During winter the days get shorter and the nights get colder. Many seniors become homebound until the temperatures begin to rise into spring. It is still important for seniors to get fresh air and exercise even in the winter weather, and to find indoor activities to occupy their time.
Whether the temperatures are too cold, or the roads are too slippery, there are plenty of fun indoor winter activities for seniors. Here is a short list to get you started:
- Indoor hobby- You can pull out some knitting needles or crochet hooks to create some fun items and gifts for your friends and family.
- Join a book club- If you can get out on a nicer day, you may want to look into joining a local book club. It is a fun way to pass a cold afternoon sitting around enjoying a good book with friends.
- Go shopping- A mall provides a great space for exercise and you can invite a friend to go walking with you and shopping is always fun!
- Invite other seniors- You can have a games or music night. Everyone can bring games or a musical instrument they can play and have a fun afternoon or evening of conversation and entertainment. You can play a weekly or monthly day to have fun.
- Start a large jigsaw puzzle- Get a puzzle and work on putting it together
- Learn a new skill- You can working on learning a new skill such as how to use a computer or create a profile on social media networks.
- Teach others a skill- You can teach others crafts and skills that you are good at. It will pass the time and give you a way to help others out.
- Exercise- You can buy some exercise DVD’s that allow you to stretch, lift weights and do aerobics to stay in shape until you can get back outside in the spring. You could also find dance classes and events for seniors in your area.
When You Do Go Outside
When the sun is shining, it can be tempting to go outside even if it is cold. Here are some tips to let you enjoy the outdoors in cold weather and still remain safe.
- Dress in layers to keep warm.
- Let someone know you will be outside. It can be a quick phone call to your family, friends or a neighbor. Make sure to let them know how long you will be outside and call them when you return so they know you are safe.
- Do not go too far from home or stay outside for more than a few minutes at a time.
- Ask your homecare services caregiver, if you have one to join you for a winter walk.
- Wear boots with skid-proof soles and dress in layers to keep warm.
- Wear a hat and gloves to keep you warm and do not wait until you are cold to go back inside.
Spending a short time outdoors in the winter is beneficial for active seniors as long as they are careful and think about their safety. So think about things that interest you and have some fun even in this cold, bone chilling weather.