Best Winter Activities for Seniors

Senior citizens and the winter season do not often get along very well. During these cold months, they are supposed to stay inside; otherwise, extreme weather may cause illness or injury. However, this does not mean that seniors should only eat, sleep and just watch TV all throughout the winter season. There are actually a number of winter activities that are not only enjoyable but are also beneficial to the grandmas and grandpas out there.

Playing Bingo

Bingo may not be the best game for staying fit while remaining indoors, but this is actually a great game that encourages mental stimulation. It is also a great way to make new friends. This game is not only played at home, but can also be found in local halls and senior clubs and. Although bingo normally involves some money or prizes, it can also be played for the fun of it. Plus, there are different types of the game so that each round can seem unique.

Using the Treadmill

Treadmills are actually good friends of senior citizens while they remain indoors. Walking on a treadmill daily is just like walking outside except that there are no worries about tripping into or falling down the snowy path. Similarly, senior citizens who enjoy biking leisurely can still do what they usually do by using the stationary bike. It is just as beneficial to the body as riding outdoors. Additionally, they are much safer especially during the harsh winter seasons. Using these machines can definitely keep seniors fit and healthy even while staying inside.

Go Bowling

Bowling is a classic social activity said to be about 4,000 years old. It is fun and is one of the best ways to meet new people. Even those who do not like games will surely be interested in playing bowling with other seniors. Aside from being enjoyable, bowling offers great benefits physically. It helps the player get into shape especially when done regularly. It also tones the muscle and even works as a strength exercise.

Video Games

Although seniors are not generally seen as techy people, they can truly benefit from video games. A combination of exercise and gaming, there are now a variety of high-tech games that boost fitness in adults and keep them mentally active. There are boxing, tennis, and even dance games. Of course, they cannot be compared with the health benefits offered by doing the real activity, but they are strongly advised to seniors nowadays particularly during the cold winter season. They are an excellent way to keep being active instead of sleeping all day as the snow or rain pours down. It is important though that the senior or the caretaker or nurse knows the limits of the senior since some of the video games can be too demanding for their age as sometimes learning about things that are online or computer based can frustrate both the carer and the senior.

Walk Up and Down the Stairs

Winter activities do not have to be fancy. Simply walking up and down the stairs can actually keep senior citizens healthy. Sure, it is not as pleasant and fun as the other activities mentioned above, but this is one sure way to remain healthy throughout the winter. It burns more calories and keeps them away from heart diseases.

Take a Class

Cooking, sewing, and other kinds of classes can make the senior citizen busy and happy during the cold months. Enrolling in a class is a brilliant method to meet new people or gain new friends. In addition, this improves memory, keeps their minds sharp and even boosts their self-confidence. Learning anything is the best way to have a healthy mind and body for a long time. If your elderly relative is at home with a career most of the time, then there is the added benefit of having some independence in getting out of the house.

The activities in this list are definitely entertaining and beneficial for seniors. However, before starting an activity, make sure to consult with the doctor first to avoid health risks.

About the Author

Erin Warbrook is a freelance writer from Perth, Western Australia who loves spending time with her elderly grandmother who lives in a residential care facility with Brightwater Care Group.

  • Dara

    It is advisable for seniors to have another person in the room when using a treadmill in case they suddenly feel ill and need help getting off the machine.

    Using a stationery bike is safer because it is propelled by the rider, thus they have greater control.

  • http://www.smartbugmedia.com/ Ryan Malone – SmartBug Media

    Great comment. Stationary bikes and recumbent bikes are a fantastic way to get some exercise.

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