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Fun Group Activities for Seniors to Combat Loneliness

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According to some experts, loneliness in seniors is an epidemic. Loneliness has not only adverse mental health effects but also negative physical effects. Recreational programs involving other seniors are the best way to keep senior adults active and get the social interaction they need to promote a healthy lifestyle. Some studies suggest that as many as 35% of seniors suffer loneliness. The problem is especially prevalent among those who live alone, are widowed, or have few friends or family nearby.

Loneliness can lead to depression, anxiety, and even physical health problems such as high blood pressure and a weakened immune system. It can also make it challenging to stay motivated and engage in activities that keep the mind and body active. Recreational programs that bring together senior adults for social activities can help reduce loneliness, increase their sense of connection, and improve mental and physical health. These programs include cooking classes, book clubs, group outings, and more. Get in touch with us today by calling 855.931.5688 to learn more about recreational programs in senior living communities at Buckner Retirement Services. We even provide transportation services for off-site activities.

Benefits of Senior Group Activities

Group activities for seniors can provide a wide range of benefits, from emotional to physical.

  • Emotionally – Group activities give seniors the opportunity to socialize with their peers, which can help reduce feelings of loneliness and isolation.
  • Mental stimulation – Being in a group is beneficial as engaging in new experiences requires the use of problem-solving skills and encourages seniors to learn more about the world around them.
  • Physical benefits – Group exercise activities can boost physical health by increasing strength and flexibility, helping to maintain balance, and even improving cardiovascular health.

You can realize all of these benefits and more when you find a group activity you enjoy with other seniors who have similar interests.

Fun Group Activities for Seniors

Finding group activities and other social opportunities may seem challenging if you spend much of your time alone, but there are lots of seniors just like you who you can build bonds with. Here are some ideas for group activities you can find in your community:

Walking Clubs

Walking clubs are excellent for seniors because they simultaneously encourage physical activity and social interaction. They can cater to seniors of all abilities and can even include an element of adventure by venturing out to new walking trails or parks. Going on a long walk with friends is a great way to combat loneliness.

Book Clubs

Book clubs are a good way to make social connections and learn something new at any stage in life. They don’t require a big commitment but can get seniors to branch out and read or learn about a topic that wouldn’t usually be on their radar. Some book clubs meet weekly, others meet monthly, and some even meet virtually. For seniors experiencing health issues or mobility limitations, book clubs are an easy way to continue to spend time with friends.

Art Classes

There’s no better time than retirement to explore a new hobby like crafts or art. If you don’t know where to start, taking an art class in a group is a great way to spend an afternoon and get your creative juices flowing. Most people are surprised to learn how easy it is to pick up a paintbrush or other art materials, and it is a fun way to socialize at the same time.

Dancing Classes

Another great opportunity to stay active and stay social at the same time is dancing classes. Dancing has been shown to boost mood, improve confidence, and improve overall good health. In addition, taking a group lesson is a great way to make connections and build bonds over a shared experience.


Retirement is a great time to get involved in the local community and give back. Most communities have a variety of non-profits that are looking for volunteers. Donate time to a local soup kitchen, walk dogs, or help sort clothes at the Salvation Army. Seniors can pick a day of the week and volunteer in a group to make the most of their efforts. It is an excellent way to give back, get involved in the community, and stay engaged and social.

Game Nights

Game nights can be fun for people of all ages, especially seniors. Planning a weekly or monthly game night is an easy way to put social time on the calendar without having to do a lot of planning. Try a different game each week, or pick a challenging game to build new skills. A few games that are popular with seniors include:

  • Checkers
  • Dominoes
  • Monopoly
  • Mahjong
  • Scrabble
  • Picture games
  • Bridge
  • Trivial pursuit

Game nights don’t have to be challenging or competitive; they can simply be a good way to pass the time and enjoy the company of friends.

Social Activities for Seniors at Buckner Retirement Services

Residents at Buckner Retirement Services enjoy access to various group activities for seniors. From a planned calendar of activities to spacious common areas that encourage organic meetups, it is easier for seniors to meet new friends and keep feelings of loneliness at bay. Buckner offers retirement living, skilled nursing, and rehabilitation, giving seniors plenty of opportunities for socializing. No matter what your interests are, Buckner Retirement Services has something for everyone. Contact us today to learn more about our social programs and see how easy it is to make new friends in retirement. Call 855.931.5688 to learn more about the social activities for seniors at Buckner Retirement Services.