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5 Indoor Activities For Seniors

Spending time outdoors is wonderful, but sometimes life encourages us to be inside for one reason or another. The good news is that there are so many ways to get creative and enjoy time inside through stimulating activities. 

Here are five of our favorite indoor activities for seniors!

Chair Exercises

Staying physically active is beneficial for our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health. Stuck inside? You don’t need fancy gym equipment. All you need is a chair! 

Check out this awesome guide that includes 21 chair exercises you can try right now.

Video Chatting With Loved Ones

If you can’t physically be with your loved ones the next best thing is video chatting with them! Thankfully, our technology makes this very possible and we have multiple options when choosing how we’d like to interact with family and friends.

For example, consumer software solutions, like Facetime and Zoom, allow the user to video chat on mobile devices such as smartphones, laptops and tablets. Sometimes using these devices can be challenging if you’re new to them due to smaller screens, software updates, and extensive coordination with family members. 

Another option is using technology that turns your television into an engagement platform. These are not free like other systems, but are simple and easy to use. Family members can connect to the platform through any of their devices as well.

Explore Your Creativity

Do you remember constantly creating as a child? Being indoors is the perfect chance to reconnect with your inner child and have some fun creating! Grab some colored pencils, watercolors, markers, paper, and whatever else feels fitting and explore your creativity. This isn’t something you have to take seriously, so don’t worry about the end result. Getting in touch with your creativity is a great way to express yourself and remember what it’s like to feel joyful and curious. 

Self-Care Practices

There’s never a bad time for self-care! 

Treat yourself by spending the day pampering yourself as if you were at a spa. This could mean taking a luxurious bath, doing a foot soak, giving yourself a manicure or pedicure, reading a book, or whatever else makes you feel relaxed and taken care of. 

Learn Something New About a Topic of Interest

When you’re indoors this is the perfect time to dive deep into a topic of interest and teach yourself something new. Is there something you’ve always wanted to learn more about? Now is the chance to research, read, and discover new information. Perhaps you will even develop a new skill or hobby. 

For more indoor activities check out this article. 

Which activity would you try? 

Let us know in the comments!


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  • Our guests use the video chat and photo and message sharing features of Independa to stay connected with their families. In fact this week we admitted a guest who has a daughter in Georgia and another in Italy. I spoke with the daughter about how to share photos and messages and to make video calls from her Independa device, and later went to see the guest about how it was going. She said to me “Kelly this video chat is so cool! I don’t care how long I have to be in here now because I can see my daughters!” It’s just amazing to see one of our guests be able to connect with a loved one all the way from Italy!

    Kelly Miles, Director of Rec Therapy
  • You don’t need to keep calling me now to remind me, my TV just told me to take my medication!

    93 Year Old Independa User
  • I love that Dad can get digital photos now. He didn’t want a Facebook account so the only time he would see any photos was when we came over to visit and we’d show him on our iPhone. Now he gets them himself on the TV all the time, and when people come to visit him he proudly shows them his photo album on the TV.

    USA Properties
  • I’ve been using video chat and it has opened up my world – my family who live close by still visit once a week, but now I get to see them every day. I also get to see the rest of the family who live interstate and can’t come to visit. I also video chat with old friends who I haven’t seen for years. It has made such a big difference to my life, I don’t feel isolated anymore. I highly recommend this to other people; it really does change your life.

    USA Properties
  • I live in California, my 80 year-old dad lives in Texas and my 21 year-old daughter lives in Colorado. My daughter spends all her time on social media using her smart phone, whereas my dad spends all his time watching TV, he doesn’t understand social media and doesn’t have a smart phone. Independa is great because not only does it bring us closer despite the geographical distance between us, it bridges the gap between the generations because it uses the technology they are most comfortable with.

    USA Properties
  • We use the video chat feature in the resident’s TV to get the entire circle of care together at once; we will have the nurse and the physical therapist in the room with the resident, and we will then video call their family. That way everyone who is involved in their care gets the same message at the same time and can ask questions while we are present so there is no confusion. One time when we were working with a deaf resident, we were able to arrange for her daughter to sign via video chat and translate what we were saying and the questions her mother had; it made such a huge difference.

    Wellbridge at Brighton
  • My dad was on the Honor Flight to DC today. An amazing trip for a veteran. I was able to meet him at the Korean War Memorial. He is a Korean War veteran. I was able to send pictures of the entire experience to my mom at home throughout the day. Mom was thrilled, and when my dad gets home he has all the pictures from his trip on his TV and can even play a slideshow. Amazing!!! Thank you!

    Kendal At Home
  • Video chat on the TV is great! I was using FaceTime on my iPad to see the grandkids and I thought that was the greatest thing, but seeing them all on the big TV is truly incredible, it’s like they are in the room with me. I love it!

    USA Properties
  • When Lillian broke her hip a week before her Grandson’s wedding, she and the family were broken hearted because they thought she would have to miss this very special day. Thankfully, she had chosen Wellbridge of Brighton for her short-term rehab. “I’m going to my Grandson’s wedding” she proudly told the staff as she received the video call through her TV and was instantly ‘seated’ in the front row for the ceremony!

    Wellbridge of Brighton
  • I travel a lot for work. I used to worry myself sick about not being able to be there if Mom needed me. She says the smartphone I got her is too small, too complicated, and hard to see, but she loves using Independa. Now she can see all her shows and we can video chat so I can make sure she’s taking her medicine. It’s such a relief to check in anytime and know she’s OK.

    Laura P.