Activities for Seniors with Limited Mobility

Activities for Seniors with Limited Mobility

Conditions such as arthritis, joint pain, certain medical conditions, stroke and the process of natural aging can lead to losing mobility. This can make doing daily tasks that we’re used to doing and leisure activities difficult. But, that shouldn’t discourage you to find something that can work for you and your limited mobility.

Here is a list of activities to try out if you find yourself worrying about what to do if you’re starting to lose mobility.

Keeping your mind sharp has been proven to help cognitive decline, and a great way to pass time. It’s also been proven that reading helps reduce stress and improve quality of sleep.

Not all hobbies have to involve a lot of movement. Baking, cooking, crocheting, learning a new instrument and birdwatching are some popular hobbies seniors take up.

This may sound like a big task for someone with limited mobility, but there are plenty of exercises you can still do! Chair exercises are a popular choice for seniors. These movements allow you to feel balanced and supported while working those muscles.

There are loads of benefits that come out of exercising. Some include:

  • Confidence
  • Strength
  • Improve physical health
  • Boost in mental health

Activities like painting, drawing, and sculpting are ways you can express, or even find, your creative side. Studies have shown that doing creative activities can play an important role in people who are suffering from chronic illnesses.

It’s proven that sunlight helps with depression. Even if you struggle with limited mobility, you can still find ways to go outside and maybe even add in your hobbies to the mix! (ie. reading a book or painting outside)

Ask friends and family to come over for a visit. This way you don’t have to worry about leaving the comfort of your own home and still get to spend time with loved ones.

Similar to reading, brain games are proven to help with combating cognitive decline. Some brain games include: crossword puzzles, Sudoku, and trivia.


Exploring new TV shows is a way to enjoy your time if you have limited mobility. Whether you’re into documentaries, action, food or comedy, you will find something new to watch. Especially with all the different streaming platforms we have today.

Another way to keep your mind sharp is to listen to music. Studies have shown that music has the ability to help reduce stress and anxiety. This pastime is a great way to bond with our younger relatives and discover what music they are into.

Volunteering can be a great way to make use of your time. Even if you have limited mobility, there are plenty of ways you can take time out and give back to the community. Sometimes organizations look for material items that could be donated / made. Some organizations look for household donations as well as knitted items you could make like hats and blankets.