5 Reasons Why Every Senior Needs a Hobby

5 Reasons Why Every Senior Needs a Hobby

As the years go by, maintaining your health can become more of a challenge. But the secret to staying active both mentally and physically could be finding a hobby (or a few) that you love!

Hobbies can give you a delightful and enriching way to have fun, stay healthy, and enjoy life to the fullest. And with over 50+ clubs, activities, and interest groups, it’s easy and convenient to find a new hobby or incorporate an existing one into your lifestyle at Peachtree Hills Place.

Here are five reasons why you need at least one hobby or activity (along with some examples of things to try):

  1. To nurture your mind

Scientific studies show that activities involving creativity can lead to improved cognitive function and enhanced well-being by stimulating various parts of the brain, promoting new neural connections and potentially delaying cognitive decline. Additionally, creative outlets provide a means to manage stress and frustration, contributing to better mental health.

A few to try:

Painting class – from acrylics to oils, local instructors help you express yourself on canvas

Ceramics – a full studio with a professional kiln allows you to explore this hands-on hobby

Social crafting – get to know your neighbors while improving motor skills and creative thinking

  1. To keep your body moving

Research indicates that hobbies which require moderate physical effort can contribute to cardiovascular fitness, muscle strength, and joint flexibility. A new sport or even simple activities like walking can have a big impact on your physical well-being.

A few to try:
Croquet – our signature hobby! both beginners and seasoned pros flock to our two regulation-sized croquet lawns to hone their skills, enjoy the outdoors, and have fun socializing

Swimming, water aerobics – enjoy fun workouts in our huge resort-style pool

Chair yoga – maintain flexibility and balance no matter your age or abilities

  1. To stay connected

Studies emphasize that social engagement contributes to mental and emotional well-being. Participating in a shared hobby provides an opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals, fostering a sense of belonging and purpose.

A few to try:

Mahjong – you’ll always find partners to play with as this is one of our popular group hobbies
Rummikub – grab a friend and try this easy-to-learn, fast-moving, game of luck and strategy

American History Club – stimulating discussions with neighbors from all types of interesting backgrounds

  1. To maintain a positive outlook

Research has shown that pursuing personal goals through hobbies can lead to increased self-esteem and a more positive outlook on life. Engaging in activities that promote personal growth and learning can significantly boost self-confidence.

A few to try:

Walking – get your steps in on the shady, tree-lined streets of our historic neighborhood

Gardening – join a lively group of green thumbs to stay active outdoors

Cultural activities – explore wine-tasting, cooking classes, art appreciation with group outings to the city’s best museums and theaters

  1. To prevent depression

Scientific studies highlight the correlation between participating in hobbies and reduced depression, a serious concern for many seniors that is often triggered by factors like the loss of a loved one or changes in health.

A few to try:

Boxing – everyone, especially those with Parkinson’s can benefit from our boxing classes in partnership with the Center for Movement

Gyrokinesis – try a group class of this gentle form of yoga that helps increase spinal mobility

Petanque – similar to bocce ball and as simple as horseshoes, this game is addictive!

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