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Activities to Explore as You Age

Do you want to stay active and healthy as you age? Staying active has many benefits that will help you enjoy your life and live longer. And it’s more than possible to take on new activities with the assurance of a med alert system with fall detection.

Is worrying about falling or getting around safely keeping you from doing the activities you love? If so, worry no more. With today’s med alert systems, you’ll be sure to be safe wherever you go. Most med alert brands now offer mobile options with fall detection that you can wear or take with you, even on vacation, so you’ll have the peace of mind of knowing that emergency care can be on the way anytime, anywhere.

Benefits of staying active

According to the National Institute on Aging, staying active as you age has many benefits, such as:

  • Alleviating depression
  • Maintaining good blood circulation
  • Warding off diseases
  • Helping you live longer
  • Preventing dementia
  • Increasing your resilience in coping with loss
  • Improving memory and thinking
  • Fostering a sense of community

Dancing

Dancing is a great way for seniors to socialize and get in some low-impact exercise. Dancing can also improve balance and reduce the risk of falls, fractures, and immobility. According to a study performed by the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, ballroom dancing has been shown to decrease a person’s risk of developing dementia. The mental challenge of remembering footwork paired with the soothing quality of music can keep the brain sharp as you develop this new skill.

Dance classes range from ballet, ballroom dance, salsa, hip hop, modern, jazz, tap, and more. If you prefer an exercise class that has dance elements, try Zumba or Zumba Gold classes, usually offered at local churches and community centers.

Reminiscing  

Connecting to your past can be comforting and invigorating. Try reconnecting with your college’s alumni association and see if there are any local events you can attend. Travel to places you used to love to visit to bring up old memories. Write in a journal to record your reflections.

Many seniors enjoy exploring ancestry websites to learn more about their past and connect to their lineage. Another fun pastime is to listen to music you love with friends.

Walking/Hiking

Walking is the most doable form of exercise. For most people, it’s a very low-impact and easy to do for long periods of time. It can also increase muscle tone and encourage you to stay independent and healthy. Just going for a short walk after dinner can improve blood circulation, boost your mood, and lower your blood sugar. You can also walk around the mall, at a local park, or even within a community center. If you’d like, ask a loved one or friend to go walking with you to increase your socialization and improve your health at the same time.

Watching movies and reading books

Are you a movie lover? See if there is a local group you can meet with to watch movies and discuss them. Or, start one of your own. Watching movies and discussing them can be very stimulating.

Alternatively, you could join or start a book club, in which one member picks a new book each month and to discuss. Regular reading can keep your mind active, and a book club is a great way to meet with friends.

Cultural activities

Do you love to soak up culture and the arts? Make a point to visit museums and attend plays, ballets, and operas when you can. Go hear the symphony play. Many arts organizations are looking for volunteers to help as ushers and coordinators of community events as well. Take a few friends with you and discuss what you saw over a meal.

Meet and greets

Want to meet new friends and do fun things with others your age? A good option might be a senior meet and greet event. Many seniors enjoy opportunities like this to meet new people and make connections. With a mobile med alert system, you won’t have to worry about accidents occurring while you’re out and about enjoying yourself. Many companies have discreet options that can easily blend in with what you are wearing, or you can even use a smartwatch option with fall detection built in.

Bridge/mahjong

Now might be the time to learn a new game, or brush up on some established skills. Many communities have bridge or mahjong clubs where you can practice your skills and compete with other players. Both are games of skill that will help keep your mind sharp. These games are also a great way to meet new people and gain a sense of community.

Gardening/birdwatching

Gardening can help ground you to the earth and improve physical activity and mobility. Being in nature can improve mood and overall levels of happiness. It also engages your motor skills, promotes relaxation, and improves endurance and strength.

Learn about local varieties of birds, take photos, and record notes in a journal. You can do the same with types of plants, flowers and trees. You’ll be surprised how much there is to learn about nature in the world all around us.

Exercise

Getting regular exercise is important for people of any age group, but it’s especially important for seniors who are predisposed to chronic illnesses, cognitive decline, and poor sleep. A study from Harvard Health found that the amount of time a person spends exercising is not as taxing as the toll inactivity can take on the body.

Staying active can also reduce memory loss and even delay Alzheimer’s and dementia. Exercise also protects you against heart disease and diabetes, boosts your creativity, and helps alleviate symptoms of depression. The more you move, the more nutrients, blood, and oxygen move through your body. Try healthy exercises like swimming, bowling, tennis, cycling, yoga, Pilates, or stair climbing.  

Lifelong learning

Satisfy your love for learning by taking a class. Many local colleges and universities let older adults audit courses at a discounted price. Learn a new language, take a cooking class, brush up on a musical instrument, or take an art class. The possibilities are endless and it’s also a good way to meet people and keep your mind sharp.

Travel

Travel is a favorite pastime as you age. You usually have more open periods of time in order to take trips, and fewer work obligations.

Here are some top resources for senior travel:

Some tours have specials for single seniors that you can look into. With a med alert system, you’ll have protection wherever you go.  

Volunteering

Giving back to your community can help you feel young and rejuvenated in mind, body, and spirit, and it can also improve your self-worth. Volunteering within your area can help make your community a better place. You’ll make a difference, gain structure in your daily schedule, and have new goals to work toward. Volunteer options include helping at an animal shelter, tutoring or reading at a school, or serving meals to the homeless. Visit volunteer.gov or volunteermatch.org to find opportunities near you.

Choral or theater group

Perhaps you used to sing or act and want to take it up again. Or maybe you’ve always wanted to give it a go. Take a chance and join a local choral group or theater troupe. It’s never too late to exhibit your talents and meet new people.

Conclusion

You don’t have to tackle all these new activities at once. Take some time to sit down and make a bucket list of a few things you’d like to try, and take them on one at a time. Being more active will bring vigor back into your life, and open up new possibilities you might not have seen before. And with a mobile med alert system with fall detection and GPS, you are free to take on any new adventure you choose. You’ll have the peace of mind of knowing that medical help can find you in minutes should the need arise.

Joan Biddle
Joan Biddle
Joan Biddle is a Content Developer at Med-Alert Pros. With nearly 20 years of editing, research and writing experience, Joan crafts detailed, reliable articles that help people navigate complicated topics. She enjoys movies, reading, poetry and art.

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