Northfield takes pride in offering our residents a variety of activities. Just because residents live in an independent senior living community doesn’t mean they lack engagement with the local community. We recognize our residents worked hard to enjoy their free time. One of the ways we help maximize our residents’ time is by providing cleaning, cooking, and home maintenance services. Our services allow more time for our residents to participate in Northfield activities.
At Northfield, we make sure to plan activities for our residents regularly. We also provide on-demand transportation, so our residents have the freedom to attend other activities in the Brownsburg, Indiana area. Call 844.334.1490 to find out how your or a loved one can participate in these fun winter activities.
Fun Winter Activities for Seniors
Board and Card Games
While some may say winter in Indiana is short, it is still remarkably cold, snowy, and windy. With weather conditions in mind, board and card games are a great way to pass the time. Playing games with friends is a great way to pass the time while staying warm.
Some board and card games to consider this winter are:
Not only does playing board and card games keep the boredness at bay, but there are notable health benefits to this activity. For example, board games are great for brain health because they can amplify memory formation. Often, board games require coordination and dexterity, which are beneficial to seniors.
Wintertime is fantastic for staying in and baking. Some baking ideas include cookies or pies. Taking things up a notch, you could have a sugar cookie decorating contest.
Baking results in tasty treats, but there are health benefits. Seniors that bake can experience stress reduction and relaxation. Next, baking is known to stimulate the senses. This makes for a healthy appetite.
Watch a Movie
A movie night is a great way to pass the cold winter months. To make a whole night of it, you could have snacks and hot cocoa.
Some winter movies to watch are:
- Little Women – The movie is based on Louisa May Alcott’s novel and has several winter scenes.
- The Cutting Edge – Stars Moira Kelly as an ice skater who tries to get an Olympic gold medal with a hockey player.
- Eight Below – A Disney movie starring the late Paul Walker
- Snow White and the Huntsman – This movie is star-studded. The cast includes Charlize Theron, Kristen Stewart, and Chris Hemsworth.
The benefits to seniors watching movies include improved mood, positive thoughts, and release of endorphins. Watching movies is an inclusive activity. Since some residents in an independent living community may be dealing with life transitions and limited mobility, they can watch movies with their friends.
Another cabin fever buster is doing crafts. Some crafts to enjoy during winter include:
- Needlepoint or cross stitch
The benefits of crafts for seniors include feeling relaxed, socializing with others, and improving cognition and memory. These are just a sampling of the benefits seniors get from crafting.
Family-friendly Winter Activities at Northfield
Northfield has regular family-friendly activities planned throughout the winter. We are a family-oriented establishment and love to see residents participate in family activities. We regularly hold events for our residents and their families. For example, we once hosted a wine and canvas night.
If you or a loved one would like to learn more about winter activities for seniors at Northfield, be sure to call us at 844.334.1490. One of our staff members will be happy to speak with you about activities and living in our senior living community.