Looking for great retirement ideas and activities?
(We have retirement activities for everyone – even if you really don’t retire!)

There are all kinds of possibilities and things to do out there. Here are a few fun ideas for any budget, with links pointing to even more options, below.

When Dad came to live with me he’d been retired already for a long time. He had serious hearing and vision loss and could not participate in much without help. That really started me searching for new retirement ideas not only for him… but it also gave me pause to consider myself. And many of my friends had started retiring too.

What would I want to do when I retired. Perhaps because I stayed at home as his full-time caregiver, in a way I had already “retired” — from the workforce, anyway. I did work from home and still wanted to work after retirement, so found many different ways to do that.

Here are a few things I’ve learned  along the way…

Choose senior activity ideas that keep you busy, the mind active, are of service even in small ways, or provide ongoing learning.

Don’t Get Stuck – Be willing to try something new!
(Dad certainly had to do this as his hearing and vision went).  Or have a special goal to strive for too. There’s nothing like a goal, even a small one, to trigger the imagination.

The type of retirement ideas you choose may depend on factors such as interests, physical health, mobility, mental health, budget. But no matter what the circumstances, there are plenty of retirement activities to choose from.

Outdoor Retirement Ideas

Turn off the TV and get outside! You may say, “I’m just not that outdoorsy.” Not an excuse! Get out and get some fresh air! It’s easy to simply take a favorite activity or club meeting outside — make a special area in your yard or patio. And ask yourself some questions about retirement ideas vs. outdoor living.

  • What climate do you live in now?
  • Are you able to participate in the usual outdoor activities for your climate? (Where I live in the northern climate, this is no longer much of an option for me!)
  • Are you finding your climate to be restricting? (I do).
  • Have you thought about moving to a different climate? Or at least get away for part of the colder months?
  • What outdoor programs are offered by your senior center?
  • Does a local community center offer outdoor programs?
  • Join an outdoor sports team — there are teams available just for seniors. Inquire with your Parks and Rec Dept. or senior center. Or maybe you’re qualified to coach younger people, if you can no longer play, yourself.
  • If you don’t have a garden or patio available, you can set up an attractive area right in front of a favorite window – a garden style table and a couple of chairs; potted plants or hanging plants, a mobile, garden statues and décor. Your indoor “garden” has many uses, and it brings the look of the outdoors inside! And provides all kinds of interesting retirement ideas.
  • If you do have a yard or patio, create a showplace garden, however small. Or even on your windowsill. Your local nursery can help you choose a variety of easy-to-maintain plants and flowers. Perhaps a bonsai?
  • Join a club – outdoor retirement activities are more fun with other seniors and people of all ages. And you’re more likely to continue. Garden, walking or biking clubs are ideal. Either something you enjoyed before, or something brand new.
  • Take up fishing. Or boating. Or both. Or water skiing. My Dad actually water skiid when he was 84 years old!
  • Exercise for seniors offer loads of retirement ideas, and of course important to keep joints limber and bones and heart strong. How about a bicycle – there are paths and programs ideal for this popular elderly activity. Find them through your city parks division, your senior center, or even a local college.
  • Or maybe just plain walking. Many medical experts believe this is the best overall elderly exercise. DAd’s doctor encouraged him to walk daily, even when he was in his late 90s. Ask about local walking events and walking clubs.
  • If you are an outdoor sports enthusiast, check into the National Senior Games Association, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting a healthy lifestyle and options for senior exercise. They have a variety of state and national competitions seniors can participate in and can even help you find a partner or team to join.
  • Check into special travel trips that emphasize an outdoor activity or another climate, including adventure travel. A local travel agency may have information about this. There are several senior tour and cruise options available.
  • Plan picnics and parties outdoors — you can combine them with other celebrations, biking, walking, hiking, gardening, as well as group meetings.
  • If you don’t have a pet, arrange to help walk someone else’s pet outdoors.

Now also take a look at our related page on more specifics at:
Outdoor Elderly Activities.

