Seniors often have limited mobility. It could be due to conditions like strokes, arthritis, or injuries from falls. In addition, even the normal aging process can take a toll on our ability to move like we used to. Whatever the cause may be, hobbies and activities you once enjoyed do not have to end. Most of them can be modified in some way to accommodate your limitations as you age. Just because you’re not as active and mobile as you once were, you can still enjoy a wide variety of things that bring you happiness. You just have to be flexible in your methods.
Daily Caring describes several fun hobbies that seniors should consider trying. Some even have additional benefits. For example, reading a good book. Reading is not only optimal for those with limited mobility. It’s also ideal for keeping your brain sharp and active. These days, e-readers can also be used for those with arthritis or other difficulties with paperback books. Audio books can also be a great option.
Surprisingly, even exercising doesn’t have to come to an end. Try something like chair yoga or aquatic exercise. These forms of physical activity are low impact and require less moving around. But at the same time, you can still have fun and gain the physical and mental benefits that come along with exercise.
Playing games is another great option. Whether it’s board games, card games, or crossword puzzles, they can be fun and stimulating at the same time. Try inviting some friends or family members over to play with you. You will definitely feel the benefits of socializing, being mentally active, and simply enjoying something fun. My mother-in-law has a weekly Mahjong group she looks forward to.
Last but not least, consider donating your time to charitable work. You might be able to get out of the house to volunteer at your local church, hospital, or shelter. Or if that’s too much of a challenge for you, many charities welcome knitted or crocheted items to distribute. This is something you can do from home, yet still feel accomplished, a sense of purpose, and engaged in your community.
Clearly, there are many ways those with limited mobility can still live enjoyable and active lives. You may need to be flexible and creative. Your hobbies will likely not be exactly as they were when you were younger. However, with some effort and planning, you’re sure to find something you can do no matter your limitations.