What Hobbies Help Retirees Stay Mentally Alert and Smart?
As I sit here, I suddenly wondered: What Hobbies Help Us Stay Mentally Alert and Smart?
I think READING would be top on my list. My dear friend, Phyllis, was an avid reader. She'd get Audio Books from the Library for the three book clubs she belonged to.
She was SO well read... she knew lots about the world, because she learned through reading. Her vision wasn't great (in her mid-80s) but that never stopped her, she found the same books in audio without a problem. She also was a great conversationalist because of her wide knowledge of all things read... makes perfect sense to me!
My Dad, Chuck, at age 88, likes crossword puzzle books using a pencil... not on the computer. They keep him searching for the right word, sometimes, hours later, it dawns on him and he goes running back to complete the puzzle. The brain is being used to find that perfect word and that's great!
My husband, Terry, loves playing music on his guitar. He plays for several local churches, and has a pretty full schedule (for a retiree) with practices and playing on the weekends (and some weeknights). This really keeps him mentally working those brain neurons... especially since he performs in front of people every week! Plus - he is forced to learn new songs all the time, depending on what each church chooses for the service.
Then there is ME. Everything I do is on the computer... creating my website, images, writing articles and books. I just LOVE my site and all the work and challenges that comes with it. I love Facebook, where I connect socially with my friends and followers... love to see what others are doing out in the world!
Finally... we all need to take walks outdoors. Short naps work too! How on earth do walking outside and naps connect? Well, both allow you to Disconnect from life for a bit.
I am a workaholic and could sit all day long at the computer. Just in the last year or two, I've found, much to my surprise, that stepping away provides me so much more creativity in life. When I sit all day long, the thought patterns start to decline and eventually I get confused and maybe even crabby. But - when I take breaks, I am way more alert, happier, and focused when I am back on task. Take a walk outdoors, and give yourself time for some personal introspection while also being outside and away from home.
So, What Do YOU Do to Keep Mentally Alert?