If you've already tried our Learn a Recipe activity with your Old Mate and you're ready to take it to the next level, then a formal cooking class might just be for you.
Towns big and small across the country will all have a range of classes and workshops across a variety of cuisines - Thai, French, baking, etc., wha [ ... ]
Creating and building something from scratch is mentally stimulating, great for self-esteem and wonderful in maintaining your Old Mate's fine-motor skills.
Depending on you and your Old Mate's skills and resources - what you choose to build could vary wildly from small arts & craft projects using household items right up to large woodworking projects like building a bookshelf.[ ... ]
We live in a technological world.
If you think about it for a moment, your Old Mate has seen a massive shift in the reliance on technology in their lifetime. When they grew up humans hadn't yet landed on the moon, the internet was but a dream, and even ballpoint pens weren't widely used.
So, it's understandable that not all Old Mates are as proficient with computers, smart [ ... ]
Ok, Ok, hear us out on this one. You might think that magic is a little naff, but there are a lot of great skills behind it that are beneficial for your Old Mate like mental stimulation, precision and dexterity.
Whether it's slight of hand, cards or illusions, tricks require determination and practice - which makes it a great activity that your Old Mate can work on and perfect in be [ ... ]
Learn a Recipe
Amongst your Old Mate's generation, it wasn't uncommon for men to take a back seat when it came to cooking or domestic duties. Especially if your Old Mate no longer has a partner, there may be room for improvement in their culinary skills.
Learning some basic recipes and becoming more proficient around the kitchen is a great way to boost their confidence and independence.
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Learn an Instrument
'I wish I still played [ insert instrument name ].'
We've all heard this before. You've probably said it yourself.
Social media is a cheap and effective way for your Old Mate to connect with friends, family, news and the wider world. It's especially useful if your Old Mate has mobility issues, too.
The use of social media is backed up by science with studies showing that older people who use social media experience better health and wellbeing .