy stores in the shape of fruit. But kids love making marzipan into little animals, people, and creatures. Characters and props for gingerbread houses are usually made of marzipan too. It’s a great activity to do with seniors. See just how on our marzipan recipe page. And speaking of gingerbread houses – that opens up an array of many more elderly activities to do together.

Microwave Cake In A Mug – This little cake for one always astounds me. Every time I make it I wonder if it’s really going to work. And yes, it really does! It’s almost like magic. Kids and seniors alike will find it delightful. If you’ve never made one of these, you’ve got to give it a try! This idea was actually submitted to our Share forum by one of our readers. Go to Microwave Cake.  

Fruit Salad Characters – Both kids and adults like things with a little humor and fun, such as whimsical fruit salad characters. These are perfect to make for parties and special occasions, and can even be used as part of a centerpiece. From mice to bunnies, to birds, even a string cheese octopus, you’re sure to find many more elderly activities and have a good time together with our simple fruit salad concoctions.

General Activities

Helping Others – You may be involved in an event to help others, whether veterans, someone who is ill, the needy during holidays, or even another elderly person. Or perhaps you’re working on a fund raiser, craft fair, silent auction, etc. Children and elderly can definitely assist in these efforts too, and often on projects they do together. Why not make a gift basket together, for instance.

Handiwork – Whether boy or girl, handiwork can be a very satisfying project, and can goes along with making a difference. These favorites are more elderly activities that you can do with kids involving handiwork — and anyone can learn the basics. Try woodworking or leather tooling; along with these, knitting, quilting, crocheting, and embroidery projects are ideal for gift baskets, and these are easily taught to children too. Our grandmother taught us embroidery, knitting and crocheting when young (my brother too for awhile), and we donated some of our items to raffles and church rummage sales. And we felt very proud of ourselves that we had accomplished something that would be appreciated by others.

Sharing Electronic Fun – Many older folks now have some knowledge of computers and electronics, but certainly not to the extent that kids do. Yet they’d like to be shown all the latest cool things that, to many of them, may seem a bit unbelievable – all the latest phone/mobile device bells and whistles, for instance. And how they can interface with a TV to see it all on a big screen. (So there are many more elderly activities that can be centered around demonstrating what’s new in the electronic world). Kids are also the perfect ones to teach basic computer skills to their grandparents. This can include playing easy computer games.

Grandparent-Themed Children’s Books – We have some more elderly activities that involve reading. Many seniors (like my Dad) have vision problems and may find it difficult to read. At any rate, reading aloud is a favorite pastime for most families. Kids can show (or practice) their reading skills and read to someone, or have the elderly read to them. On our page about senior reading activities, I mention several great books with grandparent themes.

Older kids might like to bring along something they’re currently interested in to read, and then discuss with the older family member(s). This also helps the elderly stay up to date with family interests, and the world.

Sharing Music – More elderly activities can showcase the child’s hobbies and interests. Depending on where you’re visiting, a child may be able to bring a musical instrument and play a few pieces for elderly family members who may not otherwise be able to participate. Or, if you have a mobile device such as a tablet, make a short video while at home of the child playing, to show when visiting. Likewise, if the elderly person plays an instrument, such as the piano, the child can make a video of him/her playing, and then show it to them right afterwards.

The elderly, also might like to talk about music when they were young, and can help the younger generation develop music appreciation from other decades. Some may still have their old records (and even something to play it on). Children can also play one of their favorite tunes and tell why they like it. And yes, older folks may not fully understand, but some interesting conversation can happen.

Share A ScienceProject – Whether it’s a topic of familiarity or something brand new, mostelderly enjoy seeing what kids are doing with science. If the project cannot betransported when visiting, certainly photos or even a video can be taken and thenshown. Or various pieces or samples may be brought along.

Science projects areespecially interesting if they involve sharing something new or cutting edge.Many older people find what is being invented, what is new or unusual to beintriguing, but for various reasons may find it difficult to keep up to datethemselves. Whether very young or in college, almost any kid can have somethingto discuss and even show.

Looking at things from nature under a small microscope ormagnifying glass is also a fascinating activity.

Share A Collection– Collections provide many more elderly activities that kids can learn fromtoo. Some seniors have already been collecting for years. Or used to becollectors but now are unable to continue. Kids can participate in thecollecting activity, or at least encourage the elderly to share what they’velearned, why they are or have been collecting, etc.

Or if a child is interestedin a particular collection him or herself, why not begin something new, alongwith an elderly family member or friend helping. Rocks, stamps, music, andcoins are well known; but also vintage items, shells, marbles, glassware,buttons, beads, even bugs for some, are other ideas. (Of course, you need aplace to put your collection).

We had a rock collection with our grandparents when young.And then because my grandfather was interested in bird calls and bird watching,we started collecting feathers too! He knew what type of feather belonged toevery bird around, and what part of their body it came from! Whenever we wenton outings with him, each trip also had that added dimension of searching forbirds and feathers.

Make A Model –Both boys and girls enjoy making models, and it can also bring back nice memoriesfor seniors, from their days as parents or children. This is also a good timefor kids to learn about how it was back in the day. Hobby and crafts storeshave many to choose from, such as dinosaurs and animals of various kinds, cars,boats, ships, airplanes, even dolls. Making a gingerbread house may also beconsidered a model of sorts! There’s sure to be something suitable that anyonecan enjoy. And many models are projects that can be worked on over severalvisits.

Coloring – Older peoplelike to color too! In fact, there are more complex coloring pages or booksdesigned just for adults (or teens), and they’d be fine for older kids as well. Wefound many themes in books stores and art supply stores. There were also kindsprinted on fabric, including a velvet texture, for which you use markers orcolored pencils.

My daughter loved one about old-fashioned costumes and alsomandala designs. But seniors are also usually happy to color with children intheir own coloring books. (I think there’s just something about all the colors inthose beautiful boxes with 64 crayons). There are lots of free coloring pages that canbe printed from online.

Outdoors – There are many more elderly activities to do outside — metal detecting; flying (and making) kites, planting tall and very fun sunflowers — which you can later roast and eat. See our page on top outdoor elderly activities.

Recording Memoirs – When Dad came to live with me, my son immediately launched him in a project of recording memoirs of his life into a digital recorder. He could do it at his own pace, stopping whenever he wanted. The grandkids would sit with him and ask him questions they were curious about, and this led to quite amazing discussions with their grandfather.

It was excellent for Dad’s memory too. This project occupied him for many interesting weeks. When done, the kids transferred the information to the computer, made a master file, and then put it on CDs to give to everyone in the family. It is truly a treasure.

Writing Memoirs – Instead of recording, some families or friends prefer the written word. Your elderly loved one may begin by recording or being interviewed, but then someone is designated to type it out. This can be short or longer. We have a cousin who did this quite a few years ago with several older family members in the process of gleaning information for ancestry purposes. It soon developed into other fascinating discussions about the “olden days” – including back in the late 1800s! One older relative had been a child at that time and had some amazing memories. Our cousin simply typed it up on regular paper for us.

But you may be familiar with online companies such as Shutterfly, where you can make and “publish” your own book. Photos can also be put in, including old black and whites. Once made, you can order several copies to give out. I know people who have made charming memoirs this way.

Windowsill Garden – Dad was never much of a gardener – until he got to the point when he was looking for something to do inside. So the grandkids helped him create a windowsill garden to enjoy. It actually became an entire corner. Because he’d come from Arizona, they included a variety of blooming cactus. But also planted seeds to watch grow into flowers, even a little cherry tomato plant, and strawberries (which you can get in kits). And then a few pots of herbs, which we used. Although Dad’s vision was very poor by then, he could see well enough to enjoy this.

Grow An Amaryllis – During the winter holiday season you can get an amaryllis kit at many stores. They are truly amazing to watch, as they can grow an inch a day. This is perfect to do with children, who are eager and curious. The growing process lasts for several weeks, until it bursts forth into gigantic, tall blooms. Anything to do with gardening will provide many more elderly activities to do with kids.

Special Parties – Even without a particular occasion or holiday in mind, you can have a fun themed party just for the heck of it. Planning and having parties include many possibilities for more elderly activities. Kids might like to help with decorations and planning, even cooking and making treats. We have quite a few on our page all about Perfect Party Theme Ideas.

Games

Playing games offers hours of many more elderly activities, but they will depend on the age of the kids and also the attention span, memory, and ability of seniors involved. Many older people are no longer able (or interested in) longer games; or those that are more complex, such as Monopoly and Clue. And games like Bingo and crossword puzzles may already be one of their regular activities.

You can have a mix of traditional games that older people are familiar and comfortable with, along with newer games that would be more easy to learn. The following are just a few suggestions of popular games.
Scrabble
Jenga
Yahtzee
Sorry!
Chinese Checkers
Chess
Checkers
Dominoes
Cribbage
Charades
Pictionary
Chutes and Ladders
Apples To Apples
Candyland
Adlibs (kids love anything corny)
Hangman
Tic Tac Toe
I Spy
Wii Games – golf and bowling are especially popular with seniors
Card Games – Rummy, Royal Rummy (a.k.a. Rummy Royal), Old Maid, Go Fish, Crazy Eights, Poker (for pennies)
Puzzles – not really a game, but great to have one set up somewhere
Outdoor Games – again, we have some favorites at outdoor elderly activities

These are just a few ideas to get started.

We used to have Family Night every Friday night when I was growing up, and our grandparents always came. Family Night always involved a board game that the kids could choose. Once we learned Royal Rummy, we were hooked and played it every week for years. (I got really good at the poker aspect of it). We learned when we were about 9 years old.

Family Night also included popcorn and home-made malted milks. Both were made from scratch the old-fashioned way, taught to us by Dad (when you had to put oil in the bottom of a pressure cooker, heat the oil, dump in the popcorn, and be sure to shake the living daylights out of it so it wouldn’t burn). If you’re interested in Dad’s chocolate milkshake recipe, just follow the link. Even when in our early teens, we still loved Family Night with our grandparents.

Our Kindle Books  – for on the go

If you want an easy reference for more elderly activities to keep on your Kindle or tablet, we have several that are also great to do with kids, so you can quickly access ideas on the go…

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Finding meaningful dementia activities can be a challenge.
Especially if it is a new venture for you when caring for family or residents. We have a family member with Lewy Body Dementia and have found
it can be an ongoing challenge. So look over this page and see what is a fit for you. The ideas on this page are meant for those with early or middle stage dementia.

We include links to suitable activities within our web site (to further organize our material for you) and also offer new ideas right here. Many are great to do with family, visitors, kids; or to give as gifts to those visiting.

Using these Activities

The way you use these activities will depend on if you’re working with just one family member, a small group of two or three, or a larger group in memory care (and of course not all may participate).

Many times dementia activities are simply demonstrated by the caregiver or director, with the resident(s) watching, choosing items, or talking. Sometimes you may make the activity samples up ahead of time, and just leave out a few details so participants can choose ways to finish them off.

So these activities are basic guidelines explained here – you can decide how you will present them.

Things May Vary Daily

(If you’ve been working with dementia residents for awhile, you’ll likely know the following explanatory material already). As you may know if you are working with a group, various residents will be at various ability levels – and what they can or want to do and for how long, can vary from day to day.

Activities should not only be meaningful, but ideally something they used to be interested in. The more reminiscing that can happen, the more opportunity to keep the memory active for as long as possible.

It is also important to be in the resident’s moment as much as possible – he or she may suddenly start talking about something unrelated, but meaningful to them at the time. I had to be aware of this with my Dad every day.

It does take continual observing, modifying, adjusting… and relaxing to have fun! Dementia activities should be done at a slower more patient pace, for shorter time allotments, along with lots of praise and encouragement.

The activities we provide here may need to be modified to suit your particular memory care needs. (And remember, children who visit grandparents with memory loss, may enjoy participating in some of these dementia activities as well).

The Usual Activities…

Most of us are familiar with the usual dementia activities…
Baking cookies or making popcorn, simple gardening like planting and weeding, folding laundry, sorting items, stringing things, looking at photographs, taking walks, baby visits, pet visits, etc.

So we won’t go into those here, but will instead discuss many others.

Here are our additional ideas, many with links to our other web pages for complete details. And if you are able to present or do crafts, be sure to visit our main craft page at Easy Craft Ideas.

Our Dementia Activities

Food Activities

Dementia activities involving food are really popular. Besides those that are baked making memorable aromas, it seems chocolate is another favorite. Here are a few fun food projects – they’re also a hit to do with children.

No-bake chocolate covered chow mein noodle cookies – Chocolate is a favorite treat and often associated with fun memories. Warm up a container of dipping chocolate in the microwave according to instructions. Make sure you heat it in 15 second intervals, stirring in between, to eliminate burning.

Transfer the melted chocolate to a larger mixing bowl (it has more room). Stir in about 2 cups of chow mein noodles, mixing gently but well. You can also add in a little coconut, if you like that.

Put spoonfuls of the mixture onto a platter that’s been covered with waxed paper. Refrigerate for at least a half an hour, until firm. Take the out of the fridge about 15 minutes before eating, or they may be hard to bite.

Bread making — This is a longer-term project, because of the baking time. So that is something to factor into the presentation of your activity. We all love the smell of home-baked bread!. So make it the easy way with a bread machine. This is one kitchen gadget I recommend having, if it is in your budget.

Otherwise, if you work at a care center, see if you can get a donation or do a little fund raising. Automatic bread makers process everything for you: mixing, kneading, baking, so you can come back later – and it’s done! They are also pre-programmable, and usually have automatic shut-off safety features.

Cookie cutter mini-pancakes — Some dementia activities are especially fun to do with kids, family or friends. For this one, you will need a pancake griddle and metal cookie cutters to pour the batter into, such as stars, hearts, Christmas trees, flowers, bells, Mickey Mouse, etc. Keep the cookie cutter around the batter until the shape sets. When done, people can choose decorations:  raisins, apple slices, coconut, candies, nuts, even a little whipped cream. Great for a brunch or special birthday breakfast too.

Chocolate spoons — Making chocolate spoons is another of the favorite dementia activities and ideal to do with kids. You can also use them for parties or gifts to give away. Not to mention, what a great spoon for stirring in a cup of coffee or coco! I prefer to use a microwavable tub of chocolate because it is the easiest and fastest method.

