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February 01, 2022

7 Indoor Activities For Seniors This Winter

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February can be one of the hardest months of the year, because it’s cold and dreary. It’s not uncommon for seniors to experience seasonal affective disorder during the winter months due to the lack of sunlight hours and outdoor time. One of the best ways to combat the winter blues is by keeping your loved one busy. By planning indoor activities ahead of time, your senior will have something to look forward to until Spring arrives. 

Not sure what kind of activities you should plan? It might be worth looking into senior companion care services during the winter months to help you plan and execute fun opportunities over the coming months. A senior companion can keep your loved one company as well as facilitate their independence. They can accompany your loved one to different places during the hours that you work, giving you peace of mind all while allowing your loved one the opportunity to safely get out of the house this winter. Being 24-hour caregivers is a lot of work and planning, so here are some simple and fun indoor winter activities for your senior that they’ll not only enjoy, but look forward to each week. 

“Finding indoor activities that keep your loved one active during the winter months is an important aspect of our professional in-home care services. We would love to discuss options that best suit you and your family’s needs for this coming season.”

  • Heather Redfield, Care Manager

1. Craft Valentine’s Day cards.

February 14 is Valentine’s Day! Celebrate the love you have for your friends and family by making individual Valentine’s Day Cards for everyone. Sure, you could go to the store and pick cards out, but to pass the time it’s more fun to personalize each from scratch. It doesn’t matter how they look, it’s the thought that counts! Buy construction paper in different colors, grab some heart shaped stamps from your local craft store, splurge on markers, and most importantly enjoy making something for others. When you’re done, you can either mail them out or hand deliver them to loved ones and friends. 

2. Visit an indoor botanical garden.

One of the benefits of having a senior companion is that your senior can get out of the house even when you’re unavailable to take them places. What’s better during the winter than being around tropical, lush plants? Spend an afternoon walking around an indoor botanical garden, like Volunteer Park Conservatory. If you’re not feeling up for walking, simply hang out on a bench and take in all of the greenery. Rain, snow, or shine, spending time with plants inside is a nice reminder that Spring is just around the corner. 

3. Share family videos with an In-Home Service Care professional.

If you’re stuck inside, take a trip down memory lane. Get out all of your old photo albums or  family videos to relive moments with your favorite people. If you haven’t gone through and written dates and descriptions on the back of your pictures, now is a great time. That way generations to come will know exactly what they’re looking at. Whether it becomes a winter project or just a one-day activity, your in-home service care worker can help your loved one with the undertaking.

4. Learn something new for Black History Month.

February is Black History Month! No matter what your age, you can always learn something new. Pick up a book, like Black Inventors, Crafting Over 200 Years of Success by Keith C. Holmes and read about a black inventor every day during February. If you want, you can even make an informal reading club with your grandkids if you buy them Black Inventors: 15 Inventions that Changed the World by Kathy Trusty. You’ll have a great winter read and be carving out family time. 

5. Break out a favorite board game.

Board games and card games are timeless! Some of the instructions of the games nowadays can be a little difficult to follow, so stick to the classics, unless you’re feeling adventurous. Playing Dominos, UNO, Chutes and Ladders, or other classic card games is a great way to reduce your screen time and boost your social interactions. May the best player win! 

6. Have your own puzzle printed.

Puzzles are a great indoor activity for seniors. Putting puzzles together enhances fine motor skills, concentration and problem solving. There are so many ways you can have your own puzzles printed through online services. Pick one of your favorite family photos, have a puzzle printed with the image, and then piece together a cherished memory. When you're done, you can have your puzzle framed!

7. Try a new recipe.


Cooking and baking are the best because you get to enjoy the fruits of your labor! Each week, pick out a new recipe that sounds delicious, gather your ingredients and do your best to recreate the dish. Get creative and take on culinary challenges. If something doesn’t turn out right, you can always order pizza! Cooking and baking are great activities to pass the time during winter, because it’s about the process which for many can be stress-reducing and meditative. Bon Appetit!