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Discovering Indoor Hobbies for Seniors

Discovering Indoor Hobbies for Seniors

Winter months often bring cold temperatures and bad weather that can make venturing outside unpleasant or dangerous. Of course, staying inside is no reason to be bored. With so many potential indoor hobbies for seniors, it’s clear that there are plenty of ways to entertain yourself.

Close-up of senior crocheting

Discovering Indoor Hobbies for Seniors

A perfect pastime allows you to explore new skills or stretch familiar ones in untraditional or unexpected directions. It lets you build your knowledge base and provides a creative outlet, healthy distraction, and opportunities for social interaction. It may offer a chance to be physically active, and it should definitely bring you joy. Choose the activities that fit your passions, your time, and your budget, and have fun! When it comes to indoor hobbies for seniors, there are plenty of possibilities.


When it’s cold outside, grabbing a crochet hook and some yarn is a fantastic way to pass the time. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, you’ll find projects of all kinds available online or in stores. Are you concerned that arthritis might make mastering the work difficult? Choose ergonomic crochet hooks like these to make grasping the tool easier. Before you know it, you’ll be making blankets, clothing, accessories, or stuffed animals. If you don’t wish to keep the results of your labors, many organizations and charities will cheerfully accept donations.


Not all gardens are outside. If you have a windowsill, you can start an indoor garden. Focus on herbs for the kitchen, flowers to delight your eyes, or greenery to bring freshness to your space. Some clever gardeners even dabble in small vegetables like cherry tomatoes.

Map Your Family Tree

Diving into genealogy can be a fascinating way to learn more about your family and history in general. Talking with other family members, looking through family records, and visiting sites like can help you begin the process.


Painting techniques all require a different touch. Watercolor needs a light hand. Oil is laid down in layers. Acrylic is often suggested for beginners because it’s more forgiving, easier to clean, fun to mix, and available in a rainbow of shades. Whatever medium you prefer, you’re sure to find classes and tutorials online so that you can pick up tips. Or, you can read books or simply experiment on your own.


Exercising indoors may be limited by space constraints, but that just means that you need to get inventive. You can walk laps around your home. You can pop in a DVD or pull up an online video to follow along with your favorite workout activity. Or, you can create your own routine. If you need some inspiration, consider aerobics, yoga, tai chi, or qi gong. And before you get started, be sure to consult your doctor.


It’s no surprise that F. Scott Fitzgerald, the author famous for crafting “The Great Gatsby,” thought reading held real value. According to Fitzgerald, “That is part of the beauty of all literature. You discover that your longings are universal longings, that you’re not lonely and isolated from anyone. You belong.” Today, you can opt to escape into a favorite book by yourself or join a book club and read selected works with a group of friends.

Solve Puzzles

Keeping both the mind and body active is important. While exercises push the muscles to perform, puzzles and games challenge the brain. You can opt for jigsaw puzzles, brainteasers, logic puzzles, Sudoku, board games, or card games. In fact, mixing it up helps to keep your mind on its toes. Play alone, with friends, or both. The details don’t matter. What’s important is that you enjoy stimulating your mind to find new solutions and new ways to play.

Cold weather doesn’t mean that you can’t have fun. Instead, it provides an excellent reason to explore one or more of the many intriguing indoor hobbies that seniors can enjoy. At The Shores of Lake Phalen, we delight in supporting our residents’ existing hobbies and introducing them to new ones. There’s always something to do in our thriving community.
Are you looking for a community that provides a positive, healthy atmosphere where you can live out your golden years? The Shores of Lake Phalen is an assisted living and memory care community in a quiet, peaceful environment in Maplewood, Minnesota. Surrounded by a gorgeous wooded setting between two lakes, our residence offers the accessibility of apartment-style housing with the atmosphere and elegance of a resort. We offer numerous health and safety amenities, fun events and activities, a friendly and accommodating staff, and much more. Schedule a tour of the community to explore our spacious apartments, elegant dining room, and more. We look forward to hearing from you!