Pet Retirement Ideas

Do you love animals? Perhaps when you worked it was not practical for you to have a pet. But during retirement, caring for pets makes great activities for seniors.

  • If you are able to volunteer, animal shelters are a wonderful option.
  • Or perhaps take home a pet who needs special care yourself. Experts know that caring for a pet has great benefits to our well-being of the elderly and baby boomers too. And they can provide very loyal companionship. I have friend who was a “foster family” to a needy pet from a shelter, until a permanent family was found.
  • If you live in a housing complex that does not allow pets, how about pet sitting in someone else’s home? Many working folks would love to have someone come in and walk and feed their pet, and give it some play time. (This also could provide additional income). I had a work associate who gave up her busy management career to do this new career, and was very successful! Another close friend did have someone come in to provide such a service for her and her pet – it really freed up her life.
  • If you don’t want to make an ongoing commitment, perhaps just offer to walk or play with your neighbor’s pet from time to time.
  • Are you interested in more exotic pets, including fish, birds, reptiles – even tarantulas? Visit a pet store and take a look around. Ask questions. Read. Just do your research and make sure you thoroughly know what you’re getting into first.
  • What about working at a local pet store. For those who are not able to have a pet at home, this is a satisfying alternative. And again, extra income.

More Retirement Ideas

We have too many ideas to all fit on this page, so we’ve broken it down into further categories. Be sure to check these out too…

Retirement HobbiesFinding A Hobby — Finding a hobby that is just right for you will give you a lifetime of enjoyment. Here’s the coolest list of hobby ideas (for all ages) either to do alone or in a group.

TravelingSenior Citizen Travel — Traveling is the top retirement activity after work life no matter what your budget; or even if you don’t retire. I’ve traveled all over and have lots of valuable tips.

VolunteeringLearning and Volunteer Ideas — Learning and volunteer work can go hand in hand. Either are excellent retirement ideas – whether you’re actually retired or not.

Fun ActivitiesSenior Activity Ideas — Check out this variety of  senior activities for baby boomers, or those “of a certain age.” We include things for both indoors and outdoors. Easy to modify to fit special needs.

CraftsEasy Craft Ideas — Maybe you’ve been toying with the idea of learning a new craft during retirement. (And maybe even to do for profit.)

More….

Cool Quote & Retirement Message Ideas –  Need a cool quote or retirement message? Well we have dozens of all kinds here. Big array of quotes for all occasions.

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Other web sites with retirement ideas:

Fashion After 50 – This is the most fabulous web site I’ve seen on fashion and accessories for the mature woman. Both elegant and practical – a must-see!

It’s never too late to learn how to build kites. This site starts with a few very simple designs. Quick to make and proven to fly well in light winds. However, if the kite bug bites, you could spend years building and flying the more advanced designs found here!

Helping Seniors In Transition – A one stop shop program designed to take the stress out of managing the transition from family home to nursing home residential living of a senior family member or loved one.

Are you planning a retirement celebration?…For gracious, yet great goodbyes and free farewell speeches see Retirement Speeches at find-the-words.com.

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Food activities and easy recipes are very popular for all ability levels!

And we have a really nice selection of activities with food and easy recipes ideal for the elderly.

They range from chocolate, to whimsical salads, to candy, to special cookies, to gourds, to apples. Ideal for parties, get-togethers, gifts, even centerpieces. And great to do with kids! Our food activities are also easy to modify for those who need extra help.

Special Seasonal Treats…
For specialty seasonal treats (including lots of whimsy), check out:
Halloween Treats for Seniors, and (Winter) Holiday Treats for Seniors !

Try These Food Activities

Chocolate Covered “Worms” – I used to love these as a child, and would tease my friends with them (who of course thought they were really worms).

Warm up a container of dipping chocolate in the microwave according to instructions. Heat it in 15 second spurts and stir, to prevent burning. Then put in a larger mixing bowl for more room. Stir in about 2 cups of chow mein noodles. Mix until coated.

