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Things Seniors Can Do To Stay Active And Busy

Updated on July 7, 2015

I am not elderly or a senior citizen, but I have volunteered and worked with the elderly for quite a few years. I have learned a lot from senior citizens through watching, observing and speaking with them. One thing that saddens me to hear is that some elderly people become depressed, lonely, and/or bored with life.

Staying active and busy may help to prevent feelings of being lonely, bored, depressed or being dissatisfied with life. By becoming more active, you may find that you have more energy to do more things. If you are a senior citizen, here are some ways that you can stay active and busy and possibly make new friendships.


If you feel capable of doing this, it would be very rewarding for you to volunteer in your spare time. There are many nursing homes, retirement communities, hospitals and animal shelters that could use the help of a volunteer. It may be a nice idea to make new friends by going to a local nursing home and visiting those who are lonely.


In some local newspapers, there are listings for senior citizen clubs and outings. You could get together with a group of other seniors and go on a bus trip to a casino, comedy show or other type of outing. It is a good way to get out and meet new people while enjoying some fun and entertainment.


It may be a good idea to move to a retirement community where there are many activities for you to join. I have an uncle who is a widow and lives alone. Since he has been living in a retirement community, he is now active and has made many new friends. He is enjoying his busy life and does not feel as lonely anymore.


If you are able to move around well, how about taking up a sport such as tennis, golf or bowling? It would help keep you moving and give you some good exercise. Playing a sport may also be good for both mental and physical health.


Did you ever want to learn how to knit or crochet but you never did? How about learning how to speak another language, maybe a language from your own heritage? A cooking class may be good for those who wish to learn new recipes and ways of cooking. You are never too old to learn something new. Learning helps to keep your mind occupied. You could do an online search to look for classes in your area for anything that may interest you to learn more about. You may acquire some new skills that will help keep you busy throughout the day.


Pick up a crossword or puzzle book and start doing some mind games to sharpen your memory and keep yourself occupied. Doing a jigsaw puzzle is also a good way to keep your mind active. You could buy a scenic jigsaw puzzle, finish it and frame it, then hang it up on your wall for display.


It is good for you to spend time with people and socialize, especially your friends. Invite your friends over for a game of cards or for a nice home cooked meal. Keep your friendships alive by doing activities together and calling to check up on each other. It is always nice to have a good laugh with friends and to recall some good memories that you have shared together.


If you are married or have a significant other in your life, go on a date! Go see a movie, go out to dinner, play miniature golf together. Going on dates is a great way to keep your relationship alive and create more good memories with your partner.

If you are single and do not have a partner, but you are interested in dating, you may want to join a singles group or use an online dating website specifically for seniors. AARP offers an online dating website at You may have to join AARP first and become a member before using their dating service.


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