Regardless of experience level, hobbies provide an outlet for seniors to meet new people, expand their knowledge, and enjoy their free time during retirement. Whether they’re picking up a favorite pastime, or exploring a new activity, hobbies provide opportunities for seniors to stay physically and socially active. Having and participating in a hobby regularly can help improve physical health, provide outlets for emotion and creativity, connect with others, and relieve stress.

There are so many different types of hobbies available, for any type of situation. For seniors who are homebound, or those who just prefer staying in, there are activities that can be done from the comfort of your own home, on your own time. Learning to play an instrument helps provide a stimulating mental challenge, improve your hand eye coordination, and can be a lot of fun! Model building can be a great hobby to enjoy alone or with grandchildren. Jigsaw puzzles range in size and difficulty and can give your brain a workout in cognitive function, which helps support healthy aging and can be particularly important in delaying or preventing the onset of dementia.

Reading and falling in love with a good book is a hobby you can share alone or with others. There are endless genres to choose from, and in today’s world you don’t even need physical copies of a book. Most titles are available electronically and can be accessed on e-readers, smartphones, or tablets. Book clubs provide a great opportunity for seniors to reach out and make new connections. These clubs often meet weekly or monthly and allow opportunities for seniors to socialize. These clubs also provide many seniors with a way to get out of their comfort zone and learn about new topics or perspectives.

Remaining physically active as we age is paramount, and there are a variety of hobbies or activities that older adults can engage with, no matter their experience or current fitness level. Swimming, squash, golf, or pickleball can be a great physical outlet for seniors. If team sports are not for you, hiking, walking, cycling or yoga could all be great alternatives. Before starting any new activity, seniors should speak with their doctor to ensure that they’re remaining safe.

Cooking a meal can be stimulating for all our senses and has mental health benefits. Cooking regularly forces you to get organized, to follow ingredient lists and directions, and helps reduce stress. The routine of planning meals, gathering ingredients, and experimenting creatively can all have cognitive benefits for seniors. The more you cook, the more you can discover, from new techniques to new ingredients.

Adult learning can provide seniors with the opportunity to learn something new and meet new people with similar interests. From cooking to mathematics, there are class options for anything a senior may want to learn. Learning a new skill or topic can help give older adults a sense of achievement and fulfilment and can help delay the onset of Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

Thanks to advancements in technology and the internet, everyone, including older adults, can enjoy hobbies from anywhere in the world at any time. YouTube provides a platform for anyone to create and post their own videos on a variety of topics, and can include topics like news, music, arts and craft tutorials, comedy, sports, and more. Podcasts are available on a wide variety of topics such as health, crime, culture, and education. Social media connects aging adults with like-minded people who enjoy similar topics and hobbies and can provide them with opportunities to socialize and share their interests.

Whatever your senior is interested in, there’s a hobby for them. We have worked with many aging adults to help find their passion in their later years. Reach out today by phone at 240-745-5519 or email us at Gemena@GenadasHelpingHands.com to find out how we can help you and your loved ones.