Suitable activities for seniors in nursing homes include crafts, visits from volunteers with animals, puzzles, and a variety of board games, card games and mind games. Playing with or petting an animal ranks as one of the most popular and soothing activities for seniors.
Seniors may also enjoy a variety of craft kits that vary by season and holiday. Valentine crafts on Valentine’s Day, Easter crafts, Thanksgiving crafts and Christmas crafts keep seniors from getting bored and provide a way to celebrate the holiday.
Animals provide therapeutic benefits for seniors, and even the most shy enjoy a visit from a soft, furry creature. Dogs, cats, rabbits, and guinea pigs all make good options, but a visitor must check with a nursing home before bringing in any animal, as some residents may have serious allergies.
Popular with many seniors, puzzles offer an opportunity for boosting cognitive function and assisting with problem-solving skills. A suitable puzzle presents a challenge, but not to the point where the difficulty may frustrate seniors. Painting also remains a popular activity with seniors because it provides an outlet for artistic ability and creativity. Board games and card games are always a hit. Whatever the choice, providing variety by changing things up every once in a while helps maintain a senior's interest.