Hobbies for Seniors
There is an epidemic of depression rising in the United States. According to Blue Cross Blue Shield, reports of depression have risen by 33 percent in the last six years. This epidemic is affecting seniors, especially those living in nursing homes. Many seniors report feelings of loneliness and loss of purpose in life which leads to depression. However, these feelings and the onset of depression can be combated with hobbies. Hobbies provide purpose and joy to a person’s life, especially hobbies that require an individual to move or be outside. Seniors living in a nursing home can try new hobbies or retake old hobbies that they have put aside a long time ago.
There are many hobbies that seniors can participate in while living in nursing homes like:
- Tai Chi
- Low impact training exercises
- Yin Yoga
- Water aerobics
- Caring for a pet
These hobbies, especially those that require mild physical activity, have been proven to boost Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF). The US National Library of Medicine found that BDNF increases the production of a protein in the brain which helps supports a healthy mind. Start a new hobby and support your mental health! You might even make some new friends in the process! When we set ourselves up for success, happiness will surely find us along the way.