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15 Activities for Seniors with Limited Mobility
With age come conditions like arthritis and injuries that can limit mobility. Seniors with limited mobility may find it challenging to do some of the things they once did, but that doesn’t mean they can’t have fun, engaging in activities and hobbies that enhance their quality of life.
There are many ways to have fun, boost your mood, stay healthy and fit, and socialize without needing to move around a lot. If you or your senior loved one find yourself less mobile, try these 15 activities.
Pick up an instrument, read about music history, learn to play a new instrument, or sing along to your favorite songs. Music has the power to reduce pain, stress, and anxiety. Plus, it’s great for helping to improve memory.
2. Art and Crafts
Get creative. Make a photo scrapbook of your favorite trips or family memories. Draw, paint, color, or write. Exploring arts and crafts isn’t just a fun way to spend your time—it promotes better health and wellness, too.
While gardening can be straining on the body, there are many ways for seniors with limited mobility to adapt. You can raise garden beds to waist level or consider smaller, indoor gardens. Plant herbs for cooking in smaller containers.
Reading is a great way to keep the mind active and engaged. Immerse yourself in a compelling story or learn about an interesting new topic. Join a book club or reading group to socialize and discuss with others. If you have vision trouble, buy or borrow an audiobook from the library.
5. Games and Puzzles
Brain fitness is just as important for seniors as physical fitness. Activities like chess, quizzes, word searches, classic card games, and more stimulate the brain, plus they can be fun, rewarding, and interactive. Play with friends or family members or join a bridge or games club.
6. Chair Exercise
With just a few modifications, you can stay fit and exercise with limited mobility. Consider chair exercises focusing on the upper body like lifting light weights. Chair yoga or light stretching is good for the mind and body, too. Plus, you can do this on your own without instruction.
7. Group Exercise Classes
Senior living communities like Grand Oaks offer group exercise classes tailored to seniors’ health and mobility needs. Stay fit and socialize with others during Tai Chi, gentle yoga, and more. Be sure to talk to your doctor before starting a new exercise routine. Check out our physical activities here.
8. Walking Clubs
Depending on your ability, walking is one of the best outdoor activities for seniors. However, if you have limited mobility, follow your doctor’s orders, do not walk alone, bring along a walking aid or assistive device if you need one, and do not push yourself too hard.
You’ve likely spent a lot of time caring for others, but senior self-care is just as important—even more so with limited mobility. Try a therapeutic or gentle massage, depending on your body’s needs. Massage relieves muscle tension, boosts the immune system, and helps you feel more relaxed.
Water aerobics or swimming are low-impact and perfect for seniors with limited mobility. Water makes it easier to move your body and improves stamina, which is especially great for seniors with back or joint pain. Plus, water aerobics classes are fun and a great way to socialize.
11. Spend Time with Friends and Family
Invite a good friend or family over for coffee or dinner rather than going to their home. Or better yet, explore one of your new activities from this list with them. Reconnect and reminisce without extending too much physical activity. If you can’t visit a loved one in person, video chat or write and mail a letter.
12. Go Outside
Nature does wonders for the mind and body. You can even tailor your outside activities to your body’s unique needs. For example, instead of taking a long nature walk, visit a park and sit on the bench viewing the scenery. Bring a book and sit outside on a nice fall day.
Playing with pets is a great way to reduce stress and brighten your day. When a friend or family member visits, encourage them to bring their dog along. Or, if your senior living community has a therapy dog, schedule visits often.
Mindful meditation is excellent for your overall mental health and well-being. It’s a therapeutic activity that doesn’t require much movement. You can sit or lie in a quiet place like your bed or sofa, breathe deeply, and focus on managing stress and promoting calmness. You can download mindfulness apps on your phone to bring the meditation to your fingertips, when and where you need it.
15. Cooking or Baking
With limited mobility, some seniors can’t go out to eat as often, but that doesn’t mean you should give up your love of food. You likely have a family favorite you haven’t made in a while. Or why not try a new recipe? Grand Oaks offers cooking groups, perfect for seniors with limited mobility.