Best Board Games For Seniors for Game Night

Did you know there are also many health benefits to playing board games? Not only does it boost serotonin, but these games also relieve stress and help with memory loss.

They create a fun competitive spirit and enhance your days stayed in. Board games are taught to us starting at a young age so it’s a great way to get all ages together to find something in common.

Many games require using your coordination skills, which helps aging seniors since they are moving their hands often. If you are hanging out with your loved ones, start a game night to get your family involved.

Playing ScrabbleIt’s a great way to keep seniors engaged and it brings the family closer. Not only that, as we age loneliness can start to set in if seniors aren’t getting enough socialization in their daily lives.

Giving them something to look forward to like a game night at their house will make a huge difference in their life.

If you live out of town and only see your aging parents a few times a year, request a Papa Pal to have a “game night” with them.

There are many games listed below that only require 2 players. Shared activities are the best way to form natural connections with your loved ones than forcing a conversation.

It’s time to open up your closet and get the games out, or bring something new as a gift!

Best Board Games for Seniors

Some of the best 2-player classic brain games are Scrabble, Chess, Ludo, Checkers, and Battleship.

These increase brain function and challenge your mind. The good part about these games is that they are just as difficult for young adults as for seniors since technology now plays a large part in looking answers up without critical thinking.

Playing Ludo

These games will help with strategizing and using your brain to recall and remember certain tactics.

Another great way to engage in the competitive spirit with your loved one is through card games like Crazy Eights, War, Gin, Rummy, Old Maid, and Go-Fish.

These games will enhance your reaction time and keep your mind active.

Playing Card GamesMany card games involve using your brain for memorization, which will also help with concentration.

You will need to use some quick movement in your hands so it will also improve your coordination skills.

Of course, there are the classics that everyone thinks about like Monopoly, Bingo, or Yahtzee, but there are many new games out there that are enjoyable for all ages.

For instance, Qwirkle is a popular game that involves using different colored blocks to strategize points to win.

Other ones that are popular are Sorry Sliders, Dixit, No Thanks, and Ticket To Ride. Don’t forget that many games are now available on the Internet so they can be played through your phone, iPad, or computer.

Papa Pals make great companions and are a great way to enhance your loved one's socialization and they can bring over some board games to play if your loved one doesn’t have any.

We understand the value of putting a smile on your loved ones face and making them laugh. Request a Pal today by calling 1-800-348-795 or by visiting our website www.joinpapa.com.


Recipes you can cook with a Papa Pal

Let’s be honest – during the summer months, it’s not always a pleasant experience to go outside in the Florida heat.

Sure, the beach is calling your name and rounds of golf are cheap and easy to come by, but sometimes all you really want is some air conditioning and delicious meal.

You’ve probably already read about Papa Pals and their willingness to take you or your loved one's shopping, out to a show, or accompany them on a nature trail, and now you can add cooking to that list as well.

Cooking is a fantastic way to enjoy a low-intensity activity and still stay engaged. Not to mention you end up with a delicious dinner to share!

Here are some of our favorite recipes to enjoy alongside our Papa Pals:

Spaghetti and Meatballs

Spaghetti with meatballsYou can’t go wrong with this Italian classic. What better way to have some fun in the kitchen than to get your hands dirty and roll up your own meatballs?

Grandma may very well have her own secret recipe for meatballs, but in case she doesn’t, we’ve found the one highlighted below to be more than adequate for you and your Papa Pal to enjoy.

Ingredients: Ground sirloin, Italian bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, salt & pepper

See the full recipe and instructions here - Spaghetti and Meatballs

Turkey Chili

Over the years using ground turkey instead of beef has become a popular trend to keep meals lighter and healthier.

Combining health-conscious with a hearty chili is a groundbreaking technique that will keep you and your loved ones coming back for more.

The beans are great for fiber, and you’ll most certainly end up with leftovers that are even better the second time around. Have fun improvising with your Papa Pal using some ideas for the recipe below.

Ingredients: Ground turkey, cannellini beans, diced bell peppers, diced onions, crushed tomatoes, garlic, Mexican spices, salt & pepper

See the full recipe and instructions here - Turkey Chili

Turkey Chilli Recipe

Chicken Pot Pie

When’s the last time you enjoyed a homemade chicken pot pie? Unless you live with Martha Stewart, it’s probably been a while.

Cooking an “out of the box” recipe with a loved one is a great way to have some fun and wind up with a belly-filling meal.

Try out the recipe below with your Papa Pal and I promise it’ll beat the Boston Market version.

Ingredients: Skinless boneless chicken breast, carrots, celery, frozen green peas, butter, chopped onion, flour, salt & pepper, chicken broth, celery seed, pie crusts

See the full recipe and instructions here - Chicken Pot Pie

Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookies

chocolate chip cookiesOkay, now we’re almost positive grandma has her own secret recipe for this one, but when’s the last time she had a chance to make it with a friend?

