Get a Life. Helping Seniors Get Involved
At first, retirement is all about being free from commitments. Relaxation becomes the most important event on your daily schedule. Eventually, however, relaxation can turn to boredom. Life goes on after your loved one retires, it’s all about what they make of it. When seniors remain active and involved in community groups, they have a higher quality of life. It’s important for people at any age to be engaged in some kind of hobby. When a person has reached retirement age, there are potential limitations and special considerations.
Arts and Crafts
Art is such a broad hobby that includes everything from painting and sculpting to photography and woodworking. Creative outlets like these keep your mind engaged with endless opportunities to develop and expand your craft. It’s easy to try new art methods and test new techniques to keep your art fresh. While you’re crafting, it’s easy to become absorbed in hours of focused relaxation. Art projects become great gifts for kids and grandkids. They can also be sold for a source of income. Many art projects are portable, so seniors can take their creativity outside. Groups that come together around shared arts and crafts hobbies build communities around their creativity.
Water hobbies like aqua Zumba, water aerobics, and water yoga are just a few of the most popular ways to get active in the water. Swimming is a low-impact activity that’s easy on your joints. There are many health benefits from participating in various swimming exercises including improved bone health, joint health, and mood. Water activities also decrease symptoms of depression and a person’s risk for chronic illness. Water exercise classes provide a great way to make friends while refreshing your mind and body.
Exercise in any form is a great pastime for seniors. There are numerous health benefits for staying active throughout your retirement. While it’s important to know your body’s limitations, people of all age enjoy sports like golf, tennis, and cycling. Taking walks or joining exercise classes is another way to stay fit. These activities help build friendships with other seniors and people of all ages.
The most common excuse for not volunteering is a lack of time. When people reach retirement, they have more time available to help the community. This can mean volunteering in a library, hospital, children’s center or museum. It can also include volunteer opportunities at sporting events and community centers. Whatever you’re passionate about, look for volunteer opportunities in that area. Seniors stay connected and become more involved in the community with meaningful work.
Community centers offer several clubs and activities for seniors. There are opportunities for card games, bingo nights and other clubs that give members social interaction. People with shared interests come together to make friends and have fun. If there’s not a group that your loved one is interested in, start one.
It’s never too late to teach an old dog a new trick. Many people use retirement as a time to learn something new. Check out cooking classes, language classes or whatever you’re interested in. Community colleges and local organizations offer affordable ways to improve your education.
Nature and Wildlife
Bird watching, fishing, and gardening are three popular ways for seniors to explore the outdoors. Hobbies centered on nature and wildlife keep people active and allow them to explore outside their backyard. These activities provide physical and mental exercise while delivering a health dose of fresh air.
Whatever your loved one’s interests are, retirement is the perfect time to turn those interests into a hobby. It’s important to stay active and build community groups with people who share their interests.