12 New Things to Explore With an Older Family Member

Unexplored paths

Lead to undiscovered treasures.

Constance Chuks Friday

woman at an antique store

Chances to explore are everywhere and if you spend a lot of time with an older loved one,

exploring new things and places together can be a bonding experience. Familiarity is a good thing, especially with older family members. But, sometimes, the unfamiliar refreshes us. It can open up our eyes to new sights, our noses to new aromas, our ears to new sounds, our hands to a new touch, and our mouths to new tastes. So explore something new together! Make your own list. Here’s a list to get you started.

  1. Visit a new restaurant in your neighborhood or one that you’ve never been to before.
  2. Get wet at a recreation center or senior center. Check out adult swim times. Swim, walk in the water, or just relax in the hot tub.
  3. Read from a new book of poetry. Explore books at the library or book store. Read a little each day.
  4. Play an instrument your loved one always wanted to play or one they have played in the past. If you don’t have access to it, listen to a favorite instrument on a music player.
  5. Visit a small town museum. Many small towns have small museums to explore. They are fun, interesting and generally tell a story of the surrounding community.
  6. If your loved one is a church-goer, visit a different church some Sunday or different day of the week. (The same TYPE of church your loved one is used to, just at a different location.)
  7. Explore an antique store. See this post on a visit I had with my mom to an antique store.
  8. Listen to new music. Listen to it on the radio in the car, on a headset, at an outdoor local concert, etc…
  9. Visit the graves of loved ones. This isn’t for everyone, but this is something very important to my mom and were to many people of her age group. Bring flowers if you wish to.
  10. Take a class together. Maybe it’s a baking class, a class on how to make wreaths, a woodworking class, or a class on how to fly fish. You can find these classes, sometimes free, at stores, recreation centers, or local college extension programs.
  11. Visit a spa or get your nails done together. See this post on a girls day out.
  12. Attend a local play or music program. High schools, middle schools, local theaters often put on plays and musicals during various times of the year. Learn more about their schedules by visiting their website, calling, or visiting.


  • Before visiting any place that is new to you, be sure to check out accessibility for your loved one if needed.
  • Consider whether your older family member will adapt well in a new or particular environment.

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