Believe it or not, you’re never too old to learn, do, and experience new things. As a matter of fact, it’s good for you to learn new things—as often as possible. Some might even call it exercise for the brain. But giving your mind a good workout isn’t the only benefit that comes from trying new things as you age. Below are some of the other benefits you’ll enjoy when you include trying new things among your senior living activities in 2017.
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Benefits of Activities for Seniors
Trying New Things Keeps You Active
Older adults who try new things tend to be more active people. The benefits of engaging in a wide range of activities for seniors, according to the National Institute on Aging, are many and include things like:
- Longer lifespan
- Fewer instances of depression
- Greater quality of life
- More enjoyment of life
- Lower susceptibility for certain diseases (including dementia, heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and certain cancers)
- Improved thinking abilities
These are all big things to consider—and make outstanding incentives for staying active and trying new things in 2017 and beyond.
New Experiences Are Fun!
We all need things to look forward to in life, regardless of age. Many people have lived so long looking forward to retirement, but have no plan for what comes next. This is the time you’ve been waiting for. It’s your time to explore new cultures, try new foods, learn ballroom dancing, or even try out the roller coasters of the world.
New experiences do not have to include major thrill seeking, though. You can also take this opportunity to learn new ways to paint, tour zoos around the country, learn to play the bongo drums, or even take up a new language. Make it your mission to walk on a new beach every month (quarter, summer, etc.). Try every public golf course in your state. Buy a yearly pass and visit every state park in your state. Learn new ways to braid hair. The sky really is the limit, and you get to learn something new, have something to look forward to, and enjoy the mental and physical health benefits of an active and social life.
The big thing is to always be planning for what you’re going to learn or do next. The more plans you make, the better!