A dangerous pitfall easy to fall victim to when growing older is stagnation. Some seniors may be feeling bored with their lives or simply don’t have an interest in trying new things.
At The Pillars Senior Living, your mental well-being is as important to us as your physical health. We’ve compiled a list of creative activities for seniors to help brighten your days and reinvigorate your mind.
1. Photo Collaging
The first art project perfect for seniors is making a photo collage! It’s not just fun and engaging, it’s a great way to spark conversations about memorable people you’ve met and places you’ve been throughout your life.
You can experiment with making a scrapbook full of themed pages or a poster board to hang on your wall. Make sure you have extra copies of all the photos you decide to use!
2. Finger Painting
It might sound like an art project for the younger generation, but finger painting can be a fun and easy activity for seniors to exercise their creative muscles.
- You don’t have to worry about dealing with brushes, pencils, or pastels
- Finger painting is one of the more forgivable styles of art – perfect for those who are just tapping into their creative skills
For those dealing with arthritis or other health issues that may make fine motor actions challenging, easily squeezable bottles of finger paint can work wonders.
3. Decorating Flower Pots
What better way to celebrate spring and spark your creativity than by making the indoors match the outdoors? Our next craft activity for seniors that we recommend is decorating flower pots.
- Start by picking a type of succulent or flower that flourishes in an indoor environment, like the kalanchoe or peace lily
- Next, decorate your plant’s pot with paint, stick-on decals, or even nail polish
4. Join a Book Club
Getting lost in a world of fiction is sure to fire up your creative energy. Whether you’re a fan of horror, mystery, science fiction, or romance, you’re sure to find a group that enjoys your preferred genre. You can even listen to audiobooks with services like Audible if you want to enjoy your story while walking or exercising.
What are some other creative ideas for seniors to stay healthy?
Now that we covered 4 craft activities for seniors that prioritize mental well-being, what about activities catered to physical well-being?
Check out our blog on why cardio exercise has amazing benefits for seniors!