Fun Activities for Senior Citizens

Moving from the workforce into your golden years will provide an abundance of free time, something most people have trouble dealing with than they would like to admit. For many, the confusion is lifted when they discover all the fun activities for senior citizens created by local clubs and organizations. Research continues to shine light on the necessity of social interaction and exercise as a means to live a vibrant, fulfilling life for as long as possible – but how do you go about it? Though the best way is to see if you can connect with others (either individuals or organizations) about new hobbies, here are a few ideas for you to try:

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Crossing a treasure hunt with the fresh air of going for a hike in the woods, you’ll find this a great way to get some exercise outside of your typical gym. Helpful guides are provided by a national association, which will give you insight into the materials necessary, planting procedures, and what to do when you find one.

Scrapbooking

Long known as an enjoyable way to gather mementos and photos, this is a great way to share memories with loved ones. Some people like to create individual books for each grandchild, providing them with pictures and stories from when the little one entered the world.

Journaling

Much like scrapbooking, this is an opportunity to gather your thoughts about the life you’ve lived as you walk down memory lane. Many families lament the fact there are scant written records of a grandparent’s history when it’s too late, so spending some time chronicling your thoughts and experiences – from childhood to this morning – will give them something to cherish and pass down.

Dancing

Sure, you might know how to waltz and fox trot, but how about something with a little flair? The coordination required to pull off a good tango or salsa requires your brain and body to work together in different ways, meaning your fun class will do a lot for your mental and physical health.

Sports

If your doctor has given you the all-clear for vigorous exercise, think about doing something other than meeting with a personal trainer. Many organizations have created “Masters” leagues specifically for retirees in sports as varied as table tennis and soccer, giving you the chance to relive your glory days – or make some new ones!

Photography

The dropping costs and increasing quality of your average digital camera has opened the world to shutterbugs of all skill levels. And, since you can review the photo immediately after you take it, you have a better chance of getting the perfect shot.

Jewelry Making

Have some pent up creative energy? There are all sorts of ways to turn your artistic desires into beautiful necklaces and bracelets – or more, as your skills grow. Walk the aisles of your nearest hobby shop to find some beads, then let your imagination run wild.

Play an Instrument

Those of us that didn’t want to take piano lessons when we were young often end up wishing we had followed through later. Why not take a stab at learning how to play now? There are a variety of instruments out there and plenty of places to take classes, so you don’t have any excuses!

Safety Tips for Senior Citizens

Not a year goes by in which a reports circulate about retirees being tricked into giving away their financial resources by a dishonest person pretending to act on behalf of a fictitious agency. Or, even worse, legitimate companies occasionally hire salespeople willing to stretch the bounds of ethics and prey on unsuspecting elders with fantastic tales of unknown problems their product or service can solve – often at a steep cost. The fact of the matter, unfortunately, is that safety for senior citizens is a concern for the individuals themselves and their loved ones.

The city of Detroit encourages retirees to “BOSS” life around. Wherever you go, take care to “Be Observant, Smart, Safe” and you will have a leg up on criminals in search of targets. Thanks to a few simple precautions, you can protect yourself both in public and at home:

Out on the Town

  1. Be aware of your surroundings, whether you’re at the grocery store or driving through a sketchy part of town.
  2. Avoid carrying large sums of cash in your purse or wallet, and make sure to keep them close to your body – handbags close to the body for ladies and billfolds in the front pocket for men (a rubber band around the outside can provide an extra challenge for a pickpocket).
  3. Have a look around when you get into or out of a parked car – especially in underground structures – and always keep your doors locked when driving.

On the Homefront

  1. Look through the peephole when there’s someone at the door. If you don’t know the person, ask them to identify themselves and the purpose of their visit before opening it. Do not be afraid to call the police if they are unable to produce an ID badge or are unwilling to leave.
  2. Make sure all your locks are in good condition and install deadbolts, then work to secure windows that are difficult to pry open.
  3. Be suspicious if a caller is unable to produce a name when asked. If he were to say, “Who is this?” politely ask “Who are you looking for?” or “Who would you like to speak with?” In the event they can’t specifically identify someone – like “Mr. Harold Jones” instead of “the man of the house” – hang up.
  4. Refuse to give information out over the phone to strange callers. Though some will have legitimate-sounding titles, when the conversation turns to requests for your name, address, marital status, credit card number, etc. then end the call immediately.

