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7 Simple and Fun Activities to Spark Purpose and Joy in Older Adults

Too often as we age, our world gets smaller due to mobility challenges, health issues, or cognitive decline. Activities that focus on enhancing holistic quality of life can reconnect older adults to what brings them purpose, joy, and meaning in life. 

Holistic quality of life refers to the 7 Domains of Wellness: Physical, Spiritual, Intellectual, Creative, Vocational, Emotional, and Environmental. 

Using these domains, the eldercare and therapeutic activity specialists at The Hummingbird Project created this list of seven simple ideas for engaging an older adult in your life to spark joy and foster a sense of purpose and connection.

Click on each of the domains below to get relevant ideas and tips.

About the Author:

Kari Rogenski, MA, LMFT
Kari is the Director of
The Hummingbird Project and Co-Creator of Joyful Moments: Meaningful Activities to Engage Older Adults. She is a proud advocate for the importance of finding and embracing joy throughout life. Kari is co-founder of Reimagining Dementia: A Creative Coalition for Justice. She is a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT) and doctoral student at Saybrook University where she is studying creativity, innovation, and leadership. 

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About The Hummingbird Project: We believe that quality of life is just as important as quality of care–and in truly living at every age and every stage of our lives. To learn more about how we help family members, caregivers, and older adults engage curiosity, foster personal expression, and reignite a passion for lifelong learning, visit us here. Our Joyful Moments Activity Cards are a great way to get started with engaging and meaningful activities.

About Mellie:  A comprehensive solution for navigating and managing elder care.  Mellie empowers family caregivers to provide the best care and support to their adult loved ones.

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