Microwave the chocolate according to the instructions. Dip a spoon into the melted chocolate and twirl it around so both sides get coated. Put it on the wax paper to harden, then dip it again. While the chocolate is still soft, dip them in sprinkles or candies; or sprinkle them by hand on to the top. Participants could choose which sprinkles or other candies to use to decorate.

Chocolate covered strawberries – The very easiest way to make chocolate covered strawberries is, again, by using the ready-made microwavable dipping chocolate. And they’re healthy! They can be used for many holiday occasions too, and fun to do in groups or one-on-one. See full instructions at: Make Chocolate Covered Strawberries.

Chocolate dipped pretzels – This is a similar process as with making chocolate covered strawberries, in which you use also the microwaveable chocolate.

(You can see that I use for many of these dementia activities). I find it best to use the jumbo pretzels sticks for this project. Get more ideas for making them and how to choose decorating, at: Creative, Easy Dipping Chocolate.

Homemade pretzels – Homemade pretzels can be either slightly salty or sweet. And you can also make various, fun shapes for different occasions, such as hearts, circles, spirals, etc. The easiest way is to use refrigerated pizza dough. Then sprinkle the tops with a little sweetener or salt. Some people like raisins pressed in. Just follow the directions on the dough package and cut or roll the dough into cylinders, then shape them. And they’re also really good to use for the dipping chocolate project too!

Homemade ice cream, the easy way -– Making homemade ice cream is very easy these days, because there are excellent electric automatic ice cream makers out there, with no ice or salt needed – and very little effort. Again, this project involves a longer time element. With the right recipes, ice cream can be a healthy dessert for almost anyone. And ice cream is sure to bring back good memories. See more details and our yummy family ice cream recipes at: How To Make Ice Cream The Easy Way.

Strawberry bouquet – These elegant strawberry bouquets are satisfying to make, and to give (as well as eat, of course). We have a super simple way to frost the tops of strawberries and include candy in the bouquet too. See more at: Strawberry Bouquets.

Strawberry fruit tower — Strawberries are very versatile for various dementia activities using fruit, and high in nutrition as well.

Participants can choose to decorate this easy kabob tower with various kinds of fruit and gumdrop colors. And for lots of holidays and parties – just change out the other fruits, colors, and candies. See our page at: Strawberry Apple Fruit Kabob.

General Dementia Activities

These various general dementia activities can easily be modified to suit your group or loved one, depending on ability level.

Windowsill gardens — Even for those who weren’t into gardening, windowsill gardens are fun dementia activities to do as a group or individually. A sunny windowsill is best. Besides watching a window garden grow, weeding and picking are other activities that can be done.

Gardens that grow something you can eat are very popular. Edible window gardens usually consist of herbs such as dill, basil, cilantro, parsley, mint, thyme, oregano, and chives. Use a potting mix rather than soil; it can carry disease. Be sure to get fertilizer made for edible plants, using it about once a month.

You could utilize a variety of pots and containers for your windowsill gardens, but they should be at least 6 inches deep. You don’t need to water herbs very often; just keep the soil barely moist so roots do not get soggy. Cut and use your edibles often. They’ll get fuller as they are clipped.

Other interesting plants to grow and eat in a windowsill garden are strawberries, tomatoes and sunflowers. See your garden center for specific instructions if you have questions. Or simply get a kit – there are many available. And of course when you “harvest” from your window garden, you can use the pickings in any cooking or snack projects.

Windowsill flower gardens also make lovely dementia activities, and add a boost of color and fragrance.

Grow an amaryllis flower — Amaryllis flowers are excellent for dementia activities – they are large, bright, and amazing to watch grow. An amaryllis bulb kit is very inexpensive, usually $12 or less. Although these kits are typically found in large discount stores like Target during the winter holidays, I’ve also found them in Walgreen’s during the summer.

Amaryllis plants make a fabulous gardening type activity – they grow really fast. You can literally see and measure their progress with a ruler daily – about an inch per day once they get going. Are you familiar with the amaryllis? They are tall and stately flowers with spectacular large blooms, several to a stalk. Just follow the directions on the box.

Arranging flowers – This can also be coupled with an outing to a garden in which flowers can be picked. Get a variety of colors and sizes of flowers, along with foliage and ferns. Pussy willows, cattails, and baby’s breath are also nice additions. Then arrange them in an attractive, non-breakable vase.

Make a creative planter – If you’re growing little mini gardens or just want to have some live plants around, consider putting them in a really creative planter…

Like an old-fashioned pail, a bright rain boot, an upside down hat, or an old fancy purse. If you line up several interesting planters, with their plants, they make a lively display. And residents can weed, prune and water them too. See more details and pictures at: Creative Planter Ideas.

Pressed flowers — This is a good way to incorporate any flowers that you may be growing into other dementia activities. Drying flowers is done over a period of time, however, so keep that in mind with your participants, their memories, and attention spans.

You can either pick fresh flowers from a field trip, a community garden or your windowsill garden. First remove wilted petals and leaves. Flowers and leaves should lay flat and not overlap, if possible. Get a heavy book and line some pages with 2 or 3 sheets of paper for protection. Paper towels will not work for this, because they’ll disintegrate. Lay the flowers carefully out on the paper, and cover them with another couple of sheets of paper.

Close up the book and stack another couple of books on top. Or if you want to dry them faster, you can also put the book in your microwave for about 30 seconds. Repeat this process a few times, checking to see if the flowers are almost dried. Then let the book sit for at least another two weeks before opening. When the flowers are dried, they can be used in collages, in small picture frames, and decoupage, depending on what your group or loved one is able to do.

Gourd craft characters — The activities director of one of our memory care facilities used our project for one of her dementia activities, by turning funny lumpy gourds into characters with her residents (with help, of course) and they turned out really cute. See the samples we have and full instructions at: Gourd Craft Ideas – Gifts, Ghouls & Grannies.

Playing with watercolors – Art projects for dementia activities can be either simple or a little more challenging. Here’s an easy way to watercolor, even if participants have not done (or do not remember having done) much with art.

The paper can also first be taped down on all sides with masking tape or artist’s water tape, to the table to keep it from curling. First just thoroughly wet a piece of sturdy watercolor paper with a sponge, and then dab bright colors with a brush into the water, watching them spread and make patterns.

Pleasing color combinations are the cool colors of blue, green and purple, perhaps yellow too; or the warm colors of red, pink, orange, yellow. But it doesn’t really matter. This is a very loose type of painting technique that involves no “skill.” When the painting is almost dry, put a clean piece of paper or wax paper over it, and then stack a heavy book on top, to flatten the paper while it dries.

When completely dried, the paper can then be cut into tall, narrow strips to make into attractive bookmarkers to give as a gift. Then laminated or encase them in clear contact paper. You could also laminate full-sized paintings, to make into place mats.

Beaded bookworm bookmark craft — We thought this cute bookmark idea submitted by a reader would work well for dementia activities.

You make the bookworm by stringing very large beads, so it’s easy to do. Participants could choose some of the beads to use. Then give them away as gifts if you’d like. Kids will love them too. Go to this page to see full details: Bookworm Bookmark.

Modeling with clay – The feel of clay is wonderful in the hands, and some dementia patients may have had an artistic talent that clay will help them remember and maintain. Others will just like to play around with it. Try modeling simple animals, cartoony-like simple characters, a little vase in which to stick a small artificial flower, etc.

Kite flying – Meaningful dementia activities bring back old memories. And can be a great reason to go outdoors, for both men and women. You can get basic kites at a discount store or even sometimes at a dollar store. Along with flying kites, making and decorating a simple one from a kit also makes a fun activity.

Kids love to help with this one too! When you’re ready to fly, be sure to limit the length of the kite string so it’s manageable. Go outside to an area where there are not too many trees, and take turns flying the kites. They can even be attached to wheelchairs.

If this is an actual outing, bring along lemonade and cookies, or even a picnic lunch. Many of the participants may have fun stories to tell about flying kites when they were young. So kites and conversation are good for the memory too.

Gentle hand massage — A hand massage using gentle reflexology stimulates the whole system. Use a little lotion with a favorite fragrance (men and women alike). With our hand reflexology chart, it is really easy to do. This chart shows which pressure points go with which parts of the body. Pressure, of course, should be very light. See the chart and print it out from this page: A Handy Hand Reflexology Chart.

Spa time — Dementia activities for a “spa” time are calming and enjoyable. Begin with relaxing music and maybe string up some small twinkling lights. Or have a few flameless battery candles set around for ambiance. Aromatherapy is also wonderful, such as lavender (which helps calm and relax) or rose, lemon and vanilla.

Give an arm and hand massage with scented lotion. A scalp massage is excellent as well. Also popular is a foot soak in warm, scented water, followed by a gentle foot massage. Perhaps a mini pedicure, complete with toenail polish for the ladies? The activities you include in your spa time will depend on the attention span of your participants.

Manicure – This is a wonderful way to give some pampering or give help with a fun and familiar activity. A manicure complete with bright nail polish is a special treat. Some patients may be able to apply a stroke or two of nail polish themselves.

Music time – Music can be incorporated into many dementia activities. It’s not only soothing, but it also helps bring back memories by association. Some participants will just want to listen, others do a little foot tapping, humming, or even singing along. Some may like to get up and dance.

Choose music that is their favorites, such as from the ’30’s, ’40’s, or ’50’s, . And don’t forget Lawrence Welk, Perry Como and all those crooners. Church hymns can be used as well. It is also popular to have a live musician come in with a guitar or to play the piano if available. Some residents may prefer to use individual earphones while listening to music.

Games

Games will naturally need to be modified according to abilities. Some of these dementia activities will be suitable only for early stage dementia. Besides fun, games have other benefits. Several will provide a little motion and coordination exercise. Others will challenge the mind and memory. (Also see our elderly games page for further ideas you can modify as necessary). Here are a few popular ones.

Name That Tune — Musical games are always a great favorite and this game is good for both the memory and mood. Music is one of the dementia activities that can be very calming. If you’re going to play music yourself (i.e. on a piano) it’s easy to get music online at Amazon.com if you want to order it. Or visit www.lyricsdepot.com to find lyrics for your favorite songs, from any decade.

Using a music CD will work fine with this game too, but it’s even more fun to have live music. Begin by playing 3 to 5 notes of the song, then pause and let participants call out the tune if they can. Then add 3 more notes and pause, adding 3 notes each time until someone guesses. Or instead, play a few notes and let them sing what comes next.

Fill in the hymn or bible verse — Get phrases from some favorite old hymns and leave out the words. Participants and either call out the answer to fill in the phrase, or write them down. Other fill-in games can include psalms and other scriptures, and famous sayings or idioms.

Name those states and cities — Stretch those memories and combine a mental work out with fun travel stories – two dementia activities in one. You can use either a puzzle map on a table, or get a large wall map (laminated if possible) and hang it up. See how many states and/or cities can be named. And maybe someone remembers a story about having been there.

Spelling bee and math bee – This can be made into a fun game rather than a “test,” and the emphasis is in success and encouragement so participants do not feel put on the spot. Some days they will remember, and some days they won’t. Always start out easy and basic to ensure the best success at the start.

What I Loved To Do As A Child — Games can also involve fun reminiscing into childhood, and as you know, anything with remembering makes good dementia activities. For this one, each person can talk about their favorite activity or hobby when they were a child. Some questions to ask may be… Did they continue it as they grew? Why did they like it? Would they still like to do that activity today? Include whatever questions would be appropriate for your group.

Guess what’s in the sock — Guessing games are fun for dementia activities. Buy some large heavy socks, not low-rise, but the type that are worn outdoors in the winter that are thick and come at least to the calf. Put several items in the socks. If you are using this for a holiday game, items should be related to your holiday or occasion in some way. You might include a small ornament, scotch tape, a pine cone, a Hershey’s Kiss, etc. Have each person feel inside the sock and name what is in it.

Fall leaves — There are many dementia activities you can do with fall leaves. Start out by going out on a nice day around the yard, garden, grounds, or a park. Bring a book or chart on trees and leaves for the leader to reference. The leader or guide can point out the various trees and tell something about them.

For instance, maple trees can be used for maple syrup and also make very bright colors in fall; oak trees grow acorns; pines are used for Christmas trees and wreathes, etc.

Participants can gather some brightly colored leaves of different kinds, so bring a bag or two. When you get back, you can then play a memory game. Have the leader hold up various leaf shapes and see if participants can remember what trees they were from. And perhaps something about those trees.

Also try preserving leaves the old-fashioned way can create more dementia activities. Participants will need help with this because it involves ironing, and some may mostly just watch, depending on your group and if in a facility. Spread down newspapers. Then place leaves between 2 sheets of wax paper.

Cover with newspapers, and iron (with assistance of course) until the leaves are coated with wax. The newspapers absorb the extra wax. Let the leaves cool off, then remove them from the newspapers.

Preserved leaves can then be used for decoupage projects, centerpieces, making garlands, or pressing between two sheets of clear contact paper to make place mats. Whatever crafts your group can participate in.

Cup and ball game – You can buy the old-fashioned wooden cup with a ball attached on a cord. One version is to see who can get the ball into the cup the most times in a given time frame. This is a great game for those with limited mobility and for those in wheelchairs.

Holiday toss – Have a fun game of “toss the hat”. You can use this game for many occasions – just switch out the type of hat. For instance, fill a Santa’s hat (or Uncle Sam’s hat for the 4th of July) with some candy or other small items. Then try to toss the hat around without the items falling out. This tossing game can also be done with marshmallows, and you can use any kind of container besides a hat.

Balloon volleyball – This is a great activity for any group, and is also fun for those with dementia. Simply sit in a circle and hit, tap, or kick the balloon from one person to the next. This is also a little stretching exercise, with lots of laughs.

Roll the ball – For this game you will need a long table, or a couple tables pushed together. Then have participants sit around the table with a brightly colored ball. Then one person to roll the ball to another person, and then to another, keeping the ball rolling. This is very relaxing, and some residents will play it for quite a long time.

Lawn or patio bowling – This game is best done on a flat surface or really short grass so it’s a great outdoor game. Simply use a plastic bowling set that is set up. You can score in the traditional manner if you choose to do scoring. Because the pins and balls are so light weight, it is easy to manage even by wheelchair participants.