How to Enjoy Your Retirement

One thing everyone looks forward to when it comes time for retirement planning is the amount of hours freed up for leisure. There’s something about breaking away from the daily grind that elicits a sigh of relief from even the most dedicated workers. It’s almost as if you suddenly regain all those hours lost to commuting and late nights at the office, right? How do you fill them? It would be easy to just do more of what you already love, but you might find it’s not really how to enjoy your retirement  hobbies are as diverse as the people celebrating their last day of work. Be adventurous! Find some new interests, it’s good for your health in many ways. Here are a few ideas:

Back to School

You may not be in the mood to enroll in college – though you certainly can – but chances are good your local university will offer a wide range of courses tailored specifically to retirees. Want to learn how to use the computer? Have an interest in meteorology? Engage your brain in whatever pursuits catch your fancy.

Photography

With the prevalence of good digital cameras at affordable prices, it’s easy to let your inner shutterbug run wild all over town. Snap all the pictures you can, then use your newfound computer skills to edit them, post them on the internet, or to even print and sell!

Volunteer

Have a cause that’s near and dear to your heart? Connect with local organizations helping to meet those needs. You might decide to serve breakfast to the homeless in the morning and spend your afternoons teaching underprivileged children how to read. There are a number of opportunities to help, so do some asking around.

Take Up a Sport

It’s no secret that exercise is a key part of remaining active for as long as possible. Some like to walk, others like to run, but why not go in a completely different direction? Local activity centers often set up “Masters” leagues in everything from badminton to swimming. In addition to providing you with a way to meet people, you’ll get the thrill of learning a new game.

Storytelling

Some afterschool programs, in an effort to encourage the imaginations of children, invite those who can spin a good yarn to sit with a handful of kids and create fanciful tales of knights in shining armor or distant worlds. Think of it as a way to tell a bedtime story during the day, except the audience will hear every word.

Show Dogs

If you love animals, you could have a good time presenting them at pet shows. Whether you have a well-behaved beagle at home or simply have a way with birds, you might find the ability to walk a neighbor’s dog or train cats becomes a fun way to spend your day.

Amateur Radio

Retirees who are technologically inclined (or have grandchildren that are) have become part of the fastest-growing demographic among Internet users. A small investment in equipment – if your computer doesn’t already have the capability – and some basic skills with the web can help you share your wisdom with the world about anything you want.

Is Spending Time After Retirement Becoming Tough?

One of the most wonderful things about Retirement Planning is managing the free time to pursue interests of all sorts. After years of dedicating hour after hour and week after week to someone else, filling days with activities centered on ourselves can be a little intimidating. Sure, sleeping later and having a leisurely breakfast are much better than rushing out the door with a cup of coffee and piece of toast in hand, but what about the rest of the day? With research mounting about the benefits of socializing and continuing to challenge the brains as we age, finding Different Hobbies for Seniors is a great way for seniors to thrive during their golden years. Whether you’re in the mood for physical activity or mental stimulation, here are some favorite pastimes to try:
Gardening
What can be better than an afternoon in the sunshine? Fresh air and a light sweat can be had as you go about creating a masterpiece of natural colors. Take the opportunity to engage your creative side and plan out your design ahead of time, then place a variety of bushes and blossoms in the right spots to make your yard a bright haven for reading or entertaining family and friends.
Scrapbooking
This has become popular across generations in recent years, as it allows people to put an artistic spin on memories for all sorts of events – vacations, weddings, etc. A scrapbook allows you to tell a story through photos and written passages, making it a great way to gather with children or grandchildren to share your past as you put pages together.
Hiking
A fresh take on walking, you’re likely to find groups that schedule time to cover the trails of your nearby parks. Exercise is important, and finding reasons to enjoy it beyond simply taking as many steps as possible will keep you coming back for more. No matter if you live near the woods or in an urban jungle, you are likely to encounter new sights in your own back yard.
Photography
With the price of digital cameras dropping all the time, it’s a great time to allow your inner shutterbug to fly. Advances in technology make it possible for almost anyone to snap a postcard-perfect shot. If you’d like to develop the skill, many local community colleges and senior centers offer classes geared specifically for retirees on proper technique and even using editing software to get the most out of your photos.
Genealogy
There comes a point when we all begin to wonder where we came from and, if you’re interested in family history, this is a great time to seek out information. Vast amounts of public records have become available on the internet, allowing details to be found in all corners of the globe. If computers aren’t your thing, visit your local library and you might find some help or even a short course to get you up to speed. Before long, you’ll be connecting the dots between long lost branches of your family tree.
Music
Though some might say it seems like an odd time to pick up an instrument, you will have plenty of time (and the willingness!) to practice at the one of your choice. Playing the piano, for instance, requires a fair amount of mental and physical dexterity, making it a great way to engage different parts of your brain than you’re used to.

