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Top 15 Hobby Ideas for Older People

• Written by Josh


Lots of us find that we have much more time on our hands as we get older. Many of us retire or choose to work part-time, and suddenly we have hours and hours to fill with whatever we want. It's particularly important for older people to stay physically and socially active. This will not only help you avoid boredom and loneliness; it can also reduce your risk of developing several health problems. Picking up a new hobby or two is the answer. We have put together a list of our top 15 hobby ideas to give older people some inspiration.

1. Sports

As we've already mentioned, it's especially important for older people to stay physically active. According to the NHS, most adults aged 65 and older spend an average of 10 hours or more sitting or laying down every day. This puts over-65s at higher risk of obesity and heart disease than the rest of the population. The first of our hobby ideas is a great way to combat these risks.

There are plenty of different sports which will help you stay active, no matter your current fitness level or experience. Sports can also be a great social activity, bringing you closer to the people you know and helping you meet new friends too.

Here are some of the most popular sports for older people. Click on a sport to read more about it.

Not only is sport great for our physical wellbeing, but it is also great for our mental health. Of course, more than anything else, playing a sport is great fun. It gives you something to look forward to each week, whether you're a member of a club or you're just having a social game with friends.

Find out more about sports for older people

2. Fitness Activities

Sports might not be your cup of tea, but that's alright. There are plenty of other ways to exercise, meet new people and look after your health. Here are some fantastic fitness hobby ideas for people of all fitness levels:

A closer look at Nordic Walking

Nordic walking is great for your health and your social life. Nordic walking is a full-body exercise that was originally a summer training regime for cross-country skiers. According to the NHS, Nordic Walking is:

"A full-body exercise that's easy on the joints and suitable for all ages and fitness levels. It's based on using specially designed walking poles in a way that harnesses the power of the upper body to propel you forward as you walk."

There are different classes available, including gentle walks for those with health concerns. There are also workout walks for those who are looking to improve their fitness, lose weight, or tone their body. By using Nordic poles, you are taking the weight off your knees and lower body joints. Nordic walking can reduce the risk of chronic illnesses such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and asthma. Nordic walking groups will also introduce you to new people. This can help improve your social life and combat loneliness. If you're interested in Nordic walking, you can find a local instructor on the Nordic Walking UK website.

If you're considering taking part in a sporting or fitness activity, it's important to know your body's limits. Before starting any new exercise regime, you should speak to your GP, especially if you have issues with your muscles, joints, or bones.

Find out more about Nordic Walking

3. Gardening

Gardening has plenty of benefits for older people. Once you get the hang of it, gardening can become rather addictive. It's hard to beat the satisfaction of planting a seed and watching it grow. Keen gardeners will want to fill their gardens (and their windowsills) with the most beautiful flowers and plants, cut the lawn into a nice, neat design and maybe even grow some fruits and vegetables.

Here are just a few of the mental and physical benefits of getting out into the garden:

  • Reducing stress levels
  • Sense of achievement
  • Getting out into the fresh air
  • Helping to keep fit and active
  • Can provide nutritious, healthy food

Getting up and about and keeping active rather than sitting down all day is great for our health. In fact, a 2015 study found that just two 50-minute sessions of potting plants and watering flowers can dramatically improve stamina, dexterity, and brain function. Furthermore, after seven weeks, the participants of the study all lost weight, particularly around their waists, which is one of the most dangerous parts of the body to store fat. Overall, it isn't hard to see why gardening is one of the most popular hobby ideas for older people. If you're a beginner, check out these tips from expert guest blogger Alexandra, founder of The Middle-Sized Garden blog and YouTube channel.

Read these five benefits of taking up gardening

4. Gaming

One of the most interesting stories to make the news recently is the rise of the silver gamer. That's right: more over-55s are playing video games now than ever before.

42% of Brits aged 55-64 have played video games in the last five years, according to a 2019 survey. For Brits aged 65+ that figure was an impressive 27%. It's not just game consoles either. The Telegraph recently reported that one in four over-65s are now using their smartphones to play video games.

Gaming provides great entertainment and, like most of our hobby ideas, gives you a chance to socialise. Most games give you the option to play against your friends, either online or side-by-side. You can also choose to play against strangers online and chat with people from all around the world. Playing computer games gives the brain a healthy challenge too. A 2015 study suggested that 3D computer games can help prevent memory loss.

