Hobbies/ Special Interests

Leisure

There are more pastimes that could qualify as senior hobbies than you can shake the proverbial stick at. The candidates are virtually numberless.

Here are some categories that somebody, somewhere, is already engaging in as a hobby.

Antiques/Arts and Crafts/Collecting any of thousands of things/Cooking/Electronics/Games/Gardening/Internet Hobbies/Literature/Scale Models/Music/Outdoor and Indoor Activities/Photography/Performing Arts/Toys.

The interesting thing about all of the listed categories is each group is chock full of sub categories.

What do you like to do? Do you enjoy playing golf or tennis? Are you an avid grower of flowers? Does stamp collecting start your juices flowing. Is the thought of cooking gourmet meals your answer to friends coming for dinner?

Whatever you are enthusiastic about you will find other people just as eager as you are to learn more and talk about it at length. Some seniors hobbies involve ball room dancing. There are probably groups in your very area doing it on a regular basis. They’d welcome you with open arms, literally.

The physical and mental exercise involved in senior hobbies can do wonders for you. As a matter of fact, physical workouts at a gym, or just walking in the neighborhood can be the answer to your well being.

You’ll be able to meet other seniors feeling just as enthusiastic about your hobby as you are. Once you decide upon a hobby area of interest, check the local newspaper. Look for the mention of gatherings, or information about others doing the same hobby.

Medical science has learned recently about the physical and mental connection in the human body. For example, if the hobby you are interested in requires a minimal of physical activity, you will still benefit physically from the mental activity.

Hobbies/ Special Interests

Crafts

Senior citizens are often unfamiliar with all of the senior services that are available to them. For many, the idea of recreational activities for the elderly focuses primarily upon those who reside in retirement homes.

 However, many elderly are happy to discover that there is an abundance of recreational activities in their area. Sometimes, the hardest part of getting involved is just getting started. The following tips will point you in the right direction as you begin a search for recreational activities for the elderly.

 Recreation Centers – Many seniors mistakenly believe that local recreation centers cater only to the young. Team sports and clubs are the core function of community centers, but many centers offer activities for senior citizens as well. Call or visit your local recreation center to find out what they have to offer. Invite a friend to go with you, too!

Senior Centers – If you haven’t checked out your local senior center, what are you waiting for? Senior centers typically organize and manage a variety of recreational activities for the elderly, including arts and crafts, cultural activities, exercise programs, and even day trips to other places in your area.

Church Groups – Today, most churches recognize the need to cater to the social aspect of their members, and many congregations have active senior citizens’ groups. These groups go out to dinner, meet at each other’s homes, plan fun outings, and just enjoy fellowship together. If your church doesn’t have a senior citizens’ group, talk to a couple of your friends, the elders and/or deacons of your church, and other interested parties to see if you can get one started.

Volunteering

Sometimes, senior citizens are hesitant to involve themselves in group activities for a variety of reasons. They may not be comfortable meeting new people or learning a new hobby. Sometimes, the elderly just simply need to be needed. What better way to meet this need than to participate in a volunteer program? There are many areas in your community that need the services and talents that you have to offer.

 Schools – The Foster Grandparent Volunteer Association and the Grandparents Association offer the elderly an opportunity to give back to the community by serving as volunteers in local schools. Volunteers work as aids to the teachers, coordinating school parties, working with disabled children, and providing love and support to school children. For many of these children, this may be the only contact they have with senior citizens, and these volunteer organizations are blessings for everyone involved.

Community Centers – Many community centers offer after-school care and summer programs. These organizations are typically in desperate need of volunteers who are willing to devote their time to youngsters in need of love and guidance. Check with your local community center for information.

Hobbies/ Special Interests

Sports

Golfing-Set a Goal for Yourself

One of the best tools you can use for your mental game is to set a goal for your self to achieve. For example, Lets say your handicap is at 14 right now and it has been that way for 10 years. Don’t resign yourself to the fact that you have got in the habit of shooting at this handicap and that is just the way it is.

 Try setting a goal of achieving a 10 handicap in 3 months. Not so hard if you think about it. All I have to do is shoot 4 strokes better. That’s only 4 putts on 18 I have to make or 4 less shots in the trees and more in the fairway.

 Write Your Goal Down on a Piece of Paper

 Ok, now I have my goal I will need to write it down in detail on a piece of paper and look at it every day. Once in the morning when you wake up and then right before you go to sleep.

 Make Your Goal Specific

 I want to achieve the handicap of 10 in 3 months time period. That is a specific goal that you can measure. Once you have a final goal, work backwards and see what the next action step would be. Things like

practice my putting, chipping, irons, and driver are all action steps you can take to practice. Mental things on the course must also be included. These are all your intermediate goals that you can make for yourself to achieve the final goal. Again write them down as a path to your destination.

 Make Your Goal Practical

 A goal of you shooting 72 probably is not very practical if your handicap is 14. Now I did not say it was impossible but just not reasonable in a short period of time. You don’t want to set yourself up for failure.  However, you may want to set a time period of 12 months for that goal. That would be more practical.

 Visualize Your Goal

 In your mind, think how it will feel when you lower your handicap to your goal. You can talk about it with your friend. Act out in your mind the actions your going to take to achieve your goal. Make the focus of all of your desire toward getting to that goal and you will be amazed what happens.

 In summary, if you set a goal, take action on the goal, and visualize the goal you will achieve the highest success on the golf course.

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