Cover a platter with wax paper. Adding a little coconut is also a good variation. Spoon lumps of the mixture onto the platter. Refrigerate for at least a half an hour, until firm. This no-bake recipe is very easy. Take the out of the fridge about 15 minutes before eating, or they may be hard to bite.

Chocolate Covered Pretzel People — We have a great page on dipping chocolate, including pretzels. (You can also easily dip and decorate any fruit especially apricots, smaller looped pretzels, nuts, pound cake pieces, and cookies).

See how we turn them into Pretzel People using inexpensive candies and other items.  Make them easy or fancy. Use milk chocolate, dark, even white.

These food activities are perfect for party snacks, prizes, desserts, or adding to gifts. For gifts, put a little tag around the neck (make home-made gift tags as a project) that says “From ____” and write in the person’s name.

Easy Chocolate Covered Strawberries — This is one of our most food activities and can be adjusted for many abilities. We’ve created a special page just to find out exactly how to make them.

And really fun ways to decorate the strawberries after they’ve been dipped! Create them for yourselves, a get-together, or to give away as special gifts. They’re always a favorite. Also a really good project to do with kids. See our page to Make Chocolate Covered Strawberries.

Chocolate Swirls — Swirls offer a couple of food activities. It’s easy to make these fanciful creations as a “craft” to use as stand-alone candy treats. Or to go along with other food projects as well, such as special occasion concoctions that you might make.

As with dipping chocolate for strawberries, you simply microwave the chocolate chip bits, whether standard brown chocolate, white, or colored by adding food coloring to white. Shown here is white with a drop of red coloring.

You’ll need — White (or brown) chocolate chip morsels, food coloring color of your choice, a plate with wax paper, a spoon and a toothpick, or piece of kabob skewer (which a prefer because it’s a bit chunkier and works well).

Melting — Put about a half cup of white chips into a microwavable bowl. Heat for 20 seconds. Remove from microwave and stir. Heat again 15 seconds, then stir. Then 6 to 10 seconds, as needed. You want to leave a few lumps in the mix and let them melt on their own so as to not overdo it.

Stir until all are melted. Add a drop of food coloring, and mix again. If the mixture is too thick or stiff, add a drop of room-temp water and re-heat for about 5 seconds.

Drizzling — With a spoon, start drizzling onto the wax paper streams of chocolate while it’s still melted and warm. You can help nudge it off the spoon with your stick. Some lines can be thin, because as you can see from the first photo, they stay in tact nicely. Use the stick to move the chocolate around in free-form designs. Drip on more swirls as desired. They can be as simple or fancy.

When you get the look you want, put it in the fridge for at least 10 to 15 minutes. When set and ready to serve, gently slide it off the wax paper with a metal spatula. Use alone or on a dessert (cake and cupcakes are great too) or even a salad. Make different colors for different holiday food activities! See how I used it for a Valentine’s Day apple bowl dessert, below.


Easy Chocolate Cup
— In this picture, besides using a chocolate swirl (in brown chocolate) as described above, there is also a chocolate cup.

You can buy them online or at some grocery stores as well. But for a price.

Or make them yourself! It’s as simple as painting melted chocolate into a baking cup. Yes, with a paint brush. Almost anyone can do it.

These make excellent food activities, and they can be used along with lots of other projects, and for lots of holidays and events. See just what to do on our fresh strawberry desserts page.

Haystacks — Most haystacks call for regular brown chocolate, and you have to toast the coconut. But I don’t. Mine are totally no-bake. And in different colors. Just add a drop of food coloring to melted white chocolate. Use pink for Valentine’s Day, green for St. Patrick’s Day or Christmas, orange for Halloween, etc. I also did one in red, white and blue for the 4th of July, with a mini flag sticking out of the top. See how at summer senior activities.

