LEGO is a building block for many people's childhood. But, it surprisingly didn't stop there because there is no age limit for it. It has to be one of the toys you can enjoy your whole life. LEGO transcends age, as everyone from babies to senior citizens enjoys it. It isn't just about building bricks, but it takes you through some mental drills that are very important for senior citizens.
LEGO doesn't only help seniors to have fun but also has some mental benefits that can keep neurodegenerative diseases at bay. Alzheimer's, Dementia, and Parkinson's are common neurodegenerative diseases that manifest with age. They can, however, be managed by setting your senior up with LEGO sets.
Building LEGO sets are a great way to stimulate and maintain brain function. It also cites the ability to hone manual dexterity in seniors. Since a large population of senior citizens come down with memory loss and motor skill difficulty, LEGO can serve as a therapy to help stimulate their brains from degenerating. LEGO will make a wonderful gift for senior parents and grandparents. Having LEGO sets in a retirement home is a great way to keep the seniors active, hearty, and social.
List of best Legos for seniors
There are various LEGO sets, but some are just best for senior citizens than the other. We have compiled a list of the best LEGO sets that can help seniors relax, improve and refine their dexterity, and help them cope with mental health issues. Every senior can enjoy the following LEGO sets;
1. A ship in a bottle (Amazon link)
Get your senior making ships in a bottle with 962 Lego pieces. Building this LEGO set can become a hobby in no time. It takes time to master, after which you can easily make a ship in a bottle successfully in a few hours. It includes a brick-built bottle, a display stand, and a ship. The ship has plenty of details to be observed through the bottle. It features a captain's quarter, a crow nest, a raised deck, a buildable cork, 3 masts, 6 cannons, printed sails, a ship's flag, and wax seal elements.
2. Old Fishing Store (Amazon link)
The LEGO Old Fishing Store is well suited for adults. Most seniors enjoy the idea of fishing, so this LEGO set often interests them. It comes with 2049 pieces, including 4 rare Lego Minifigures - a captain, a fisherman, a fisherman, and a child. It includes additional figures of a cat and three seagulls.
Old fishing store LEGO bricks are compatible with other LEGO sets to enable creative building. So, you can bring in pieces from other LEGO sets for construction. You are expected to build a shop packed with fishing elements and a connecting watchtower with a 360-degree balcony and office. The shop measure over 9" deep, 9" wide, and 12" high.
3. Tantive IV (Amazon link)
Tantive IV is a legendary LEGO Star Wars set. It is the first spaceship in the first scene of Star Wars: A New Hope. Every Star Wars-loving senior will certainly enjoy constructing this spaceship with over 1,750 pieces.
Tantive IV includes 5 LEGO Minifigure: Princess Leia (who was hunted by Darth Vader in the New Hope), Captain Antilles, Bail Organa, C-3PO, and a Rebel Fleet Trooper (and an additional R2-D2 droid). The set features a blaster pistol and 3 blasters as weapons and a pair of electrobinoculars. Tantive IV is a highly detailed set seniors can enjoy.
4. LEGO Architecture London Skyline Collection (Amazon link)
The Lego architecture 2023 collection is developed for LEGO fans to celebrate the architectural diversity of places in the world. The London skyline set is a detailed model of the London skyline. It has an accurate comparative representation of each structure around the skyline. The set features 5 of the city's beloved landmarks- Big Ben and Tower Bridge, Nelson's Column, National Gallery, London Eye, decorative London nameplate.
The construction which measures over 3" deep, 11" wide, and 5" high is to be built with 468 LEGO pieces. The brick in this set is compatible with bricks from other sets to allow for more creativity.
5. Creator Mini Cooper (Amazon link)
LEGO allows you to build a real replica of the Mini Cooper with 1077 LEGO pieces. This Mini Cooper brick replica is full of details, including the sporty fog lights, the classic tan interior, detailed engine, separate tire compartment, hood and trunk, wing mirrors, etc.
Creator Mini Cooper LEGO set includes everything you need to build an authentic 4" high, 5" wide, 9" long replica of the MINI Cooper Mk VII. It also includes a picnic basket to complete your countryside picnic adventure.
6. Creator Lakeside Lodge (Amazon link)
Construct a lakeside lodge from LEGO bricks. The bricks come in a blue, green, red, and brown color scheme. It features a balcony, water lilies, campfire, detailed interior (with a bed, stove, and table), and a lamp. It also includes a minifig, a frog, and a moose.
You are expected to construct an opening log cabin with campfire, bed, stove, fishing pier, etc with the 368 LEGO pieces. The lakeside lodge measures over 3" high, 6" deep, and 6" wide. The observatory measures over 4" high, 4" deep, and 5" wide. The small cabin measures over 3" high, 5" deep, and 5" wide.
7. City Passenger Train (Amazon link)
The City Passenger Train is a fun set that easily keeps your senior busy. It comes with a motorized engine with 10-speed Bluetooth remote control and a nose cone, driver's cabin, seats and tables, rails, train signals, 4 LEGO Minifigures (including a train attendant, a train conductor, and 2 passengers), a café and accessory elements like a hot dog, croissant, muffins, mugs, and a messenger bag holding a LEGO suitcase. The City Passenger Train requires batteries to function.
8. City Forest Tractor (Amazon link)
Forest Tractor features massive arms and wheels, chains, a small log stand, a lumberjack Minifigure, and others. You pick up the buildable logs with the tractor claw to move them. This is supposed to be fun. This set contains 174 LEGO pieces.
Lego is creative, fun and puzzling! All this makes it great for senior citizens.