Three Great Hobbies For The Elderly

May 9, 2022

As you get older, your abilities can start to decline, particularly physically, and you might not be able to enjoy the active hobbies and things you have been doing throughout your life. This means you will probably want to find a few new hobbies to keep you busy, and thankfully there are plenty of things you can do. Here are a few hobbies that are perfectly suited as you start to reach the twilight of your years:

Reading

Reading is something that everyone can do, no matter their age or abilities, and there are books suited for everyone’s tastes. In some ways, technology might unlock this even more for you as you can adjust the size of the words and you have access to an infinite library of books, and if you live in an assisted living facility like McKnight Place, then a small e-book reader will mean you will not have books taking up space on shelves. If physically reading is not something you would be interested in, you could consider audiobooks, which make books accessible to everyone, even those who might not be able to read themselves. 

Jigsaw Puzzles

A classic pursuit for idle hands is the jigsaw puzzle, which has been around for as long as it has because it offers both stimulation and fun, as well as not being complex or difficult to do. It also has a naturally broad range of difficulty, both by choosing the piece count and the picture itself. The size of the pieces and the finished product are also something that you can choose, and thus jigsaw puzzles are another classic for all ages. Jigsaw puzzles provide a brain workout that can help keep cognitive processes sharp too.

3D jigsaw puzzles are gaining popularity if you want to branch out from the 2D tabletop puzzles. Lego and similar brick building brands offer some fun architectural kits too if you want to build up some famous landmarks from around the world.

Mobile Games

There is a popular term starting to appear more and more and that is the “silver gamer”, referring to older people enjoying the traditionally younger hobby of video games. We are not talking about complex games that require coordination and reflexes here, but rather the new breed of casual mobile games that anyone can enjoy. Games like Bejewelled and Candy crush offer varying levels of difficulty and complexity that are perfect for the older generation.

If you are worried about playing these games on a small mobile screen, then you will be pleased to know that the bigger screens offered on tablet devices also make these games a wonderful hobby for those who might struggle with fine motor skills.

Staying sharp of mind is important and choosing hobbies that help flex your brain muscles is important. There are many things that elderly folk can do to entertain themselves and pass the time, these are just a few of them. Of course, depending on how mobile and able you are, the things that you could do might differ, so choose things that suit your abilities.

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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