With the cold season upon us, you might not have that same desire to step outside of your Northern Alberta retirement community and do activities like you used to during the Summer. It may actually be beneficial for seniors to spend time indoors so they don’t catch a cold or the seasonal flu. The good thing is that you don’t have to worry about having limited options, as there are many ways you can have fun indoors, whether you want to do these activities by yourself or with a friend.

Here are 5 fun indoor activities for seniors at a Northern Alberta retirement community: 

Arts and crafts

If you are looking for a new hobby to occupy yourself with, arts and crafts could be a great start to figure out what you are good at. Whether you consider yourself to be an artsy person or not, you can always have fun working on an art project. There are many different types of arts and crafts you can do whether it’s creating a scrapbook, painting, or even a DIY (Do It Yourself) project that you can display in your retirement suite at Emerald Gardens retirement residence.  

Indoor exercises

Do you miss how active you used to be during the warmer months? Despite you not doing too many exercises outside, it is still crucial that you perform some sort of movement that can loosen up your muscles and get your heart rate up. There are also many exercises you can perform that don’t require you to use equipment. For seniors living in a Northern Alberta retirement home, it’s recommended that you start off with light exercises such as yoga, stretches, and walks, and build yourself up from there. 

Watch a documentary 

Sometimes all you want to do is lounge around and relax in one spot, so why not watch a documentary that aligns with your interests? Not only do documentaries provide you with an opportunity to understand and connect with the world around you, but it’s also a great way to engage with important issues. If you happen to watch a documentary with someone, you can have great conversations about the topic, and ultimately broaden your perspective.

Read a book

You may be tempted to go on your electronic devices more often now that you are spending more time indoors, but sometimes it’s best to refrain from additional screen time. Instead you can cuddle up in your bed or sofa and read a good book. Reading about a genre that interests you will help you stay focused as time quickly flies when you are immersed in your choice of reading material. Although there are many e-books available, nothing beats the feeling of a physical copy if you are able to get your hands on one.

Make new friends

It’s completely natural to feel a bit out of place when you are new to a retirement community in Northern Alberta especially when those around you all seem like they are more acquainted with the environment. A great way to feel more comfortable is to connect with the other residents and staff members at Emerald Gardens Retirement Residence. Learning about someone new doesn’t have to be difficult, especially when there are many opportunities you can take advantage of. You can make new friends while you’re enjoying your meal, taking a walk, or even participating in a recreational activity.

If you’re looking to find the right seniors community in Northern Alberta, for you or a loved one, book a tour at Emerald Gardens Retirement Residence today! Contact pedwards@ppsl.com or call 780-539-5538 today to learn more. We look forward to getting to know you!