When you hear the words “assisted living activities,” you might think of bingo or jigsaw puzzles. But seniors, even those in need of assisted living, are still robust and interesting people who deserve more than the same old clichéd activities.
In this blog post, Maranatha Village, a top-rated assisted living facility in Springfield, MO, shares five fun activities for seniors in assisted living communities.
#1: Life Story Exercises
Seniors are some of the most interesting people you’ll ever meet. What better activity to learn more about the fascinating residents in assisted living than hearing them tell their life stories?
This can be done as a group activity involving a combination of crafting photo collages, creative writing, and oral storytelling. Seniors get to relive their favorite memories while getting to know their fellow residents on a deeper level.
#2: Jewelry Making
Crafting doesn’t have to involve paper maché or scrapbooking! A unique crafting idea is jewelry-making. Residents can use their creativity and aesthetic talent to create earrings, bracelets, necklaces, and brooches.
Assisted living residents can keep their fine motor skills sharp while creating beautiful artwork they can wear, give to loved ones or sell to raise money for charity.
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#3: Continuing Education
Seniors give a new meaning to “non-traditional” students! Retirement is the perfect age to spend time learning about new topics.
Here in Springfield, Missouri, where Maranatha Village is located, is home to Missouri State University. Through the MSU 62 program, seniors aged 62 and up may take one class per semester, tuition-free.
#4: Book Clubs
Okay, so book clubs are not exactly unique–but they’re still pretty fun. Seniors can get together and discuss exciting titles and the meaning they derive from them.
Book clubs can be themed, such as historical fiction, biographies, spiritual themes, and anything residents are interested in.
#5: Gardening Clubs
Gardening clubs are a way for seniors to bloom and for friendships to blossom. Residents can share gardening tips and assist each other with planning, planting, and harvesting crops.
After harvests, residents can get together and cook a meal together, consisting of the fresh produce they’ve helped each other grow and harvest.
Assisted Living at Maranatha Village
Our residents are never bored at Maranatha Village in Springfield, MO! Our residents participate in many of the above activities and more. For more information about our assisted living options, contact us today!