Outings

For those who are able to go on outings, we do have a special page about field trip activities for elderly. Some of them may be suitable for you. Our family member with Lewy Body Dementia is still able to go on many of them.

Here is a quick summary of some others:

Berry Picking — Picking, sorting, and washing fruits make good dementia activities. This is a mildly active excursion, and you can make it as short as you’d like. Participants may remember berry picking days from their past. There may be a berry picking farm nearby for just such a trip, as there is near me. And you have a delicious end result!

Take the berries back with you and have a get-together, eating them or making a dessert. If you pick strawberries, we have a very simple way to make chocolate covered strawberries, (see link above in the Food Activities section) which can also be done outdoors.

Visit an apple orchard — Many communities have commercial orchards where you can pick your own apples and even go on a hay ride or cart ride to the picking areas. Plus they often have a little cafe or shop to buy and eat delicious homemade apple treats. But then again, you may want to make your own treats! Apple crafts are always popular too and can often be done (or watched) outside.

Boat rides – Since dementia activities involving outings should be kept more quiet and simple, a calming boat ride is wonderful. The water makes a great backdrop. Do you, or does anyone in your church or organization have a pontoon boat? If they are willing to assist for an afternoon, this is an excellent way of boating. Pontoons can also be rented. With a proper plank, even those in wheelchairs can access this type of boat. It should ideally have a covering.

But there are also mini yachts, ferries, and a variety of motor boats too, large enough for easy and safe access, and most can be rented. Be sure everyone has appropriate clothing, plus sunglasses and sunscreen. Be sure beverages or water bottles are available, and possibly snacks.

Fishing – So many seniors enjoy fishing, and perhaps were even skilled at it. And they may remember fishing stories to share too. Whether on a pier, pontoon boat, fishing boat, or from shore, this is a relaxing way to get outdoors. Bring along some food and drink. And make sure there is someone who can handle the gear, hooks, and fish to give a helping hand.

Botanical garden or conservatory – Anything with plants and gardening are always included in our dementia activities, because they were often favorites from the past. Strolling through a garden is also great exercise. If your town does not have its own public garden, consider a trip to a nearby place that does. Some destinations also have a restaurant, even a zoo. One near me includes a petting zoo and is as popular with adults as it is with kids.

Again, all field trips and outings will depend on your group.

These are just a few of the ideas we are sharing for dementia activities. Be sure to visit other pages (see links below) for more meaningful ideas that you can modify to suit your loved one or group.

And you might like to take a pair of binoculars with you for added interest!

Check these for more possible dementia activities:

Senior Activity Ideas — A comprehensive variety of General suggestions that may give you further ideas for dementia activities.

Outdoor Elderly Activities — Many outdoor ideas for different seasons. Some can be brought indoors too. So if you’re looking for dementia activities for the outdoors, check these.

to Elderly Activities

These field trip activities for elderly and seniors include a variety of interests and abilities, as our readers come from all steps of life. You know your group and its preferences, so can see what’s right for you.

Some outings listed are free, and some cost money or a small fee. Be sure to ask about senior discounts!

Get prepared – The best fun often comes from details and preparation. The little things like a water bottle, snack, hat, insect repellent, and maybe a light jacket or sweater. And of course, good walking shoes. Perhaps a bag for collecting things from nature for later use in easy craft ideas. How about a journal and pen, and/or sketch book. Check out your destination’s web site, if any, to get particulars.

Our Field Trip Activities for Elderly & Seniors

The Basic Activities

We are all familiar with the usual field trip activities for elderly and seniors —
Like going to sports games, luncheons, holiday festivities, a park, library, art museum, science museum, zoos and aquariums, a picnic, concerts, fairs and carnivals, the senior center, casino, bingo games, hikes and walks, bus rides to see fall colors, holiday lights, etc. So we don’t emphasize them on this page, but try to give fresh perspectives on other things to do.

Service & Giving

Deliver gift baskets – Field trip activities for elderly are really satisfying when they help others. How about gift baskets that you’ve put together yourselves, maybe with contributions. Consider a children’s hospital, a vets organization, charitable organizations of all kinds, care centers, etc. See our page for ideas on how to make a gift basket. Another very popular item for giving involves making fleece blankets, really easy and cheerful. 

Adopt a highway – For those with energy and mobility. Contact your state or county if you’d like to participate in keeping a certain area of the highway clean. A sign can also be put up on behalf of your organization.

Help at food or clothing bank – Our city also has a non-profit that helps those in need and transition establish their home. These groups really appreciate volunteer service.

Help serving meals – Your town may have charitable organizations that serve meals or distribute food to those in need. You might choose to help behind the scenes, serve, or help deliver.

Gardens and Botanical

Walk a labyrinth garden – Looking for unusual field trip activities for elderly? Perhaps you know that the labyrinth is an ancient concept in  many cultures and religions, and was popular also amongst Christians in the Middle Ages. A labyrinth is not the same as a maze (in which you try to find your way out of a complex puzzle with many branches).

The labyrinth was often used as a contemplative walk through a usually circular or square path from the outside to the center. They could be found built into the floors of cathedrals, or as part of a garden. Some groups have learned to make a simple labyrinth as an activity for their campus. Plants, rocks and grasses are frequently used.

Visit a straw bale garden – Straw bale gardens make excellent field trip activities for elderly. If you’re new at this concept, read the fascinating info by our guest expert on straw bale gardening for seniors. Learn first-hand with an outing, just how this amazing system works. You may have a goal to try one yourselves!

Visit specialized gardens – Try a calming Japanese garden, or distinctive rose garden. Whatever is near and inspires you. If you’re into writing, art, or contemplation, these are perfect places for bringing journals and sketch pads – ideal with many field trip activities for elderly. You may designate a certain “assignment” or purpose before you begin. Then later expand the creative results into further projects.

Garden club – You may know someone who belongs to a garden club. Many communities have seasonal times in which members’ gardens are open to the public for visits. The club itself may also maintain a garden, and you can get a tour and learn all about what it has involved. 

Department store flower shows – These might happen a couple times a year, especially in spring and fall. And some stores also offer charming holiday displays during December. They’re constructed by expert florists and master gardeners, almost always available for advice and information. Especially if your group is interested in doing its own garden. There may also be a guest artist, photographer, or musician, plus films, crafts, and food.

Butterfly garden – A truly magical experience. I was amazed at all the butterflies in our local conservatory’s butterfly garden. We weren’t allowed to touch them (unless they landed on us) or take them out. The colors were spectacular, since lots of flowers are kept for the butterflies’ habitat. Another inspiring place for journals and sketch books.

Commercial greenhouse tour – Have a tour to learn about life and uses of plants that are grown by commercial gardens, whether flowers, greenery, or vegetables. The various phases of work that go into this industry is quite surprising.

Pumpkin and gourd patch – Popular field trip activities for elderly in the fall. When you visit, keep ideas in the back of your mind for using them in crafts – they come in so many fun shapes, colors and sizes. We have pages with lots of gourd craft ideas, and also painting pumpkins (instead or carving).

Arboretum visits – You may be surprised at just how many types of trees grow in your area. Take a tour and learn all about them: their names, characteristics, and care. Sketches and photos of trees may also be handy later for upcoming activities.

Sponsor a tree planting memorial – Some arboretums and parks offer the opportunity to plant trees as memorials to loved ones and those of service. They can also offer advice on planting a tree on your own property or campus, if preferred.

Bonsai trees – Your community may have a bonsai club, which probably plans exhibits to the public at times during the year. Some of these are astoundingly complex. Others elegant yet simple. Bonsai growing is wonderful to learn about, and a simple project can be learned by almost anyone.

More Nature

Many field trip activities for elderly venture into nature, so consider collecting dried flowers and foliage, or dry them later. You’ll find plenty of uses in upcoming arts and crafts projects, decorating and centerpieces. See our page on Easy Craft Ideas.

Bald eagles or other unusual birds – We have a destination area popular for elderly field trip activities, where the bald eagles gather in the fall as they migrate. They may even stay for a week. Be sure to bring binoculars and a picnic! Perhaps you know someone who is knowledgeable about them.
 
Butterfly and bird/animal migrations – Does your area experience notable migrations from, for instance, monarch butterflies, swallows, storks, even the albatross? Or if you live near the sea, penguins or whales? Go take a look at their gathering places, with a presentation beforehand to get the most out of it. Take some photos too. And later, it makes a great discussion with a special snack.

Bird identification – This is a relaxing way to tune into nature. Do a little bird watching, bird song identification (you can listen to CDs and online bird sounds in advance), do some photography, or quick sketching. You’ll find different species in parks, forests, gardens, and wetlands. Be sure to bring binoculars!

Bird and animal sanctuary – Various areas around the globe have sanctuaries for endangered or injured animals. Sanctuaries are appealing field trip activities for elderly and seniors. They may include a nature center building, guides, an amphitheater, shop, indoor and outdoor exhibits, baby nursery area, paths and trails, even a wildlife hospital. Your group may be interested in getting involved or volunteering too.

Nature park – Different from national or state parks or even reserves, these are protected landscapes involving city or county planning and community beautification and conservation. Wonderful for walks, picnics, and studying the flora and fauna of the area.

Wetlands – They have a unique eco system that is quite complex. These marshes, ponds and bogs may be wet all year long, or just at times. With many types of vegetation, wildlife, birds, and insects – some surprising. They provide intriguing field trip activities for elderly. Choose one that has boardwalks, trails, observation areas, a visitor center, etc.
 
Hay ride or sleigh ride – Popular in summer, fall, and early winter before it’s too bitter cold. Sites that offer these rides may arrange a snack afterwards. One of our local venues has hot soup and bread, desserts, hot beverages, and a cozy fire.

Farm – Is anyone from your group originally from a farm? Or perhaps wished they’d had a farm experience? Needless to say, farming has certainly changed over the decades. A visit is very enlightening. Some farms give tours on wagons, plus offer fresh produce and/or goodies for sale. Also a chance to see and pet animals, or view babies.

Gather pinecones – There are a great many kinds of pinecones, both in shape and size; some huge. When visiting evergreen areas, do gather some pinecones! They’re fabulous for centerpieces, decorations, and all sorts of pinecone crafts later. Get as many varieties as possible.

Beach – Besides relaxation, a stroll and picnic, gather shells, grasses and other plants that can be used later. See some charming examples of shell crafts submitted by one of our readers 

Caves – Caves are full of mystery and are captivating field trip activities for elderly. One of my favorites. Most parts of the country have caves nearby, or at least a bus or van drive away. It makes a great day trip. Tours are available, and many include a gift shop and snack area.

Fish hatchery – A hatchery is for the breeding and raising of fish and sea animals into the early stages of life. They’re then released into a natural habitat. There are hatcheries for all kinds of freshwater and saltwater fish, shrimp, scallops, also salmon. Some are involved in both natural and controlled spawning, selective breeding or genetic manipulation. Maybe controversial, but could generate interesting discussion later. A salmon run was one of my most fascinating trips.
 
Historic trails – You may have a historic trail near you, whether national, state or local. Many walks are quite easy. There are observation areas along the way, rest places, and descriptive signs. It’s fun to prepare in advance with an introductory talk, and/or have a discussion later. Check out the Register of Historic Places for your state or city. Get more info at the link for the National Trail System.

Food

Make sure some of your field trip activities for elderly include a little “good cheer” and good food!

Beer making – Visiting a brewery is a real kick. And you get samples at the end. Local micro breweries are popular too, and owners are eager to show off their product. You can find one to tour almost anywhere.

Wine making – Know anyone who makes wine? Or ever thought of wine making as an activity? A vineyard and wine making tour (along with tasting) is both enjoyable and instructional. Even in cold climates there are local wineries growing suitable grapes. 
 
Wine tasting – Or perhaps you want to pass on the tour, and just enjoy the tasting. And of course you may just have to take a bottle or two home with you.

Visit a food factory – Food factory visits not only provide an educational experience, but you can try treats too. There are so many possible field trip activities for elderly and seniors! Here are some favorites: pickle making, cider making, maple syrup, chocolate, any candy, cheese, various snacks. Some also sell kits so you can learn to make the treats at home.

Specialty bakery – How about fancy cakes, pastries and desserts from other cultures. I especially love watching cake decorating demonstrations. This can be arranged in larger bakeries, usually for a smaller group. You may also find a fabulous gingerbread house demonstration or display during the December holidays.

Pick corn – Nothing like corn on the cob fresh from the field. It’s also fun to have a sociable corn husking get-together. With snacks of course. And save those corn husks! You can use them for many crafts, including the traditional cornhusk doll.

Bee keeping and making honey – From simply visiting a museum and shop, to even suiting up and visiting the bees themselves! (If you’re brave). Learn about the life of a beekeeper, history, the life of bees, habitats, products. In some areas honey bees have become scarce. I love to cook with honey instead of sugar (see our page on healthy dessert recipes).

Fruit picking – For those who are able, try some picking on your field trip activities for elderly. Otherwise, just visit and learn how a working orchard or berry farm operates, harvests, distributes, sells, etc. Many provide easy ways to enjoy picking fruit. Some of our locals will transport you to and from picking areas too.

Later, use them for your jams, desserts, and even to make fun projects such as apple crafts. Or one of my favorites, make chocolate covered strawberries. See how we decorated them!

Hobbies, Culture

Do members of your group enjoy the arts and/or hobbies? Add them into your list of field trip activitiesfor elderly and seniors.

Ballet or opera – Both traditional and contemporary. Some movie theaters also show film versions on the big screen as they are being performed live elsewhere. You can even get season tickets.
  
Theater in the park – To go along with outings for concerts in the park. Shakespeare is a favorite for these.

Historical re-enactments, sites, villages – Complete with authentic costumes, buildings, props. During various holidays, presentations might change accordingly.

Cultural festivals, including native or aboriginal – I love experiencing other cultures and diversity, along with their music, dancing, costumes, food, traditional crafts. Field trip activities for elderly and seniors are an ideal means to learn about and understand others.

Local artisan’s studio – Have you ever visited a wood carver, guitar or violin maker, potter, glass blower, sculptor, doll maker, or traditional textile maker and weaver? See what is in your area. You may want to learn a new hobby!

Kids’ performances – Whether dance, music, plays, or ice skating, we don’t want to leave out the younger generation. Include them in your field trip activities for elderly. Helps keep us young at heart. Certainly someone in your group is connected to what the kids are up to!

