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6 Hobbies Aging Adults and Their Friends Can Do Together

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Many aging adults choose to spend their golden years living at home, which can make them feel lonely and isolated at times. Seniors might also become physically inactive, increasing the risk of developing various medical conditions. By engaging in different hobbies with one or more friends, older adults can lead healthier, happier lives. 

Seniors who want to remain healthy as they age can benefit in a variety of ways when they receive professional non-medical in-home care. Palm Beach, FL, Home Care Assistance is here to help your loved one accomplish daily tasks, prevent illness, and focus on living a healthier and more fulfilling life.

Here are a few activities your senior loved one can enjoy with his or her friends.

1. Dancing

Older adults can take dance classes or participate in community dance events. Dancing enhances balance and flexibility and provides seniors the opportunity to interact with others. This exercise also boosts cognitive health because learning, remembering, and performing dance steps stimulates multiple regions of the brain. 

2. Swimming

Communities often conduct water aerobics classes and host swimming sessions for the elderly. An older adult can join a class and attend a session with a friend or meet new people at the event. Swimming is a wonderful exercise for cardiovascular health, and it also helps diminish pain associated with arthritis while increasing joint movement. 

3. Walking

Strolling along the streets in a community or on a nature path with one or more friends enables seniors to enjoy a pleasant conversation. Nature paths offer the opportunity to go bird watching or encounter other types of wildlife. Walking boosts cardiovascular and bone health along with balance and flexibility. Seniors might also consider joining the Stepping Strong program. The organization provides participants with a pedometer and a manual used for tracking walks as well as information about nutrition and the benefits of walking.

Seniors with limited mobility may require assistance with walking and other exercises. Whether you need respite from your caregiving duties or your aging loved one needs 24-hour home care, Palm Beach, FL, Home Care Assistance can meet your family’s care needs. Our dedicated caregivers are available around the clock to provide transportation to doctor’s appointments, ensure seniors take their prescribed medications, and help with a variety of tasks in and outside the home.

4. Golfing

Many seniors enjoy spending a day out at a golf course. This activity involves relocating from one hole to the next and walking around the course, and it provides seniors the chance to socialize with their friends. Bending to set and retrieve balls increases flexibility, and swinging the club enhances upper body flexibility and strength. 

5. Traveling

Two or more seniors can enjoy traveling across the country in their RVs and join family or friends on short or extended trips. When visiting a town, walking around is a great way for your senior loved one to exercise and check out different tourist spots. 

6. Performing Arts

Many cities have community centers that present live performances, and seniors might consider joining a local performing group. Senior theater groups are becoming more popular worldwide. Some enable participants to perform with script in hand, which negates the need to memorize lines. This activity provides the chance for seniors to expand their social circles while sharing their talents with others.

Seniors with dementia or other types of cognitive decline can try brain-healthy hobbies and activities. Dementia can be challenging for seniors to manage, but they can maintain a higher quality of life with the help of professional dementia care. Palm Beach seniors can benefit greatly from the Cognitive Therapeutics Method (CTM), an activities-based program designed to slow cognitive decline and delay the onset of dementia. CTM is included at no additional charge with any of the in-home care plans provided by Home Care Assistance. To learn about our customized, high-quality senior care plans, call us at 561.429.8292 today.