29/04/2020 by Rhian Fraser, Registered Manager at FraserCare Bournemouth 0 Comments
Top 5 List of Hobbies for Seniors at Home
Never underestimate the power of a hobby! Hobbies come from all walks of life and they allow us to be creative, stimulate our minds and challenge us which is why it’s essential for Seniors to sustain their hobbies. Read our Top 5 Hobbies for Seniors...
Hobbies are also important because they make us sociable and both mentally and physically active in some way, therefore reducing the risk of mental health problems which is common in our beloved seniors.
Many of our clients have found that their hobbies enrich their daily lives and make them feel less lonely or isolated during the daytime where others are perhaps being sociable. In light of our wonderful clients, we felt it was the perfect time to put together a list of our Top 5 Hobbies to help look after the mental wellbeing of our seniors in the community, our friendship groups and in our family.
Hobby #1 - Gardening!
Gardening has so many benefits and projects can range from small potted plants to landscaping the garden! Whatever scale of gardening, all have significant benefits for mental and physical health including:
- Getting fresh air which is good for the mind & body
- Keeps you fit and active
- Reduces stress levels
- Can produce nutritious healthy food at home
- Provides a sense of responsibility
A 2015 study found that just two 50-minute sessions of potting plants and watering flowers improves endurance and brain function! If you or they don’t have access to a garden, then start with potting indoor plants and/or herbs to light up and look after in the home.
So order online or head to your local superstore to get those green fingers ready and planting either indoors or outdoors.
Hobby #2 - Online GamingThis is a surprising one (stay with us here) but apparently more people over the age of 55 are playing video games now more than ever!
So maybe it’s time to introduce some online gaming using accessible devices such as tablet, computer or mobiles to the seniors! Playing games is not only entertaining, but is also sociable and stimulating for the mind whilst presenting a healthy challenge. This can then help prevent memory loss, improve co-ordination and strengthening of our hands and fingers!
Some of the old-time favourites with seniors and that can be found online include:
- Chess - can be one or two player for added social value!
- Word Searches
- Super Mario
- Age of Empires (oh yes, they love it)
We’ve included some online gaming links at the end of this article to help find some suitable online games.
Hobby #3 - PuzzlesPuzzles are a favourite amongst so many. They are a popular choice due to the fact that they are enjoyable and challenge the brain ranging from 500 pieces to 5000 pieces; they are also an excellent boredom cure.
Our clients have reported that they find puzzles particularly provide a form ‘escapism’ from isolation and loneliness through honing in on the puzzle for periods of time. Puzzles are also a great source of stimulation for those with dementia as it challenges the mind in a healthy way without causing stress and improves memory-loss.
A fantastic brain workout keeping those all important cognitive functions active - particularly important for our seniors - we’ve recommended some puzzle retailers online for reference at the bottom of this article!
Hobby #4 - Music!Ever since we were babies, we have been introduced to and brought up with music in some way. So it’s no surprise that we encourage a good listening session as a top hobby!
Music can stimulate memories and emotions, so we suggest creating a playlist full of yours or a senior member’s musical favourite songs on an accessible device such as a CD, iPod, phone, tablet, TV etc for them to turn on and have a good ol’ listen.
Bring our ‘playlisting’ culture to the seniors so they can maybe dance or sing along too!
Hobby #5 - Water Colour PaintingWe absolutely love this one and so do our clients. Painting with water colours is a creative, elegant and non-messy artistic hobby that stimulates the imaginative side of the brain.
It can also help with memory building by painting something from memory or a physical object in front of us; either way any art is a fantastic source for sparking creativity.
You can combine this one with ‘Hobby #4 - Music’ to have on in the background while you/they paint for added fulfilment and enjoyability. Water Colours are also not expensive and are accessible which makes it the perfect gift or hobby to have. Plus, you can enjoy it as a family activity with the younger ones!
That sadly brings us to the end of our Top 5 list of hobbies! There is something for everyone in this list and we hope that you have enjoyed reading about them.
If you or someone you know needs care at home, FraserCare are a Bournemouth family-run home care agency providing quality, flexible and tailored care at home enriching seniors lives at home. Head here to find out more and get in touch with our Registered Manager:
Here is a list of useful links for senior health and hobbies that you may find useful:
- Importance of Hobbies, Age UK: https://www.ageuk.org.uk/discover/2019/october/the...
- Online Gaming Guide for Seniors: https://guideforseniors.com/blog/senior-online-gam...
- Online Games: http://www.gamehouse.com/
- Word Games Online: http://www.eastoftheweb.com/games/
- Age of Empires Game: https://www.ageofempires.com/
- General Guide for Seniors: https://guideforseniors.com/blog/
- Jigsaws & Puzzles: