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Healthy Aging | 08/31/21
Retirement is a new season of life, and it’s quite common for seniors to approach their so-called “golden years” with trepidation. With your family grown and a career that’s winding down, you may find yourself questioning this new, unfamiliar identity. Fortunately, the solution may be easier than you think.
For some seniors, retirement can be challenging because they feel like they have to reinvent themselves. However, rediscovering the passions and hobbies you put on hold to focus on your responsibilities is a path toward creating your own happiness and finding a new sense of purpose.
Retirement hobbies can take countless shapes and forms, whether it’s an activity you enjoyed during your younger years, a craft you’d like to hone, or something entirely new that satisfies a lifelong curiosity.
In earlier stages of life, you had specific roles. You were a parent, a worker, a coach, or any other number of labels. Your retirement hobbies can help you define new life roles and show you how to rediscover yourself. You may be a grandparent, a woodworker, a volunteer, or a cake decorator. The options are practically endless.
In fact, that’s the beauty of retirement—there are fewer limitations to prevent you from filling your time however you’d like. You’re no longer bound by mounds of responsibilities, and you have substantially more time available.
Choosing a hobby is a highly personal decision, but like a dessert buffet with too many options, you may have trouble narrowing down which flavors you want to sample. Here are some questions to ask yourself if you’re struggling:
If you’re still unsure about which retirement hobbies you may want to explore, consider some of these popular options for things to do in retirement.
Writing: The transition into retirement can take an emotional toll, but expressing yourself on paper can be highly therapeutic. You might begin a journal chronicling your retirement adventures, or record your childhood memories and life reflections as a gift to your children and grandchildren. If you’re particularly creative, you might even write a book.
Culinary: An avid cook can always learn new tricks. If savory meals have always been your specialty, now you might explore the world of baking. Perhaps there’s a certain style of cuisine you always wished you could master, or you just want to toast bread without burning it.
Needlework: For those who enjoy making things with their hands, you may enjoy exploring the array of textile arts, such as sewing, quilting, crocheting, knitting, or embroidery. These activities make for wonderful retirement hobbies because the initial skills are quite simple, but over time you can grow into creating intricate works of art.
Movement: Physical activity is increasingly important as you age, so finding fun and creative ways to stay active may boost your happiness and your health all at once. If hitting the gym isn’t your idea of fun, consider taking up dancing or embracing the meditative benefits of tai chi. Other ideas include golf, bowling, or croquet.
Nature: From birds and other wildlife to vibrant flowers and lush vegetation, there’s plenty to appreciate about the world surrounding you. Living things aside, nature can inspire any number of hobbies, like indulging your fascination with natural geography or the unique rocks you discover in the different places you visit.
Our approach to senior wellness at The Oaks at Denville encompasses the whole person, which means we make your happiness and sense of purpose as much a priority as your physical safety and well-being. Through our award-winning LivWell program, we learn about your personal interests and goals so we can design programming that gives you plenty of opportunities to pursue your retirement hobbies and passions.