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Indoor Activities for Seniors that Make Rainy Days Less Dreary

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When April showers are in full effect, there are plenty of activities that can be enjoyed indoors. Here are ten ideas to consider that will help you stay connected, healthy, and entertained, no matter the weather outside!

  1. Puzzles: Completing jigsaw puzzles is a relaxing way to spend a rainy day, especially if you enjoy a quiet and peaceful activity. With so many options available online at Amazon or specialty stores like New York Puzzle Company, you can choose from various difficulty levels and themes to ensure a fun and rewarding experience. 

  1. Board games or card games: Pull out the chessboard, the Scrabble tiles, or the deck of cards. Playing social games is perhaps one of the most treasured activities among residents at RLC. Our communities offer a game room with access to pool tables and board games, so there’s never a shortage of things to do - or friendly competition.

  1. Indoor exercise: Staying active is essential, especially as we age. Many gentle exercises can be done indoors and help improve balance, flexibility, and strength like yoga or tai chi. Indoor cardio or strength training exercises are also a great way to maintain physical health and fitness on a rainy day. And when you live in a community like RLC, you’re just steps away from a 24-hour gym and free fitness classes. Try a workout video or use resistance bands or dumbbells for an easy indoor routine. Always consult your physician before beginning any exercise program - indoors or out. 

  1. Meditation: Practicing meditation or mindfulness can be a calming and centering activity on a rainy day. Use guided meditations or apps like Headspace or Calm to get started. It’s never too late to learn something new.

  1. Reading: There's nothing quite like curling up with a good book on a rainy day. Whether it's a classic novel or the latest bestseller, reading is a great way to relax and keep your mind engaged. We love offering our residents a wonderful assortment of books in our on-site library.

  1. Writing letters or cards: Writing letters or cards to friends and family is a wonderful way to stay connected. A rainy day provides the perfect opportunity to sit down and pen some thoughtful messages you’ve been meaning to share.

  1. Getting crafty: Whether it's knitting, sewing, or scrapbooking, there are plenty of crafts to try that can be both entertaining and rewarding on a rainy day. If you try your hand at painting, it can be fun to experiment with different mediums like watercolor, acrylic, or colored pencils. Taking a class is a great way to begin - which is why we offer several types of painting and art classes in our communities.

  1. Indoor gardening: Tending to indoor plants or a small garden can be an incredibly relaxing way to spend a rainy day. Start some seeds, repot a houseplant, or plant culinary herbs to enjoy the benefits of greenery indoors. If you love tea, consider growing your own indoor tea garden!

  1. Taking an online class: Thanks to the internet, countless online classes and tutorials are available for free or a small fee. Use a rainy day to learn something new, whether a foreign language, a new skill, or a hobby. Exploring art and history museums or galleries online can also be an educational and enriching experience.

  1. Organizing your space: If you've been meaning to tackle some organizing projects around the house, a rainy day is the perfect time to do it. Sort through your closets, clean out your pantry, or re-arrange your furniture for a fresh look. This can be an especially helpful way to begin downsizing and planning for retirement living!

As you can see, with a little creativity and imagination, there are countless ways to have fun and stay productive indoors. So next time the weather is dreary, don't let it get you down. Embrace the opportunity to try something new and have some fun.

Speaking of trying something new, if you’d like to see what an all-inclusive, independent lifestyle looks like, we’d love to show you. Find a community near you to set up a tour - rain or shine!

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Resort Lifestyle Communities (RLC) develops all-inclusive resort-style communities to provide a relaxing and worry-free retirement lifestyle for residents. The comfort, safety, and enjoyment of our residents are our top priorities. For this reason, every community is staffed with live-in managers, a 24/7 emergency alert system and concierge service, gourmet chefs, housekeepers, maintenance staff, a full-time lifestyle director, and more. For more information about RLC, visit

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