Hershey Kisses Mice — Mouse crafts made with Hershey Kisses are really popular. Besides making cute ornaments, we have other ideas for gifts and even a centerpiece if you want to get fancy. These mouse food activities involve working with small parts, so extra help may needed for some. Get details at Hershey Kiss Mouse Chocolate Crafts.

Mouse Crafts With Food — We have a whole page just on making different kinds of mouse crafts, and some are food activities too, like the donut hole mouse.

This guy has ears made of gum drop slices, candy eyes and nose, and  the tail can be made from a variety of foods, like a slice of licorice rope. You may get your own ideas too. It sits in a mini party cup, or in a candy paper (the kind you get with chocolates).

Ladybug Salad — (And other whimsical characters at Creative and Simple Fruit Salad Characters). Check out this special food activities page with several projects for a fun simple fruit salad, complete with decorating tips, garnishments, and even a fabulous Carrot Slaw to use on the side, and fruit salad dressing too. These amusing cartoon salads are also very healthy. We have several whimsical fruit salads and how to make them.

These are lots of fun for just a special treat, or to get ready for parties and luncheons. Even to do with kids — they love them and get lots of laughs!


Creative Halloween Treats

Get ghosts, ghouls, pumpkin, magic wands, raven ideas and more. (Some new witch treats coming soon too!)

All of these fun treats are easy to make and will add a little pizzazz to a party, table setting, or give-aways. Excellent to do with kids too. Go to Creative Halloween Treats for Seniors.

(And many of the food activities you see on this main page can be adjusted for Halloween as well).

Gourd Craft Ideas – One of our easiest food activities to make – with those funny lumpy, bumpy gourds (squash). One of my all-time favorite projects. And when you’re done displaying them, you could cook and eat them! We show how to make several whimsical creatures from inexpensive craft materials and items, and many you may have around.

Imagine what else you can do. Although gourds and squash are great for fall, you can find them any time of the year and make characters for almost any holiday, season, or party. Great give-aways too! See Gourd Craft Ideas – Gifts, Ghouls & Grannies.

Gourmet S’mores — Making a good ‘ole Smores (s’mores), the kind we had around the campfire, can bring back some great memories. But go beyond the norm and go gourmet. Did you know marshmallows and chocolate chips (baking chips) come in highly unusual flavors? Some quite spectacular. My son got me started with this. Fancy S’mores make excellent food activities, and a bonfire or grill isn’t necessary. Make them indoors or out. We’ve got lots of ideas, including microwaving at How To Make Smores – The Gourmet Way.

Candy Wreaths— Wreaths are fun and edible food activities – if you make them with frosting “glue”! You will need assorted candies from a dollar store, or from the bulk section of the grocery store; styrofoam rings of the desired size (or cut a ring from heavy cardboard); and frosting in a tub. Or for non-edible wreaths, a glue gun or strong craft glue. And other decorative items for the wreath. Spray paint the ring, if you’d like. We do have two versions here – edible or non-edible.

…Edible – Try using sugar-free candies; many kinds are now available. Use frosting, like “glue,” to attach candies in a variety of colors and sizes to the wreath shape. I get frosting in a tube or tub. Candies can suit your party or holiday (Valentine, Halloween, Christmas, etc).

Edible wreaths are temporary, to be used for a centerpiece, for instance. When the candies and frosting glue have set, put an object in the center hole to complete the centerpiece, such as a holiday decoration, statue, vase of flowers, greens, or a candle.

…Non-edible – These candies will be mounted on the wreath shape with a glue gun or other strong craft glue (use plenty – it dries clear). You can pile or overlap the candies in interesting patterns. Dry the glue well. Decorations such as bows or holiday items can be added. When finished, give it a couple coatings of spray varnish to help preserve it and add shine. These wreaths will be strong enough to hang on a wall, or also use in a centerpiece.

Edible Flowers — Have you ever made something with edible flowers? Yes, many flower petals can indeed be eaten and offer a delicate taste and fragrance to foods. They can be found at specialty food stores and upscale grocery stores, as well as online. In this sample, they’ve been placed on top of cupcakes. See our page on edible flower recipes to learn more. These are spectacular for special occasions and parties.

