They're called the 'golden years' for reason. We can now do all those things we never had time for in the past. Retirement has its rewards....whether you finally pick up that crochet needle, build a birdhouse, or just want to develop new hobbies.
Independent living for seniors in Houston has so many options and activities that stimulate the mind and keep hands busy. It's never too late to learn something new. Here are a few easy hobbies to put on your to-do list.
Simple modes of physical activity for adults prevent some of the health problems that crop up as we age. It also helps our muscles stay strong for those day-to-day tasks. You’ll sleep better after enjoying the fresh air and sunshine.
Gardening - Outdoor gardening in raised beds or containers improves motor skills while enhancing the five senses. Plant some native Houston flowers like black-eyed Susan, purple coneflowers, autumn sage, and cattail liatris for attracting birds, butterflies, and a few compliments from your neighbors. While working in the garden, protect yourself from the worst stinging insects in Houston like mosquitoes, fire ants, and hornets.
Walking -Your boots … well, shoes … are made for walking, and that’s just what they’ll do when you stroll around the neighborhood. This physical hobby not only gets you moving, but you can stop to chat with neighbors working on their gardens (and make a few new friends along the way).
Swimming - Swimming and low-impact water aerobics is a cool hobby you can enjoy at your own pace. Swimming strengthens muscles, gets your heart pumping, and is therapeutic for those who live with osteoarthritis.
Woodworking - Sure, you can do this inside, but refinishing wood furniture outdoors is not quite as messy. Perhaps you would prefer to make a birdhouse or feeder? How about some special toys for the grandchildren? Learning to carve or whittle keeps your hands busy, and you’ll have something to show for the effort.
Gardening - What? Indoor gardening is very popular these days, especially for those with mobility issues. Hydroponic gardening lets you grow flowers, herbs, vegetables, and some fruits any time of the year, using water and a liquid fertilizing solution. Another perk? You can set your hydroponic system on a countertop to see the growth changes every day.
Books, Games, and Puzzles. Reading keeps your mind active as it takes you to places where movies and TV just cannot go.
With so many board games on the market, you can choose ones that require critical thinking, but the “old school” ones are fun, too. Challenge your friends to a game of Monopoly, Scrabble, or Trivial Pursuit. Games needing more than one player keep you socially engaged.
Puzzles and word games improve memory, concentration, and vocabulary. Crosswords, Sudoku, word searches, and word games are available in magazines and online.
Knitting, Crocheting, Painting, and Arts & Crafts. Get creative with your new hobbies. Pick up some yarn to knit or crochet scarves, sweaters, hats, gloves, and afghan blankets. Tips to make needlework easier include using wooden hooks and wool blend yarns.
Painting can be as simple as doing the old paint-by-number kits from childhood. They are fun, colorful, and easy (and no one will know the difference).
Music and Dance. You have been listening to music all your life, and now you finally have the time to practice or learn an instrument. Reading sheet music or playing by ear helps to keep the brain focused and stimulated.
Dancing involves movement, no matter what kind it is. Learn to tango, twist, or whatever else you’re comfortable with. The next time your residential community activities calendar says “dance,” you’ll be ready for the party.
Write - Hobbies are enjoyable -- perhaps the best one to do right now is to write. Treemont resident Libby Davis wrote her first children's book at age 70! Family history and funny stories will live on with your own words; write it all down. Start a series of journals for your children and grandchildren. The best gift you can ever leave your loved ones is that of yourself.
To learn more about Treemont, please call Linda, Lupe or Keri at 713-783-6820. For Nursing, rehabilitation or assisted living, call Kelli at 713-816-2033. Treemont is located in the Memorial / Westchase neighborhood at 2501 Westerland Blvd near Gessner. They are happy to have walk-in tours, including on weekends. For information on senior living in general, click here.