Finding new hobbies and creativity and inspiration and new passions in a nursing home at 68.
by Dee Alter
I thought I would be unhappy having to change my life leaving my wonderful, historic home in a village filled with all my passions and my dream jobs. But I've enthusiastically found alternatives here at the tender yet energetic and alert age of 68.
I just came from an awe-inspiring piano and singing concert that tapped into all my emotions and memories. I clapped and yelled with all my might.
I still shop for beautiful decorations for my room from catalogs (that sell inexpensive decor) and vendors that sell pictures, collectibles, porcelain dolls that I collect, and yesterday (Aug. 11) I bought for $10 a flower-designed, folk art shelf for everything I love.
And, to cheer up my small room, I found a quilt for $25 with a light, white background with a floral design. Looking through the catalogs is a joy and a treasure trove, almost like a thrift shop.
I'm also a reader (having worked in a library) and get books through the mail from the local library, as well as a catalog selling discount books on subjects that stimulate your interests and introduce new ones.
I've never indulged in art and still can't paint, but the art teacher geared my skill (untapped before) with color, images I print out on the computer of all my passions: animals, Victorian women, art, quotes, ideas,etc. to put in a spiral-bound journal which has become part of my life.
I excercise by wlking around a long path surrounded by a great lawn and sculptures and the Hudson River.
Everyday I'm surprised by people of advanced ages (90's to over 100) who are intelligent, creative, read, learn, and remember.
My sister bought me a cd player and I listen to music wich relaxes me and affects my mood and memory. I get them free from the music therapist.
I'd love to hear your story, what keeps you going, hobbies, passions, philosophy of life.