Apple Wreaths — Apple wreaths are an old-fashioned tradition. Check out our easy-to-make spicy aroma apple wreaths. If you bake and dry the apples yourself, these food activities smell heavenly. Add other items to decorate them, like pine cones, ginger chunks, cranberries, candy, ribbon, even even small ornaments.

The wreaths can be used alone or with a centerpiece or candle. These are great ideas for many seasons, and we explain both the easy version and the more traditional way of making them. See our page on Really Easy Apple Craft Ideas.

Painted Apples — On the same apple crafts page (the link above), we also show how to paint on apples. These can range from very simple, like the daisies shown here, to much more fancy. Change the design for other holidays – holly sprigs or snowflakes in the winter.

Painted apples are excellent food activities. They can be made either as non-edible decorative items (painted with white opaque marker), or edible (painted with white frosting in a tube). For those who may have difficulty drawing, even loose free-form flowers or squiggles and stars are fun. Plus, add a little blue (i.e. candies) and you have something patriotic. So just follow the link above to find out more.

Party FoodDo you need more party ideas (and party food activities to go with them)? Then see our page all about party theme ideas. We’ve got topics ranging from pickle tasting, to a great luau, to all-out details on how to do a gone-fishing party suitable for any age, or a full-fledged fiesta, including for the elderly. Even if you think you’ve tried just about every party there is, there just may be something new for you here.

Strawberry Bouquet — We use strawberries in a lot of our food activities. These strawberry desserts have a choice of toppings and are fabulous bouquet gifts you can make.

Do it the easy way or make chocolate covered strawberries.

Put them in a vase full of candy, nuts or other snacks; and tie a pretty ribbon around it. Or make a parfait bouquet (which you eat right away).

See our page for explanations at Bouquet Strawberry Desserts. These are elegant for parties, Mother’s Day, birthdays, gifts any time of year. We have many different ideas!


Also see:

Our Craft Book!

Easy Crafts and Gifts — Why hunt all over our site? Get lots of NEW ideas, and some of our other favorites from here.

Over 120 activities, plus a FREE booklet of templates and patterns you can use for a variety of projects. So you get Two for One! Get a sneak peek.

Kindle Book!

Want more party ideas, activities, decorating, crafts and special recipes (many exclusively from my Dad’s own recipe box)? Then don’t miss this thorough Kindle book – at a bargain price. Especially if you don’t just have the time to go hunting down party possibilities and all that goes with them. The book includes lots of new ideas, and also some from our web site, brought together in one easy place (and with lots more detail). See it at Kindle:

Senior Activity Ideas — For seniors who have a higher ability level; many can be modified for those who need extra help.

Senior Activities – By the Month (and the 4 Seasons)!


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If you’re caring for or helping someone, or want information for yourself, your campus or group, you’ll find this “What’s New” page very valuable.

We’re constantly updating our web site and adding exciting new ideas and activities. Don’t miss out! Come back often and share this page (or any page) with your friends too.

Gourd Craft Ideas

Soon there will be gourds galore in the grocery store. All different kinds, some rather fun and quirky. When I see them I immediately get ideas for creating unique characters and crafts. Great for all ages and abilities – we have even used this project with dementia patients. So check out this page, and doubtless you will get your own inspirations too!

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Fun Fall Senior Activities

I can hardly believe I’m talking about Fall. But it’s on the way and always a good idea to have a few plans in advance. General autumn activities are presented here which you could mix and match in any month during the season. You’ll also find the links to the specifics for each of the months of September, October, and November. On each month’s page will be the special monthly commemorations and calendar dates. Lots of fun ahead, and we give loads of activities to try.

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Flower Templates

Summer is in full swing and floral themes are popular throughout the season. In case you’ve missed it, we have a page with free flower templates that you can use with your crafts and projects. Just save them to your computer and print them out. You can also modify them to make them simpler, or combine several together for a fancier look. This page also has links to other themed templates you can use.

