5 In-Home Activities To Keep Seniors Entertained While Social Distancing

During these times of social distancing, it can be tough to keep oneself busy and entertained at home all day. This is especially hard for seniors who must be extra careful during these times. We have collected a variety of activities that can keep seniors busy, entertained, and help them enjoy their increased time indoors. 


1. Plant an indoor garden

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Not only are indoor gardens nice to look at, planting an indoor garden is a great activity for all seniors including individuals with mobility issues. There are many benefits of having an indoor garden including memory and concentration improvement, and reducing stress and anxiety to name a few. Check out the full benefits in the link above. 


2. Do fun exercises

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It is especially important for seniors to stay physically fit during these times to improve their strength, keep depression away, give them an energy boost, and prevent or delay diseases. Need some ideas? Check out these fun Spring exercises for seniors.


3. Play some games

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While multiplayer games may be out of the equation for now, there are still plenty of fun single-player games to keep one entertained. Do a puzzle, learn simple origami, play Memory, or do a crosswords puzzle. Not only are these games entertaining they also help improve one’s memory. 


4. Visit a virtual museum

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While museums may be closed physically, many museums have opted to offer virtual tours. With a couple clicks, seniors can travel to The Louvre in Paris, the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, or a wide variety of other museums. Whatever art speaks to you, there are a variety of virtual museum tours to choose from. Check out the full list of museums with free virtual tours


5. Have a movie night

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While most movie theaters are closed, your home theater is always open and ready for your watching. Whether you are by yourself or with your spouse, movie night can be a fun activity to plan. Turn down the lights and break out your favorite theater snacks like popcorn and candy and pick your favorite movie, or if you feel inclined, watch a new movie. 


Additional resources:

Worried you or someone you care about might get depression from being isolated during COVID-19? Read our 10 Ways to Help Prevent Depression in Seniors for tips and additional activity ideas.