Hobbies and Aging Seniors

Upon retirement, or being widowed, life for aging seniors becomes less busy.  In many cases, the change of routine and work-related focus — or, the attention and care given to spouse who has passed away — can lead to depression and isolation.   Taking up a hobby can fill much of this void.  And the social element of a hobby can relieve isolation.

Exercise can improve how we feel about ourselves.  Exercise releases chemicals in the brain that make the elderly, and all of us, feel happier.  And socialization can address some feelings of loneliness and loss.

There are endless options in choosing a hobby.  Try plein air painting, learn to play the piano, embark of weight training, join a health club and go swimming.  The key is to challenge yourself while doing something that is enjoyable.

Not all hobbies cost money.  And keep in  mind, there may be senior discounts to help your wallet.

I know at our local Council on Aging, we are always looking for volunteers.  Help drive a van.  Or lead a walking class.  Or work with young age groups who may relish the involvement of a mature, friendly volunteer.   When you share your knowledge, you share of yourself.  This time may prove invaluable to you and to everyone in your community.

Research has shown regular physical activities will help reduce the likelihood of long-term health conditions.  And socialization will help reduce depression and dementia.

JD Miller

About JD Miller

John D. Miller is the founder/owner of Home Care Partners, LLC, a Massachusetts business providing private duty, personalized in-home assistance and companion care services to those needing help in daily activities and household functions. Phone: (781) 378-2164 Email: [email protected] Website: https://homecarepartnersma.com

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