We all know how important it is to keep our minds and bodies active, particularly as we grow older and when we retire. Keeping the mind stimulated is the best way to "stay young" according to studies. One way to keep your brain stimulated is by taking up a hobby. Hobbies can not only be fun but can refresh the mind and body too.
The benefits of having a hobby can include reducing stress, improving memory, improving physical fitness, and enabling better sleep. Of course, it will depend on the type of hobby, but generally speaking, any hobby that keeps the mind focused is doing good.
Hobbies for the Elderly
Hobbies for older people need not be boring! They can be as varied as the people themselves. There's something out there for you (or your elderly loved ones) whether you're looking for physical activities, a chance to make new friends, or just something to keep you busy.
Sociable activities such as book clubs or walking groups are great for combating loneliness whilst jigsaw puzzles and Sudoku can be brilliant for keeping a sharp mind.
Elderly hobbies can also be a great bonding tool between family members. Have you considered teaching your grandchild a new skill? Or how about playing a game of walking football with your relatives? These activities can be a great way of building relationships.
Pick Up Those Pencils!
Colouring is no longer just for children! The demand for adult colouring books has boomed in the last few years and for good reason. It provides a relaxing break from the stresses of everyday life as well as a nostalgic return to childhood. It's also good for maintaining fine motor function in your hands and wrists, which can otherwise start to deteriorate over time.
Colouring provides a low-cost creative outlet that you can enjoy from the comfort of your sofa. Due to their rising popularity, adult colouring books are widely available in bookshops and supermarkets. Or why not try downloading and printing these free colouring pages.
Yoga has been shown to improve mobility and balance in people over the age of 60. Alongside the obvious physical benefits, yoga encourages relaxation techniques as well as helping with anxiety and depression.
You can find yoga groups in your local area (there are many groups specifically for over-50s) and you can even practice some yoga techniques in your own home. The great thing about yoga as an elderly hobby is that it can be altered to the needs of the individual – you can use pillows, straps and chairs to help you. There are also a great many video guides and tutorials online.
Only do what you can and remember to always consult your doctor before trying a new activity, especially if you have a medical condition such as arthritis or osteoporosis.
Make Some Music
In addition to all of the above, there's also learning a new instrument, which can be a very rewarding experience. Perhaps one of your family could teach you to play a few tunes on the keyboard or you could learn guitar alongside a friend. Maybe even take up lessons from a local music teacher.
The ukulele is a popular choice for beginners as it's a very affordable instrument with just four strings. You can pick one up for as little as £20. You can even learn the ukulele from the comfort of your own home as there are thousands of simple YouTube tutorials online.
If you’re not very tech-savvy, there are also plenty of books and CDs that allow you to teach yourself.
Keep safe whilst trying something new
In order to stay safe whilst trying out your new hobbies, consider using a Careline365 personal alarm. We offer life-saving alarms to meet a wide range of needs. Whether you're just looking for protection at home or you want peace of mind wherever you go, we have a Careline alarm for you.
For more information about our alarm service, click here to read our simple guide. You can also call one of our friendly advisors on 0800 101 3333.
A personal alarm ensures that you remain independent and secure in your own home.
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Note: updated 07/10/2021