Musical outings – Try something new! Besides your favorites, how about jazz, classical, opera, polka, big band, country, bluegrass, rhythm and blues, Gospel, Reggae, Latino, Baroque, Broadway, pop, drumming, any new culture. If you have a music club (or want to create one), take a different outing every month. Many are free at churches, recitals, clubs and festivals. 

Dancing – Again, try something new with your field trip activities for elderly. For some you can just watch; but for others, join in! Choose from square dancing, polka, various folk dancing, rock n’ roll, jitterbug, ballroom, Latino, line dancing, ballet, tap dance, zumba. Another good reason to start a club or have a party. Go out and learn to dance!

Readings – For those interested in literary pursuits, you can find literature readings (including at universities and colleges), poetry readings, author readings at libraries, and also activities commemorating famous authors who may have lived in your area.

Gem show – Although especially interesting to those who make jewelry, the sheer beauty of these shows is stunning.

Local art galleries (including smaller ones) – Support local artists! You may also get ideas for your own projects for later.

Collections –  And these may also include museums to visit and learn from. See who is interested in antique cars, aviation, stamps, model trains, dolls and doll houses, musical instruments, guns, antique furniture, toys.

Metal detecting – An excellent (and sometimes profitable) outing for any age. Get details and tips on how seniors can do this, by our expert on treasure hunting with metal detectors.

Education

Field trip activitiesfor elderly can include both fun and learning. Here’s a big variety of ideas.

Lecture – One of Dad’s mottos, at 97: “You’re never too old to learn!” And most communities have an abundance of topics to explore: science, cultural, historical, newest medical, literature, art, inventions, political, etc. See what interests your group!

Factory visits – We discussed food factories earlier. But there are loads of other possibilities. What’s near you? Check out a web site all about factory tours. Just click on your state and see what’s around.

The world of theatre – Besides just watching a play, discover (or re-discover) what really goes into their making. See the workings of a theater – backstage, props, costumes, sets. Most theaters will be happy to give you a tour.

Visit a mill – Perhaps your area has modern or old mills to learn about. Find out how it’s done at a lumber mill, paper mill, grain mill.

Tour an old ship or boat – Great for anyone with a maritime background, or who has been on a ship (or wished they had). You’ll find possibilities near the sea, on the Great Lakes, or large river.

Fire station, fire engines – Of all of our field trip activities for elderly, visiting the fire station was one of the favorites at a local senior campus. Folks got to compare how it was when they were younger, versus the more high-tech world today.

Aviation outings – For those who are into aviation, go to an air show, or an aviation museum. You may even have a chance to take a small airplane ride. Some aviation schools will give tours, even demonstrating simulated flight training methods. Other plane usages include search and rescue, insect control i.e. crop dusting, aerial fire fighting, air ambulance, police patrol, traffic reporting, gliding.

Historic home(s) tour – Tours may include just one, or several homes. They are truly beautiful; some quaint or even strange, often with a fascinating story. Or even a rumored ghost.

Visit a local area that was in a famous book (or movie) – Is there anywhere near you? It’s easy to do a search online.

Historical site or memorial – There is history everywhere. And you can dig it up near you. (Sometimes quite literally, if you live near an excavation site). Find some places of historical interest to visit. A local teacher or professor may agree to help.

Armed forces celebrations, commemorations, patriotic occasions – Especially meaningful to those who served, or who had family members in the armed forces. There are many events throughout the year to add into field trip activities for elderly.

Military or National Guard installations – For those interested, see how our armed forces train, live, and operate. Tours may be arranged at certain times of the month and/or year.

Science and invention exhibits – These exhibits may be in science museums, of course. But also search them out at colleges and universities. Certain exhibits travel around the country, so have a specified time frame. And let’s not forget our children’s school exhibits!

Science and research laboratory tour – This area of life is changing so rapidly we can hardly keep up with it. Your hospital, university, or a particular industry may give you a tour about their latest work.

Lock and dam operations – If you live near a river or canal, seeing how boats are raised and lowered through different levels of water is fascinating. Some may also have historic significance.

TV or radio station – Behind the scenes of TV and radio is a busy world unto itself. It is amazing what it takes to produce just one program, much less an entire day or week. The news and weather is especially interesting, with teams of reporters, news gathering, in the field production, editing, all the trucks, photographic equipment, advertising, etc.

Newspaper or magazine – The print aspect of the media is as equally involved  as broadcast. Learn about investigating, reporting, editing, deadlines, printing presses, distribution. And the future of the print media.

Facility or place of worship of a different religion – In these times it is particularly important to learn about diversity in our area – to understand and live together in harmony. It seems so much unrest across the globe is attributed to religious differences. Embrace understanding in your field trip activities for elderly.

Birth place of a famous person – Who is your area known for? Is there a house, farm, place of business, or industry associated with him or her? Do an online search for famous people in your area and see what they were, or are, all about.

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A few more quick ideas with field trip activities for elderly …

Circus – perhaps sponsor and accompany a group of kids.

Garage sales, flea markets – Get stuff to stock your crafts bins for new projects.

Farmer’s market – A quick and easy field trip to see what’s available for produce, honey, jams, salsas, etc.

Crafts show or art center – Something going on almost all year long.

Kite flying – Which can also be done from a wheel chair. Plus, have an activity to make your own kite.

Pontoon boat ride, or river cruise – And an excellent venue for parties and club meetings.

Gondola ride up a mountain or ski area – Also exhilarating in off-season. Your destination may include a restaurant or rest area at the top.

Bonfire – And be sure to learn how to make s’mores (our gourmet way).

Train ride – This is really fun on an historic train, especially with lunch or dinner. And/or to special destination.

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You may get more ideas to go along with your
field trip activities for elderly.

Outdoor Elderly Activities — with games and parties too!
Senior Activities – BY THE MONTH — Plus General ideas for each season.

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pinata

Elderly fiesta activities and parties are popular any season. Any time is a great time (especially in the winter when you wish it was warm out)! All you need are fun fiesta party items, plus Mexican food and recipes. Maybe some special party bags and party invitations. And, of course, pinatas. You can get many of your party supplies wholesale. Or make them yourself — we have ideas!

(Also see our “recipe central” page at Easy Healthy Recipes).

You can modify them for a special family dinner, celebration, or for small or large groups. Let your imagination go wild with decorations too – even make centerpieces yourself. These make great senior activity ideas. Also try hand-made invitations. See the end for decoration ideas.

How about a little entertainment? Does the local senior center, a school, college, church, Latino cultural center, or a theater group have talent who can come over to demonstrate dancing or music? You can definitely get music from the local music store or library. But live entertainment is always more fun!

Elderly Fiesta Activities

Menu

Build Your Own Taco Salad

A taco salad is a super-easy way to offer a large variety of food that is sure to please everyone – because they can make their own the way they want to, buffet style.

If you need to serve sit-down dinner style, you could put small bowls of various items on each table to choose from. Use fresh foods as much as possible with plenty of color. Our suggestions include a few items that are a bit out of the ordinary, to add interest.

You will need several bowls and platters, and any of the following food options:

  • Tortilla chips – Use a variety of colors, such a traditional yellow corn, white, whole grain, or blue corn.
  • Some people like to use a taco bowl as well.
  • Sliced yellow and red onions, or scallions.
  • Greens can include traditional lettuce, romaine, spinach leaves, or a spring greens mix.
  • Bowls of chopped or whole black and green olives – some with pimento.
  • Several types of cheese such as cheddar, asiago, or manchego. A Mexican blend is great too.
  • Bowls of black beans and pinto beans; refried is fine. Canned garbanzo beans are also very good.
  • Chopped red peppers, as well as yellow and green.
  • Chopped yellow and red tomatoes.
  • Fresh corn removed from the cob, or cooked frozen corn.
  • Cilantro and parsely.
  • Shredded chicken or beef – you can cook spices into the meat such as cumin, coriander, black pepper, and garlic powder. You can make it as spicy as you’d like.
  • Sour cream or fat-free yoghurt.
  • Guacamole.
  • Taco sauce.
  • Salsa.

Another menu item is unique and really delicious — have you heard of chicken with chocolate sauce ?? It’s both a little sweet and spicy! This is a traditional Mexican dish, and we have a great recipe. Just click to get our chicken with chicken chocolate sauce recipe!  Or try a great fish taco recipe  (with a few surprises) – it’s a yummy alternative to the standard taco.

Beverage – Sangria!

Elderly fiesta activities just must include Sangria — basically a wine punch of wine and fruit over ice. We have two excellent sangria recipes, one for red and one white. There are also suggestions for variations. Sangria can also be made with non-alcoholic juice such as Catawba, but the recipe may need to be adjusted a bit, to taste.

Just click on the link to our easy sangria recipe ideas. Make it with either red or white wine (or sparkling grape juice for a refreshing non-alcoholic beverage). Remember, you can use a variety of fruits, fresh is best, and whatever is seasonal.

Dessert

We’ll make this simple: anything chocolate is wonderful with this type of menu. Chocolate, after all, is native to Mexico and Central and South America. Favorite elderly activities involve food (especially desserts!). Why not make dessert a special project for your elderly fiesta activities — do it up fancy or basic.

Try this really easy and fun chocolate covered strawberry project — complete with unique ways to decorate them! Use your imagination to decorate them with a fiesta them too. Take a look at our page on how to Make Chocolate Covered Strawberries. Or check out lots of other healthy desserts at Healthy Dessert Recipes.

Decorations

Decorations are favorite elderly fiesta activities – with color, color, color! Bright colors are the theme here – choose a scheme of three or four different fiesta colors to mix and match.

Got a sombrero? It’s easy to get one – use it as a centerpiece, or turn it upside down and insert at bowl filled with tortilla chips. Or a flameless pillar candle. They have lots of uses!

Setting the table — Go to a dollar store and get a brightly colored paper table cloth, at least for the main serving table. Fiesta themes and Mexican decor are very popular, and you can often find these themed items in party stores.

If your budget allows, get a table cloth for each table, and contrasting paper napkins. If you have a yellow table cloth, try orange, yellow, turquoise, bright purple, hot pink, and/or green napkins. You can find sticker decals shaped like sun bursts or flowers to adhere to the corner of the napkins.

Piñatas — Naturally! And stuffed with treats make excellent fiesta decorations! You can get lots of no-sugar candies. Other fiesta party ideas include theme colored balloons, party bags with colored shredding and curly ribbon, and party favors — try making them. Small sombreros and tiny faux pinatas are also often available in craft stores; as well as small, Mexican style painted vases. You can put a tiny bright flower in them.

Napkin rings — These can be made by simply tying raffia or bright ribbon around the napkin and inserting an artificial or real flower. If you find the tiny piñatas in a store, you can also attach or hang them on the napkin. A bright sticker can be adhered to the corner of the napkin. Making napkins rings are fun but simple elderly fiesta activities.

Centerpieces — Putting together centerpieces are fun elderly fiesta activities to help prepare for the party. Collect empty plastic water bottles in advance. Remove the labels and fill the bottoms with natural stones or marbles to weigh them down.

Colored sand is fun as well. Fill the bottles about two-thirds with water. You can even add food coloring to make colored water. Then insert just one, big colorful flower and one tall reed or slender leaf into the bottle. If you do not want to use water in the vase, artificial flowers are fine too.

Or you may already have a favorite flower craft to make instead. Tie raffia or a ribbon that matches your color scheme around the top of the plastic bottle. If you have any squirt “puffy paint” (a.k.a. 3D paint) on hand, you can add decorative squiggle stripes around the bottom or middle of the bottles, or add dots.

Other easy elderly fiesta activities involve painting clay pots for many uses — for plants and flowers, as a pillar candle holder, insert a bowl for snacks, etc. Learn how to make one like the sample on the right. It’s the color scheme that makes the difference. Any type of easy flower design and some squiggles will do too.

Besides these elderly fiesta activities…
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Chicken Chocolate Sauce — Want to go all out? A fabulous new Mexican recipe for your fiesta! Have your ever tried (or even heard of) chicken with chocolate sauce? It’s unique!
Easy Wine and Chocolates Party — A wine and chocolates party is very versatile: either casual yet elegant, or more elaborate. Whatever suits your event.

In addition to these elderly fiesta activities, we have lot more ideas…

Our Kindle Books!

Be sure to find out about our Kindle books page. In our “Fun Party Themes for Seniors” book, we have lots more suggestions and activities for a fiesta too, plus dozens of other party ideas (many with planning steps from start to finish, including the menu). And to go along with it, a special book with loads of games! Something for everyone and for just about every occasion — many fun games to use with your elderly fiesta activities.

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Easy Crafts and Gifts  – Find out about lots more easy yet quality craft ideas, including some more for elderly fiesta activities – more than 120 projects!  For any season and ability. Plus a FREE booklet of templates to use for a variety of projects.

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Check out our elderly fish party activities! A really fun way to take advantage of a summer favorite – fishing – any time of year.

If it’s warm weather outside, you can have an outing and go fishing, then throw a party later, or else on another day as a follow up. Some of your participants may have limitations that do not make it possible to go fishing. But you can still plan a gone-fishing event into your elderly activities.

Here are some party ideas and recipes that can go along with the fishing theme. Just bring your elderly fish party activities all indoors during cold weather, to remind you of fun in the sun.


Elderly Fish Party Activities

Decorations

Table Decorations — Some of our elderly fish party activities involve making the table set up. Spread a clean fish net over your table cloth. You can hang a few small bobbers from the edges.

If you’re using paper tablecloths, napkins, plates, etc., use water tones such as blue or green. Depending on your budget, you can find fishing themed paper tableware in party stores or dollar stores.

Try adhering fish sticker decals in the corners of the napkins.

Tie each napkin with a ribbon or raffia and small bobber or fishing lure (hooks cut and removed). A close-up is shown below.

Cut bright fish from colored paper or fanciful wrapping paper and glue them onto the tablecloth. Making crafts to prepare for a party are great senior activity ideas.

Centerpieces — Our other elderly fish party activities include making easy centerpieces. (You can learn how to make the one on the right at our page about making fun, affordable centerpieces).

More ideas — Use a clear glass vase and cover the bottom with stones. If you are near water and have access to water weeds, float a piece in the vase. Also place a bobber on the top of the water.

