How to Find Hobbies and Entertainment for Your Aging Parents

When parents grow old, it can sometimes be easy for them to become isolated, a state of being that can lead to health problems and other worries. Social connections may dwindle for retirees who no longer interact with colleagues on a daily basis, for example, and with grown kids moving out of the house, there might come a time when parents no longer have the kind of daily activities to do that once kept them healthy and positive. Fortunately, there are many ways to encourage parents to engage with new hobbies and entertainment, and the process of creating fun new challenges for parents doesn’t have to be difficult. Here are just a few ways to provide enjoyable experiences for an aging mother and father. 

Make a Family Game Night

While card games and board games may feel like a thing of the past for younger generations, the truth is that old-style board games and card games provide a means for enjoyment that is truly timeless. Unlike a video game or a movie, a board game or card game tends to get people talking, sharing memories, and laughing together. Older parents may be more familiar with these sorts of games, as well. However, if your parents are gamers, then there’s nothing wrong with whipping out the game controllers and hashing it out in their favorite videogames as a way to bond and enjoy quality time as a family. 

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Perfect Family Night with ThinkFun Games!

One of my favorite aspects about the holidays is the fact that more family time seems to pop up. It’s not like family time is moot the rest of the year but, the holidays just seem to make it easier. ThinkFun Games is one of our go-to ideas for the family nights we enjoy so much during the holidays. 

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Enhance Children’s Critical Thinking Skills and have FUN with Laser Maze by ThinkFun

Are you ready to enhance your critical thinking skills all while having fun?

You’re going to love Laser Maze!

About Laser Maze

Lights and mirrors may make it feel like magic, but it’s really science and a good dose of brain power that’s needed to direct the laser beam through a series of mind challenging mazes. Get ready for a satisfying mental workout as you flex your strategic thinking muscles and ignite the light both on the grid and in your mind! 

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Fling the Teacher! Simile & Metaphor Game {extra practice}

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Here is a fun game to teach your child the difference between a simile and metaphor. I used it for my 5th grader for extra practice yesterday and she played three times. 🙂

The student can create their own teacher with features.  (I just snipped a preview above)

Then, they have to answer all 15 questions correctly to build a catapult that will fling the teacher at the end. 😉  Fling the Teacher was a fun way to practice skills. (Update: the site has been closed. The game is no longer available)  They will want to keep going until they answer all questions correctly!

Recommended for 4th and 5th grade.