5 Enjoyable Winter Activities for Seniors
While there’s nothing wrong with playing your favorite card games, it’s still nice to add variety to your cold-weather routine. Winter is the perfect time to explore new ways to have fun, stay active and enjoy the season.
If you’re looking for ideas to stay cozy and spice up your routine, try these five winter activities for seniors that are sure to keep you entertained until warmer weather arrives.
1. Bundle Up and Get Outside
Colder temperatures and snowy days don’t mean you should lock yourself indoors. Getting outside, even for just a few minutes, can do wonders for your mental and physical health. Put on your warmest winter gear and choose a day to safely explore the outdoors.
You can take a long walk to enjoy the scenery in your community or bundle up for winter birdwatching. The holiday season is a wonderful time to schedule a horse-drawn carriage ride with your friends and family or build a snowman with your grandkids.
One of the many ways residents at Blakehurst get a breath of fresh air during winter months is by taking their canine companion to our dog park. Your four-legged family member can stretch their legs while you get a quick dose of sunshine.
2. Unleash Your Creativity
There’s no better time to unleash your creativity than winter. Knitting, quilting or crocheting make great indoor activities. If you know a fashion-forward teen, try your hand at knitting the latest trends like bucket hats, oversized sweaters and floral cardigans. You can also quilt a cozy blanket and donate it to charity.
Sketching and coloring are two great ways to instantly activate your creativity, and the supplies won’t make a mess or take up much space. Plus, these are two winter activities that are fun for all ages and skill levels.
At Blakehurst, we have an art studio and gallery where residents find space to indulge in creative pursuits and meet other people who also have a passion for art. Residents also enjoy activities and programs like Stitch and Chat, trips to local museums, movie nights, and a community chorus group.
3. Refine Your Culinary Skills
Have you ever wanted to bake delicate macarons or cook the perfect consommé? Refining your culinary skills is one of our favorite winter activities for seniors. It’s definitely a favorite with Blakehurst residents, especially since each of our independent living floor plans features a full kitchen.
You can choose to take a deep dive into a single dish by learning its history and mastering the technique it takes to create it, cook your way around the world by choosing dishes from other countries, or have a bake-off with your friends. Try a new cooking tool or appliance by swapping those in your kitchen collecting dust with one from a friend or family member.
Whether you create a delectable dish or accidentally make something not so tasty, our dining venues always offer something to suit your tastes. Menu items are prepared fresh daily with seasonal ingredients from local farmers and fishermen whenever possible. Our resident Dining Committee works with our culinary team and dietician to ensure menus are as healthy as they are delicious.
4. Enroll in a Continuing Education Course
While it’s important to get outside during winter, you’ll still be spending plenty of time indoors. What better way to pass the hours than by engaging your brain and learning something new. Winter terms at universities often feature an abundance of online courses, which means you can learn something you’re passionate about on your own time.
You don’t have to take a formal education course to learn something new. Winter is an excellent time to take advantage of the latest technology. Become an expert at making video calls, download an app that teaches you a foreign language, or learn how to use your phone to take high-quality photos.
At our senior independent living community in Towson, MD, we offer a variety of ways to work on intellectual wellness. Brain games, book clubs, educational seminars, and Osher Lifelong Learning classes through Johns Hopkins University are just some of the many ways Blakehurst residents stay sharp.
5. Work on Your Winter Workout Routine
One of the best winter activities for seniors is finding a workout routine that motivates you to leave the comfort of your couch and keep moving. Yoga, stationary bikes, resistance bands, bowling, and tai chi are all great ways to get 150 minutes of moderate physical activity each week recommended by the CDC.
If you have young grandchildren, pushing a stroller around the mall, building an indoor pillow fort, playing a video fitness game together, or having a dance party can add a lot of fun and physical activity to your day.
Convenient access to an active lifestyle is a big benefit of senior living communities. For example, our community features a heated indoor pool, a fully equipped fitness center to create a customized routine, fitness classes for those who enjoy working out in a group, and a Jacuzzi to help warm up and soothe sore muscles after a long workout.
Find All You Need Under One Roof and a Community Built Around You at Blakehurst
At our senior living community, you’ll find abundant ways to pursue your interests, explore new opportunities and live each day to the fullest. To arrange a personal visit and experience premier senior living for yourself at Blakehurst, call us at 410-441-5996 or contact our residency counselors online.