Family Activities for Seniors and the Rest of the Family
You can never go wrong with a classic board game. Before the advent of computers, smartphones, and video game consoles, board games, and card games were great ways to play together. Best of all, these games do not require electricity or multiple gadgets– just you, some friends, and a bit of imagination.
Adults and seniors may take this as an opportunity to pass down their old pastimes and hobbies to their children and grandchildren. For example, many competitive chess players were first introduced to the game by their parents or grandparents. These games require a strategy that keeps the mind sharp, for both the young and old.
However, some board games may not be suitable for very young children. The small pieces are a choking hazard while some game mechanics may be difficult for them to understand. Check the box for the recommended ages and number of players needed.
A family that plays together, stays together. Doing sports or other physical activities together has several benefits. First, it burns calories and gets the heart pumping which improves physical health. Next, sports offer a chance to be competitive and can serve as an opportunity to build skills and self-esteem. Lastly, many sports can accommodate an entire family or two different households.
Sports are one of the best family activities for seniors to engage their minds and body. However, not all sports are suitable for the elderly. If there is a history of fall, injury, or heart problems, vigorous activity may not be the best option. Avoid sports that require a fast pace, heavy objects, or contact (e.g. tackling or hitting).