So - it's mighty cold up here in Maine. My 90-year-old father (who's lived up here with me since June - he moved here from TN) is not inclined to go outside for anything....except our weekly shopping trip on Saturday mornings. Hubby & I work,,,,he's home alone with his companion dog 5 days a week. He's not doing much of anything except sitting in his recliner, wearing his longjohns next to the wood stove.
I have subscribed to National Geographic, Reminisce & Consumer Reports magazines. He has more books on WWII and the UDT than the local library. He has a drafting board and several balsa wood airplane kits (with all needed accessories) waiting for him. He's got weights in the bedroom and a weight bench in the finished (and heated basement). He doesn't play cards (never has). He reads just a bit here and there. He doesn't like board games. I can't get him near a computer. He doesn't watch too much TV when we're not home (it's cowboy or war movies or football when we're home). He doesn't cook (except a microwave) - I make his lunch for him every night & leave it in the refrigerator for him to heat it up the next day.
I know he's depressed - he & mama were married 65 years - she passed away April of last year.
When it was warm weather he would take the dog out for a walk & check the mail, sometimes do yard work, at least.
ANY ideas of SOMETHING that may capture his attention & help me get through this winter without feeling like he's becoming a lump in a chair?