It’s well known that exercise and a balanced diet are important for health. Besides that, research shows that social activity and mental stimulation are equally important for overall health. Hobbies can help fulfill both needs. As we get older, it may be more difficult to pursue some hobbies, but below is a list of activities that are generally easy and fun for seniors.
Doing Crafts: Crafts are a fun outlet for creativity. They are mentally stimulating. Craft making can also be a cathartic outlet for people. It can be a great way to socialize with people by inviting others to join you in your craft work.
Gardening: This activity can be therapeutic and relaxing. More than that, it also helps promote use of motor skills and can improve mobility, strength, and endurance. It also exposes seniors to the outdoors, which research has shown can be a boon for mental health.
Playing Cards/Games: Games are a great way to keep mental skills sharp. This is especially true for mentally stimulating games like Scrabble. Research backs this up, showing evidence that playing mentally stimulating games helps with thinking skills. They are also a great way to socialize with people.
Walking: This not only promotes physical health, it also promotes mental health. Walking outside can have health benefits. Bringing a friend along comes with an added social boost.
Hobbies and activities are great for stimulating the mind. They can also fulfill other important needs that seniors have. If you, or someone you know, needs companionship care, remember that we are here to help.