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Fun 4th of July Crafts

Lots of patriotic themed ideas on this page! (And it’s also great for any patriotic day throughout the year). We use the red, white and blue theme. But you can also think about other special colors for perhaps more local celebrations. See centerpieces, painting on pots, painting on glass, wreaths, wood projects, decorating candles, special picture frames and even ornaments. Plus plenty of treat ideas!

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Sizzling Summer Activities

June is just around the corner, and I can hardly believe we’re talking about summer again. This page will give you all kinds of general activities to do throughout any of the summer months. It will also link you to our specific pages for June, July, and August. And all that goes with them for special calendar dates and monthly commemorations. Along with all that, we offer, as usual, plenty of activity ideas to make your planning easy.

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Creative Planter Ideas

Depending on where you live and your climate, you may or may not have started planting already. April is a great time to start planning creative planters. You can make a planter from just about anything that will hold a container. Like an upside-down hat or a fancy purse. An old leather boot (which can also be hand painted), or a rain boot. How about an old bicycle, barrel or even a bathtub. All of these (and more) can be painted and enhanced, and you have charming planters for your home or campus. Indoors or out.

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Spring Senior Activities

Well today is the first day of Spring, and we wanted to share our page all about general activities for the season. General things to do in any of the spring months. Besides March, this page also links you to the specific months of April and May, where you’ll find all the particular monthly commemorations and special dates for each. See what we have to help you plan!

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March Senior Activities

Most of us are familiar with St. Patrick’s Day activities, but March has much more. It’s Natl Craft Month, Natl Women’s History Month, Natl Nutrition Month, Poetry Month, and Optimism Month (and who doesn’t need that)! Looking for specific Days? How about Natl Chocolate Cheesecake Day on March 5. Or March 6 is Farmer’s Day (we have a free art template); March 13 is Uncle Sam’s Bday; March 20 is of course the first day of Spring; March 23 is Liberty Day. And let’s not forget Natl Hot Dog Day on March 30. Check out all our suggestions too.

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Fabulous February Activities

Besides Valentine’s Day, there’s the rest of February to think about. And as usual, it’s full of special Days and commemorations. Like American Heart Month, International Friendship Month, Natl. Bird Feeding Month (another good time to do bird crafts), and Natl Snack Month. Special Days: Feb. 1 is Natl Freedom Day; Feb. 7 is Charles Dicken’s Bday; Feb. 9 Hershey’s Chocolate was founded; Feb. 17 is World Human Spirit Day; Feb. 27 is International Polar Bear Day (you could have a whole party theme around this one, and we have a free template too). Need activities to go with it all? We’ve got them!

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Valentine Crafts

If you’re planning Valentine’s Day crafts, activities, or treats, it’s never too early to plan. Go to our crafts page that provides loads of creative ideas, plus links to other related pages (i.e. food)! Almost everything can be modified to fit your group. (And many of our projects can also be modified in color and details, to use for other holidays and events).

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Cool January Activities

If you’re specifically looking for something to do in January now that the holidays are over, see this fun page full of commemorative ideas and dates: National Hobby Month, Natl. Mentoring Month, Natl. Soup Month (yum!). January 5 is Natl. Bird Day (and we have free templates and ideas). Jan. 11 is Natl. Milk Day; Jan. 15 is Martin Luther King Day, AND Wear A Hat Day; Jan. 27 is Mozart’s Bday; Jan. 31 is Inspire Your Heart with Art Day. And of course we have activity ideas galore!

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Winter Senior Activities

December is very much about holidays (but we have lots more too). And then what? See our page that is sure to snap you out of any winter doldrums. We provide loads of ideas both General for any time in the season; and also for each of the separate months of December, January, and February. You can mix and match them, even though December is almost over. See what fits for you!