Our Papa Pals offer that opportunity for you or your loved ones every day. So, just in case the recipe is confidential and can’t be disclosed to your Papa Pal, here is one of our favorites.

Ingredients: Softened butter, white sugar, brown sugar, eggs, vanilla extract, baking soda, hot water, salt, all-purpose flour, semi-sweet chocolate chips, walnuts

See the full recipe and instructions here - Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cooking is just one of the endless activities our Papa Pals would be happy to enjoy with you or your loved ones. Call us at 1-800-348-7951 to schedule a Papa Pal visit today!


The Papa Visit Experience: A Day with Sam

Meet Sam, he's 91 years old and uses Papa once a week. He's been a Papa member since February and loves to go out with one of our Papa Pals to Dunking Donuts and Publix.

Sam has an amazing life story, that type of story you just want to listen to for hours. Here's a small clip of the Papa visit experience with Sam and Sarah, one of our favorite Papa Pals.

 

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Summer activities for seniors

Fun Summer Activities for Seniors

Ahh, Summertime.

Summer is often associated with beach days, bathing suits, vacations, and relaxing poolside with a drink in hand.

Now, none of these activities particularly appeal to our elderly loved ones, however, I am here to let you know that Summer is not age-restricted.

There are plenty of activities that aren’t on the stereotypical summer game-plan but are perfectly suited for seniors.

With the help of Papa, your loved can stay active and enjoy the season.

Below are some fun ideas that you, or one of our Papa Pals, can enjoy with your loved ones.

Take a Class

Photography classes for seniors

Summertime is a perfect time to pick up a new hobby or learn more about something you’re already interested in. It’s also a fantastic way to socialize and meet new people.

One quick visit to Groupon.com and I guarantee you can find a cooking class that will teach even the most experienced chefs a new trick or two.

How about pottery? Learn how to make beautiful pieces of art with your own two hands for your children or grandchildren, all from the comfort of sitting down.

Photography is just another example of many low-intensity hobbies and classes that are perfect to enjoy during the summer months.

Not everything during the summer has to be outdoors! Our Papa Pals are happy to work with you and your loved ones to figure out the best fit for their interests.

Local Attractions and Events

If you’ve been reading our blog posts for a while you’ve probably seen one featuring your county or city highlighting some of the local activities offered near you.

Read:

Activities for Seniors in Sarasota

Activities for Seniors in Naples

Activities for Seniors in Tampa and St. Petersburg

Activities for Seniors in Miami

Activities for Seniors in Broward

Activities for Seniors in Palm Beach

The summer months are a perfect time to start checking off some of those places worth seeing, and you may even score a summer discount.

Local museums, theatres, and art galleries all offer a day’s worth of fun to be enjoyed by you and your elderly loved ones.

It’s also a good idea to check out your local senior center, as they will typically have fun, senior-friendly events scheduled months in advance that can draw in some larger crowds.

Enjoy the Outdoors

Seniors playing golf

Eventually, you’ve got to get in some time outside during the summer months.

Golf is a great excuse to get together with a few friends and enjoy time together.

Also, it doesn’t hurt that you’ll also get discounted rates for the off-season.

If you love the water, take an aqua aerobics class. It’s a fun way to be outside and still stay cool while being in a group, getting a light workout, and enjoying the outdoors.

Relax

Senior in hammock

Who says you have to stay active all summer? Part of the fun is taking some time to yourself and relaxing however you see fit.

There’s nothing wrong with an hour or two of TV, reading a book, or playing some board games.

Sometimes companionship is the best thing we can give to our beloved seniors. Our Papa Pals care deeply about the well-being of our loved ones and are more than happy to be a companion in whatever activities they choose during these summer months.

Are you in need of a Papa Pal? Call us today at 1-800-348-7951 to get started and schedule some summer fun for your elderly loved ones!


Downtown Sarasota

Activities for Seniors in Sarasota

Outdoor Activities in Sarasota County for Seniors

In the past 10 years, Sarasota County has increased its senior citizen population by five percent, which brought their total senior population up to 35%.

That growth is expected to continue, and it shouldn’t be a surprise. Sarasota County offers a ton of outdoor amenities for its senior population that lures retirees to this charming beachside destination.

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Since the founding of the Friendship Centers and SCAN, seniors now have an empowering community to rely on. Both programs open the doors for newcomers to create an environment that keeps the senior population safe, active, and independent.

There are 16 well-kept parks and preserves for seniors to walk, bike, stretch, and even horseback ride.

Many of their parks have paved trails, making the walks easier and accessible, even to those with disabilities.