Another option is having a colorful fishing lure (or two) dangle from the edge of the vase down into the water. It will be seen through the clear glass. Insert long, tall reeds and a variety of fresh flowers. Place the vase on a round mirror or old CD as a base.

You can make one or several centerpieces, all different sizes and types of glass vases – whatever you have on hand.

Origami fish — Attached to a tall wooden skewer and inserted into the vase also add a colorful touch. Origami is really fun for elderly fish party activities. You can find books in the library on how to make them. But if origami is too difficult for your group, simply cutting fish shapes out of bright paper works well. Try leftovers of vivid colored wrapping paper.

Making mobiles — Fish are also fun to hang from the ends of wooden skewers as mobiles, then suspend from the ceiling. Curly green ribbon or crepe paper hanging down gives the feel of seaweed. Use round blue balloons for a bubble effect.

You can also suspend fish net from the ceiling, or attach to the walls like a wall hanging. Stud it with bobbers and lures, of course. Many items for these elderly fish party activities can be borrowed or found cheap in thrift stores.

Below is a fish template you can use for your projects. Even easier – also try it as just a silhouette outline.

Menu

Beverages — Make green punch or koolaid – adding “fizzy” water is always fun to sparkle it up. Make some special ice cubes and add gummy worms. Then you’ll have floating worms in your beverage.

Another really good beverage option is sangria. We give a red or white wine version, as well as non-alcoholic in our Easy Sangria Recipe Ideas.

Appetizers — How about herring in wine sauce, or else slices of cheese, with whole grain crackers. If you want to get really creative, you can cut the cheese slices with a fish cookie cutter so they’re shaped.

Main course — Choose from several main dish ideas:

Pan-Fried Fish — Use fresh fish if possible. One of our favorites is walleye.
You will need:
Your choice of fish fillets
3 shallow pans for the coatings in which to dip the fish:
1) Flour; 2) 2 beaten eggs; 3) Seasoned bread crumbs
2 Tablespoons of olive oil
Grated parmesan cheese, (mixed in with bread crumbs)
Salt & pepper to taste
Any other seasonings you like to add (you can add them to the bread crumbs and mix well).
Heat the olive oil on a medium burner.
Dip the fish fillets first in the flour, coating them well, then in the egg, and finally into the seasoned bread crumbs with parmesan cheese mixed in. Place in hot oil and fry until brown on each side. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Savory Fish Chowder Recipe
Just click on the link to get the full recipe for this very flavorful, high-protein, high-nutrition soup. Really easy to make, and versatile. To complete, place a bowl of fish crackers by the soup, for sprinkling on top — Savory Fish Chowder Recipe.Fish Taco Recipe — Yummy and healthy alternative to the popular taco, with some surprise ingredients too.

Easy Salmon Recipes
Almost everyone knows that “good” Omega 3 fats are healthy for you. Especially from salmon. Here are some fabulous and very easy salmon recipes. Use as snacks or in a full meal. Click here: Easy Salmon Recipes.

Salad

If you want something whimsical, we have some really cute fruit salad Characters, with an under-water theme. There’s the Jumping Banana Fish, and the String Cheese Octopus. They’re served over a salad made of mixed spring greens (which remind me of the look of seaweed). Add in chopped veggies and the dressing of your choice.

Fish crackers can also be sprinkled over it. My Dad’s favorite dressing is just a Seasoned Rice Vinegar lightly spritzed over greens and veggies from a small spray bottle! An optional salad addition (served in a separate bowl) is anchovies.

You can also do a green jello salad served atop greens. And naturally, you can add gummy fish or worms into the jello. Click on the links to see the character salads:
Jumping Banana Fish Fruit Salad
Octopus String Cheese Salad.

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Fish crescent rolls — Another of the fun elderly fish party activities is with frozen crescent roll dough. Roll it into crescent shapes as usual, per the directions. Then pinch and turn one end upward like a fish tail. Pinch up a bit of the “top side” of the fish to form an upper fin. You can add a raisin eye (or other round food item) before baking.

Kids’ Sandwiches

— If you have any kids at the party, make either peanut butter and jelly, or cheese sandwiches — then cut them with a fish-shaped cookie cutter.

Dessert

Fish-Shaped Cookies — If you have the right cookie cutter. These cookies are also good elderly fish party activities to help with the food preparation. Use your imagination to decorate with fins, eyes, and mouths!

And be sure to have a few gummy fish on a plate to grab!

”Chocolate covered worm” cookies. Favorite elderly fish party activities are making and eating this great dessert. Microwave and melt a container of “heat and dip” type dipping chocolate, according to instructions.

While still warm, transfer it to a bowl with a spatula. Stir in about 2 cups of chow mien noodles. Cover a cookie sheet or tray with wax paper. Spoon lumps of the mixture onto the wax paper. Refrigerate until firm, at least an hour.

But take them out of the refrigerator about 15 minutes before serving, or they’re very hard to bite into. And make sure you serve them with napkins – they can be messy!

Our Craft Book

Easy Crafts and Gifts
Get lots more easy yet quality craft ideas (including with fish, beach and sea themes) – over 120 projects! PLUS a FREE booklet of templates and patterns you can use for a variety of projects. Perfect for gifts you can make too.

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Finding activities for elderly with vision loss can certainly be a challenge, but they can also be quite creative. I became caregiver for my Dad and had to learn. Fast.

These types of activities for seniors were challenging to find. Dad had both serious vision and hearing loss, and I had also working with others. I had to quickly create and gather some good ideas. Dad became willing to try just about anything to alleviate boredom. Especially if useful.

Dad’s vision loss was not total, but it was severe due to advanced macular degeneration, which is very common.  He was at first able to make many interesting adjustments for himself, and successfully lived alone until age 93 ½ until it became too severe. He especially needed contrast and strong lighting, which is very important for activities for elderly involving vision loss.

See our page on macular degeneration helpour family’s tips for daily life. Every state in the U.S. has free programs for people with vision loss. We participated in these, and a rep came to our home to set things up, bring free equipment and gifts, and they also offer free training and activities for elderly to manage life more independently.

On that page we discuss using large print items, a reading machine, books on tape, TV Ears earphones, a huge screen TV (even of value to Dad), listening to music, being read to and narrated to, etc. These include ongoing activities that a person can do somewhat independently when you’re not around. So we will not cover those basic types of activities for elderly on this page.

We will also not discuss working with their hands and continuing hobbies that people may already know how to do. But learning a new hobby might be a good possibility, and you can see if any work for you from our page at finding a hobby.

Other Factors

The type of activities for elderly that you choose will depend on other factors too – firstly, how severely their vision has been affected; to what degree they can see, if at all. Also, their ability and mobility levels, how active they generally are, use of hands, use of other senses (i.e., hearing and touch), as well as mental clarity. You can see which ideas will work for you, and how you might change them to suit your needs.

Most of these activities are geared towards those who have at least a little vision remaining and are not totally blind.

We’ll also point you to other areas of our web site with more elderly activities that might be suitable, with extra help of course. Other senses — hearing, smell and touch can come into play. Dad became very adept at feeling with his hands.

Several of these activities for elderly will depend upon whether you are visiting someone at a care campus, in their home, or if you’re doing the project at your own home. So think of what you might be able to do to modify them accordingly.

It does take patience to find and do activities for elderly who have vision loss, and to assist those you care for to stay busy. But it does help keep boredom to a minimum. And it’s satisfying and very much appreciated. Plus, you’ll have some fun too.

We’ll include both useful activities, and those just for fun.

Vision Loss Activities For Elderly

Just For Fun

Whether you’re helping someone at home or at a campus, see which of these activities for elderly are suitable for you. And remember that kids also enjoy helping  elderly with a little fun as well! 

A perfect game to do with young children is to fit large puzzle type shapes (including alphabet letters) into their holes, as this is an activity by touch. Verbal word and guessing games are also a hit. (You can also check out our page about more elderly activities to do with kids).

If you’re interested in crafts – We have many crafts on our site to try out. Of course, elderly with vision loss probably will not be able to do them on their own, but those with moderate loss can certainly participate in making aspects of the craft and putting it together, either with a class, with family, or friends.

Take a look at our “craft central” page at Easy Craft Ideas and see what might work for you. Crafts are some of the most favorite activities for elderly, and those with vision loss can participate in many of them at some level.

A favorite craft, for instance, is working with those lumpy, bumpy gourds which can be turned into imaginative characters and creatures. In many parts of the country, different kinds of squashes and gourds can be found in grocery stores throughout the year.

Elderly with vision loss will be able to feel the interesting textures. These crafts make interesting activities for elderly who rely on touch. Dad was also able to see the basic colors and unusual shapes of the gourds. As he helped me decorate them, although he didn’t see many of the details, he could detect basics. We put them on display, and he enjoyed telling people how he helped. Get lots of ideas at Gourd Craft Ideas. They can be decorated for just about any holiday or occasion that you can imagine.

Watching Birds – Activities for elderly can also involve movement. If you can get a bird feeder or bird bath very close to a window like we did, and have a comfy chair near the window, many people may be able to see well enough to watch the birds come and go, can see general shapes, sizes and movement, can watch them hop about, and flutter; as well as hear them chirping. This can provide relaxing entertainment on one’s own, once set up. Dad was able to see out the window at a feeder and bird bath that were set up very near, and loved to spend time watching them.

Learning bird calls – Several activities for elderly with vision loss can involve other senses such as hearing. There are many CDs and other audio means available, including from the library or books on tape, to listen to and identify various bird calls.

This can be done on one’s own, as operating a listening device can be quite simple. Later, elderly can be taken for an outing to a park or preserve, and it’s fun for them to use their new skill. Also, if they are watching birds in the yard or at their window, they can practice identifying bird calls.

More sounds – Spending a little time each day listening to sounds from nature (from the library, store or perhaps books on tape) on an audio device is a very relaxing and independent activity. Those who have spent time by the sea or the Great Lakes would enjoy ocean sounds, as well as a bubbling brook. Again, chirping birds along with crickets, frogs and such, are other fun sounds. You can also get noises of trains and city streets for those who are used to the urban life. 

Learn to meditate – I do this every day myself. There are many methods to choose from, and simple meditation is great for the heart and nervous system, is calming, and promotes a more positive attitude. Any activities for elderly that help with calmness and contentment are valuable. And there are so many meditation techniques, and many are on CDs or listening devices.

Anyone can learn, including from a teacher (who can even come to a campus and teach or volunteer with a small group) or with audio instruction. Or have an outing and take your elderly loved one to a class with you. Even simply sitting comfortably, doing deep breathing, and focusing on one’s breath is effective. Once learned, it is a pleasant way to pass time on one’s own. Dad does a lot of contemplation every day, and it’s partly why he has such a calm, wonderful attitude.

A little pampering – Just about everyone still cares about how they look and also enjoys being a bit pampered. So why not do both and offer an occasional time block of spa-like relaxation. These activities for elderly are much appreciated and also calming.This is a good project for volunteers (older kids and teens are very good at this) and family members to help with. Here are a few ideas…

Dad loves to have someone come and give him a bubbly foot bath (one of those little electric devices from any store), a lotion foot massage and hand massage, and toenail and fingernail clipping (when possible). He also loves to have my brother give him an electric shave (to touch up what he does himself). And always looks forward to his haircut.

Ladies enjoy not only getting their hair done, but also a manicure, (I know a feisty group that loves to have really bright nail polish, have a little flower painted on a nail or two, or rhinestone put into the nail polish too). They may or may not be able to see all the detail, perhaps color, but they know the manicurist is giving them something especially artistic. Again, perfect for teens to help with.

Pedicures are another favorite. A make-up makeover is fabulous too. All of these pampering activities for elderly people really help boost morale. And if they have a group party, special dinner or occasion to go to later, all the more fun.

Being read to – Dad loved it when I read him books, the bible, the newspaper, and the medical newsletter he gets in the mail. When he was in assisted living, there were also volunteers who would read to the residents on a regular basis, as well as students and scouts that would come over from local schools to visit, including to read. If a child doesn’t quite know what to do while visiting someone, reading to them is usually most welcome. Activities for elderly that help stimulate the mind and memory keep them alert and interested in life.

Metal detecting – Yes, this can be done by elderly with some vision loss, including from a wheelchair. And the sound of successfully finding metal is exciting! We had an expert contribute to a special page all about this. Go to Treasure Hunting With Metal Detectors.

Fingerpainting with kids – Since touch is an important asset to those with vision loss, the feel of moving luscious fingerpaint around on paper is really lovely. If you use contrasting colors such as blue and yellow, most people will be able to generally tell what they’re doing. Plus, doing an art project with children is in itself delightful and helps entertain them as well.

Painting – I know as an artist and former art teacher, that if anyone has a moderate amount of vision loss, they can still paint. Especially if someone has painted in the past. They needn’t stop, just adjust their style perhaps; and people can learn it as a new activity as well. Painting activities for elderly are expressive art, rather than something realistic.

Painting can be done with both a brush or a palette knife, especially if they had painted in the past. And if you lay the paint on thickly, it is also textural and can be felt as well as seen when dry.

All you need are inexpensive canvas boards (or small stretched canvases) from a craft store, basic colors of acrylic paints (be sure you get colors that go well together, with both lights and darks because contrast is easier to see), some larger sized brushes, and a couple palette knives. I always just use plastic picnic plates as my palette, with a couple layers of damp paper towel on top to keep the paint moist, then I squirt the paint on the palette. You can also just use the paint directly from right out of the tube if you’d prefer.

Put on some music, and let it inspire the movements of your brush and/or knife. Music coupled with art are inspiring activities for elderly. With moderate vision loss, the painter can still see where the paint is going, and can detect the contrasting colors (although probably not the full detail of how it looks). Paints may mix together on your canvas as you go, creating interesting new colors and effects. The point is expression and doing a pleasing activity. One person can do a few, or do it with a group, and consider putting them on display afterwards. A display of paintings done by visually impaired artists really does make a statement.

Working with clay – Any type of art project that can be felt makes great activities for elderly with vision loss. Clay is a favorite. Take a ball of clay, plunge the thumbs into the middle and carefully feel as you pinch and thin out the sides forming a little pot. It takes focus and is fun. It can be done in a group or solo. An instructor or activities director can also help coach on how thick or thin to make the walls of the pot, because when they’re the right thickness, they can then be fired.

