Keeping the mind and body sharp is important as people age, and participating in physical or social activities is a great way to do this. Here are four ways that senior citizens can stay active through their golden years.
With the added benefit of being in fresh air and sunshine, gardening is a good hobby for people looking for light physical activity. Raking, weeding and watering a few times a week provides exercise, while watching the flowers, fruits or vegetables that you planted grow gives a feeling of personal accomplishment. Consider working in a community garden or start a garden in your senior living Denver residence to socialize with others who share this common interest.
- Taking a Class
Whether online or through a local community college, it is never too late to learn a new skill or broaden your sphere of knowledge. Many colleges and universities offer courses at a reduced rate to senior citizens, so check and see what is available to you.
- Spending Time With Animals
Even if you don’t want to or are unable to commit to adopting a pet, bonding with a cat or dog can be therapeutic and help decrease feelings of loneliness. One option might be to volunteer at a local animal shelter. Shelters are often in need of people who can walk dogs or play with cats just for a short period of time a couple of times a month.
Walking is a wonderful low-impact form of exercise that can be done alone or with a group of people. If the weather is bad, walk around a mall during their less crowded morning hours. Check out if there are any walking clubs in your area, where people meet every week or so to exercise and socialize.
Consider one of these activities for yourself or an older loved one to keep the body and brain in shape.