Holding onto Hobbies as we Age for Increased Health & Happiness

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The Importance of Rediscovering Old Passions & Hobbies

By Lesa Hardiman, 10:24 pm on

Many of us develop hobbies and passions when we are young but work, family, and other responsibilities tend to push those hobbies to the back burner. Luckily, after retirement there is a lot more time to rediscover old passions and goals. However, because of limitations, whether physical or otherwise, seniors often fall into poor habits of using this extra time for television or less stimulating activities. This is where a home health care provider in Grand Rapids can help.

Studies show that focusing on a hobby can increase memory and cognitive function among aging individuals. This means people who spend time on hobbies after retirement are actually healthier mentally than those who do not. So encourage your aging parent to pick up their pruner, grab their fishing pole, or find those knitting needles and rediscover things that once put a smile on their face.

We acknowledge that starting a new hobby, or restarting an old one, isn’t always easy. People tend to get frustrated with the time it takes to develop or relearn a skill and may retreat into their comfort zones. Helping our family members stay true to their goals is one of the best types of care we can give.

Senior caregivers in Grand Rapids can provide in-home support and encouragement for your aging family member as they begin to try new and exciting things. They can make sure clients have the correct supplies and instruction to accomplish their goals, help provide transportation to classes and activities, and can even help adjust activities to fit your family member’s activity level and skill set.

Whether it is art, dance, woodworking, writing, or some other hobby, Home Care Assistance can make sure senior clients are given the direction and encouragement they need to meet their goals. Starting new things, or restarting old things, isn’t always easy, but it is always worth it. Let our hourly or 24/7 caregivers in Grand Rapids help your aging family member succeed in their new passion. Call us today at 616-243-0835 to schedule a free consultation.