Have A Glimpse Of 9 Best Movies Before Planning For One

There can be little argument Hollywood is fascinated by youth. Every year, it seems, another twentysomething actress comes on the scene as the next big thing only to be eclipsed in twelve months by another doe-eyed beauty. Filmmakers have come to rely more on technology and explosions than great writing and piercing dialogue, but that doesn’t change the fact a good story captures the imagination while creating laughs and romance. The next time you feel like making popcorn and parking on the couch for an evening, here are nine great  Movies For Seniors:

  1. Grumpy Old Men/Grumpier Old Men:
    A classic comedy starring Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon, this pair of movies is the rare instance of a sequel that’s as good as the original. The stories center around two lifelong neighbors who have competed since childhood. After decades, the battle is taken to new heights when a beautiful woman buys the house across the street.
  2. The Bucket List:
    Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson star in this funny and heartwarming tale of two terminally ill men that sneak out of a cancer hospital to live out all their wildest dreams. Along the way, they form an unlikely friendship and share in the deep joy of fulfilling long-held wishes.
  3. Driving Miss Daisy:
    The Oscar-winning tale of the evolving relationship between a Jewish woman and her African-American driver over several decades is highly-regarded as timeless for both stage and cinema. Set in the South, it is a heartwarming tale of time (and more than a little charm) bridging the gap created by great social differences.
  4. Up:
    When we think of animated movies, sappy stories with talking animals grownups grumble through come to mind. That’s not the case here! This is the tale of Carl Fredrickson, an elderly man determined to visit a Lost Land in South America. Just when he’s about to go to a retirement home, he ties hundreds of balloons to his house and floats away to adventure.
  5. Calendar Girls:
    This British comedy tells the story of Chris and Annie, two members of a small women’s group in the English countryside. After Annie’s husband dies from leukemia, Chris decides to up the stakes in the annual calendar by proposing everyone pose nude in order to raise funds for a memorial at the local hospital. The media gets wind of it, then it gets out of hand from there.
  6. Something’s Gotta Give:
    Another feature offering Jack Nicholson, this film centers around a wealthy music executive who begins to reconsider his penchant for younger women after a heart attack at the home of his girlfriend’s mother, played by Diane Keaton.
  7. The Notebook:
    A classic love story, this movie appeals to romantics in all generations. Despite being from distinctly different rungs on the economic ladder, the poverty-stricken boy brings new life to the privileged young woman. Will she choose to follow her family’s orders or follow her heart?
  8. Unforgiven:
    Fans of the Western will want to make time for this one. Clint Eastwood plays a retired gunslinger hired to avenge the brutal murder of a young woman. Calling in one of his old friends and saddling up beside a new pistoleer, he pursues the killers as the line between hero and villain gets hazy.

If you are still doing your Retirement Planning then add these to your list as well.