Remember the days when a family member would swipe the Monopoly board off the table in one smooth arm-motion because they were losing? Yeah, we've all been there / been that family member.
Occasional (and sometimes mandatory) dispute aside, board games are good ol' fashioned fun. Plus, for those on a budget, we all have a board game or two sitting in the cupboard - so no extra expen [ ... ]
Cards are a timeless classic - and for good reason. They're cheap, versatile, and entertaining.
Although Old Mates might not always be the early adopters of technology, they are an increasingly tech-savvy bunch with Pew Research showing that 60% of seniors now go online.
So, if you're a bit of a gamer yourself, then why not get your Old Mate in on the action? It's great mental [ ... ]
Sometimes it's the simple things in life that are the best.
Tackling a crossword with your Old Mate is a super easy way to bond and to keep them mentally stimulated. Combine it with a park, thermos and some snacks - you've got yourself a great morning.
You can always do the crossword in your local paper - otherwise most newsagents and bookstores sell crossword books.[ ... ]
From the super simple, to the most infuriating - there are literally millions of jigsaw puzzles in the world to choose from.
The really great thing about doing a jigsaw together with your Old Mate is that it's the perfect environment to have a conversation, too!.
You can always buy a new jigsaw puzzle if you feel so inclined, but if you want to keep it cheap, we can guarantee [ ... ]
Netflix & Actual Chill
Sometimes you just feel like kicking back and having some down time. Spending time with your Old Mate doesn't always need to be an 'event' or elaborate plan. Simply hanging out and watching some telly can be just as meaningful and important.
Who doesn't love puppies? And research shows animals can improve both physical and mental health of the humans around them (as if you needed an excuse).
This activity isn't limited to just puppies or dogs either. Most animals will suffice.
If you don't have a pet of your own, then get to social media to see if a friend or family member would let you borrow theirs for a few [ ... ]
Sport gets the blood pumping and heart racing - and that's just as a spectator!
Sometimes getting to a live match or game isn't always easy: Whether it's accessibility, cost, location, or some other reason. So, a solid backup is watching sport from the comfort of your own home.
Whether it's one of the great Aussie classics like footy and cricket, sports like gymnastics and [ ... ]