Here is a listing of fun activities you might want to consider that might add some extra enjoyment and personal fulfillment to your life.
Become the best senior computer whiz and be the envy of all your friends
Although it may not seem too fun in the beginning, taking a class and learning how to use the computer will undoubtedly open up a huge window of opportunity chock full of fun, and a way to stay connected. Yes, the computer can seem rather intimidating for many, but once learned it often can become a very inspiring and enjoyable opportunity.
The computer can enable you to contact and connect with family and friends through email, social media sites like Facebook, or face-to-face video chat services such as Skype. Computers can open up a treasure trove of learning opportunities for almost any subject, offer online education on any subject, and offer you the ability to play fun and/or mind-challenging games.
Seek opportunities in your area to play sports, exercise, or just get physical
Registering for a sports team, exercise class, or just doing anything physical are definitely fun activities often offered at local senior centres or clubs. Some places to look for such activities include senior centres as mentioned above, local sports clubs, as well as online directories such as Meetup.com. Remaining active will help keep the body and mind sharp and in shape, and can help you raise your energy levels, all while providing a fun and healthy outlet for interacting with other like-minded seniors. Yoga is just one example of an incredible low-impact way to keep the body, mind, and spirit in excellent working condition.
Yoga is just one example of an incredible low-impact way to keep the body, mind and spirit in excellent working condition.
Other ideas include attending dances or dance class, playing on a sports team, or practicing swimming, golf, kayaking, bowling, and tennis, among many others.
Find a hobby that will keep you busy in a good and fun way
A hobby is one of the most enjoyable and rewarding activities for frankly anyone of any age. A hobby offers one the opportunity to practice something they greatly enjoy or love in an activity that stimulates the senses physically, emotionally, spiritually, or mentally.
Some ideas include traveling, gardening, painting, photography, crafts, collecting things of interest like antiques or rare items, woodworking, remodeling of cars or other items, and even perhaps teaching your favorite hobby to others.
Again such website directories as Meetup.com can guide you to a vast array of groups that have the same interests and that often organize meetings, outings and networking opportunities.
Adopt a pet and get out and about with your furry friend
Adopting a pet such as a dog is a wonderful way to stay active, enjoy unconditional love, create an ongoing responsibility, ward off lonely thoughts or feelings, and provide a reason to get out of the house more often.
Taking your dog to the local dog park, walking in your neighborhood, or taking them to places like the pet store or local restaurants that have outside seating are all fun activities that can be a great way to stay connected to your community and provide a constant companion by your side.
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Organize an activity or social outing yourself and create the connections you long for
Organizing an activity yourself could benefit not only you but also bring your family, friends or just people with similar interests together in a fun and rewarding way. As a retired senior, you may have plenty of time to plan, organize and execute such activities; the end result can be a ton of fun and be quite rewarding as well.
For example, if you wish to get your family together more often, organize a monthly group activity like a day at the park (weather permitting) or potluck dinner at someone’s home. Other examples might be planning a day or a weekend trip to a nearby river for camping, kayaking, or canoeing; a group trip to an upcoming concert or festival; a yearly family or friend reunion; monthly dance for seniors in the local area; or even a monthly activity opportunity that offers a different activity each month that represents the group member’s interests.
Staying active in your community, among your family, or with your friends by planning and executing a group activity will keep you busy, provide you with a creative outlet, and offer rewarding and valuable time to spend with those you enjoy spending time with the most.
And remember, you don’t have to be alone. If you’re not ready for this level of activity or commitment, you can always begin with friendly companionship at home. At Here to Care, we provide a variety of personal support and companion care services and can tailor a program that is ideal for you.
It is so important for seniors to remain active while aging at home. Care must be taken to avoid inactivity, boredom, and isolation. Having the ability to go outside and enjoy the fresh air is a wonderful feeling and a good way to get a daily dose of the great outdoors. Gardening is one activity that has some unexpected health benefits — for example, it is known to be a wonderful stress reliever. While there are a great number of benefits to gardening, it also has the potential to put a lot of stress on the body. These are some tips to make sure that gardening remains safe and rewarding for an ageing senior.Add a comment
Though many outdoor sports and games are usually geared towards children and teenagers, there are countless ways for seniors to enjoy the fresh air while also getting some exercise, or even exploring their creative sides. And with warmer temperatures to come, it’s time to start preparing to cast off the parkas and prepare to enjoy Canada’s beautiful, though seemingly short, summer.Add a comment
There are quite a few easy and simple craft ideas seniors can take part in, even if they have limited dexterity, vision, or other physical or mental limitations. Crafting can allow seniors to express their creativity and feel a sense of accomplishment as well as a sense of belonging, which caters to developing friendships. Seniors that live alone may also find that crafts are an enjoyable way to pass time.Add a comment
Once you are retired – and don’t have to struggle with getting yourself to work every day or worry about raising children – it is a good time to really relax and quiet your mind and body.
As an older and retired adult, you can enjoy the small and often-finer things in life that you may have overlooked during the hustle and bustle of your younger years. However, while trying to enjoy the “golden years”, some seniors have reported that life feels dull or lonely. As a retired senior, your social circle is often nothing like it used to be; and even if your family lives nearby, you can still feel quite alone and often bored because your younger family members are still busy juggling the busy life stressors you no longer have to deal with.Add a comment