Pay no attention to the saying, “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” Trying new things is something we should be open to doing throughout our entire lives, and it can have a lot of benefits, too. Read on to find out why your senior years are a great time to try out new hobbies and interests.
You’ve got more free time
I’m sure there’s been plenty of times in your life when you’ve wished you could pursue a hobby, but you didn’t have enough time due to work and other responsibilities. But as you get older, you can retire from work and your kids have all grown up, so you’re likely to have a lot more free time. So, there’s never been a better time to start a hobby you’ve always been interested in or to pursue a dream that you could never find the time for. And more free time allows you to try out lots of different hobbies to decide which ones interest you the most.
To add fulfillment to your life
Different things provide us with a sense of fulfillment at different stages of our lives. As a young adult, it might be working hard to reach your dream job or a generous salary. As you grow up, you might then get more fulfillment from spending time with your family and raising your kids. After you retire, pursuing goals and practicing hobbies can provide you with a fun purpose and that sense of fulfillment.
It’s good for your brain health
Attempting to learn a new skill, activity, or new information challenges your brain and helps to create new connections and strengthen existing connections between brain cells. It also helps to counteract and slow down the natural loss of neurons that can occur as we age. This is a great way to maintain a healthy age into our senior years, and it can even help to prevent neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and dementia. In dementia patients, it can also help to slow down the progression of the disease and its symptoms.
To socialize and make friends
Socializing as an older adult is also a contributor to good mental health and brain health. But it also tends to become more difficult to meet new people and make friends as adults. Of course, some hobbies can be pursued by yourself from the comfort of your own home, but others take place in classes with other like-minded people. This is a great way to meet new people and socialize on a regular basis.
What hobbies will you pick up in retirement? At Brookstone of Woodroof, we offer fun and enriching activities for you to take part in, with a library for our residents to read and learn new things. Get in touch to find out more about the amenities in our assisted living community in Woodruff, SC.