Importance of Hobbies and Leisure Activities for Seniors
We believe that having fun with hobbies and leisure activities is very important for humans as it refreshes our minds, body and helps us stay healthy, active and happy. Elder pesons who are just passing their time at their homes need to involve themselves in some kind of leisure activities or hobbies. It is a proven fact that enjoying what we do for pleasure can help you delay aging and help fight age related illness. Hobbies, recreational activities are a source of pleasure for all age people.
From a report from 'Aging Home Health Care' it is suggested that senior citizens should engage themselves in hobbies like crafts, painting, cake decorating, playing cards, swimming, walking, gardening,
The report says:
'Participating in regular physical activity can help prevent or maintain control in some chronic illnesses such as: heart disease, diabetes, arthritis and some types of cancer. Regular physical activity can also improve our overall quality of life by delaying disability and affecting how long we live.
Hobbies promote socialization, physical activity as well as using our minds. Using all of our muscles, including our brain is important to avoiding dementia and Alzheimer’s. It is also important to be aware of your emotions, your thoughts and your behaviors. Participating in hobbies helps us feel good about ourselves and have healthy relationships.'
Either you are going to engage you in some leisure activities or keep yourself busy with some kind of hobbies, and active lifestyle can keep your mind and body healthy for long time.
Why elderly people should engage them in hobbies or recreational activities?
Because it helps you to -----
- ability to focus,
- improve memory,
- reduce stress,
- enhance the immune system and
- improve self esteem.
Other benefits may be improved flexibility, balance, and better sleep. These all or some of the benefits are enought to prove that keeping ourselves busy in leisure activities can enhance your skills as well as keeping your mind and body fit.
Retirees who pursue one or more hobbies of some kind or other are less likely to suffer from physical health problems or emotional problems such as depression and the more active the hobby, the greater the chance of living a fuller, healthier and longer life.
They should begin by asking themselves what sort of interests and activities inspire and motivate them. Find out if there are any groups in theirlocal area they can join or, if there aren’t any, they might think about seeing how they can start one up yourself.
Remember that certain hobbies cost far more to pursue than others so ensure that their choice is manageable within their new financial budget balanced against household bills and everyday costs which they’ll still be incurring after you retire.