Have you wondered what today’s seniors say they enjoy doing to keep active and to interact with others? The list of activities is long and varied, and it’s different for men and women, but one thing is for sure… today’s seniors aren’t sitting still. And once retired, they have the time to take on things they never seemed to be able to make time for during their working years.
Check out the activities on the lists below. They include the top 10 rated activities of interest to men and women age 60 to 70. Of course, there is some crossover, but we divided them up to give you an idea of what’s hot for senior men versus women today.
Whether it’s a new interest, or an old one that you might like to pick up again, in order to get started in groups that are doing these activities, check your local senior and community centers, churches, clubs and organizations. Chances are these popular activities will be offered somewhere nearby
where you will also find other men and women with similar interests.
Activities Most Popular Among Men Age 60 Plus…
There’s a reason golf is so widely played by seniors, both male and female… it’s a great game that requires skill, but also allows you to socialize, move around and enjoy the outdoors. Of course, walking the course is more strenuous than riding in a cart, and you don’t want to overdo it if you’re not already in shape, but if you can handle it… walking a golf course can be a wonderful way to get exercise. In fact, any movement the sport offers is beneficial — swinging a golf club is a great flexibility workout for joints and muscles.
2. Outdoor Games
Maybe it’s the competitive nature of men, but for whatever reason they definitely like to engage in sports and games where skill and score-keeping are required. Here are some of the games that men enjoy playing outdoors:
Bocce Ball – Involves earning points by tossing a ball to get it closest to the pallino ball.
Croquet – In this game you take turns and use a mallet to drive your ball through pre-set wickets and posts, to finish the course before your opponents.
Horseshoes – You toss horseshoes close enough to the poll to score points. The closer you get to the poll, the higher your score.
Shuffleboard – This involves using a pole to push or slide weights across the surface into the highest scoring area. Your opponent can try to knock your weights off the surface and lower your score.
A friendly game of poker combines a competitive spirit with skill… and of course betting on oneself to win. Men rank it high on their list of favorite social activities, but more and more women are playing too.
4. Computer Skills & Electronic Gaming/Competitions
As seniors are becoming more adept at computers, some senior men in particular report enjoying the computer for the games offered. Two of the most popular this holiday season are…
Wii Game Console: This game system is simple to connect to your television and is popular because it uses a handheld device that mimics bowling, playing tennis, baseball, golf and more.
Civilization III: History buffs enjoy this popular game that offers the opportunity to build your own empires.
5. Tai Chi
Tai Chi is a centuries old Chinese practice designed to exercise the mind and body through a series of gentle, flowing postures. It combines mental concentration with slow, controlled movements to focus the mind, challenge the body, and improve the flow of what the Chinese call ”chi” — the life energy thought to sustain health and quiet the mind.
Almost anyone can do it, even those with conditions that may exclude them from other forms of exercise, and it’s a great stress reducer that also improves balance and strength.
6. Group Discussions – Some popular topics include:
US History & Wars
Transportation – Boats, rail & aircraft
Golf Legends & Sports Nostalgia
Classic jigsaw puzzles are a fun and casual way for people of all ages to entertain themselves. But again, men often complete with each other, either alone or ion teams, to see who can complete the puzzle first. Women, on the other hand, generally prefer taking their time and enjoying the conversation along the way.
Working on puzzles helps keep the mind sharp and alert. And, apart from jigsaw puzzles, crossword puzzles can help keep the brain active, and completing the puzzles with a group can become competitive, but for those who love them… it’s always a good time.
Senior men often find they’re able to express their creative talent with paint, brushes and a canvas.
Painting in oil, watercolors and acrylic on different types of surfaces is a relaxing, creative and therapeutic craft that many men enjoy as a way to express themselves. If you’ve always wondered whether you’d enjoy it… try it.
Another favorite expression of creativity for older men involves working with wood. The men report making wooden toys, home decorations, and collectibles. Woodcarving can transforms blocks of word into pieces of art or functional items such birdhouses and dollhouses, which also involves painting as a finishing touch.
