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10 Healthy Hobbies for Seniors

hobbies for seniorsHobbies are a great way for retired citizens to stay active, both physically and mentally and the importance of having a hobby in our golden years is backed up by an increasing body of evidence. If you or a loved one are considering what to do with your retirement years, here are 10 healthy hobbies seniors can start/develop.

1) Volunteering

One of the most detrimental effects of retirement is it tends to make people feel like they are no longer useful. It often leads to them feeling cut off from society, which in turn leads to depression and a variety of health issues. Volunteering can combat those feelings by giving seniors a purpose again and a way to become active in the community.

2) Exercise

We’re all told to exercise and maintain physical activity throughout our lives and it’s even more important to continue doing so as we age. From walking to yoga there’s something for everyone, including those whose mobility is limited as they get older. Swimming is especially popular among seniors who often suffer from joint pain as a result of lost cartilage.

3) Gardening

Many studies have been done on the health benefits of gardening. To start with, it gets you outside and moving, both things that are known to boost mood, immune system function, and overall health. You can make it an even healthier activity by growing some of your favorite fruits and vegetables.

4) Music

Whether singing, dancing, playing a musical instrument, or all three, music is a great way to keep minds and bodies feeling young. It’s enjoyable, provides mental and physical stimulation, and can be done with a partner or in a group for an added social aspect.

5) Games

Psychologists have long known about the long-term health benefits of things like crossword puzzles and that continues to be true for all mentally challenging games. People of all ages who play games like Scrabble and chess exhibit enhanced cognitive function.

6) Arts and Crafts

There’s nothing like creating something with your own hands. Arts and crafts can keep seniors active, maintain/improve their coordination, and provide a creative outlet for their thoughts and feelings.

7) Learn a New Skill

They say you learn something new everyday and that should remain true right up until the end. If you’ve always wondered how to identify birds or poisonous plants, your retirement years just might be the perfect time to find the answers to all those questions that have been plaguing you your whole life – or the last five minutes.

8) Fermentation

If you’ve always wanted to try making your own beer or wine, there’s no time like the present.

9) Creative Writing

Writing is another form of expression and a great option for people of any age. Whether you want to use your retirement years to put together that novel you’ve always wanted to write, or just short stories for your own amusement, creative writing has proven benefits for cognitive and emotional health.

10) Keep a Pet

There’s nothing like have a living, sentient being literally depend on you for survival to make you feel needed and useful. It’s also a symbiotic relationship because having a pet is known to improve mood and immune function while reducing stress and blood pressure.

The need to stay active is so important in the life of a senior. There are many options for seniors to stay active. Here at Stillwater Senior Living, our staff can provide stimulating activities to keep our seniors engaged and occupied. 

CONTACT US TODAY to find out ore and take a tour of our beautiful state-of-the-art community.

Four Ways Assisted Living Helps Seniors to Get Involved

help seniors to get involvedIt is so important that seniors find meaningful things to do during their golden years. They tend to have more time on their hands than they had in the past. It has been proven through research that a sense of purpose may improve a senior’s physical and emotional health. This in turn could lead to a longer life. Today’s assisted living communities know how important socialization and activities are to the needs of their residents. They are doing their best to offer several different options, including community involvement, socialization, and entertainment. This can help their residents live longer and happier lives.

Assisted living communities encourage seniors to get involved by realizing the varying degree of their abilities. They offer several kinds of activities so there is something for everyone to get involved in. This will allow a resident to choose an activity that is both interesting to them a fitting to their needs and abilities.

Here are four different ways that senior communities are getting their residents involved:

Field Trips– It can be a shopping trip, a sports game, or a trip to a local museum to soak up culture and history. Besides entertainment, these trips can be helpful in keeping senior’s minds young and engaged, which will improve their mental health.

Classes– What better way to sharpen a senior’s mind than learning a new skill or hobby! The possibilities are endless including painting, cooking classes, book clubs, and computer classes. Computer classes can teach seniors to keep in touch with friends and relatives through social media. Learning to use the internet also helps them to keep up with current events in the news. Book clubs are great for avid readers and encourage conversation among the residents. It’s a great way to make new friends. Cooking classes are great for learning a new skill and exchanging cherished recipes.

Fitness– Many assisted living communities offer classes like yoga or tai chi. Some communities even have personal trainers and physical therapists to help create senior-friendly workouts to encourage healthy living habits. Dancing is also a great way for seniors to get exercise. You can hold a Friday night dance party to get seniors to socialize and stay active. It keeps residents social and physical fit.

Volunteering– Many seniors find meaning and purpose through volunteering. They can hand out brochures to prospective new residents, help to give tours of the community, help others wrap gifts for the holidays, and sit with a sick friend so they don’t have to be alone. Putting a smile on the face of a neighbor is sure to put a smile on their own face.

The need to stay involved is so important in the life of a senior. There are many options available to help a senior stay involved. Here at Stillwater Senior Living, our staff can provide stimulating activities to keep our seniors engaged and occupied.

CONTACT US TODAY to find out ore and take a tour of our beautiful state-of-the-art community.