It is common knowledge that eating healthy food and getting adequate exercise is beneficial for people in all age groups, but especially for seniors. What may not be as well known is the value of mentally stimulating activities.
According to research, an active social life can help an older adult to have better mental and physical health and thus function at a higher level for longer. The right hobbies can provide a senior with these benefits. According to stereotypes, seniors in previous generations fed bread to pigeons in the park and played bingo. Today’s seniors have healthier ways to spend their time. Some of the healthiest hobbies for seniors are:
Swimming has so many benefits for seniors that you could easily argue that it is the best exercise for older adults. Swimming can help to maintain bone health, which may decline after menopause. It can also lower the risk of chronic illness. Along with its physical benefits, there are mental benefits from swimming. The activity of swimming is known to improve the swimmer’s mood.
The adoption of a dog comes with the obligation to go for walks daily. Along with swimming, walking is the other exercise that possesses the greatest benefits for seniors. Dogs are not the only pet with benefits for seniors, and physical health is not the only benefit that you can get from a pet. There is evidence that the presence of any pet reduces stress and thus counteracts or prevents stress-related health issues. Pets are also an excellent way to keep people from being lonely or isolated.
Creative pursuits are intellectually stimulating and can give seniors a sense of purpose. Good creative outlets for them include painting and photography, but writing and baking can be great options as well. The options depend on an individual’s mobility and preferences. Seniors who have spent most of their lives working now have the time to express themselves via their preferred medium. Creativity is sometimes connected to another benefit of engaging in hobbies — social interaction. Crafts and other forms of expression can be done in a group setting. In addition, art therapy has been shown to improve the quality of life for people with dementia and other forms of cognitive decline.
Dancing is especially beneficial in that it provides both exercise and opportunities to socialize. Even better, dancing improves balance and coordination, which lowers the risk of falls. Dancing reduces the risk of dementia as well, which means that it has mental and physical benefits. A senior living community should provide a variety of healthy hobbies for its residents.
Before choosing a community, seniors and their families should consider the activities and opportunities to socialize that are provided. While there are many factors that must go into selecting a community, access to the healthiest hobbies for seniors has to be one of the top priorities.
If swimming is one of your favorite types of exercise, have you considered getting a swimming pool or even a hot tub? It really is not as difficult as you may imagine. Get in touch with Skovish Pools & Spas. We can help you decide if this is doable for you. You have nothing to lose, only to gain. We have 2 store locations if you would like to stop in.
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369 Main Street, Luzerne, PA 18709 (570) 288 – 1025
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10 E. Union St., Shickshinny, PA 18655 (570) 542 – 4281