Myakka River Boat Tours
Myakka River Boat Tours

Be adventurous and take a riverboat tour at Myakka River State Park in Venice, and look out for the alligators, herons, snook, and turtles.

Enjoy a guided nature walk through South Lido Park or Legacy trail and learn more about the plants, birds, and wildlife.

Don’t forget to relax on Siesta Key beach any day of the week. At any local beach, this county provides beach wheelchairs available at every lifeguard stand for no additional cost.

Make sure you visit Marie Selby Botanical Gardens and Sarasota Jungle Gardens for a beautiful landscape treat.

Go searching along the rocks for the biggest shark tooth at Caspersen Beach down off Harbor Drive. The Ringling is a must-see because of its constantly changing, family friendly Exhibits and Programs.

Get a senior citizen discount at The Celery Fields and bring a lunch to enjoy a picnic on top of the hill overlooking the scenery.

Because this county is small, it is easy to visit many attractions in each city and feel like you’re at home.

Fun Activities in Sarasota County for Seniors

Life is more fun in Sarasota County because it’s home to some of the best wildlife sanctuaries, environmental experiences, and live entertainment.

Head over to the Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary right next to the Celery Fields and play with the monkeys and lions, or stick to the traditional petting zoo.

Next, go to the Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium where you can get an up-close-and-personal experience with over 100 different species of aquatic wildlife.

Ca d'Zan Mansion
Ca d'Zan Mansion

Learn your Sarasota history at Ca d’Zan Mansion, which was a winter home of American circus owner John Ringling and his wife Mable.

The beautiful mansion sits on the water and has preserved artifacts and art from the 20s.

Watch a spring training baseball game at Ed Smith Stadium, home of the Baltimore Orioles.

Learn how to Paddle Board at Sarasota Paddle Boarding and explore mangroves tunnels while watching for manatees and dolphins to swim around you in their natural environment.

Walk around the Sarasota Classic Car Museum and check out the Paul McCartney’s beloved Mini Cooper or John Lennon’s 1965 Mercedes Benz.

Soak in the Warm Mineral Springs in North Port for a relaxing day, and of course, make sure to read a book and tan on Venice beach.

Restaurants and Bars in Sarasota County for Seniors

With many restaurants on the water, this county has a lot of charm and romance to its seniors.

For the best feeling of romanticism visit Siesta Key Island and enjoy a festive atmosphere and great food.

 

Venice Beach Florida
Venice Beach Florida

Go to the Central Sarasota Farmers Market and enjoy nothing but locally and regionally sourced food, art, and entertainment.

This is a great place to mingle with local farmers and learn about a range of topics including health, children’s education, community issues, cooking, and more.

Learn about the history of Drum Circle Distilling with a free senior tour, and then enjoy some of their handcrafted coconut rum.

Finish at Venice for the best waterfront view of the Gulf while dining. You can even go for a swim after your meal!

Cultural Activities in Sarasota County for Seniors

Sarasota County is well-known for its art and culture and considered one of the top places in Florida to experience it.

With plenty of theatres, ballet, museums, and galleries there is no surprise as to why.

Because this county is influenced heavily by the circus man himself, John Ringling, there is a large Venetian & Mediterranean influence visible in its architecture.

Sarasota County is truly a center of art both live and still. When visiting, make sure to check these off of your list:

Sarasota Opera House (Formerly Edwards Theatre)

This is a historic venue opened in 1926 that has hosted the likes of Will Rogers and Elvis Presley. They also offer discounted tours to senior citizens.

Marietta Museum of Art & Whimsy

True to its name, this delightful art museum is whimsical in every way. This is also a free exhibit, though donations are encouraged.

Sarasota Orchestra

The Sarasota Orchestra is a major contributor to the arts community in Sarasota County. They offer world-class live performances, music lessons, and host a 3-week long, annual music festival.

Sarasota Orchestra
Sarasota Orchestra

John and Marble Ringling Museum of Art

The Ringling is more than just a circus. Their museum offers beautiful exhibitions and program that change throughout the year. Visit their website to see what’s happening now, and take advantage of their senior citizen special.

Sarasota Ballet

The Sarasota Ballet is now enjoying its 27th season of performances. It is internationally acclaimed for the beautifully composed performances.

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

The Van Wezel is host to many of the previously mentioned groups. It is truly an eclectic theatre where you can witness events ranging from comedy to opera to Broadway musicals.

Annual Sarasota Film Festival

This Festival was ranked in the top 10 of all Film Festivals in the world in 2016. Continuously in the top 10% of national Festivals, SFF is truly top-tier offering some of the best independent films to the public.

If you need some help getting around Sarasota or if you’re looking for an amazing social experience, visit joinpapa.com and request a college student to show you around town.


