Hello activity enthusiasts! As we embrace the approaching warmth of February, it's the perfect opportunity to enhance the well-being of our seniors through meaningful social activities designed for older adults. We've compiled a list of 10 accessible emotional wellness activities, ensuring that they cater to the unique needs of our older community members without requiring a Ph.D. in event planning. Join us in making February a month filled with smiles and good vibes as we explore social activities for seniors that promote connection and joy!
February is all about counting our blessings, and this Gratitude Jar Project is the perfect way to kick things off. To get started, distribute some jars, colorful paper, and pens to residents. Encourage them to jot down one thing they're grateful for each day throughout February. The real magic happens during group sessions when we gather to discuss these heartwarming notes. It's a burst of positive energy that leaves everyone with improved moods and a sense of gratitude.
Love is in the air, and what better way to celebrate it than with our Valentine's Day Letter Exchange? Residents can pour their hearts into anonymous appreciation letters, spreading love throughout the community. On Valentine's Day, we distribute these heartfelt notes and host a warm discussion to strengthen community bonds and ensure warm fuzzies all around.
Let the creative juices flow with this Heartfelt Poetry Workshop! Residents can express their emotions and love through poetry, guided by a poetry enthusiast. With writing materials and prompts in hand, the group shares their creations during lively discussions, resulting in emotional expression through art and big smiles. Need some poetry prompts? Check out this guide!
For a cozy night filled with love and laughter, you can come up with a list of curated heartwarming movies, and offer some blankets and snacks. After the movie, you can engage in a discussion to share the joyous emotions portrayed on screen, leaving with shared positive experiences and laughter echoing in the halls. Our recommendations: Bridges of Madison County, Casablanca, Roman Holiday, or Sabrina (both the original or remake!)
This Therapeutic Aromatherapy Session invites residents to explore calming scents associated with emotional well-being. Whether creating scented sachets or participating in a group aromatherapy session, encourage residents to discuss the scents and their effects, leaving everyone with reduced stress and happy noses. Try some lavender for its calming effects or sweet orange for some vitality and energy
Stimulate creativity and provide a means of emotional expression with this expression through art activity. Residents can choose from various art supplies and prompts related to love and joy, resulting in colorful expressions and proud artists. The completed artworks can be proudly displayed, turning your space into an art gallery of positivity.
Music has the power to evoke positive emotions and bring people together. Our Interactive Love Song Sing-Along does just that. With a curated playlist and a melody maestro at the helm, residents sing along, share their favorite love songs, and leave the room with smiles and a shared love for tunes. Recommended: anything ABBA!
A healthy heart leads to a happy heart! This Heart-Healthy Cooking Class, led by a culinary guru, focuses on nutritious recipes. This activity emphasises the connection between nutrition and emotions, and after preparing a delightful meal together, residents leave with full bellies and happy hearts. The meals do not need to be labor-intensive or overly complicated. Buddha bowls can be easily assembled and cater to a variety of tastes.
Stimulate creativity and encourage positive reminiscence with a Joyful Memory Collage activity. Providing magazines, scissors, and boards, residents create collages of joyful memories. With an artsy guide leading the way, the walls become adorned with happiness, and residents leave as proud artists. Bonus if you pick up simple frames to put the collages up, creating more permanent art.
To promote relaxation and enhance spiritual well-being, try a Mindful Heart Meditation Session offers a guided meditation focused on love and gratitude. Led by a “zen” guide, residents find comfort in peaceful minds and serene hearts, making this a perfect activity for a calm and introspective experience. No inspiration? There are numerous Meditation apps featuring free meditations of varying lengths.
Did these activity ideas spark your creativity? Don’t miss our previous blogs (like this one!) with other ideas!
Katie is a member of Welbi’s Customer Experience team! She has a background in communications and recreation and is passionate about older adults, exercise, coffee and people.
Holly is a member of Welbi’s Marketing team! She has a background in communications and marketing, and is a compassionate individual who loves team work, story telling, and wellness.
Wendy is a student in the Honours BA in English program at the University of Ottawa, where she has won numerous awards for her writing.
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