3 healthy hobbies for older adults


If you’ve retired and have extra time on your hands, why not take up a new hobby? Along with being an interesting and enjoyable way to pass a few hours, hobbies can also be a great way to meet new people and relieve stress. Here are a few healthy options to consider.

1. Gardening
There’s something very relaxing about being in the garden and nurturing plants that you’ve watched grow from seedling to established shrub or bush. And not only does gardening get you outdoors and into the fresh air, it also gets you moving as you plant, prune, weed and do general garden maintenance. Finally, it’s incredibly rewarding to see and enjoy the results of your labour as your garden springs to life.

2. Birdwatching
In South Africa, we have an abundance of diverse flora and fauna, including numerous bird species. So, it’s not surprising that birdwatching is a popular hobby – one that you can enjoy whether you’re spending time in your garden or visiting a local park or nature spot. All you need to get started is a pair of binoculars and a birdwatching guide. It’s also a great hobby to enjoy with others, so if you really get into it, you may want to join a local bird club or start an informal one with friends.

3. Bridge, Canasta, Cribbage and more
Card games are not only a fun and social activity, they’re also good for your brain. Alzheimer’s Research UK cited a study which “linked participation in mentally stimulating activities, such as card games, with larger brain volumes and better cognitive scores.” So, if you enjoy Bridge, Rummy or Canasta, why not set up a regular game with friends?

Are you an Evergreen resident who’s keen to take up a new hobby and meet new people? Each village has plenty of social events, outings and clubs, so speak to your village manager about the hobby groups and societies in your community – you’re sure to find one that sparks your interest.