Naples Florida

Senior Activities in Naples Florida

Outdoor Activities in Naples for Seniors

Whether you’re closer to the wilderness or the white-sand beaches, Naples is a city that will give you a small-town feel with its relaxed atmosphere.

It is one of the wealthiest cities in the United States, and mainly has seniors older than 65 living here.

Since the creation of the Nonprofit Collier Senior Resources Organization in 2010, senior citizens and caregivers have more resources available to assist their healthcare needs, education, meals, and lifestyle.

The city puts a lot of emphasis on showing seniors how to keep their brains and body sharp through different programs and support groups.

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There are many nature parks and preserves to visit that offer guided tours and meet-ups to socialize while hiking, bird watching, kayaking, and much more.

Make sure to visit Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary and sign up for their guided tours ranging from bird walks to exploring the ancient forest.

Have a BBQ at the Naples Preserve, and then walk along the beautiful boardwalk.

Go fishing at Barefoot Beach Preserve and keep a look out for sea turtle’s eggs hatching!

The year-round warm climate provides a full day for enjoyment anytime.

Make sure to take a manatee sightseeing tour, and stay on the lookout for dolphins and alligators.

If you love deep-sea fishing, charter a private boat for the day and visit many old shipwrecks while catching Grouper, Snapper, and Cobia.

The outdoor activities are endless in a city like this because Naples goes above-and-beyond seniors’ expectations when they visit.

Fun Activities in Naples for Seniors

Naples is a trendy city for seniors because of the endless options it has for its residents and visitors.

With nearly 80 golf courses, you can always practice your golf swing. Make sure to check out Tiburon Golf Club and TPC Treviso Bay if you are there for a short time.

Join a book club at the Collier County Public Library, or further your education with their variety of computer literacy, job training, and health classes for seniors.

Believe in fantasy again and watch a performance of a live mermaid show. Get your dancing shoes on and take a class at ReCreation Tappers.

Enjoy the sunset while fishing or dolphin watching at the historic Naples Pier.

Spend time at the Naples Senior Center and the Golden Gate Senior Center and take art classes, play card games, watch movies, and exercise with new friends.

Waterside Shops

Enjoy the outdoors at the Waterside Shops, and find a new outfit for your next rendezvous.

Sweat out the toxins at Naples Family Fitness and take a senior cardio class or senior tone class.

Whether you want to relax or stay active, Naples can scratch that itch!

Restaurants and Bars in Naples for Seniors

One of the great things about Naples is the variety of dining they have. From upscale to casual, their fresh food does not disappoint.

Every weekend senior’s head over to Third Street South on Saturdays, and Pine Ridge Road Farmers Market on Sundays to eat the homemade food and purchase the hand-made items from locals.

Naples farmers markets are always full of great people, and it is a perfect place to walk around and enjoy the weather.

Coconut Point Shops
Coconut Point Shops

Make sure to visit Coconut Point if you’re looking for a great area to dine, shop, and enjoy entertainment.

Whether it’s burgers, freshly caught fish sandwiches, or just enjoying a nice cold brew, Tin City Waterfront Shops will give you what you need. Its casual dining spots and scenic views offer something for everyone.

Wherever you choose to eat in Naples, friendly faces and a relaxed atmosphere will welcome you.

Cultural Activities in Naples for Seniors

Naples is a city that is booming with arts and culture. The city entertains its residents and visitors and changes their art exhibitions regularly.

It always has new performances playing at its multiple theatres too. Here are some places you need to check off your list when you arrive:

Artis Naples

Home of the Baker Museum and the Naples Philharmonic, Artis is the premier center for the performing and visual arts in Southwest Florida.

They host more than 800 concerts, performances, and exhibitions each year so you will never see the same thing twice unless you want to.

TheatreZone

This venue brings back old Tony Awarded Broadway classics that are must-sees if you love musical theatre.

Gulfshore Playhouse

A Nonprofit theatre that adheres to the highest artistic standards and aims to expand your imagination with many performances that will take you on an adventure and inspire you at the same time.

Museum of the Everglades
Museum of the Everglades

Museum of Everglades

Accessible only by boat, this museum dates back to a time when construction of the Tamiami Trail was underway and the tiny settlement of the Everglades served as the first county seat in 1927.

Delve into over 2,000 years of human history in this area and learn more about how this trading town became what it is today.

Naples Depot Museum

This museum, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, brings visitors back to a time when the railroads were in its prime.

Immokalee Pioneer Museum

Originally home to cattleman Robert Roberts and his family in the early 1900s, this 13-acre historic site and museum tell the story about how people survived out in the Big Cypress Swamp.

If you need some help getting around Naples or Marco Island or if you’re looking for an amazing social experience, visit joinpapa.com and request a college student to show you around town.