Activity for elderly to engage the mind

Posted by Bill @bilton, Aug 31, 2019

My father is 88 yrs old. He has limited mobility and some time gets a little confused. We live in a small town with limited resources or activities. He is mainly at home and watches TV most of the day. His doctor suggested he find some activities he can do during the day to keep his mind engaged, such as chess, checkers, games, puzzles, ect. I know he can’t play chess and since he is at home most of the time limited social contact. Does anyone has and age appropriate suggestions, ideas,website, resources or activities he can do ?

Rummikub or Sequence are good games to consider. Word Search puzzles also might be helpful.

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@dwicks Is your dad computer literate? My dad passed at age 96, in 2012, and was on his computer to the very last couple of weeks. He did a lot of internet surfing, always learning, and playing games on it. Check with the area he lives in to see if there is a group who will come to your dad, and bring board games or even teach him chess. Does he play a musical instrument, or want to learn? Can you make that happen?
Ginger

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@gingerw

@dwicks Is your dad computer literate? My dad passed at age 96, in 2012, and was on his computer to the very last couple of weeks. He did a lot of internet surfing, always learning, and playing games on it. Check with the area he lives in to see if there is a group who will come to your dad, and bring board games or even teach him chess. Does he play a musical instrument, or want to learn? Can you make that happen?
Ginger

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Thanks for the response, he is not computer literate, the town doesn’t have a group that can come in, I will look into seeing about teaching him some board games and maybe looking into an iPad type device.

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@gznqk5

Rummikub or Sequence are good games to consider. Word Search puzzles also might be helpful.

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Thanks for the response , I'll will definitely look into those

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Hi @dwicks, Does your father have a camera and like bird watching? I'm 76 and have a good friend that is 89 that I visit and have coffee with him. His kitchen has a window overlooking his back yard and he has bird feeders fairly close to the house. It's something that brings him a little joy to see the varieties of birds. He even bought a birds of Minnesota book so he can identify them.

Here are a few links that may offer some additional ideas…

7 Mind Stimulating Activities & Cognitive Games for Seniors
https://www.sonashomehealth.com/activities-for-the-mind/

Brain Games for the Elderly That Improve Mental Health and Memory
https://supercarers.com/blog/games-for-elderly/

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Thanks for the ideas and websites

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@bilton Maybe there are some high school or college students who might come over and play board games. Schools usually have after school clubs that focus on leadership. Helping your dad might be a good project

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@becsbuddy

@bilton Maybe there are some high school or college students who might come over and play board games. Schools usually have after school clubs that focus on leadership. Helping your dad might be a good project

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Or Scouts!

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Or Scouts!

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Thanks for the idea

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@bilton
My friend, before she passed and I regularly played Scrabble, Canasta, Gin & 500 Rummy. We enjoyed short jaunts too.
I’m not sure of Dads physical or mental abilities or even his interest but I always enjoy talking to older people who have lived through so much history and have so many interesting stories. Would he like to interact with children? Maybe he could help at schools or talk to neighborhood kids. My Dad was a Quadriplegic and outside a lot and kids were always around asking every imaginable question. You know how uninhibited children are. That interaction was good for all of them.
Does he read? Maybe he’d like to go to the library occasionally. Do you think he’d be interested joining Connect? You could teach him the ropes in no time. If I can learn, anyone can learn.
Jake

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@jakedduck1

@bilton
My friend, before she passed and I regularly played Scrabble, Canasta, Gin & 500 Rummy. We enjoyed short jaunts too.
I’m not sure of Dads physical or mental abilities or even his interest but I always enjoy talking to older people who have lived through so much history and have so many interesting stories. Would he like to interact with children? Maybe he could help at schools or talk to neighborhood kids. My Dad was a Quadriplegic and outside a lot and kids were always around asking every imaginable question. You know how uninhibited children are. That interaction was good for all of them.
Does he read? Maybe he’d like to go to the library occasionally. Do you think he’d be interested joining Connect? You could teach him the ropes in no time. If I can learn, anyone can learn.
Jake

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Thanks for the ideas , I will have to try some of the games, he doesn’t really get out much or do much reading

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@debbraw, I'd like to invite you to join this discussion. You posted some great ideas in another discussion about activities to help loved ones stay active and involved. Would you mind reposting it here?

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@colleenyoung

@debbraw, I'd like to invite you to join this discussion. You posted some great ideas in another discussion about activities to help loved ones stay active and involved. Would you mind reposting it here?

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@colleenyoung I have the post from @debbraw which I was going to make less specific to Florida and then post it to this site. I thought I could start a new discussion with it. OK?

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@becsbuddy

@colleenyoung I have the post from @debbraw which I was going to make less specific to Florida and then post it to this site. I thought I could start a new discussion with it. OK?

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You bet.

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@colleenyoung

@debbraw, I'd like to invite you to join this discussion. You posted some great ideas in another discussion about activities to help loved ones stay active and involved. Would you mind reposting it here?

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@colleenyoung – I'm happy to share the list I posted here. As Becky points out, it's focused on our little town in FL and I can't wait to see how she refines it to make it less geographically specific. Meantime, here is a first cut – a compilation of ideas from my Caregiver's Support Group. Hope it can help others…

Things to do

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