Most towns have a pottery class, or a school with a kiln and may be willing to help the participants glaze and fire their pots when dry. Or just play around with hobby clay from a craft store for fun. Again, kids will love to play along.

Dipping chocolate – Who doesn’t love chocolate. We have lots of ideas on how to make dipping chocolate the easy way, and they’re wonderful activities for elderly. My Dad was perfectly able to help me with this, especially using white chocolate on the very large dark pretzel sticks, because of the contrasting colors. But he also helped with traditional brown chocolate too, and did fine. After dipping, he could add candy sprinkles. The best part, of course, was after the chocolate set, he could eat what he made.

The other favorite was learning how to make chocolate covered strawberries.  Both projects can be done just about any time of year, but especially for holidays and special occasions.

Help with a centerpiece – We have a page that shows many ideas for  affordable centerpieces that can be changed out for just about any occasion or time of year. Perfect when having a party or get-together too. These are projects that participants will probably not be able to do alone, but can certainly contribute to the making of.

Helping with parties and gifts – These also help people contribute to activities being planned by family or senior campuses. If you are using crepe paper streamers, elderly can certainly learn by feel to crimp along the edges of the streamers so they’re fancy. Likewise, they can help create paper chains (which kids also love to do).

When wrapping gifts, Dad was able to do them himself by feel (and for us, perfection just did not matter). At least our elderly can help put on the tape and tie the ribbons and bows. There are many more vision loss activities for elderly that you’ll be able to think of when it comes to entertaining and parties. (We’ll also list a few fun food projects below).

Being Useful

If you’re familiar with care of elderly, many folks do still desire something meaningful to do; something with which they can contribute. Dad’s favorites include working with food and daily tasks. With some of the projects you’ll need to be on hand to set up and/or supervise.

Sorting foods – Sometimes I actually “set up” a sorting activity for Dad. (And this can be something you bring along if visiting, because it truly can be a help to you, and activity for elderly).  For example, if I was making a soup with pasta or various beans, I buy (or put together) a large bag of assorted sizes and shapes of the items.

Say pasta. Thoroughly washing hands is the first step. I then provide 4 or 5 containers at the table, so he can feel and take out the items in the bag and place them in their containers. Sometimes the sizes and shapes are more subtle, so he enjoys taking his time to figure it out. Especially the beans. He can sometimes tell if the bean is dark or white, and that would help.

We also do sorting with large bags of those pre-cut veggie mixes: broccoli, baby carrots, cauliflower, etc. Those are also fun. Cauliflower, being white, is easy to identify.

Grating – Grating from a block of cheese, a large thick carrot, parsnip or turnip, large beet, potato, etc. is another good activity – and you’ll have to decide if it’s right your you. You’ll need to watch (and instruct) that they need to stop grating before the item gets too small so that fingers are not hurt. Dad is extremely careful by nature and can always tell when to stop, so it’s never been a problem. But it’s important to be watchful anyway.

Making smoothies – Delicious and healthy as well! This is a quick project to do, very easy, with a fun outcome! All you need is a blender, food processor, or extractor. And your ingredients.  If you are visiting someone, you may be able to bring the machine to their residence, along with the ingredients (which can be simple). It also provides a yummy snack to share while there. 

I give Dad a banana to break into little pieces and drop in, and have him fill a cup or half a cup with berries of some sort (frozen are OK). I also may have him peel a (seedless) tangerine or orange and break it into sections. Whatever works for you. He dumps it all into the blender. I measure out the milk, almond milk, or juice, and he add it in.

Sometimes we add a little ice cream. He likes yoghurt, although I don’t. Sometimes we add a scoop of natural protein powder from the health food store. He presses the button for the blender, and I signal when he turns it off. (He also likes any activity that makes some noise that he can hear, since he also has severe hearing loss). Then we drink up and enjoy!

Preparing fruit – Pieces of fruit are used in all kinds of recipes, many which make great activities for elderly with vision losee. Helping with fruit (along with healthy nibbling) are great activities for elderly to help pass time and be useful. Obviously, anyone with vision impairment should not be handling a sharp knife. But breaking fruit into chunks or using a table knife is fine.

When I make a pie, fruit cobbler, or fruit or apple crisp, Dad can help. I do the preliminary cutting of the apples, for instance, into basic slices. But they can be further broken into smaller pieces, either by hand or with a dull table knife. He can also help add other ingredients into the bowl, place the fruit into the shell or pan, etc. And the aroma while baking is part of the fun.

Since Dad had been an excellent cook and had many collections of recipes, we often use his and talk about them while we make it. It’s amazing how he remembers just what to do. He also enjoys talking about the get-togethers he’d had with friends and family when serving his recipes. Good for the memory.

Making ice cream – This follows the same system of helping as above as far as helping to add in ingredients. If you use one of those easy electric ice cream makers that take almost no time for it to freeze, it’s a no-brainer. Dad also enjoys this one since he can hear the noise or the machine. Be sure to see our special page on How To Make Ice Cream – The Easy Way. Some of the recipes are my Dad’s – he was champ at homemade ice cream.

Rolling and cutting dough – These are activities for elderly that some can do by feel with perhaps a little assistance. Almost everyone has used a rolling pin in life, and remembers what to do. Plus, it feels nice in the hands. Form the ball of dough, put it down and pat it, and start rolling. It’s easy to feel how thick or thin the dough is getting, but this is where a little help can come in.

After the caregiver puts the dough in a pie pan and trims it, your elderly helper can gently crimp the edges. Helping to bake bread (especially with one of those electric bread makers that just about does it all) along with the aroma is also wonderful.

Or maybe you’re making cookies (again, great aroma). Using a cookie cutter is also easy, and Dad could tell by feel where to place and space it for the next cut. He can also place the dough on the cookie sheet. And, naturally, removed after baking (to eat).

Grinding coffee beans – We love to make fresh coffee. And that means grinding our own beans, which makes the room smell delicious for a long time. This is another project you’ll have to use your own judgment on, as it does involve a grinder with blades. However, since a small measuring cup is used for the beans, and the ground coffee is just poured out without touching anything, it has never posed a problem for us.

It’s something Dad is very confident with, can see well enough to tell what he is doing, and is very careful. And I am always right there. You will have to assess this for yourself.

We always review the steps before beginning, including to not touch the grinder (except to dump it out); only the coffee beans and measuring cup get touched. I set up a bowl with the beans, a scoop, the grinder next to it, and the container to put the ground coffee into. It’s a very simple process, and again, makes a noise loud enough for Dad to enjoy.

Other food activities – There are many other activities for elderly folks centered around helping with food and cooking; things most of them had been so used to as part of daily life. These can include stirring and even mixing with an electric mixer, washing items in the sink or a bowl at the table, mashing, crumbling, and crushing with a rolling pin. Helping to squeeze lemons and oranges (and then drinking the beverages made from them) is an upbeat project. With any of these, the smells, feel of the utensils and food, and familiar routines are very positive experiences.

Helping with the dishes — Many of us are so used to sticking everything into the dishwasher, hat it may not occur to us that our elderly like to help with dishes. My nearly blind grandmother in her 90s loved drying non-breakable dishes with a dish towel. The family set up a system of hand washing some, and putting them in a dish rack in the sink. Then she would dry them and set them on the adjoining counter to be put away. Perhaps it took a bit more work on the family’s part, but it was worth it.

Polishing — Dad also likes to sit at the table with a soft cloth and polish the silverware before I put it on the table when we had people over. I explained that this removed any water spots or smudges on them. Totally necessary? No, but the point is, he finds it very enjoyable. He can also fold the napkins and put them in napkin holders when we used them.

Sorting and folding – These activities for elderly are also often used with dementia patients. Folding laundry is a favorite for Dad, and he loves the fresh smell. I make sure to have folding activities several times a week: clothing of all kinds and towels. He even helps me fold large sheets. All of his socks are the same, so he can take them out of the basket and pair them with no problem.

Dad can see the difference between darks and lights, but not between colors; i.e., browns vs. blacks, vs. navy blues, vs. dark grays. If we’re dealing with both black and navy socks, I’ll have to sort those into different piles for him first, and then he pairs and folds. With undergarments, he could feel where the tags are and know if they’re inside out or not. As you may know with vision issues, consistency is important — including a place for everything, so they can be put away (and found) with ease.

Gardening and growing – Some of the most favorite vision loss activities for elderly also involve plants and flowers. Helping with a raised garden, flowers and herbs in planters and pots, is perfect for nice weather months. But windowsill gardens are also excellent all year round. Dad can feel and eventually somewhat see how big the seedlings and plants are getting. You can get indoor tomato and strawberry plants as well, for something to “harvest” – eat. Anything edible is a real hit.

Flower kits are another provide wonderful activities too. We especially love to grow those spectacular amaryllis flower kits (available in stores in December), where you can literally watch and measure growth daily.

Dad also enjoys helping me cut (with a scissors) and arrange flowers in a vase. I often use a heavy plastic vase (safer) and may put some pebbles on the bottom to help weigh it down first.

Then we place in the flowers, feeling the flowers, smelling them, and talking about what kind they are. Next we fill the vase with a watering can, which I help with.

Dad is able to see general large and small shapes, plus contrast in the lights and darks of the flowers, so that adds a little variety and helps him decide how to arrange them. 

Pets – Entertaining, holding, and petting a cat or dog can be satisfying and soothing activities for elderly with vision loss. Especially since many people had a pet and miss them. If you have a pet that needs attention, your older friend or family member may just be the solution. Elderly who are able to hear may also enjoy birds.

Personal Grooming – Believe it or not, sitting in a chair doing simple things like flossing teeth and filing fingernails with an emery board were very satisfying to Dad. He did both daily. And as you probably know, routine for elderly is very important. He’d also push back his cuticles and rub lotion on his hands. I showed him how to do a simple hand massage for himself (see our page with an easy hand reflexology chart, and why this can be so beneficial). Of course, you can also give him or her a hand massage yourself.

Easy Exercise – Some excellent activities for elderly involve movement and exercise. And they can learn to do it on their own. Dad was really into exercise and did his little routine every day a couple of times, including many movements in his chair. It was a healthy, kept him relatively limber and positive, and it was a satisfying way to use his time. We go into what he did in detail at exercises for the elderly.

We have so many more pages all around our web site that might be possibilities for you to modify and use as activities for elderly with vision loss (for instance, on our general Senior Activity Ideas page, with ideas for those who have fewer special needs) — but there are lots of ideas that can be changed around). So do take a look and see what you can find. The link below will take you to our main page with activities for elderly who may have more limitations.

It just takes a little imagination and patience. And believe me, your efforts will be so greatly appreciated.

Also check out ideas you could modify at Sizzling Summer Senior Activities — special unique dates and events, including things to do for them.

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Our series of fun Kindle books are full of activities for seniors – general activities, games, and parties! (Plus Halloween).

As you may (or may not) know, books for Kindle can also be read on your…
PC, and mobile devices, so you don’t need an actual Kindle.

If you want to see a listing of all of our Kindle books on the Kindle web site, just follow this link to Mary’s general

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201 Fun! Senior Activities

If you need lots of stimulating senior activities (besides the usual bingo, cards, luncheons, etc.), then we have a gold mine for you! More than 201! Some of the activities from our web site are included,  nice and organized so you don’t have to hunt around. PLUS, lots more ideas as well. You get…

  • Plenty for both indoors and outdoors, plus holidays.
  • Activities at home, whether solo or with family and friends.
  • Lots to do with kids and teens.
  • Loads of fun for groups and social events.
  • Many are excellent for nursing homes, and dementia.
  • Many free and inexpensive activities.
  • Several easy crafts and gifts to make.

Our Kindle books will certainly save you lots of time. You can a Preview and see the Table of Contents of this book here:

71 Fun! Games for Seniors

Looking for great games for seniors? Then this is the book for you! (With actually more than 71 games). No matter what you need, you’ll find lots of ideas…

  • Plenty of party games
  • Physical games for exercise and activity
  • Indoor games
  • Fabulous holiday games
  • The best board games
  • Awesome computer games (most free)
  • The best Wii games for seniors
  • Excellent games for memory and mind
  • Best games for dementia
  • Games for kids and seniors to play together

And much more in this complete game book. Great for all ages and family games too! Preview some pages and Table of Contents for this book at:

Fun! Party Themes for Seniors

Having an event but need some good party ideas? Maybe some party planning help? This book will come to the rescue! We’ve touched on a few party ideas on our web site, but this book gives tons of fun suggestions and LOTS of details:

  • Party themes for almost every occasion.
  • Party food ideas and fantastic recipes too.
  • Decorating ideas for each theme, even a few crafts.
  • Parties for more active seniors.
  • Plus lots more for elderly party-goers.
  • And, much can be modified for memory care.
  • Many of these party ideas can enhance, other standard themes such as a birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, etc.
  • Even a few party games.(Although I do have another great book with loads of party games)…see “71 Fun Games for Seniors,” above.

Don’t miss this thorough guide to party themes and planning ideas!
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Elderly games are excellent ways to exercise the “mental muscles!”

Do you tend to use the same card games, board games, and word games over and over? Some are of course very popular and comfortable.

The Usual…

But most seniors also like to try something new!
We’re probably all familiar
with the typical – including games with large print. Large-print games have become easier to get, such as bingo, card games like bridge and rummy, scrabble, word games, crossword puzzles.

Plus there are the Wii games such as bowling and golf. And many computer games especially for seniors.
But there are many more games to consider.

If you want ideas for outdoor games, see our page on outdoor elderly activities. (And some can be done indoors as well).

Here are elderly games that are sure to be fun and functional! And some will go nicely with our party theme ideas!

Elderly Games Suggestions

Math Bee — Math activities can make really fun elderly games, for those who have good cognitive skills and want to keep them. Do you remember having to recite your “times tables” aloud in class? Our teacher would fire a multiplication table question at us like, “8 times 8 equals what?” If you got it wrong you sat down. After 20 minutes whoever was left standing got a prize.

This basic concept can be modified. Do addition, subtraction, or multiplication. Maybe let your group study or practice a little beforehand. Participants will be sitting, so pass out colorful cards or pieces of paper to hold. Different colors for each person. Or they’re given a number, which is put on their batch of cards.

If they get the question wrong, they put their card in a basket. After the designated time, whoever still has the most cards gets a main prize. But everyone gets a prize just for participating.

