Penny Petron | Apr 21, 2016
Transitioning to senior living is anything but boring, there’s so much to do! Do you have the itch like I do to open the windows and let the fresh air in this time of year? Just like the seasons change, so do our likes, hobbies, and interests. Now is as good of a time as any to add a few new things to your line-up and take advantage of a few ideas to curb feeling bored. I’ve got some activities and challenges to do just that …
We’re creatures of habit. It’s comfortable to do the things we already know how to do because we’re good at them, and we enjoy them. Exploring new activities is a great way to keep your mind engaged and active. The five examples below will increase your concentration and focus. You may even find yourself in a calmer state as a result of participating and trying new things!
Bring out the artist in you
Pick up a paintbrush. Color in a coloring book. Did you know they make coloring books for adults? Check them out here. String beads for a necklace. Try different mediums and experiment with creativity. Art supplies are affordable and plentiful. Recycled materials are great for projects too! Art, in any form, is a great way to express yourself.
Volunteer your time
Do you feel strongly about a cause or organization? Finding a way to volunteer your time within that particular group is a great way to meet new friends, stay busy, and give back to the community.
Listen to music
Music can make you feel alive inside. Turn up your favorite tunes and dance a little or serenade yourself into a peaceful state of relaxation. Music is used to increase or maintain a level of physical, mental, and social functioning. We’ve dedicated an entire program to this, Music & Memory, as it helps with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Music also has healing powers and numerous health benefits.
Connect with loved ones
No matter how near or far away you are, technology is making it easier than ever to connect with your friends, family, and loved ones. Programs like Skype and FaceTime allow you to get one or several people together for a video call. It’s easy, available anytime, and completely free! If you have a computer, tablet, or mobile device, sending emails and text messages are another great way to stay connected. Don’t worry if you’re not tech savvy, the telephone and good old-fashioned hand-written notes are always great to receive too.
Learn a new skill or game
What’s that one thing you’ve always wanted to learn how to do? It might even be something that you haven’t even thought about or know that you have interest in, and that’s ok! Is it a board or card game? Or how about a new language? It may even be a hobby. Whatever “it” is, invest some time and do a little research to find out how and what you can learn, and then start practicing! Research doesn’t have to be extensive. It could simply be asking a friend or someone you trust some questions about your interest. Gathering what you need will take time, which will keep you from being bored as will the practice.
If you’re still not sure where to start, here are some activities to help you pass the time. These are things you could do by yourself or with a friend or loved one.
At Walker Methodist, we encourage you to tackle that Sudoku puzzle, try a new hobby, or learn a new language. Just because you aren’t in school doesn’t mean you can’t learn new things! We offer a variety of activities, events, and outings for you to plug into. Social engagement and programming is an important aspect of our engaging activities and life enrichment. We can’t wait to help you discover a new passion!