14 Great Hobbies for Independent Living Residents
Retirement is a time of unlimited possibilities. A time where you’re free to do whatever you want. So if there’s a hobby you’ve wanted to pursue but have put off, do it. And if you’re looking for additional ideas for different types of hobbies for seniors, you’ve come to the right place. One of the benefits of moving to a retirement community — like Aberdeen Ridge — that’s full of active seniors is you’ll have a group of neighbors who are pursuing their interests just like you.
Our Location Is Ideal for These 8 Senior Hobbies
Where you retire can have a big impact on the hobbies you can pursue. Our location in Colorado Springs offers a wide variety of activities to try right in your own backyard, including:
- For the birds: Birdwatching requires a careful eye and a lot of patience and knowledge. It’s helpful to have a local bird reference guide to see which birds fly through your area during a certain time of year.
- A little bit wicket: Developed in Ireland in the early 19th century, croquet is a leisurely game that can be played on virtually any lawn or outdoor space. The game consists of using long wooden mallets to roll wooden balls through metal loops (called wickets) stuck in the ground.
- Cache in: Geocaching, sometimes called “the world’s largest treasure hunt,” is an outdoor activity where you follow GPS coordinates to find hidden treasures called caches. All you need to get started is a GPS system (like Google Maps) and a geocaching app.
- Take a hike: With the stunning Garden of the Gods close by, hiking is a natural. All you need is some sturdy shoes, a hiking stick, and a trail map to experience everything nature has to offer.
- Worth a thousand words: Whether you have a camera or just enjoy taking pictures with your phone, photography is a great way to encourage yourself to see the world a little bit differently. Take and share pictures on social media of nature, flowers, roadside attractions, sunsets, and whatever else catches your eye.
- No pickle required: Pickleball is one of the fastest growing sports; it embodies the quickness and coordination of tennis, but with a lot less running. This is a two-on-two game that’s all about hitting the ball over the net in such a way that your opponents can’t hit it back. There are leagues and courts all over the city.
- Star struck: Our clear mountain air makes it easier to be awestruck by the night sky. With the help of a stargazing app, you’ll be able to understand what you’re seeing and even plan special trips to see celestial events.
- Give back: With thousands of local and national service organizations to choose from, volunteering is an ideal way to help support a cause that’s important to you while meeting others who share your interests.
Pursue These 6 Senior Hobbies Right Here
You’ll be able to take advantage of a wide range of senior living amenities at our independent living community to pursue your interests. Here are just a few examples:
- Get creative: Try something new in our creative arts studio. You can paint, arrange flowers, scrapbook, knit, make jewelry, or whatever else your heart desires.
- Go clubbing: Have an interest like books, wine, cars, cards, history or art? There’s sure to be someone else in our community that shares it. You can either join an existing club or start one of your own and meet like-minded neighbors.
- Keep learning: Expand your knowledge and expertise through lifelong learning opportunities. We’ll feature classes and guest speakers or you can always browse our library. Plus, there are plenty of free courses and lessons online.
- Dive in: Swimming is a good low-impact exercise that can help you stay fit. You can learn different strokes and techniques or just spend time relaxing in the water.
- In black and white: Writing is a great way to tell stories and share your memories with family and friends.
- Be more flexible: Yoga is a relaxing practice that can help keep your body toned, limber, and flexible without the stresses of an intense workout. With a variety of positions and movements, it’s ideal for beginners, while also offering something you can grow into.
Enjoying Life Is the Best Hobby of All
Regardless of your interests, enjoying your retirement is what matters most. To learn more about the engaging lifestyle we’re building at Aberdeen Ridge, contact us here.