FUN ACTIVITIES FOR SENIORS TO STAY ACTIVE, PHYSICALLY AND MENTALLY
Visit museums regularly to keep learning- Most cities have some great art, history or cultural museums on hand. Milford has historical buildings and cemeteries dating back hundreds of years. Take art classes to keep your brain sharp. Creating is one of the best ways to keep your mind active. You may find painting, photographing, pottery, ceramics is fun and challenging. Play cards to keep your mind challenged. Playing cards are a great way to get social and keep your mind challenged- two ingredients that will keep you sharp and happy! Take walks to stay healthy. According to Harvard research, walking has surprising benefits including taming your sweet tooth, eases joint pain and boosts your immune function. Do sports to stay in shape. Plenty of older adults continue doing challenging physical activites well into their 70’s like mountain hiking, skiing and tennis. Or if you’re looking for less of a demand on your joints, try swimming, golf or hiking. Do gardening and enjoy the process. You can start with a few potted plants or a full perennial, annual or a vegetable garden Volunteer to contribute to your community. Volunteering can help you develop new relationships and feel the rewards of giving back. Keep working for what you love. Many people work into their 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s at a very high level because they love what they do and it keeps them fresh, engaged and purposeful. Get involved in social activism and stay passionate. Seniors have the time to get involved. Their wisdom and perspective that comes with age can be the perfect partner to the enthusiasm and energy that comes with youth. Stay active and you will always be happy! Don’t waste any time! Start spending time with family and friends. You’ll be happier for it. By staying active and staying in shape you’ll feel great and be a lot healthier too! Portions of this article were provided by Today’s Generic Medicine, Harvard Health Publishing and Science Daily.