There are many proven benefits to seniors having hobbies, including improved memory, lower stress, a stronger immune system and a better night’s sleep.1 Having a hobby has also been linked to a lower risk of heart attack.2 If you’ve retired or your kids have moved out of your home, you finally have the opportunity to pursue your passions. However, there are a lot of activities out there, so knowing your options can give you more time to stay happy and occupied. For this post, Staying Put at Home looks into a few recreations that you can do from the comfort of your own home.
Get some fresh air by tending to your garden. Spending some days gardening can reduce stress, plus you can also raise fresh fruits and vegetables to support a healthy diet. Furthermore, gardening has been associated with better dexterity, stronger brain health and lower stroke risk.3 If your house doesn’t have room for a garden, don’t worry: many cities have community gardens. Working in your community garden can also introduce you to a broad spectrum of people, increasing your social circle should you so desire.
It is wonderful to find an outlet for your creativity. While you might not have had time to dabble in the arts earlier in your life, now that you are Aging in Place, you can get your creative juices flowing. Don’t feel like painting your masterpiece quite yet? Then enjoying an adult coloring book could be up your alley. This activity has become wildly popular; adult coloring books are now among the most popular items on the Amazon bestseller list. Moreover, this calming pastime has been found to lower stress.4
Making scrapbooks can be a pleasant trip down memory lane. Consolidating all your photos and mementos into easy-to-find books will make it effortless to access them at a moment’s notice. It will also encourage you to declutter and give you more space around the house. Best of all, if you find a partner to scrapbook with, you can trade anecdotes about the photos, postcards, etc.
With all the time that Aging in Place affords, you can finally make yourself a feast. Even if you don’t consider yourself a master chef, cooking can still be very rewarding. Plus, putting together a meal will cause you to get up and moving, helping your mobility in the process. It’s also worth reminding to always move safely and avoid any kitchen fires.
Quilting & Knitting
Not only are quilting and knitting fun, soothing activities that can make the hours flow by, but they also will give you a nice blanket for all your work. Beyond this material reward, knitting can alleviate anxiety and potentially prevent arthritis.5
Sketching, Oil Painting and Water Colors
Painting and sketching can be a way to express your creative side. Many senior centers and community colleges offer painting classes and courses in case you want a more structured, communal environment. If that isn’t your cup of tea, then you can easily paint from the comfort of your own home. The great thing about sketchbooks is that they are easy to move around, so you can take them with you to any meetings or appointments you might have.
Although many view exercise as a chore, small activities like a walk around the block or some light stretches could assist your mobility down the road. Staying Put at Home has explored some great exercises for seniors. Remember to follow a routine that you’re comfortable with and to check in with a physician first.
Most importantly, you can be a novice at any age. We hope that this post has spurred some ideas for new and exciting hobbies. Many senior centers also offer classes and events focusing on these activities, so you can meet like-minded people who share your enthusiasm. If you have any hobbies that you think our readers should know about, then please share in the Staying Put at Home comments section.
1. 6 Health Benefits of Having Hobbies & Leisure Activities | Return to Text
2. 6 Surprising Ways to Ward Off Heart Attacks | Return to Text
3. 6 Unexpected Health Benefits of Gardening | Return to Text
4. Coloring Isn’t Just for Kids. It Can Actually Help Adults Combat Stress. | Return to Text
5. Health Benefits for Those Who Stick to Their Knitting | Return to Text