2019 Group Activities to Engage Seniors

Posted by Jim Fuller on Jan 1, 2019 3:01:00 PM

Sometimes the old adage "the more, the merrier" rings true, and seniors are the proof. If your group is ready for a change of pace here are some ideas for 2019 group activities that will engage seniors.

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Group trips:

Near or far, it's always fun to see something new. Whether you travel in pairs or by the busload, plan to go somewhere different at least once a month. Museums, tourist spots, and historical sites are just a few of the many things you can do on a day or weekend trip.

Gardening:

Winter is the perfect time to organize and plan a community garden. Whether you have individual plots or one big garden, this is an activity that will award you all year long as you enjoy the fruits of your labor.

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Hiking and walking:

Whether you enjoy a leisurely stroll through the local park or an invigorating hike in the wild, walking and hiking is the perfect pastime on many levels. Besides the physical benefits, you'll find the peace of mind that only comes from communing with nature.

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Swimming:

Whether it's an open swim or an organized class hitting the water is always more fun in a group. Look for an indoor pool in your area and schedule a regular swim time several hours a week so everyone can join in.

Tai chi:

In the park or in the gym or a meeting room, tai chi is an excellent group activity because it's not strenuous or competitive. Even the beginning basic moves will help improve your balance and flexibility while bringing you peace of mind and mental clarity.

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Bird watching:

While many think of bird watching as a solitary activity it can be more fun in a group. Meet at a nearby park or wildlife area and keep a running list of the different birds you spot; a simple identification book and a pair of binoculars will give you a boost in learning the tricks of this pastime but are not required.

Baking and cooking:

We all love to eat, and baking and cooking is a great way to share both talents and company. Have a bake-off or potluck, or take turns teaching a favorite recipe to your group for an activity that will last all year long.

Painting and drawing:

You don't have to be a Rembrandt to dabble in paint and using your creativity is an excellent way to relieve stress while enjoying the company and talents of others. Oil, acrylics, watercolors, and pencil drawings are just a few examples of the mediums you can try out and let your inner artist escape.

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Musical instruments:

Much like painting and drawing you don't need to be a professional to enjoy musical instruments. Gather a few different instruments and ask the group for volunteers willing to explain the basics about each, then let your imagination play!

Dancing:

You're never too old to enjoy a dance, and this is an excellent way for seniors to co-mingle and socialize. Whether you prefer a waltz, tango, or the twist you can kick up your heels and have a great time with your group of friends.

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