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Ideas for Fun Activities for the Elderly

Senior woman painting a canvas

There are many fun activities elderly people can take part in to keep their minds sharp, bodies strong and spirits high. Whether it's spending time outdoors, playing games with family and friends, or spending time working on a favorite hobby, doing things they love can benefit the overall wellbeing of all seniors.

Fun Activity Ideas for Seniors

Being Outdoors

Seniors who enjoy being outside may find birdwatching a fascinating hobby. They can spot birds or look for feathers while taking a nature walk, or identify species from the comfort of their own backyard while they listen to the birds sing.

Other fun outdoor activities include:

  • Picnics
  • Fishing
  • Treasure hunts
  • Gardening
  • Outings to parks and other places of interest

Arts and Crafts

Whether it's learning a new craft or continuing with a favorite hobby, most arts and crafts activities can be modified as needed so that seniors with certain physical limitations can still enjoy a favorite pastime..

A very popular activity for the elderly is ceramics. Many ceramic projects only need light sanding and painting, resulting in a beautiful and rewarding finished piece. This type of project offers a wonderful way for seniors to pass the time either at home or at senior community centers

Senior woman creating a floral arrangement

Other suitable crafts for senior citizens include:

  • Painting
  • Drawing
  • Sewing
  • Knitting
  • Crocheting
  • Photography
  • Scrapbooking
  • Making greeting cards
  • Sponge painting stationary
  • Woodworking projects such as building birdhouses or making clocks
  • Making foam magnets
  • Flower arranging

Games and Puzzles for the Elderly

Many elderly people enjoy spending time playing games or working on puzzles with family or friends.


There are a number of companies that offer a large selection of games and puzzles that are adapted for people who have physical limitations such as low vision or arthritis. Some of these companies include:

While many seniors enjoy traditional games like bingo or bridge, others have fun playing nostalgic board games, games that challenge the mind and computer games. Break out one of the following well-known board games when you want to liven things up.

Senior playing Mahjong
  • Life
  • Dominoes
  • Yahtzee
  • Operation
  • Trivial Pursuit
  • Scrabble
  • Monopoly

Other examples of games that are fun for senior citizens to play include:


Working on puzzles helps keep the mind sharp and alert. The same companies that offer adapted games for people with physical limitations also offer jigsaw puzzles with oversized puzzle pieces and crossword and word search books printed in large print.

Visit Senior Centers

Naturally not every senior has the same interests or physical and mental abilities. What delights one person may seem completely uninteresting to someone else. Joining a senior center is a great way to meet other people who share similar interests and engage in a wide range of activities.

Seniors attending a stretching class at the senior center

Although each senior center is different, they generally all offer:

  • Card and board games
  • Arts and crafts
  • Exercise, yoga or tai chi classes
  • Educational programs
  • Trips
  • Dances
  • Lectures
  • Support services and resources for seniors

Never Too Old to Have Fun

Regardless of age, everyone loves to have fun, and older seniors are no exception. Having a good laugh and sharing enjoyable activities can be a wonderful way to stay actively engaged in life.

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Ideas for Fun Activities for the Elderly