Just because you are getting older doesn’t mean you are destined for a life of sitting on your couch watching game shows and daytime soaps. It actually means just the opposite: There is no better time than now to get out there and enjoy everything life has to offer. Of course, you have to keep in mind that you are, in fact, getting older, so your body may have more limitations than it used to. But as long as you proceed with caution and consult your doctor when necessary, there are still plenty of exciting ways to pass the time.
Take in a Show
While the movie theater is always a fun outing, why not check out the local high school’s performance schedules? There are often live plays, musicals, choir concerts, and even talent shows that will provide you with pretty spectacular (and cheap!) entertainment. Remember, there is no rule that you have to be one of the performer’s grandparents to enjoy the show. And if you’re lucky, they may even be reviving one of your favorites.
Play a Game
Pick a game, any game. It doesn’t matter if your favorite is a round of Hearts with a friend, Bingo with some family, or Solitaire by yourself. As long as you are having fun and laughing, it is a great activity to partake in. And remember, if you are in the mood for a game but no one is available, you can always have a companion from Connecticut In-Home Assistance come play with you.
Do an Art Project
A fun way to keep your mind active and yourself occupied is by trying your hand at some arts and crafts. Consider taking a painting or pottery class at the community college, or just purchase the supplies and explore it in your own home. The stores where you can paint a piece of already-made pottery also provide another enjoyable way to spend an afternoon.
Explore Video Games
Before you laugh, this can be a lot of fun. With something like the Wii or Xbox Kinect, you can play video games that will give you some exercise while you learn some new dance moves or practice your bowling skills. They even have some great games to sharpen your mind.
Go For a Swim
Whether it’s a community pool or one at the YMCA, swimming is an excellent way to get your body moving. It’s about as low-impact as exercise can get, and it provides some relaxation benefits as well. You may even be able to find a senior water-aerobics class that will be targeted to your specific needs.
Bring Back a Favorite Hobby
Was there something in your past that you loved doing, but over time it has slowly drifted to the wayside? Now is your chance to bring it back. Whether it’s scrapbooking, gardening (Even an indoor herb garden will suffice.), or going on a daily walk, enjoying your preferred pastimes will help you avoid boredom and bring some extra delight into your life.