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10 Great Hobbies for Seniors

Hobbies add joy, excitement, and a sense of accomplishment to our lives. They keep our minds – and sometimes our bodies – active and healthy. And, depending on the hobby, they also allow us to find a community of others who share our interests.

This is especially important for seniors looking to add new experiences, interests, and skills to their lives.

Try These Hobby Ideas for Seniors

These hobby ideas encompass a wide range of interests and abilities. Many are great hobbies for seniors at home, though most also provide social interaction.

Maybe one of the following 10 easy hobbies for seniors will become a new favorite …

1. Art

Drawing, painting, or other forms of art are all fantastic ways for seniors to be creative and try new things. It also doesn’t cost a lot to get started with basic supplies. There are plenty of online tutorials available, and many community organizations also offer classes, sometimes specifically for seniors.

2. Indoor or Outdoor Gardening

The great thing about a garden is that it can be as extensive or as small and focused as time, interest, and budget allow. Consider starting a vegetable or flower garden, growing herbs in containers on a porch or patio, or growing a collection of houseplants or terrariums. These are all great ways to connect with nature and learn more about plants. There’s plenty of evidence that being in touch with nature is helpful for emotional and mental health as well. And, if you’re looking for a more social experience, most areas have garden clubs, classes, tours, or community gardens to join.

3. Reading

Reading is a fantastic way to learn something new, keep your mind sharp, get carried away by a story, or travel the world without leaving your chair. Try different genres to see which ones hold your interest. Ask for recommendations at your local library or bookstore. For a bit of social interaction, attend a book club meeting. Most libraries and bookstores host at least one, and they’re a great way to meet new people and get excellent book recommendations.

4. Cooking or Baking

Learning to cook a new cuisine or creating delicious baked goods can be an incredibly fun way to pass a few hours, and, even better – there’s something amazing to eat when you’re done! Join a cooking class to learn with others. This hobby isn’t expensive, though cooking classes can cost over a hundred dollars. You may also end up needing more specialized cooking or baking equipment for your kitchen depending on what you decide to pursue.

5. Learning or Practicing Music

Maybe you’ve always wanted to learn how to play the piano or the guitar. Or you love to sing and want to do it more often. Now is a great time to do those things! Take a class or join a choir to start making music! (If music appreciation is more your style, look for live performances to attend in your area.)

6. Playing Board Games

Board games provide mental stimulation, social connections, and, most important of all, fun. Research new-to-you games and invite family or friends over for a game night. If you don’t have people in your life who are interested in playing, check out your local game store or library! They often have groups, and you’ll get to meet new people who share your interests.

7. Volunteering

Seniors have a lifetime of experience, and that experience can lend itself well to helping others. Volunteering is a rewarding way to give back to your community and connect with others. There are volunteer opportunities in most areas for nearly any interest, from helping at animal shelters to providing support at your local library or hospital or maintaining public gardens in your neighborhood.

8. Lifelong Learning Classes

You’re never too old to learn something new – and doing so keeps you mentally sharp, helps you explore and discover new interests, and provides a sense of accomplishment. Many community colleges offer lower-cost lifelong learning courses for seniors, including online courses in whichever topic you’re interested in. Some of these courses are free or low-cost.

9. Exploring the Great Outdoors

Many outdoorsy hobbies are inexpensive. Birdwatching, stargazing, walking, and hiking can all be done in most areas, and you can do them individually or find a group to enjoy them with. Spending time in nature is beneficial for both physical and mental well-being, and learning more about the flora and fauna in your community can be an enjoyable way to spend your mornings.

10. Creative Writing

Journaling, poetry, fiction, and essay writing are all fantastic ways to use your imagination, organize your thoughts, and maybe share your story with the world. Many libraries and bookstores also host writing groups and workshops where you can share your work with others.

Hobbies Are Even Better with Companions

Hobbies are great, and so are groups and classes. But sometimes, you just want to enjoy a hobby in the comfort of your home. Homewatch CareGivers offers companion care services if you’d like company while you work on your new hobby. And, if your hobby takes you away from home, we can provide transportation services as well. To find out more, contact your local Homewatch CareGivers online or call (888) 404-5191.

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