While the pandemic has kept many of us—especially seniors—indoors, it’s still a great time to keep the mind active. From puzzles to indoor exercise and more, there are plenty of hobbies that can provide enjoyment from home (especially in the colder winter months).
Are you a fan of fermented grape varietals? Well, you can drink to good health because research indicates that moderate red wine consumption may lead to decreased HDL levels, or the “good cholesterol.” Turn your love for this age-old beverage into a hobby by practicing the fine art of winemaking. With a few inexpensive pieces of equipment (and a lot of patience!), you can learn to become an at-home vintner.
If you’re someone who finds great joy in appreciating nature’s delights, spending time with the birds could be just the thing for you. Check out some bird identification books, grab a pair of binoculars and head to your window to enjoy close-ups of this beautiful winged species. Consider starting a journal or scrapbook to track and log your avian adventures.
Bilingualism has been shown to positively affect the brain’s anatomy and play an important role in cognitive reserve, which may even help to delay the onset of Alzheimer’s. If you’re interested in a particular culture or part of the world, think about taking up the native language as an engaging hobby.
Research shows that music can boost mood, reduce stress and agitation, foster positive social interactions, coordinate motor function and facilitate cognition. Consider leveraging the healing power of music by learning to play a new instrument. It’s a hobby that can be enjoyed both alone and in the company of others.
Scale Model Making
A recent AARP article shared that a great number of retired adults enjoy making scale models as a fun hobby. “Not only does the activity provide much-needed leisure, which is beneficial in alleviating anxiety and depression, but it also enhances certain cognitive skills such as concentration, visual-motor skills, and executive functions,” says Dr. Andrea M. Macari, assistant professor of psychology at Suffolk County Community College.
With a decent telescope and some astronomy literature, you can immerse yourself in the stars, planets, nebulae, galaxies and lunar or celestial bodies from our bedroom.
One of the best things about getting older is that we finally have a little extra time to do the things we love. Having interesting hobbies to enjoy while indoors keeps our minds and bodies active without ever having to leave home.