The Best Hobbies for Seniors for Physical and Mental Well-Being!
When you retire and you have nothing to do all day, sooner or later, you will start feeling the emptiness of retirement. Maybe you even wish you could go back to work. In fact, some people start working in private institutions once they have retired from civil service. Some even go ahead and start their own businesses. Either way, a time comes when you have worked enough and you need to consider the best hobbies for seniors to keep you from going back to work out of boredom.
When choosing a hobby, consider what you really enjoy doing. It might not be something related to anything you have ever done, but it should be something you really enjoy.
A good hobby should give you two basic things. First, it should keep you physically and mentally healthy. Second, it will keep you entertained and engaged. In some cases, a hobby can earn you a few extra dollars.
If you are still working, you need to develop a hobby as you plan for your future. If you love swimming, develop that interest. Expand the hobby by offering swimming lessons to kids. But, sometimes things change. You might develop a condition such as arthritis or diabetes which will keep you from engaging in certain activities.
Whichever hobby you choose, note that working with your hands at any age will enhance the coordination between your brain and your physical being. Having a few hobbies keeps you afloat at all times.
Top Hobbies for Seniors
1. Reading as a Hobby
Reading a good book will not only keep you busy but will also keep you entertained. Most people would love to read tons of books, but they do not have the time, and there are millions of good books to read when you have time.
Reading is one of the best hobbies for seniors with arthritis. The good news is, reading is an inexpensive hobby and it comes loaded with hundreds of benefits. When you are reading in a well-lit room or under a shade during the daytime, you need no electricity. At night, just a small LED light will do just fine.
When you choose a good-sized book, it will offer you lots of hours of entertainment. You can even join book clubs. There is a book club in almost every neighborhood. Here, you can discuss books you have read, share ideas and get hints on the next best book. Plus, nothing feels good like freezing into the plot of a good book and following it through.
Books offer knowledge and enlightenment. When you are not reading fiction books, you should be immersed deep into history books, health and self-improvement books, religious books and any other book that interests you.
You can acquire these large books at practically nothing at the local library.
2. Writing/Blogging for Fun
Want to make a change even as you have fun and earn extra money? Start writing. In fact, writing is only second best to reading. Nowadays, you do not need to spend years banging copy on your computer only to publish and wait for years to sell a hundred copies. You can start blogging and build an audience slowly by slowly.
Blogging is easy, you do not need technical skills. Even with zero experience, you can start and run a blog. Search platforms such as WordPress and Weebly and you will see thousands of tutorials online. Start a free blog and upgrade later.
Blogging gives you the freedom to write about any topic. Which is a good thing, seeing that we all have an interest. If you are an expert in a given field and you enjoy writing, you will add more value to your readers even as you earn.
Pick a theme or niche and run with it. This could be a good hobby for seniors with dementia because you can see right where you left off if the mind wanders.
As your blog develops and grows each day, so will your audience and so will your chances of monetizing it. If you have no computer skills at all besides your passion for writing, there are lots of courses to help you out.
3. Arts and Crafts
Art never fades. Once you start creating art and crafting, you will never stop. You do not have to guess whether you love art or not. You will feel the love for art and craft running in you. Plus, the satisfaction that comes with finishing an art or craft project is soothing.
You can start painting, sculpting, photographing, scrapbooking, knitting or even sewing. Or, you can create wall hangings, centerpieces, necklaces and other items to use in the house or sell. Even coloring in an adult coloring book is rewarding when the job is done.
Today, you can sell your art online on sites such as Etsy. Or, you can create your own art retail store online. Even when you do not intend to sell your art, you will still have fun creating.
For seniors, art can be done as a social activity with friends or family members, which ensures the seniors mingle with other people. The activity is engaging, fun and rewarding. Again, it keeps your mind in tip top shape. Better still, art therapy has been used to stimulate seniors’ brain and bring back memories for those with dementia.
4. Play Video Games and Reduce Stress
It feels like a hobby for senior men, but it is not. Video games offer a good way to stay engaged, challenge one’s mind and stay away from stress. But it’s not a common hobby for seniors. In fact, most seniors will run away from it in a bid to keep their eyes safe from the glaring light of LCD screens. But, you can play at a distance with computer glasses and stay safe.
