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Best social activities for older people

It’s never too late to learn a new skill or revisit a hobby you enjoyed years ago. And it's also never too late to make new friends or meet up with old ones. Older people who stay socially active and open to new experiences enjoy so many benefits, including:

  • good emotional health, including feeling happier and more engaged with life
  • staving off feelings of isolation and depression
  • keeping mentally sharp, which helps to prevent the onset of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease

Here we hope to inspire you or your loved one with an insight into the huge range of exciting social activities and opportunities on offer up and down the country.

We’ll focus on:

The range of activities available

How Caremark can help support you or your loved one with social activities in the local area

The seven best social activities for older people

Clubs and activity groups can be both rewarding and enriching; they also provide a great way to keep the mind active, the body strong and spirits high. From playing games and doing a hobby such as painting or cooking, to spending time outdoors and socialising with family and friends, we’ve put together an inspiring list of ideas you or your loved one could enjoy, regardless of age, ability, and experience.

These are just a few ideas of clubs and groups we can help you or your loved one get involved in. There are plenty more out there so do feel free to make suggestions to us and we can help find local venues for you. You get can in touch with us by clicking to find your local Caremark office or by filling out the form below and we will contact you.


Bingo is a British staple that's still played up and down the country at local clubs and in bingo halls. It's great for maintaining a good level of hand-eye coordination and for keeping the brain active, requiring mental flexibility and good short-term memory. It's also a very sociable activity that encourages communication with others and the chance to meet old and new friends. Lots of day centres host Bingo sessions for elderly people and there are Bingo halls in many UK towns.

Aqua Aerobics

Exercise in the water is excellent for older people as it offers support and reduces the risk of injury or stress on the joints. It's also fun and less intimidating than other forms of exercise - perfect if you or your loved one was not as fit as you/they once were and might feel a bit nervous about joining in other sorts of exercise classes.

Cooking classes

Cooking classes can help older people gain confidence in the kitchen and ensure they are thinking about their dietary needs. There are classes suitable for everyone, from beginner to experts, and they're a fun way to learn new skills and meet new friends.

Join a choir

Singing can have a transformative power and it brings together people of all ages. Visit the National Association of Choirs to discover local singing groups or call 0844 504 2000.

Lunch clubs

Offering so much more than just a hot meal, lunch clubs are a social occasion that bring people together in a safe, friendly environment. They give people the opportunity to enjoy a nutritious meal, talk, make new friends and even play games. Some lunch clubs have guest speakers who talk on a range of interesting subjects. Most local councils will have information about lunch clubs in the area.

Arts & Crafts

There are all kinds of club and groups in every local area offering ways to get creative and make things with your hands. Activities you or your loved one might fancy, but have never had access to, include painting; pottery; knitting; photography; and quilting. Brilliant for keeping the mind busy and helping with hand-eye coordination, they are good for staving off depression. Often done as a group they are also ideal for making new friends.

Board games, puzzles and bridge

Playing board games, bridge and solving puzzles can help stimulate the mind and reduce the risk of diseases such as dementia and Alzheimer’s. They’re ideal for socialising as they provide a focal point that brings people together. Often local libraries have a board game club and local day centres host Bridge, so there might be opportunities to engage very close to home.

Age UK and the Royal Voluntary Service

Organisations that support older people like Age UK and older people's charity Royal Voluntary Service offer a host of exciting social events and activities, including coffee mornings, tea dances, singing, gentle exercise groups, day trips, bridge groups, quizzes, and arts and crafts.

Age UK

Each local Age UK has its own timetable of clubs and classes so click here to discover what's on at the one in you or your family member’s local area. They also have cafes and restaurants in which like-minded older people can get together over a home-cooked meal or a cup of tea and a cake. Age UK have wheelchair-accessible minibuses to transport you or your loved one there and back. Head to Age UK online for more information and to find a day centre in you or your friend or family member's local area.

Royal Voluntary Service

The Royal Voluntary Service also runs a range of clubs, groups and events in local communities offering opportunities to meet up with friends and make new ones, enjoy a chat and a cuppa, learn new skills, or participate in one of many interesting activities. Visit their website for classes and groups in you or your loved one's local area.

A member of our friendly team will be happy to give you further details about Caremark’s social activities service and how we can help you or your loved one. Please click to find the contact details for your local office. Alternatively, fill out the form below and your local Caremark office will be in touch with you.

Click to read more about our social activities service.

Discover how Caremark can help with social activities near you

We can help you manage social activities such as shopping, a visit to the hairdresser, meeting up with friends and family for a coffee and meeting new people at a local club or event. We appreciate everyone’s unique needs and aim to cater to those preferences – helping with making plans, arranging travel, helping those with limited accessibility, and supporting those in need to maintain friendships and a social network.

We encourage independence

Our care assistants consider physical and mental abilities and will cater to these needs accordingly. Day trips can be an important part of living an active life, and we can assist people to get out and about. Offering a change in scenery, a walk, or a special trip can be a great mood enhancer. We always encourage independence where possible and we work with our clients to find the perfect balance between preserving their independence and assisting them.

We offer support in ways that make lives easier

Our care assistants are experienced in helping all kinds of people with care needs. They are diligent and thoughtful and trained to meet the highest expectations when providing care. You can relax knowing that your loved ones will receive the quality support they need, want and deserve.

Peace of mind

To ensure the highest standard of care and give you the ultimate peace of mind, our services in England are regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). In Wales our services are regulated by the Care Inspectorate Wales (CIW), in Northern Ireland by the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA) and in Scotland by The Care Inspectorate.

To read more about our social activities service click here.

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