Sometimes when seniors live in retirement living facilities, it can seem like they're in a rut, doing the same tasks and activities day after day: Wake up, eat breakfast, play a game, eat lunch, etc. It's important to remember, though, that even when living in a community, your retirement lifestyle can be anything you want it to be. In fact, retirement living can be one of the most exciting times in a person's life!
As a retired senior, you likely have fewer obligations than you had in the past, so it's the perfect time to begin a new hobby. Teach yourself something you've always wanted to learn or become passionately involved in, something you haven't had time for.
Author C.S. Lewis once said, "You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream."
Age shouldn't be a barrier that holds you back from trying something new! If you're interested in finding a fresh and exciting hobby, here are a few ideas to help get you started:
If you're interested in volunteering, talk to your senior living staff and the other residents. You might find that other seniors want to get involved, and in that case, it's likely the staff can organize regular trips to local charities or nonprofit organizations. There are so many different volunteer options you can take part in: Check local churches and shelters to see if they'd like help cooking meals or setting up clothing drives, or see if your local food bank needs any day-to-day assistance. Animal shelters are always looking for help too, even if it's just someone who can spend time socializing with the dogs and cats!
Learn an instrument
If your community doesn't already have musical instruments, see if they can find you an inexpensive used flute, keyboard or anything else you might want to learn to play.
Do something with all of the family photographs you've accrued throughout your life by putting them into scrapbooks! Scrapbooking can be a really fun way to share memories with other residents, and it's perfect for letting your creativity shine.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so try capturing your own pictures within your community! Get active and take walks with your fellow residents so that you can take photos of the world around you (then add them to your scrapbooks!).
Beginning something new can be scary, but once you find something you love, you'll enjoy your retirement lifestyle so much more.
Kelley D. Hamilton