When your parent is in their golden years, you might be thinking of days for knitting, chess, bingo, early dinner and writing to grandchildren. Actually, today’s seniors are a lot more active than that. They’re more likely to get outside, eat from their gardens, and posting the latest photo of them with their grandkids on Facebook. There are fun parts about your parent being a senior such as playing board games, dining out and sewing, but more activities enjoyed by older people these days are for all ages!
Having hobbies that help your mother or father stay active in both their mind and body will lengthen their lives and increase their energy and enjoyment of life. Here are 10 hobbies that you can suggest to your elderly parent that will do just that:
- Creating or Art Hobbies: there are plenty of options for the elder who wants to use their creativity. Your parent can choose from flower arranging, painting, sculpting, acting, sketching, carving, and playing an instrument, photography and more. You can combine this with family activities as well, such as painting a grandchild’s portrait or playing a piece of music for a family function.
- Swimming: this is a great way to exercise and have fun. Swimming is easy on your joints, so it’s perfect for the senior who’s worried about injury from exercising. For seniors who want to stay active but need a little help, senior care services can send a caregiver who will take your loved one to the pool and stay there to help her.
- Gardening, cooking: the best part about this one is that your elderly parent gets input into choosing their meals. When they grow some of their own food, they’re more likely to finish eating and this makes mealtimes less stressful.
- Restoration: does your father like to tinker with cars, boats, bikes, furniture? Restoring something can be a very fulfilling project.
- Yoga, Pilates, Stretching: this will improve flexibility and help your parent to get in shape. There are plenty of options for poses and routines that are appropriate for seniors. You can find local classes for yoga if you look online.
- Serving others: take something that your parent has passion for and volunteer in that respect. They can help people while doing something fulfilling.
- Travel: you can do this one even if you can’t go anywhere. Learn about other cultures through the internet. You could also plan a family trip with your senior parent in an RV on the road.
- Playing ball: invite the grandkids over regularly for involvement with your parent in games of golf, tennis, or bocce ball.
- Walking: another great way to exercise, walking can also be social. Go along with your parent or get them a walking buddy to talk to along the way. Look up local bike paths and other walking places in your city.
- Dancing: not only is this great for losing weight and being healthy, but dancing brings people together. The fun aspect will brighten your mother or father’s day.