Sing-alongs with songs from various decades are very popular among senior men who report both enjoying singing and also using their musical talents as well, so if you play an instrument, consider seeking out others who do too, because it’s never too late to form a band.
Activities Most Popular Among Women Age 60 Plus…
1. Outdoor Activities: Sightseeing, Bird Watching & Gardening
Topping the list for women over 60 who enjoy the outdoors is taking short trips to see something that’s worth seeing. Women also list bird watching as a fascinating hobby, taking nature walks while trying to spot and identify different birds and listen to the their sounds and songs.
Also at the top of the list of favorite outdoor activities for women is gardening and there are few things as gratifying as creating, nurturing and then enjoying the beauty of a garden. Also, gardening as a group can become a fun social event… or it can be relaxing when done alone.
And, by the way… it’s good exercise too.
Women report enjoying a stroll around the neighborhood or a local park, or more vigorous walking that’s part of their exercise program, as being high on their lists of favorite activities. There’s also another popular form of walking, often enjoyed when the weather is bad… it’s known as “mall walking” and chances are it’s going on all the time at malls near you before the stores open.
Find a group who does it and you’ll meet others who do laps around the different levels of the mall. It’s exercise, it’s a social gathering… and there’s plenty of window-shopping going on as well.
One reason swimming is so popular with women over 50 is that it’s easy on the joints, and if you suffer from arthritis or have trouble getting around otherwise, then swimming may be the perfect exercise for you. And, there are many options for enjoying swimming… you can swim laps, of course, but you can also take a water aerobics class and many gyms and community centers with pools offer these classes where you’ll get in shape and meet other women doing the same.
This is an activity that many senior women enjoy because it helps with flexibility, breathing, alleviation of joint pain and more, and because you can go at your own individual pace. There are many classes geared only toward stretching, which can also help with balance. Joining a yoga class is a good idea when getting started and is almost always a good way to meet others. Also, a good instructor can help with any individual needs or concerns you may have, and will make sure you get a safe start.
5. Scrapbooking & Other Crafts
Scrapbooking gives seniors, and yes… especially women… a chance to reminisce over photos and then enjoying showing their creations to family and friends. This activity also promotes brain function, motor skills, and of course allows one to create a memorable, fun collection of precious mementos that can last for generations to come.
Creating all sorts of crafts can be a rewarding way for senior women to spend their time, and simple projects like decorating photo frames, coffee mugs, candy wreaths and Christmas ornaments also help maintain dexterity and motor skills.
Other popular crafts include:
Making greeting cards
Sponge painting stationary
Making foam magnets
6. Classic Movie Marathons
Gathering together for an afternoon or evening of classic movies is another group activity women list as being among their most enjoyable. These get-togethers give women a chance to watch timeless classics or new movies in the company of appreciative peers… instead of with the men who often prefer action movies. Good snacks and good old movies are always a winning combination when the girls all get together.
Bingo is a timeless classic that’s still on the list for women over 60. It’s more than a game… it’s a social activity that also offers a chance to win some money. Bingo’s a game of chance, requiring good luck and quick reaction time, but be careful… many women say that it can be addictive.
Staying physically active means staying in better health, and one activity women report enjoying most after age 60 is dancing. The most popular options these days include: line dancing, swing dancing and ballroom dancing… and lessons are widely available.
Dancing is a great aerobic exercise, and there is even a high-energy Latin-inspired dance workout called Zumba. The Zumba Gold class was designed with seniors in mind and you can find them at gyms, community centers, and dance schools.
9. Card Games
Card games are challenging and fun for women in particular. Two popular card games are pinocle and bridge, which are both beneficial for maintaining mental alertness. There are also simpler games such as Rummy, Uno, Go Fish and War. These games are all easy to learn and play, but they still offer enough of a challenge to keep things interesting and fun.
10. Board Games
These can get competitive so sometimes you’ll find senior men enjoying a good board game as much as senior women do. The most popular board games include:
These popular activities whether listed by men or women are all ways to stay active and involved socially. Pick activities from either list that appeal to you and that you haven’t done before and you may discover a new creative passion or just a really good time.