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Best hobbies and activities to do when you’re older

elderly-couple-829305_1280For a variety of reasons, today’s seniors love staying active. From working out to hanging out with friends — and a variety of activities in between — seniors know that staying active confers real benefits, like maintaining independence, improving sleep, reducing the risk of dementia, boosting cardiovascular fitness and more.

When it comes to activities, seniors’ preferences run the full gamut. But many seniors also seem to gravitate to certain hobbies. We’ve put together a list of some of the best hobbies and activities for seniors — along with the reasons seniors love them.

Gardening

Many seniors become increasingly health-conscious as they age and gardening meets two goals: getting more exercise and consuming highly nutritious food. While gardening may not seem extremely physical, the motions involved — including stretching, lifting, squatting and walking — can provide an effective full-body workout.

Indoor Fitness

With more available time following retirement, many seniors get into indoor fitness activities, including group fitness classes, swimming, weightlifting and yoga. Seniors who move into senior living communities such as Havenwood Heritage Heights have access to a variety of fitness activities.

Technology

Many seniors get a late start with technology but make up for it in a big way. Learning to use a computer, the internet and social media often provides a newfound window to the world for seniors and allows them to easily communicate with friends and loved ones.

Travel

For experiencing new sights, sounds, people and food, few activities beat travel. In many cases, retired individuals have accrued assets that allow them to travel much more than they could during their working years. Whether they’re jetting across the globe or loading up an RV for a cross-country adventure, many seniors taking their next adventure.

Puzzles and Games

Working puzzles and winning at various strategy games require skills that can take years to build and seniors often excel at both pursuits. Games, especially also provide an opportunity for valuable social interaction, which can benefit seniors in a variety of ways — including lowering blood pressure and reducing the risk of cardiovascular problems, osteoporosis, some cancers, Alzheimer’s disease and mental health problems.

Outdoor Sports

With their flexible schedules, seniors who like participating in outdoor sports can choose the most favorable time of day, whether it’s early morning during the summer or early afternoon in winter. Tennis, bocce, croquet, group walks and other sports appeal to many seniors and help them stay in shape.

Creative Pursuits

After decades in careers that don’t always encourage creativity, many seniors take up artistic pursuits like painting, woodworking, crafts and even performing. For some, artistic outlets represent newfound methods of expression, and there are plenty of role models for creative seniors: the artist Georgia O’Keeffe, for example, drew and created sculptures until well into her 90s.

Volunteering

Many seniors want to make the best use of their spare time and their gratitude for a life well-lived. To give back, they volunteer with nonprofits and community programs — doing everything from preparing food to mentoring children. Senior volunteers fill a vital need in their communities, and they benefit from the physical activity and the connection to others.

At Havenwood Heritage Heights, you’ll find plenty of activities to keep you engaged in body, mind and spirit. To schedule your visit, please contact us today.

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