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Simple Christmas Crafts

Thinking ahead? Smart idea! So be sure to check in on our easy crafts for Christmas. See our burlap cardinal collage, cookie cutter ornament stuffed with nature items, Santa and snowman crafts (including with golf balls!), candy wreath, various ornaments, and festive treats too! Among many others. We also like to give FREE templates. And a link to our holiday treats!

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Easy Apple Craft Ideas

Autumn is a perfect time for apples (but they are of course available all year). So don’t forget the Fall fun for using them in crafts! See our aromatic dried apple wreaths, cute apple frog, “painted” apples (great in centerpieces), apple candle holders, and much more! (Plus links to delicious natural apple desserts).

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Bird Crafts!

Birds are a really popular theme for arts and crafts no matter what the season, so we made a special page. Ideas suitable for both men and women. Try collages, using burlap, making a money gift, easy watercolors, painting clay pots, a golf ball owl, things for fall, and of course I had to include chocolate covered strawberry birds. Plus much more. And Free templates too. We’ve got a variety, so be sure to check them out!

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Awesome Senior Gardening Activities

We had so many gardening activity ideas all over our web site that we consolidated them into one page. And it includes things to do indoors as well as out. Some quite simple yet uplifting. And many for any kind of weather. You can even enjoy plants and little planting projects in winter. Gardening activities are great for the mood. Plus we’ve added in a few related arts and crafts ideas.

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Crafts For Men!

We’ve had several inquiries about crafts to do with men. Some folks may be living at home, with family, or at senior living and care campuses. Some may need more assistance and some may be independent. And abilities and dexterity may differ too. So we’ve created a page with lots of ideas that we hope can appeal to many, and that could also be modified according to needs of participants. They may give you more ideas of your own too. And as always, do let us know if you’ve had a successful project!

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Field Trip Activities – for Elderly and Seniors

Have you seen our new page all about field trips yet? We timed launching it for the onset of spring. But since there are outings for both indoors and outdoors, this is a page to visit any time of year. We have dozens and dozens and dozens of things to do – we’ve found some really unique ideas out there! No matter what your interests, capability or mobility, there is sure to be something for you or your group.

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New – Fresh Strawberry Desserts

We’ve added and updated our Fresh Strawberry Desserts page, since it’s the season! Lots of new photos too. Plus desserty type “crafts” you can do to add to the fun. Use these as activities, and make for special dinners and lunches, for parties, etc. Many are easy to modify and change out for holidays.

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BY THE MONTH – Senior Activities

We have so many seasonal and monthly activities, that we’ve re-organized! Now there’s this Master Page to link you to each of the 12 individual months. Each month has its specific monthly commemorations AND actual calendar dates, unique ones besides the traditionals. And we give activity ideas to do for all of it! (In case you don’t want to have to think of something). PLUS special pages for each of the 4 seasons, with General activities to do throughout that season. See what we mean, and check it out! (And we’re still working on it further).

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NEW – Chocolate Covered Strawberries

I’ve been on a real roll, almost a frenzy, making lots of new chocolate covered strawberries and decorating them. In all kinds of colors (not just brown chocolate or white). Like a frog, bunny, chick, bluebird, flowers, and mice of all colors. With new and easy instructions. They make great senior activities. Use them for desserts, party favors, gifts, give-aways and prizes, and on salads too.

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Perfect Party Theme Ideas

Now that winter is in full swing, at least in the northern climates, it’s time to distract ourselves with a few fun parties. You may have some favorites. But why not try new ideas! Take a peek at our party page – you can modify many of them for just about any purpose, with a few changes to color, decorations, treats and other food. Such as for Valentine’s Day, even St. Patrick’s Day or Mardi Gras.

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Pinecone Ideas

Did you see our page all about pinecones yet? They’re perfect for fall and winter activities alike, and certainly in abundance. And they come in all shapes and sizes, so we’ve got lots of possibilities. And if you don’t live in a pinecone area, try visiting a craft store. They’re usually inexpensive and tons of fun to use.

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New Apple Craft Ideas!

