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Seniors Deserve to Be Playful Too!


Why do we stop being playful as we age?


Somewhere along the way, society decided that being serious is a sign of maturity, while playfulness is left for the young. I say that’s nonsense!

Encouraging seniors to engage in chair-based movements, singing, and even pretending to be a monkey isn’t just fun—it’s essential for their well-being.

We all feel better when we're singing, dancing in our chair, pretending to be a monkey, or roaring like a dinosaur. Think about it: when was the last time you let loose and had a bit of silly fun? Probably too long ago. But why should that joy be reserved for children? 

When we're pretending to be a monkey and roaring like a dinosaur, we're stimulating a nerve in our body called the Vagus Nerve. This nerve is crucial for helping our body to get out of the fight, flight, freeze, fawn stress response.

Being a monkey or a dinosaur, resets our nervous system and makes our mind and body feel more connected and calm.

Seniors, like everyone else, deserve to feel the rush of joy that comes from moving their bodies in playful ways.

Picture this: a room full of seniors, their faces lit up with smiles, moving their arms like monkeys, and letting out their best dinosaur roars. It's not just a cute image—it’s a powerful statement against the stifling seriousness that society imposes on our seniors.

Let's get real for a moment. Chair-based movements are incredibly beneficial for seniors. They improve circulation, enhance flexibility, and boost overall physical health. But beyond the physical benefits, these activities also lift spirits, reduce stress, and create a sense of community.


Seniors are often isolated and lonely; playful activities can break down those barriers and foster real connections.

Some might argue that these activities aren't "serious" enough for adults. To them, I say: try it yourself. Let go of your inhibitions, move your body in silly ways, and feel the joy wash through you. You’ll quickly realise that playfulness isn’t about being childish—it’s about embracing life’s simple pleasures and finding happiness in the moment.

Think back to when you were a kid. Remember how you felt when you played pretend games, when you laughed so hard your belly ached, when you danced without a care in the world? That feeling doesn’t have to disappear with age. In fact, it’s even more important as we get older.

Seniors have lived long, full lives. They’ve faced challenges, losses, and hardships. They deserve the chance to recapture that innocent joy, to be silly and playful, and to feel young at heart. It’s not about regressing to childhood—it’s about enriching their lives and reminding them that joy knows no age limit.

So, the next time you visit an aged care facility or spend time with an elderly loved one, encourage them to join in some chair-based fun. Lead a sing-along, start a silly dance, or pretend to be animals together. Watch as their faces light up with genuine happiness. And for a moment, forget about being serious. Just be in the moment and enjoy the sheer, unadulterated joy of play.

We owe it to our seniors to give them these moments of happiness. Let’s break free from outdated notions of dignity and maturity. Let’s embrace playfulness at any age. Because everyone deserves to feel the rush of joy that comes from being a little bit silly. So go ahead, roar like a dinosaur, and see the magic unfold!


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What a beautiful piece. Inspiring


Thank you

Trisha Power

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