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Top Twenty Hobbies for the over 70s

Published: 14 November 2019

We’re never too old to try something new and sometimes a new hobby can help us to meet others in a retirement development who share the same interest as us.

As we get older, it’s good to keep our minds active and this can be done simply by doing a few simple exercises each day. Such as a crossword or playing a game of cards with a friend.

Indoor hobbies
There are a variety of interesting creative hobbies to take part in such as needlework, crochet, knitting, sewing, quilting, embroidery and cross stitch. However, as we get older, sometimes our eyes aren’t as good as they used to be and these types of hobbies can create eye strain. However, there are still a variety of creative hobbies if you do suffer from poor eyesight such as origami, model making, painting or sudoku.

Many retirement developments have a hobbies room, where residents can meet up on a regular basis and get together to either paint or do some needle craft or share ideas and have a nice cup of tea!

Top tip! If your living in a retirement development and you don’t have a hobbies group, why not set one up!

Other retirement developments often have small craft stall days where they sell the crafts they’ve made, and the proceeds may go to charity.

In addition, some developments have games nights, where they play a different board game each evening such as chess, cards, puzzles or indoor bowls.

Outdoor hobbies
There are a variety of outdoor hobbies to get into. These include photography,  or even volunteering at a local church group. If you don’t want to stray too far from home, gardening is a great hobby. Gardening’s great to get into and doesn’t have to be hard work if you select the right types of plants. By using medium to large planters and pots instead of planting in boarders, weeds can be managed easily and there is less back braking work. In addition, by selecting herbaceous plants or bulbs that will re-flower each year, this reduces the amount of work and provides more time to enjoy the colourful displays.

Many retirement developments have their own garden club, where residents regularly tend part of the garden on the retirement development and some developments have even won awards!