Regardless of age, we all have similar wants and needs. And those needs don’t necessarily change over time. Even as we grow older, our desire to connect, explore, learn, and have fun never fades.
There’s a reason for that: Rich experiences—particularly enjoyed with others—make this life worth living.
Unfortunately, along with the infinite wisdom that comes with age, a variety of potential struggles also come. Limited mobility, low energy, and even memory loss can dramatically affect our ability to participate in certain activities.
But that doesn’t mean we stop. It doesn’t mean we can’t still have fun.
So, let’s suppose you’re responsible for the care of an aging adult and you’re struggling to come up with fun, engaging senior activities. In Minneapolis, though, there’s a lot going on.
And you already know activities for assisted living residents do much more than just pass the time—they help seniors lead healthier, happier lives.
So let’s discuss your options and outline the best senior activities in Minneapolis.
Find Opportunities to Move
Why is it important for older adults to exercise? That’s a good question. And the answer is simple and direct. Much like our desire for fun, the importance of proper fitness never fades. In fact, the benefits of physical activity are pretty remarkable, ranging from increased cognitive function and physical mobility to decreased mortality rates—especially when it comes to heart disease.
But what level of exercise is appropriate—and what types of exercise are best?
The good news is that most senior communities in Minnesota make fitness fun and accessible, prioritizing exercise in their programming. Even better, regardless of physical ability, there’s something for everyone.
Here’s a list of various exercises (that you can do anywhere) and their benefits:
- Chair Exercises
Chair exercises, a series of physical movements performed while seated on a chair with back support, are an excellent option for frail seniors who are at risk of falling or have limited mobility. These exercises increase strength and flexibility, improve blood circulation, and help build muscle.
- Yoga (Chair Yoga)
Yoga is all about healing the mind, body, and spirit. It’s an excellent way for older adults to push themselves physically without going overboard. Over time, it’s been shown to reduce anxiety, help lower blood pressure, protect joints, and build strength and balance.
- Meditation & Tai Chi
The calming effects of meditation are almost impossible to dismiss. And the potential physical and psychological benefits for older adults, including better focus, less stress, and improved sleep, make medtiation and/or Tai Chi one of the most rewarding senior activities.
It might surprise you that one of the best senior activities (in Minneapolis or otherwise) could be as simple as walking. But it’s true. Mainly because the benefits are tough to beat. Just 30 minutes of walking each day can improve heart health, lower blood sugar, and boost mental health.
Enjoy the Best of Minneapolis
We’ve covered a number of senior activities that are fun and beneficial regardless of state lines or geography. So now it’s time to talk about some unique activities for seniors that are particularly enjoyable in Minneapolis.
The best part about these activities is that there’s something for everyone—history buffs, art lovers, sports fanatics, and low-key introverts.
And they all rejuvenate the mind, body, and spirit in one way or another:
- Historic Main Street Tour
We all know the present has a way of shaping the future in ways that are difficult to imagine. And when we look back, we see specific moments in time for what they truly were. The Historic Main Street Tour gives senior participants an opportunity to look back on where we’ve all been as a community and see noteworthy landmarks such as Our Lady of Lourdes Church, the Morrison Building, the 1855 Upton Block and 1858 Martin.
- Summit Avenue Walking Tour
This is a chance for older adults to immerse themselves in history and learn about the people who built the city around them. Architectural marvels from the Gilded-Age line the streets, which are nothing short of majestic. The sights, the sounds, the experience…this is an activity most anyone would enjoy.
For older adults who enjoy a little healthy competition, Curling is a great option. It’s one of those sports that’s simple enough to pick up at any age, yet challenging enough to keep players fully engaged. And it’s not just a seasonal sport—many leagues play all year-round.
Senior Activities at The Moments
At The Moments, we specialize in Memory Care, so we understand just how important it is to keep older adults struggling with Alzheimer’s or dementia fully engaged.
That’s why our more independent residents are encouraged to join The Moments Adventure Club.
It’s an opportunity for residents to enjoy weekly activities that give them the freedom to explore and learn outside the walls of our facility.
As safety is always a top priority, we provide dedicated care staff to support each event.
If you’re considering bringing in an extra level of support to care for your loved one, we can help.
Contact us today to learn more.