Have you recently lost a significant other or you’ve been shunning the company of others? Your senior years can present all types of challenges sometimes making it hard to engage in activities you once enjoyed or get started with new activities. You don’t have to be miserable, alone, or bored. Do more than just exist from one day to the next by creating a happy and fulfilling lifestyle. Even if you’re struggling with some health challenges, it’s OK to make some changes to help you embrace this season of your life.
Consider these 5 ideas to get started:
Get Out of the House!
Don’t let depression and anxiety keep you isolated from friends, family, or meeting new people. Find a reason to go out. Start with a short walk 2-3 times each week or even daily if possible.
Find an Adult Day Care Center
If you are experiencing health challenges or feeling isolated, an adult day care center not only offers an opportunity to get out the house but to also receive mental and social stimulation through planned activities. These centers are normally open Monday – Friday and also provide a nutritious meal and snacks.
Libraries, schools, places of worship, and animal shelters are just a few of the places that are always looking for volunteers. The work doesn’t have to be complicated. The point is that you are engaging in some type of activity. You will most likely have some flexibility in scheduling your time. Just remember that mental stimulation is just as important as physical activity. Find out where you can help.
At age 92, Betty White (actress) is well known for her love of the health and welfare of animals. When she is not busy working, she’s usually supporting some cause on behalf of animals. If there is a cause you are passionate about, find out if there is a way to volunteer your services.
Take a Class
You’re never too old to learn something new. Find a community college or center that offers classes for seniors – many offer a discount or no fee. Feeding your mind helps you to expand your thoughts and experience new opportunities. It’s also a great way to make connections with people in your age group.
Never finished high school or college? At age 95, Nola (Hill) Ochs of Kansas became the world’s oldest college graduate. She received her degree in General Studies and graduated with her 21-year old granddaughter! Nola continued her studies and also became the oldest recipient of a Master’s degree at age 98. Not to be outdone, 111-year old Lela Burden of Norfolk, VA received her high school diploma in June 2014.
Join a Club
Do you have a favorite activity that allows you to have fun with others who share your interests? Whether it’s playing cards, gardening, or reading most likely there’s a club out there looking for new members.
Don’t forget about organizations like the Kiwanis or Rotary Club where you can give back to your community through many of their humanitarian services.
There’s No Time Like the Present
You’ve probably come up with your own ideas of activities that could feed your passions. Now is the time to stop thinking about it and get started on your research or calling around to see how soon you can get started.
Don’t stop enjoying life in your senior years. Have some fun!