We’ve got a really fun and funky apple frog on our apple craft page now, and have gotten great feedback! And we include an easy template you can print out for the legs and face if you’d like one. Don’t miss him – his funny smile (inspired by one of my son’s cartoon drawings) is sure to put a smile on your face!

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Cute Marshmallow Crafts

Marshmallows are always “in season” any time of year. And now we have a really cute collection of marshmallow crafts that will be lots of fun for seniors (and kids), submitted by one of our readers in our Share Crafts forum. And these go way beyond the basic marshmallow snowman (which you probably have seen before). So if you want some new ideas, be sure to see these!

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Straw Bale Gardening For Seniors

Have you heard of straw bale gardening? It’s almost like magic. We contacted the now-famous (and local) professional who developed this amazing method. He personally gave us tips on what to do for seniors. The straw bale is both the container, and makes its own soil! So it can be done even if your area has lousy soil. Or an extreme climate (whether arctic or desert). Plus, no bending, digging, weeding, bugs, chemicals. It’s easy gardening with an old-fashioned country flair!

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Activities For Elderly With Vision Loss

As you probably know, vision loss, including from macular degeneration like with my Dad, is very common in our elderly. Along with it comes challenges to find activities for fun and also that are useful. In the years of caring for my Dad and working with others, I’ve developed a lot of ideas that may work for you too. The severity and type of vision loss differs with everyone, but many of these activities can be modified to suit your needs. So have a look!

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More Elderly Activities – with Kids

Many of the activities and craft ideas on our web site can be done with kids. But we’ve had several questions about specific things to do, whether at home with a loved one, or when visiting older family members or friends. Sometimes children might not know the person all that well. Maybe concerns about what to do or say. And they especially may have trepidation about visiting a nursing home. So we’ve assembled a page with some easy ideas to do with kids, and will point you to other specific pages around our site.

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Share YOUR Extra Income Ideas!

We’ve had some great feedback for our page on work after retirement, so we’ve started a new SHARE Forum. Be sure to see the ideas our readers are sharing so far. And we’d all LOVE to hear from you too! So if you have an idea for earning extra income, either that you’ve done or know someone else who has, be sure to post. People are also interested in ways of getting started and getting the word out. So be sure to share what you know…

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Work After Retirement – Creative Options

There are various reasons people are interested in work after retirement. And many folks are interested in working from home but hardly know where to start or how to get ideas. This page gives all kinds of (real life) creative options based on skills and knowledge that you already have. We also refer to a resource with specific steps to take to bring in extra cash in 30 days. Plus considerations about online work from home.

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Make Fun, Affordable Centerpieces!

There are so many times throughout the year that call for a festive setting, whether it be a party, fund raiser, silent auction, or holiday occasion. Making easy yet attractive centerpieces (many which can become give-away items, and many which are edible) provides a great project for seniors — and all the various activities the centerpiece(s) can be used for. On this page we organize the many projects that we have all over our web site, into a sort of “centerpiece central,” if you will. So check it out!

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Free Animal Template Ideas

Check out our new page with some fun animal templates that you can use for your projects. And if you couple these with our flower or leaf templates too (those links provided on the animal page), you can come up with some very creative ideas! You will see how they can be used for various seasons or holidays.

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Elderly Assistance and Public Benefits

Are you aware of free elderly assistance and public benefits available? We can help. Check out these valuable tips.

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Creative Elderly Stress Activities

Although Dad had incredible patience with his issues of being almost blind and deaf and hardly able to socialize, he did have his times of stress and worry. So I had to make it a top priority to find him activities to relax. Here are some of our favorites, plus those of my associates, friends, family, and community resources. Since most seniors and elderly (baby-boomers too) have all kinds of concerns and stresses, these may be of interest to you too.

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When Senior Women Travel Alone

You may be one of the thousands of women who are considering traveling alone. Or maybe you already have. Or perhaps you know someone who plans to. This mode of travel has become increasingly popular. But as you are probably aware, there are some special considerations involved. Read what our guest travel expert from London advises.

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