Ask a senior the first thing they think of when they hear the name “Chubby Checker,” and they’ll quickly respond, “The Twist!” Some of them will even start dancing as they remember this very popular song from the 1950s. 

Most seniors love to re-visit the “good old days.” They enjoy the happy memories of being active during their youth. Ask them what they remember most about growing up, and you’ll get a fascinating variety of responses. But, you’ll find a common denominator – they were having the most fun when they were active.

Unfortunately, for many seniors, being active is past history, not a current event. Some seniors can’t physically participate in activities requiring mobility, but many can – and want to. If you have a senior who can “get physical,” here are five surprisingly fun ways for them to stay active.

1. Play Pickleball

For seniors that loved to play badminton and/or tennis, pickleball is an activity that is enjoyed by millions of seniors across the U.S.

If you’re not familiar with pickleball, it’s easy to learn. The game is played on a badminton-sized court with players hitting a soft ball back and forth, with the objective being not to hit it out of bounds. It doesn’t have to be played strenuously to be enjoyed, and seniors can enjoy playing with their friends or new friends.

The cost of entry is minimal. The only things that need to be purchased are a paddle and a ball. Many seniors find it addicting!

2. Dance, Dance, Dance!

Dancing is something most active seniors enjoy. They have fun trying out old dance moves they used to do in their youth. They may not still be able to do the Jitterbug, but they can “move and groove” gently as they listen to old favorites.

Many seniors love to take dance lessons. They get to learn or re-visit different dance moves, and they often make new friends when they have group lessons. Comfortable shoes and the desire to have fun are all they need to jump in.

3. Get a Pet

Walking is one of the best ways for seniors to stay active. Walking a dog is a motivator that gets seniors out of the house, and walking is a lot more fun with a four-legged friend.

People with pets walk more regularly than those that don’t, and their walks are longer in duration. This activity keeps their joints moving, even for people with arthritis or other conditions that don’t allow them to engage in more strenuous activity.

4. Go For a Dip in the Pool

Swimming gently works their entire body. Even seniors with limited mobility can enjoy the pool. They may not be able to swim laps, but they can enjoy water exercises. Many community centers offer classes for seniors. It’s great for their heart health, and it works the muscles for improved strength and tone.

5. Take a Hike

Yes, this activity can be a bit more strenuous, but it doesn’t have to be. Many trails are flat, and some of them are even paved. It’s a great way for seniors to enjoy nature and get some fresh air. But, of course, they should “buddy-up” and always go with a friend or family member.

We Can Help Seniors Stay Active

The caregivers at Epsilon Home Based Quality Care treat seniors with respect and compassion. We only hire those that have a passion for helping aging adults stay at home and enjoy their lives. Contact us today. We’d love to schedule a free consultation and answer any questions you have. We’ll be happy to help.