Aging well is something that we want in all areas of our life. Eating well, exercising and being physically active, not smoking, and making healthy choices are all ways to help you age well. But did you know engaging in social and productive activities may help maintain your wellbeing and support healthy aging as well? In this day in age when social isolation is very common, finding activities that are safe, productive, and bring you joy are more important than ever. In fact, research shows that older people with active lifestyles are less likely to develop certain diseases, have a longer lifespan, are happier and less depressed, are better prepared to cope with loss, and may be able to improve their thinking abilities.
Here are some ideas to get out and about in your community.
Play cards and games with friends.
Visit family and friends.
Try new restaurants.
Join a group interested in a hobby like knitting, hiking, birdwatching, painting, quilting, wood carving, cooking, etc.
Reconnect with old friends through your high school or college alumni association.
Visit local museums.
Learn something new!
Take a cooking, art, dance, language, or computer class. Check with your local community college, library, or senior center. Many offer free or discounted courses for seniors.
Join a book club.
Try yoga, tai chi, or senior exercise group at your local gym.
Learn (or relearn) to plan a musical instrument.
Volunteer in your community!
Serve meals at your local soup kitchen.
Organize clothing donations for people in need.
Care for dogs and cats at an animal shelter.
Volunteer to run errands for people with disabilities.
Join a committee or volunteer for an activity at your church.
Volunteer at a school, library, museum, or hospital.
Help with gardening at a community garden or park.
Sing in a community choral group or worship group at church.
Get a part time job at HomeCourt Home Care!
Be physically active!
Garden or do yard work.
Take an exercise class or do exercises at home.
Join a sports group for older adults, like a bowling club.
Walk or bicycle with a friend.
Take a swimming class.
Join a mall-walking group.
Play with your grandchildren! Teach them a game or dance you remember from your childhood!