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The Most Popular Senior Living Activity Ideas

Nov 24, 2021

Whether in senior group activities or going solo, people of any age love to stay active in their own ways. A 2017 study from the Mathers Institute shows that staying active has numerous physical and mental health benefits. And according to health.gov, staying active in your senior years lowers the risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and some types of cancer. 

It should come as no surprise then that seniors pursue a wide variety of hobbies in their free time.

In a Senior Living community, activities take a number of different forms. Many senior living hobbies have stayed popular over the years, with technology helping increase access to them.

Keep reading to learn more about our favorite senior living activity ideas.

Fun Activities for Senior Living Communities

When it comes to popular senior living pastimes, social activities and physical activity top the list. Regular exercise and stimulation are important for both motor skills and mental health. Mathers researchers noted that senior residents “reported statistically significant increases in social support and decreases in stress and loneliness” after getting even just a little exercise.

The health benefits of Independent Living activities are well-known in communities all over the country. CedarStone Senior Living leads in the field, providing a carefree setting for all kinds of activity. 

Spend time with a popular hobby from the following options to help keep you both busy and healthy.

Independent Living Exercise Activities

Exercise promotes mental stimulation and healthy blood flow throughout the body. It is also proven to prolong physical activity and encourage positive feelings. Some easy-on-the-body exercises include gardening, meditation, tai chi, swimming, walking, and yoga.


Dancing is one of the most popular activities in senior communities. It helps residents keep fit and gives them a different way to meet new friends. Some types of dancing include ballroom, line, or slow dancing.

Field Trips

Are you interested in something a little more involved than a night out? Sign up for a community trip or plan an outing with friends to a concert, local museum, or a nice night out at the movies. Plays and musicals offer fun chances to be social and meet new friends. And don’t forget sporting events!

Games: Electronic and Traditional

Most senior living communities provide some combination of electronic, traditional, and brain games. The video game company Nintendo sells the Wii, a learning and exercise system where you play by moving your body. Popular Wii video games include Baseball, Bowling, Golf and Tennis.

Classic traditional games include checkers, chess, crossword puzzles, sudoku, and trivia.


You can keep your brain feeling young by taking the time to learn something new. Maybe you’d like to join a book club. Or you might enroll in a course about big ideas or attend a workshop to gain a new skill. 

Some examples include classes about computers or word processing, or educational lectures on emerging technologies. You could learn a foreign language, go to a weekly painting class, or write letters to loved ones in a workshop.

Outdoor Excursions

If the more tame senior living activities mentioned above won’t satisfy you, it is time to get outside. Need a few ideas as to the kinds of activities waiting for you in the great outdoors during the winter months? Things like winter and holiday walks, holiday tours of homes, light shows, and visits to decked-out parks are just a few ideas.

Special Events

From time to time, there will be special events that pass through a senior living community. Remember to keep an eye out and RSVP if you hear of any art or fashion shows in your community. Another common past time for aging relatives are local classic car shows or community happy hours.

How CedarStone Makes It Easy To Live a Carefree Life

Here at CedarStone Senior Living, we provide Carefree Living, Assisted Living and Memory Care services. Come experience a secure community and Carefree Living in gorgeous Cedar Falls, Iowa. Explore hobbies for seniors and indulge in our lovely new grounds.

Life. Your Way. Opening Late Spring 2022.

Welcome to CedarStone, a brand-new senior living community in Cedar Falls, IA, that celebrates the individual in each of us and encourages you to picture Life. Your Way.

Located in the Greenhill Village Estates neighborhood and offering Carefree Living, Assisted Living and Memory Care, CedarStone offers luxurious amenities and gracious services. The maintenance-free living, inspiring design and open spaces that await are merely the framework for a fulfilling experience shaped and colored by your interests. This is a place where you can be you.

At CedarStone, we are at your service, taking care of everything – maintenance, cleaning, chores, security – so you are free to spend your time as you please. Here, you have the opportunity to live an uplifting, rewarding life at your own pace, confident in the knowledge that personalized care is available if needed. All in a brand-new setting of breathtaking beauty, uncompromising quality and complete comfort.

Picture life filled with friends who share your interests, a vibrant community culture and the support to enjoy it all. Picture Life. Your Way

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CedarStone is more than a place to live; it’s a place to thrive. With a variety of programming, including educational, recreational, physical, spiritual, social and more, you can be as active and engaged as you choose to be – all with the peace of mind you and your loved ones deserve. Contact us at 319-242-3323 to learn more about our new senior living community in Cedar Falls, IA.