10 fun ways to get out and about in later life
The professional carers at Burley’s Home Care share 10 fun ways you can stay both physically and mentally healthy in later life, from dance classes to social lunches to dog walking.
1) Join a book club
A book club is a fantastic way to meet like-minded people, read great stories and participate in stimulating conversation (and there’s usually a biscuit or two!). You can find a local book club through your library, browsing a local newspaper or magazine or searching on Google.
2) Take up a dance class
If you’ve always wanted to learn to Cha Cha or Tango, now’s the time to do it! There are classes dedicated to teaching older people how to dance and it’s a great way to stay in shape and meet people all while having bags of fun. If you don’t fancy going for the first time on your own, take a friend, relative or carer along with you.
3) Learn how to paint
If dancing isn’t your thing and you’re looking for an activity that’s a little slower paced, art classes are a fantastic choice. Even if you’ve never picked up a paint brush in your life, art is fantastic way to express yourself and bond with others who share similar interests.
4) Join the gym
In older life, it’s important to stay physically active in order to get the most out of life. Joining a gym is a great way to do this as you can get advice from professional trainers and they often have a variety of classes aimed at people with various levels of fitness and mobility, from yoga to aqua aerobics.
5) Go on coach holidays
Take the stress and hassle out of travel by going on an organised coach tour. They’re a fantastic way to see and experience new places in comfort and form relationships with new people also on the tour. You’ll probably be surprised about how many people go on these tours alone, so you won’t be short of companionship.
6) Go along to a social lunch group
A social lunch or activity group is a dedicated meeting of elderly people who are looking for companionship, conversation and fun. They can included anything from lunches to bridge clubs to photography classes – all you need to do is find your local one. Find something near you here.
7) Volunteer in a local charity shop
A lot of older people struggle in retirement so volunteering in a charity shop is a worthwhile way to meet lots of lovely new people, do something meaningful and stay mentally and physically challenged.
8) Go for a wander in nature
Never underestimate the power of nature on our mental and physical wellbeing. So, weather permitting, take every opportunity to don a pair of comfy walking boots and get out and about in nature. If mobility is an issue, find a paved or gravelled path.
9) Get a dog
A dog is a wonderful companion and a fantastic way to make sure you stay active. However. a dog is a massive commitment so think carefully before getting one. If you’re not sure you can commit to a full-time pet, there are services where you can borrow someone’s dog and take it for a walk while they are at work – the best of both worlds!
10) Get out in the garden
Gardening connects us back to nature and gives us a real sense of achievement. Growing our own fruit and veg is a great way to make sure you eat well and keep busy all year round. Once you’ve perfected your produce growing technique, why not invite friends and family over for a tasty meal that comes straight from your garden?
If you are looking for a home care provider you can trust in Hampshire, Dorset or Wiltshire, contact Burley’s Home Care today to learn more about our compassionate carers and services. Simply call our friendly team and we’ll be happy to answer your questions.