Busy Fingers, Busy Brain: Why Crafting Is Crucial For Seniors

The US Census Bureau has found that Americans currently spend around five to six hours per day on leisure and sports activities, including hobbies such as crafting.  It’s certainly time well spent, particularly for older adults. Learning and practicing a new craft as a senior brings many rewards; not only can the creative process boost mental health and self-esteem, it can also improve fine motor skills and provide an opportunity for socializing and making friends, which has been scientifically proven to benefit those with Alzheimer's.  So what are you waiting for?  With a broad range of activities to choose from, there’s bound to

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5 Gardening Tips for Seniors

5 Gardening Tips for Seniors

Gardening is one of the best hobbies for older adults, offering sunlight, fresh air, and a healthy dose of physical activity. Whether you've got a lifelong green thumb or you're picking up the pruning shears for the first time, spending time in the garden is a great way to stay fit and feel great in your golden years. 5 Gardening Tips for Seniors Like almost any other activity, gardening can become more difficult in old age. But with the right precautions, gardening can be a safe and rewarding pastime for older adults. Worried that age might get between you and your

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4 Reasons Knitting’s Perfect for Seniors & Caregivers

The resurgence of knitting has been one of the more surprising trends of the past few years. Despite its old-fashioned reputation, knitting has quietly become a cross-generational phenomenon. 4 Reasons Knitting’s Perfect for Seniors & Caregivers One reason for knitting’s newfound popularity is its impact on knitters’ well-being. Younger knitters have discovered that yarn and needles are the perfect pick-me-up — something older knitters have known for years. Meanwhile, researchers have discovered a host of health benefits to knitting, impacting emotional, mental, and physical health. A closer look at these benefits reveals something surprising: it turns out that knitting is the

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Best Gel Pens for Adult Coloring

Best Gel Pens for Adult Coloring

There is no shortage of ways to release stress. For some of us, exercising is key; still, others turn to socializing with friends and family. In fact, having multiple ways to calm your body and your mind is best, and one of the newest ones involves some very old-fashioned tools.  Coloring is quickly becoming a past-time embraced by all ages. Best Gel Pens for Adult Coloring Adult coloring books have exploded in popularity, and for good reason. They’re a relatively inexpensive way for grown-ups to be creative—to fill blank pages with texture and color and pattern.  This is an easy hobby

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Making theater tickets accessible

Making theater tickets accessible

It’s always a pleasure to see a show at the local theater, especially when there is so much choice available. There are over 2,500 regional theaters across the USA, hosting a huge variety of shows every year including major tours like Jersey Boys, to classic ballets like Swan Lake. Making theater tickets accessible Unfortunately, it’s not always easy for seniors to book their tickets for these productions. If you are a wheelchair user or otherwise restricted in your movement, you may have noticed that there is very little accessibility information available online when booking tickets. In fact, only 2 in 10

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Learning a Hobby is Good for your Brain

Recently studies have shown that keeping your brain active all through your lifetime can help ward off Alzheimer's disease and keep your brain sharp well into your senior years. "If you don't use it, you lose it" is just as true for your brain as it is for your body. Many people find as they age when they attempt to play a sport that they haven't played for a while it gets more and more difficult to achieve the level of expertise in the sport that they had when they were younger. The same is true for our brains. Our

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Gardening Tips to Avoid Injury and Discomfort

Gardening Tips to Avoid Injury and Discomfort

Gardening is very healthy, both physically and mentally. In addition to providing exercise, gardening delivers health benefits in the fresh foods you eat and in the calming presence of flowers in your environment. Gardening Tips to Avoid Injury and Discomfort To get the most out of gardening's health benefits, it's a good idea to do a bit of stretching to help avoid injury or irritating existing conditions while out in the garden. Here are some tips to stay healthy: Stretch those muscles Heading out into the garden is just like going for a jog or visiting the gym. Before you grab

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Tending to Your Garden AND Your Health

With the spring season underway, we’re sure many of us are itching to get outside and enjoy the long-awaited bright, sunny days. And there are plenty of ways for you to enjoy the outdoors this spring – walking in the park or around the neighborhood, playing golf, visiting the local zoo. But there’s another springtime activity that you can do right in your own backyard: gardening! Tending to Your Garden AND Your Health Calling All Green Thumbs! Did you know that just 30 to 45 minutes of gardening activity, such as mowing the lawn, weeding and planting flowers, burns up to

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Finding a Good Hobby

Finding a Good Hobby When you are raising a family and involved in a demanding career, if someone asks you what your hobby is, you probably would answer “Who has time for a hobby?” That is why retirement years are the perfect opportunity to get involved in a time consuming hobby and be able to throw yourself into it with gusto. The purpose of a hobby is to allow you to explore an interest and even build an expertise in an facet of life that you follow for the sheer joy of learning and engaging in that activity. You have

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