How Old Are They? — Guessing is popular is elderly games. Here’s a fun one. Make a list of at least 20 famous people, either current or of yesteryear, in an age group that would be of interest to your participants. Ideas: movie stars, singers and musicians, prominent politicians, inventors, etc. (Some could also be deceased). Research can be done online. Have them guess their ages, or age they would be if still here. You can assign points for answers; i.e. 10 if correct, 5 if within 5 years, etc. The person(s) with the highest score(s) can win a prize, if desired. And if you know a celebrity’s birthday is that very day, have them guess who it might be. More points for the winner(s)!

Choose a Letter — Elderly games with words are popular, and this one works especially well if you have a theme at your get-together (but not necessary). We’ve done this at a luau. Choose 2 words that have several letters: i.e., Coconut, and Pineapple. Everyone writes them down. Then each person randomly chooses any letter from those words. Say, the letter N.

Now everyone stands up (or raises a hand). The leader tells everyone who chose a letter, like P, to sit down. Then those who chose the letter E must sit; then the letter N. All the various letters are called out until the last letter is called. Whoever chose that last letter and is still standing, wins a prize.

Make a game of exercise — We found it to be really fun! “Virtual “Travel” with Exercise! – This clever web site streams amazing scenery and sounds of exciting destinations from all over the world, so you feel like you’re “touring” while you exercise. Can be done in a chair too! Entertaining way to get fit, and perfect for seniors. They’re even offering a Free Trial! Visit them at Passport For Wellness.

Fact or Fiction — I love books about weird facts (get one from a library or order one online), and they make great games. They have enough material for many game sessions – with 10 to 20 weird statements. Pass out pens and paper, numbered according to number of your questions. Read a weird statement and ask participants if it’s Fact or Fiction. They write the answer on the appropriate line. At the end, read back the answers. Top winners get prizes.

….Good books include: “Weird-o-pedia,”  and “The Huge Book of Strange Facts.” Some good (True) statement questions: “Each American eats about 21 pounds of apples per year.” “Bananas can’t reproduce, so we may face a banana crisis.” “Brown glass bottles are better for beer than green or clear.” “Chocolate is better than kissing, for the mind and body.” “Humans can’t sneeze in their sleep.” “The deadliest creatures on earth are mosquitoes, with more deaths related to them than any other.” “There is a protein called, ‘I’m Not Dead Yet’. “

Topic Trivia — You can think up gazillions of trivia topics for this game. Play this in teams or individually; in a bus, at a party, around a table, any time. Keep score (your favorite way) or not. Write down answers, or not – perhaps just call them out for fun. Modify this according to your group.

Choose a topic – such as Heroes From Tales and Myths. Or Favorite Ice Cream Flavors. Or Musical Movies/Plays. Or Foods With Chocolate; etc. Each person or team writes (or calls out) as many answers as they can think of, within a given time frame. You can have winners, or just add lots of laughs to your elderly games.

Photo Puzzle — This is most fun if you have taken previous photos of each group  member. Blow up the photos on a color copy machine so they are at least 8×10 in size. Divide the group into teams. Each team gets a photo that you have cut up into puzzle pieces, as complicated as is appropriate for your group. Set a timer for the time frame you want: about  3 to 5 minutes. The team who puts their puzzle together first within the time frame win prizes.

Guess Who Game — Have everyone in your group bring a childhood photo of themselves. Write their name on the back. Put a post-it note with a number on the front. Attach them all to a bulletin board. Everyone in the group gets a pen and paper, with a list of all the numbers. After each number they write the name of which person they think the child was. Whoever gets the most right wins a prize. (Name tags can also be worn).

Elderly games using photos can also include wedding pictures, if appropriate.

What I Loved To Do As A Child — Elderly games can also involve fun reminiscing. Go around the room with each person discussing their favorite activity or hobby when they were a child. Did they continue it as they grew? Why were they attracted to that activity? Are they still interested today? Do they still participate? If not, would they like to? If the activity is no longer possible to participate in, is there any way it can be modified in order to still enjoy it? Would others in the room also be interested? Sometimes interesting friendships or groups can be started this way, or interests renewed. And it definitely will spark  fun memories and a few laughs.

Botanical Identification Game — Field trips are always popular– even if it’s just right outside. And you can also include elderly games with them. Have a field trip to a botanical garden if you can, or even through a community garden with a leader who can name and discuss the various kinds of flowers and plants, and an interesting fact about each. Later, take a beverage and snack break.

Pass out paper and a pen to all. The leader then holds up a sample of 10 or so botanical specimens, depending on your group. Participants write down what it is, and/or a fact about it. Or talk about it aloud. Whoever gets the most right wins a prize. It’s best to tell the group ahead of time that there will be a game at the end, so they can be sure to pay attention. This is lots of fun for anyone who loves gardening or nature, and is also a good memory exercise.

Fall Leaves — There are many elderly activities to do with fall leaves. Start out by going out on a nice day around the yard, grounds, or a park. Bring a book on trees and leaves. The leader or guide can point out the various trees, tell something about them, and participants can gather leaves (it’s a good idea to bring a bag).

When you get back, play a memory game. Have the leader hold up various leaves and participants remember what trees they were from. Also try preserving leaves the old-fashioned way: Spread down newspapers. Then place leaves between 2 sheets of wax paper. Cover with newspapers, and iron until the leaves are coated with wax. The newspapers absorb the extra wax. Let them cool. Remove leaves, and use for decoupage projects, centerpieces, making garlands, or press between two sheets of clear contact paper to make place mats.

Bird Call Game — This goes along with learning to identify bird calls, which is fun all year round. (Inside during the winter). You can use a recording of bird calls from the library or from. Listen to the bird calls, about 5 to 8 at a time and become very familiar. After a few practices, turn it into a memory game and see who can identify them. Even more fun, go outdoors or look through a window in winter, and try to spot the birds. We did this with our grandpa when I was growing up and it was great fun. (No recordings – he just knew them all and taught us).

The Invention Game — The group leader will need to do a little online research in advance with this. Get about 25 common objects, especially old or vintage ones, and look up when they were invented. Ideas:  zipper in 1891, the bottle cap in 1892, candy corn in 1898, the thumbtack in 1900, the fly swatter in 1900, the hearing aid in 1902, the tea bag in 1903, the paper towel in 1907, the gin rummy game in 1909, the fortune cookie in 1914, the tow truck in 1916, the toaster in 1919, water skiing in 1922, the cheeseburger in 1924, masking tape in 1925, Kool-Aid in 1927, the corn dog in 1927, the electric razor in 1928, sunglasses in 1029, etc. Who’da thunk! Spread the items out on a table. Have people guess and write down what year they think. If you guess within 5 years, you get 10 points; within 10 years, 5 points. Or however you want to structure it. Elderly games can be really fun and also quite educational!

Chess the Easy Way – We learned of a way to easily learn to play chess, on your computer. Even if you don’t know how! It’s great for both beginners and advanced players. And they have a program where you can learn for free. Simple to ask questions too. Plus you can play against real people if you’d like. Check out Expert Chess Strategies.

Cognitive Video Games — Good elderly games are also out on video. Like excellent ones with individualized programs for cognitive fitness. You take a short assessment, then the program sets up your routine on the computer, and monitors progress, and responds to your current situation. They’re unique and individualized programs that can adjust as skills adjust. Based on scientifically designed tasks. There are many more fun video games available, and kids play them too, so make great teachers and partners!

Large Tic Tac Toe – One of the ever-popular elderly games is tic-tac-toe. An especially large game surface can be created by taking a white board either on a stand or set on a table or lap, and sectioning off the squares with bright tape, such as blue painter’s tape. This makes a permanent grid. The squares can be very large, even four or five inches across. Even those with visual impairment can play if the squares are large enough. Then erasable markers can be used for hours of fun. You can blow up a tic-tac-toe grid at a local printer, then trace mark it off onto your white board. You’ll get instant and easy perfect squares without the hassle of measuring.

Name That Tune — Musical elderly games are always a great favorite and this game is good for both the memory and mood. You can find music books for the 1920’s, 30’s, 40’s, etc. in music stores or online at Amazon.com if you want to order. Using recorded music works fine with this game, but of course it’s even more fun to have someone play the piano or guitar. Begin by playing 3 to 5 notes of the song, then pause and let participants call out the tune, if they can. Then add 3 more notes and pause, adding 3 notes each time until someone guesses. Prizes are always a hit!

I have a friend who plays piano at several nursing homes. Their favorite version is to play show tunes, then guess the show it was from, and who was in it! Needless to say, great for the memory.

The Best Advice My Mother (or Dad) Ever Gave Me… — Elderly games that involve laughs are excellent mood lifters. This is a great party game especially for birthdays. The birthday person gets to be the “judge.” Or else draw a name and let someone be “It.” Everybody writes down the best piece of advice given, then puts it in a bowl or box and passes it to the person who is “It.” “It” will read them all out loud (lots of laughs) and then choose the top 2 favorites. They get a prize (and they can also tell if they followed the advice!). To do 2 games, also play The Worst Advice…

Fill In The Hymn — Get phrases from some favorite old hymns and leave out the words. Participants either call out the answer to fill in the phrase, or write them down. When someone gets one right, they get a prize. Or if writing them down, whoever gets the most right gets a prize. Or whoever turns their answers in first and gets them all right wins. Other fill-in elderly games can include psalms, well-known scripture, and famous sayings or idioms.

Name That Musical Instrument — Very fun for those who have loved music in the past. Instrumental music is ideal for this game. You will need a music player with a pause button. Choose a song that is well-known (including classical) and that includes a variety of musical instruments – piano, guitar, drum, oboe, saxophone, violin, bass viola, cymbals, trumpets, etc.

Play the song all the way through first, if you’d like. Then as it plays, pause when a predominant instrument comes in, so the participants can either call out the instrument or write it down. This game encourages participants to stay focused and alert, and to recall information. Plus good music is calming and uplifting to listen to.

The Price Is Right — Elderly games are available in the stores as board games,  but you can also devise your own. Have several items from the store available that are familiar to your group and may still even shop for. Then draw names to “come on down.” The contestants guess at the price of an item or several. Whoever comes the closest but not over, wins a prize.

And if the item is a really good one, they can even win it on the spot (perhaps music, a movie, flowers, treats, etc.). There can also be a main prize at the end that the top two winners vie for. Just follow the general guidelines of the TV game show, and then use your imagination and knowledge of you group to create the rest. You may be able to collect donated items as well, or bring in quality “white elephant” gifts to use – both for items to guess prices, and also as prizes.

Smile Toss GameElderly games can be excellent for bringing a smile to one’s face. This one is great on a dreary day or when the group needs a bit of cheer. Sit in a circle and toss a light-weight ball, or even a yellow balloon, with a smile painted on it (marker works too). 

Everyone in the circle smiles, except the person who is “IT” with the ball. If he/she forgets to wipe their smile off when they get the ball, they get points. The person with the least points wins. There are several versions of this game. It usually erupts in lots of laughs, so it’s very challenging to not smile! –

Using Kids’ Games and Toys — You may be familiar with the concept that young children’s toys and games are ideal for the elderly — being soft, large, easy to see and use. But keep in mind that many elderly, including those confined to nursing homes, still may have enough savvy or pride to feel an activity is demeaning, silly or “babyish” and may resist these. Although it is true that many educational toys and games for small children are also truly beneficial for seniors and can make great elderly games.

A great solution is to have your loved one, when possible, participate in a child’s activity with a child. That can include grandkids, someone else’s grandkids, or having young children from a local school or scout troop come and visit. Even older children are usually enthusiastic about playing “younger” games with the elderly, because they understand the goal.

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About Games

Games for seniors are not only fun, but also very important to our brains. We discussed the important of our mental muscles on another page. Some of these mental factors include
Reason, Imagination and Memory.

Various games are geared to stimulate memory, promote focus and attention, relieve stress, encourage language skills and cognitive skills, etc. All while having lots of fun. Almost any type of game is valuable. There are also excellent elderly games on video to enjoy. And really fun to play with kids. Or be taught by kids!

Numerous studies have discussed the fact that genetics is only a portion (approximately a third) of what impacts our memories and brain function.

As we’ve discussed in our health, nutrition and dementia pages, other key factors include attitude, exercise, the foods we eat, sleep, medication, stress, and activities including elderly games – to name a few. So it’s important that seniors participate in as many activities as possible that promote healthy lifestyle.


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Need some easy outdoor elderly activities ideas?
People ask about the outdoors when we have nice weather, and no matter what season. 

Whether playing outdoor games, gardening, trying metal detecting, or visiting a park, there is always an activity to do outdoors, for almost anyone. Some ideas here are group outdoor activities, but some can be done solo as well.

And many senior activities that were done inside during challenging weather can now simply be brought outside, such as clubs and crafts. You can get kids involved in several of these activities as well.

We have lots more things to do outdoors on our pages for Spring Senior Activities, and also Summer Senior Activities — with special events and specific calendar dates too.

If you’re an activities director — As you know, our elders have a great range of interests, mobility and abilities. These outdoor elderly activities range from easy ones that can even be done with nursing home residents, to more challenging. Some can be done solo and some in groups. See how you can modify them to fit your needs.

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Metal detecting — One of the unique outdoor elderly activities that can also be done with the grandkids. Metal detectors can be ordered online and begin at about $50 on up. They can be taken to beaches, parks, and other public places. You never know what you can find! If you really get into it, special trips are planned for metal detecting excursions all over the country and world.

I know a retired gentleman in town here that takes his metal detector everywhere he travels. (There are many kinds of specialty metal detectors too — one for gold — and he has several kinds). From Mexico alone he had a shoebox of dozens of pieces of gold and diamond jewelry. Once a year at a family reunion he gets out the box and lets everyone dig through it. Books on the best places to find treasures and artifacts can also be found online and in bookstores. Metal detectors provide very intriguing outdoor elderly activities. See a special page written for us by our guest expert at Treasure Hunting With Metal Detectors.

Outdoor craft shows or flea markets – Just about anyone can enjoy these outdoor elderly activities. There are several possibilities here. You may just want to take your loved one on an outing to enjoy the show and perhaps buy something special. Vendors are very eager to share their expertise, so it can also be a valuable learning experience. The senior may also discover a new hobby that could be of interest, and in which to become involved. And you can also load up on inexpensive items to use with your senior activity ideas and projects.

