Focus on Seniors

Retirees Have Options When it Comes to Staying Active

In retirement, outdoor photography could be your hobby.
Matilda Charles, May 2017
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Hobbies can help keep us physically and mentally fit, and there are plenty of them to choose from. If you’ve recently retired, you might not even know where to begin. Here are some ideas to get you started.

For the physically active, explore outdoor photography, yoga, woodworking, metal detecting, ballroom dance, golf or swimming.

For those who’d rather sit at a table or computer, those boxes of memorabilia in your storage will give you plenty of items to begin your own scrapbook. (Add stories and poetry, or photos to pass down to the next generations.) Try online chess or other games for brain stretching. Start a collection, or expand one you dabbled at before, such as coins or stamps. Consider ham radio, and talk to the world.

Even if you don’t think you can paint or draw, taking a class will give you a start. (Georgia O’Keeffe painted into her 90s.) Writing a daily or weekly blog post on an online forum of your own can give you a voice to express your opinions. Stories, poetry or even a novel are at your fingertips. Take a computer class that will teach you how to create and save files, if that’s where you need to begin.

Still don’t know where to start? Make a list of things that interest you and expand from there. If you’re good at sewing or painting, see if your skills are needed by the local theater group. If a line-dance class sounds good, try that. If you’re going to travel, take a foreign-language class.

Bonus: You don’t have to limit yourself to one hobby. For the most fun, combine active and sitting activities.

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