Although spring is on its way, we still have a few more weeks of winter left. There is still time to find inventive ways to keep yourself busy and entertained while staying indoors, hiding from the cold and gloomy weather.
If you or someone you love is a senior, you may also live with mobility issues that prevent you from getting outside — especially when there is snow on the ground and it’s slippery.
However, neither weather nor mobility issues should prevent anyone from having a good time. Read on to discover activities for seniors that can be enjoyed inside — in the comfort of your own home!
Arts and Crafts — Decorative Easter Eggs
You might not believe that there is an artistic bone in your body, but you’d be surprised how much fun it is to unwind with arts and crafts, and how proud you’ll feel to hold a self-made finished product.
Easter is this month, so why not decorate Easter eggs for you or your family? Easter egg decorations can get a little messy, so make sure you or your family member’s trusted Caregiver from a home healthcare agency such as Integracare is there to help clean up any paint or dye spills.
The first step is to hard-boil your eggs. Put them in a pot with water, uncovered, and let it come to a boil. Place the cover on the pot, turn down the heat to low, and let them sit for ten minutes.
You’ll need some plastic containers, white vinegar, and your favourite shades of food colouring — maybe people like to stick with traditional pastels such as baby blue or lavender.
Afterwards, once they’re cool and dry, you can start decorating. Place old newspapers down on the surface of the table you’ll be working on and follow these steps to dye:
- Fill containers with a mixture of enough water to cover the egg, a teaspoon of white vinegar, and about 20 drops of food colouring. The more food colouring you add, the darker the colour of the egg will be.
- Place egg on a slotted or regular spoon and immerse in the container, turning occasionally so both sides get colour. Keep in liquid for up to 5 minutes, leave in longer for a darker hue.
- Remove the egg carefully and set aside to dry.
Once all of your eggs have dried, you’ll have a lovely array of Easter eggs to show your grandchildren, friends, or as decorative pieces to brighten up your home.
Puzzles and Games
Puzzles and games are a great way to pass the time indoors because it activates the brain’s problem-solving skills. You can find puzzles specifically designed for seniors at most bookstores — these have larger pieces for those with declining vision.
Crossword puzzles and Sudoku are also lively indoor activities. These are handy because they’re usually found in the morning newspaper, so seniors can easily access them every day. They also engage in critical thinking skills, which help seniors engage and maintain crucial brain functioning.
Being inside can be just as fun as going outside, if not more exciting! You just need some creativity and the right tools.