Video games have advanced a great deal in the last decade. Do not think of video games for what they have always been; not all games are about violence. You can choose strategy games, puzzle games, memory games and artistic games among others. While at it, you will keep your brain healthy.
Video games are an inexpensive hobby; you can play on your computer, tablet or mobile device.
5. Start a Botanical Garden or a Kitchen Garden
Gardening is fun. It keeps seniors engaged, keeps them physically fit and mentally active. If you need to enhance your mobility and flexibility, start gardening. There are even special tools and even garden seats that can make gardening easier for seniors.
Gardening will depend on whether you have space in your backyard to start a garden. If you do, a botanical garden, a kitchen garden, or even a raised garden will come in as a great hobby. This is not an inexpensive hobby though. It will need lots of resources in terms of time and money.
A botanical garden is a collection of different plants labeled with their scientific names. This will need you to go collecting plants, researching their English and botanical names, planting them and tending them all day. You have to have a love for Mother Nature. But, your efforts will not go unrewarded. You will give your visitors tours of your garden. It can also be a great place to read or do your art.
A kitchen garden, on the other hand, is a simple garden where you grow kitchen supplies including onions, tomatoes, chili, and greens. Having a small kitchen garden can even reduce the amount of grocery shopping you have to do. Plus, you can sell the surplus to your neighbors or at a farmer’s market.
Golfing has to be on the list. It is one of the most favorite sports of many seniors. When you play golf, you increase your flexibility and enhance your motion, strength and balance. Plus, if you really enjoy the game, it offers you a way to stay happy. While golfing, you will meet other golfers, some who are seniors and golfing for a hobby. This is why golfing is referred to as a social game.
Golf was once considered a hobby only for men, but that’s no longer the case. Many women enjoy golf too!
However, if you are looking for hobbies for seniors with arthritis, the movement and activities in golf might limit you. Otherwise, you can golf for life and still find great satisfaction in it. When you swing the club, your hand-eye coordination also improves.
Golfing is not an expensive hobby, seeing that a single set of golf clubs can last for decades without the need for replacement. By joining a member’s club, you can play golf any day you wish.
7. Travel the World
Almost all of us would love to travel the world, but there are two limiting factors; finances and time. When you travel around the world you learn a lot, you add knowledge and get enlightened. You will also socialize with different people and get entertained by the diverse cultures in different parts of the world. Taste different cuisines and go foraging for exotic greens. It is fun.
In fact, traveling is one of the most enjoyable and best hobbies for seniors. But, you must be a person that loves socializing. Otherwise, traveling the world alone can be lonely. Plus, you need to have the resources.
You can also visit family and friends while you’re at it.
To make traveling fun, you can document your escapades; the good moments, the awkward moments, exciting, boring and any other moments. You can do this if you have a good camera and you are running a small blog. See how three hobbies link up here?
8. Training the Young and Volunteering
There are only a few things that feel as good as impacting the lives of the young. And you can pass down some of your knowledge to them through training. When you share, you learn more, you get to socialize and your mood is improved and your stresses dissolve.
One of the ways to offer training to the young is through public speaking. Organize and hold public forums where you talk to the young and enlighten them in different ways. You can also offer training in different fields as long as you have the skill set required.
Train the young how to swim, write, and create artistic objects among lots of other things. You can offer self-improvement courses, financial courses, and marriage advice as long as you are good in that field.
Try something new and something interesting. It doesn’t have to be the same things you have done for as long as you can remember. You can try new and exciting things. Perhaps learn a new language or a new skill. Propose to better yourself and impact those around you. Most importantly, ensure you stay healthy – mentally and physically.
If you have a senior in your life and you need to keep them engaged, happy and healthy, help them choose a hobby that fits them. You can work with them to choose a good hobby based on what they enjoy doing. This is even better because you can assist them in areas they have an issue such as setting up a blog. Consider special hobbies for seniors with dementia and other conditions like arthritis.
What are some of your favorite hobbies? Can you recommend a hobby that you think would be good for a senior or elderly person? Let me know in the comments below! OH! If you found this information helpful, please share with a friend on social media:
Scott Grant, ATP, CRTS®
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Scott Grant, ATP, CRTS Founder / Editor
My name is Scott Grant and I work daily with seniors as a custom wheelchair specialist at a home medical equipment company. I see these people struggle as they lose their independence. I watch their families try to help them but most don't even know where to start. Few are even aware of their options. I'm here to help!
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