If you are a director within a senior community, organizing a craft show can involve the surrounding community as well. Get the community involved with your facility. It can also serve as a fund raiser if you charge a small amount per booth, and/or a small percentage of the sales. Helping with the many facets of a craft show provide many outdoor elderly activities.

Outdoor theater or concert — Almost all communities, including small towns, have outdoor plays, song fests, or productions of some kind. If you live or work in a communal setting, invite some of the actors or performers to visit, answer questions, and do a little special acting for you. Those in your group who are “hams” may like to also participate.Or if you participate in such a group yourself, consider offering a free performance at a senior center, retirement community, or nursing home. Most activities directors would be thrilled to hear from you.

Flying kites — This is ideal to do with kids, of course, but also in just adult groups. You may even like to build your own kite, including as group outdoor elderly activities. Kits are available ranging from very easy to more advanced. Kites can also be flown from a wheelchair. Keep it simple by just going outside in your own grounds, or have an excursion to a nearby park.

Garden party -– And this is not just for women! Many organizations sponsor these, and you can attend. Or you can host one yourself. Invite a few or many friends. Does your home (or your community building) have a garden or patio? Set it up the old-fashioned way with table cloths, fancy napkins (paper goods are fine if they are high quality and decorative), china, vases of flowers, fancy sweets or savory snacks. Perhaps wine and cheese. Or champagne? Bring out some speakers for music, or go all out and get live entertainment. Make it casual or more formal. Do you want your guests to dress up? The possibilities are endless for these types of outdoor elderly activities.

Picnic – A more casual version of outdoor eating, it can be hosted in a yard, on a patio, or as an outing to a park. Destination outdoor elderly activities are very popular. If you want to keep it simple, do a potluck (if your guests are able to cook). Simple outdoor games are great senior activity ideas to include. See some of ours listed below.

Yard games – Popular outdoor elderly activities include easy games. Games are also a wonderful means of exercise for seniors. If you are planning a group function, consider prizes! Depending on mobility and physical health, here are some favorite senior games for outdoors:

  • Cup and ball game – You can buy the old-fashioned wooden cup with a ball attached on a cord. One version is to see who can get the ball into the cup the most times in a given timeframe. This is a great game for those with limited mobility who can’t participate in other games. You can also do a special project to make your own cup and ball from a plastic picnic cup and pingpong ball. Then play!
  • Pickle Ball — Fast becoming a leading game. My friend’s team even has people in their 90s playing! It’s an easy-going court type game somewhat like tennis, and the ball bounces a bit  like ping pong. A light wiffle ball is used with a paddle racket. Only underhand motions are done, so it’s easy. They say it’s great for the rotator cuff too. Very relaxed and especially social. Definitely worth finding out more and starting a group.
  • Horseshoes – For those with good arm strength. A modified version can also be set up for wheelchair participants.
  • Beanbag toss – Tossing games make great outdoor elderly activities. This often involves tossing into a cut-out hole or into a ring. This may need to be modified for seniors, especially if vision is an issue for your group.
  • Ring toss – Again, a gentle tossing game that may require modifications. One version is to toss rings onto an upright object such as a weighted down bottle or a peg.
  • Croquet – A great game that can be set up for a shorter or easier course.
  • Shuffleboard – This game is extremely popular, if you have access to a court. Some parties are themed around a facility that provides shuffleboard.
  • Badmitten – Some of these outdoor elderly activities need a little mobility. Active, but more low-key than tennis. You can play across a sidewalk or path too, if you’re playing just for fun.
  • Walking races – Try the old carrying an egg in a spoon too!
  • Water balloon toss – If your group doesn’t mind getting a little wet! There are teams of two. Begin by standing three feet or more across from each other. With each toss, teams take another step back. If you break your balloon you’re out. Whoever is remaining without breaking their water balloon wins.
  • Yard darts – There are sets that are both sharp and stick into the ground, or not sharp.
  • Lawn or patio bowling – Best to use on a flat surface or really short grass. This is simply a plastic bowling set that is set up and scored in the traditional manner, except it’s outdoors. Because the pins and balls are so light weight, it is perfect for seniors. Even manageable by wheelchair participants.
  • Wiffle ball – With this light weight bat and ball set you can have a batting contest to see who can bat the ball the farthest the most times. Make a line in the yard to serve as a boundary, or even set up a low badmitten net. Get a volunteer pitcher, and you’re ready to go.
  • Beach ball volley – This is played with several teams of two people. Each team of two has a beach ball. Throw it up and start volleying it back and forth (you can determine the distance between the two people). Which ever team keeps the volley in the air the longest, wins. Another version is a leader calling out the name (or first initial) of player, and the person with the ball must toss it over to them.
  • Frisbee target toss – Set up a net and attach an item in the middle to serve as a bullseye. It can be as small as a paper or plastic plate, or as large as a towel, depending on the players. (An actual target would be ideal, if available). Players take turns throwing the frisbee at the bullseye. Whoever hits it or is the closest, wins.
  • Ladder toss – This game set consists of a three rung ladder, and several bolos (two balls connected by a rope). You toss the bolos at the ladder and watch them wind around the rungs. The different rungs are worth different points: 1, 2, and 3. The goal is to get exactly 21 points the fastest.

Boat rides – The water makes a great backdrop for outdoor elderly activities. Do you, or does anyone in your church or organization have a pontoon boat? If they are willing to assist for an afternoon, this is the manner of boating for seniors. Pontoons can also be rented. With a proper plank, even those in wheelchairs can access this type of boat. It would ideally have a covering. But there are also mini yachts and a variety of motor boats too.

Just about anything can be rented. Including a river boat excursion. Boats rides are wonderful outdoor elderly activities. All participants should also wear sunglasses and sunscreen, appropriate attire, and perhaps bring a water bottle. Snacks and beverages can be included. Depending on the size of the boat, other activities can be included, as well as…

Fishing – So many seniors enjoy and perhaps are skilled at fishing. And they love to share their fishing tips (and stories). Whether on a pier or pontoon, fishing boat, or from shore, this is a relaxing way to get outdoors and socialize. Bring along some food and drink. And make sure there is someone who knows how to handle the gear, hooks, and fish! And what about a fish fry afterwards? Bring your picnic gear too! Or get all the details, crafts, decor, activities for one of our most popular parties — a Gone Fishing party! (You can have it indoors too, in cold or gloomy weather).

Botanical garden or conservatory– Gardening is one of the all-time favorite outdoor activities, including for those who don’t actually garden. But they do enjoy the results! Strolling through a garden is also a very good way to get a little exercise. If your town does not have its own public garden, consider a trip to a nearby city that does. Many also have a restaurant, sometimes a zoo, making it an ideal day trip.

Try Straw Bale Gardens! – Our new favorite type of gardening. The bale is both the container, and it makes its own soil inside. Almost like magic. No bending, digging, weeding, bugs, chemicals! We contacted the creator of this now-famous method, and he told us why it’s so perfect for seniors. Check it out on our page about Straw Bale Gardening For Seniors.

Garden Club — Join a garden club or start one! It is very likely that if you belong to a group or live or work in a communal setting, someone knows about gardening and is eager to share! Or if you are a gardener, think of ways you can share this special green-thumb gift with others, right where you live. If you are not able to garden, it may be possible to still share ideas and experiences, and visit the local gardens of others.

All-Year Gardening Activities — We created a special page all about possible gardening ideas, because we had several people asking for one. It includes lots to do indoors, outdoors, easy specialty gardens such as for attracting butterflies, song birds, hummingbirds; and arts and crafts too. Many are for any time of year! So visit our senior gardening activities page.

Paint a clay pot — For your seedlings to grow in. See our instructions on Painting Clay Pots, and how you can make this (like many other crafts) into special outdoor elderly activities. Using a colorful rubber rain boot to paint in a similar manner is another outdoor project. In a more protected area, you can use a fancy old purse as a planter too. See Fancy Purse Planter Craft, a unique idea submitted by one of our readers.

Outdoor florist presentation — Arrange with your local florist or a volunteer to visit your group and give a demonstration on flower arranging — and have the presentation outdoors. They may even donate older blooms they will not be using, which your group can then arrange and use for centerpieces, an event, or as a prize or give-away.

Berry Picking — This outdoor elderly activity makes a nice, mildly active excursion. And you have a delicious end result! Take the berries back with you and have a get-together, eating them or making a dessert. If you pick strawberries, we have lots of great Fresh Strawberry Dessert Recipes, and out very simply way to Make Chocolate Covered Strawberries (which can be done outdoors).

Visit an apple orchard — Many communities have commercial orchards where you can pick your own apples and even go on a hay ride or cart ride to the picking areas. And the staff love to talk about all the different types of apples and what they are best for. It can be quite educational. Plus they often have a little cafe or shop to buy and eat delicious homemade apple treats. But then again, you may want to make your own! We have several easy, healthy apple recipes at our Delicious Healthy Dessert Recipes page. Apple crafts are always popular too and can often be done outside. Take a look at our Apple Craft ideas.

Visiting a farm or horse ranch are other outings that are especially fun to do with kids.

Visit a pumpkin patch — There may be a local pumpkin farm near you that welcomes visitors. Again, this is an ideal outing to do with kids. You can choose and pick your own pumpkin, then bring it back and have either an outdoor carving activity, or painting pumpkins (much easier). If you want a really excellent all-natural pumpkin pie recipe, be sure to check out Spicy Easy Pumpkin Pie.

A pumpkin patch may also grow a variety of gourds, which are not only delicious to eat, but also make really fun and easy craft projects and can also be done outdoors. See Gourd Craft Ideas – Gifts, Ghouls & Grannies.

Gather morel mushrooms — Go to the local woodlands and look for morel mushrooms. You can’t miss their odd shape, and they’re delicious to eat. But be sure you know what you’re looking for — get pictures and study about them a little ahead of time. And make sure everyone is quite sure what they are looking for. Morels often grow in moist areas near dead trees. Then bring them back to use in a favorite recipe.

Hiking — Great outdoor elderly exercise which can be modified for different levels of mobility. Hikes can be taken around nature centers, zoos, lakes, urban routes, or in the country, to name a few. Hats, sunglasses, sun screen, insect repellent, water bottles and snacks are recommended. Make sure you wear good walking shoes and comfortable attire. Always do this activity in groups and with a buddy system.

Treasure hunt a.k.a. scavenger hunt – These are really fun outdoor elderly activities that can be done in a smaller community setting, or yard, or neighborhood. They usually involve teams with instructions and a list of clues. Teams can hunt for completely different items, or the same items, “racing” to see who can find them first within a given time frame. Prizes can be awarded to the winners. Hunts can also be brought indoors, with treasures hidden throughout a grouping of rooms, should the weather be inclement.

Miniature golf or putting – This can either be a morning or afternoon trip to a nearby miniature golf course, or putting green, (You may also find them indoors in some communities). Or set up a portable style putting green game in your yard. There are also other games available that are take-offs on golf. Some can also be played from a wheelchair. You can also have a little contest complete with prizes. Swinging that club and walking around if possible, are fun sources of elderly exercise.

Archery — Yes, archery! For those with more mobility and strength, no matter what your age. This sport, often using easy-draw bows, has actually become quite popular among seniors. Great for eye and aiming coordination, strength, plus focus. Our city has a municipal archery range with several types of targets. They will also help decide which bow is best to use. If you really get into it, there are clubs too. Find an archery range near you and give it a try. 

Birdwatching – This is becoming very popular for outdoor elderly activities. This may take a little study, but it is learn as you go, and can become a very satisfying hobby. Many communities already have a birdwatching group established, but the library certainly will include resources. There are also CDs and movies available for bird song identification. Your state’s DNR (Department of Natural Resources) can assist you in finding local trails. There are certain items you will be need – a bird book for your region is the first.

Make sure it includes photos or pictures and migration patterns, to make sure you know which birds will be where, and when! Also take binoculars, notebook and pen, carry bag, and camera if desired. A club can recommend the best types and brands of equipment. Again, good walking shoes are required! And pants with pockets, such as cargo pants, are a plus. For those of you who love to travel, excursions and even exotic expeditions can be booked around birdwatching activities. See our travel section for special travel tips.

My grandfather loved to ride around the property in his wheelchair at our lake home, picking up various bird feathers, collecting and identifying them. When his sight failed, he enjoyed sitting outdoors to identify bird calls and songs. He was delighted to share stories and knowledge with his children and grandchildren when we were together. This is one of the outdoor elderly activities that can be shared with the family.

Photography — With digital cameras so available, this is fast becoming one of the popular outdoor elderly activities. And it is not difficult. Young people love to teach about electronic gadgets. Photos can be immediately viewed on the camera and saved…or not. Photography can be enjoyed with limited mobility as well, and photographs easily downloaded into a computer and printed out. No need for trips to the store to develop film! This activity is also sometimes done in conjunction with scrapbooking or a web site (another subject entirely).

Outdoor arts and crafts — Outdoor elderly activities can definitely include art. Remember to take advantage of the good weather and bring your projects outside! If you have an experienced artist in your group, or can have someone come in, offer an outdoor painting class. You can certainly have a field trip to a scenic spot. But you can also set up on your own grounds near a garden, gazebo, etc. Or instead of painting what is in front of your, bring along a photo or image of what you’d like to paint.

Our Book:

Easy Crafts and Gifts–  Lots of craft ideas for all year round and every season and holiday! You get over 120 projects. Many can also be done outside! Plus a booklet of FREE templates you can use for a variety of activities.

Get more outdoor elderly activities:

Senior Activities – By The Month — For each of the individual 12 months! Plus pages for each of the 4 season, of more general things to do throughout.
Field Trip Activities for Elderly & Seniors — An expanded list of ideas, dozens and dozens! Lots of outdoor elderly activities, and indoors too – various seasons and  interests.
Senior Activity Ideas — A nice variety of General activities for just about any time. Some great to do alone, and some in groups.
Meaningful Dementia Activities — Finding meaningful dementia activities may be new to you if you’re caring for a loved one, or an ongoing challenge if you’re a professional caregiver or activities director. We have all kinds of suggestions on this page, and not just the basics we are all familiar with.
Easy Craft Ideas — A large selection of easy crafts, many of which can be done as outdoor elderly activities.


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