Our favourite games include:

  • Bejewelled - Players form horizontal or vertical chains of three or more gems of the same colour. You do this by swapping gems around the screen.
  • Wii Sports - Available on the Nintendo Wii, this game uses motion-capture technology. Hold the controller and play the sport as you would in real life: swing a golf club, throw a punch in the boxing ring, or bowl a strike!
  • Brain Training - These games will challenge the mind and get you thinking. Players will answer questions and solve tricky riddles and puzzles.
  • Age of Empires - This is one of the biggest strategy game franchises in the world. Games focus on historical periods like the Stone Age and Iron Age.
  • Super Mario - One of the most well-known computer games of all time. This game will provide hours of entertainment and plenty of puzzle-solving.

Find out more about the benefits of gaming


5. Social Media

Social media has taken the world by storm. It's especially popular among the younger generation, but older people are diving in too. This phenomenon has also become one of the most popular activities on our list of hobby ideas. According to Ofcom, 73% of people aged 55-64 had a social media profile in 2020/21. For the over-65s, that figure is 59%.

Since the coronavirus pandemic began, millions of us across the UK have depended on social media to stay in touch with loved ones near and far.

Popular social platforms such as Facebook, Zoom, and WhatsApp are great for older people - especially those who live alone or far away from family. Plenty of younger people now choose to move away from their childhood hometown, whether it's to go to university or for work purposes. This means that the older generations can sometimes get left behind, making it difficult for them to see their family regularly. In situations like this, social media steps in and allows people to re-connect with their family and friends, both nearby and around the world.

Best Social Media Platforms for Older People

  • Facebook - A platform for connecting and reconnecting with friends and pages. It allows people to send instant messages to loved ones, share photographs, videos, post statuses, and much more.
  • Zoom - The top live video-calling platform. It allows people to video chat with their loved ones all around the world. Enjoy one-on-one calls or catch up with the whole family in a group call.
  • WhatsApp - Free instant messaging and telephone calls on mobile phones, without using voice minutes or texts.
  • Twitter -  Follow whoever you like and see the things you're interested in. Share thoughts and opinions with the people who care, all in a tweet consisting of 280 characters or less.
  • Instagram - A place to share photographs. Share pictures of what you care about with your followers, whether they're friends, family, or people with similar interests.

Out of all the elderly activities on this list, being a pro on social media is probably the one that will impress the grandchildren the most.

Read our guide to social media

6. Cooking

Cooking a meal from scratch can give you a great sense of achievement.

Cooked meals can bring friends and family together. After all, everybody likes to boast about their grandma's Sunday dinner. But it's not just the social benefits of cooking that are important. Cooking homemade food is also great for our health. We all know the importance of a healthy diet, but did you know that home cooking can help your mental health too? Cooking for yourself can become a challenge as you get older - that's why we've published some top kitchen safety tips.

If you're not already a keen cook, there are a few simple ways you can get started. Try creating a simple meal plan, experiment with healthy recipes, and learn about new foods from around the world. Rather than eating out, getting a takeaway, or buying processed ready meals, whip up your own healthy dishes at home. If you or somebody you live with is a keen gardener, why not use some home-grown produce in your cooking? This might be one of the most practical hobby ideas on our list - after all, everybody needs to eat. Cooking your own food can save you money, make you healthier, and give you a big self-esteem boost.

Go into the kitchen and create some healthy, tasty masterpieces. For recipe ideas, why not check out the BBC Good Food website?

Find out more about the benefits of cooking

7. Jigsaw Puzzles

There are plenty of hobby ideas for older people to choose from, but one of the most enjoyable and stimulating is a good old-fashioned jigsaw puzzle. There are so many different types of puzzle to choose from, including actual photographs, cartoons, paintings, and other backgrounds.

Puzzles are available in a huge range of sizes and difficulty levels, from 24 pieces to a super-challenging 5000 pieces. The best thing about puzzles is that they don't need to be finished in one go - stop and come back to them whenever it suits you. This can allow for days or even weeks of fun.

Well-known jigsaw puzzle brands include:

  • Ravensburger - Ravensburger creates fun puzzles for the children, and serious, challenging puzzles for the adults. 3D puzzles are also available from this brand.
  • Jan Van Haasteren - These puzzles are all about the fun, chaotic scenes that have been designed by Jan Van Haasteren. Little hidden features appear throughout the range.
  • Wasgij - Something a little different. In these puzzles, you must create an alternative scene based on the clue given on the box. Wasgij is also jigsaw spelled backwards!

3D puzzles provide a whole new challenge to this classic hobby. Rather than piecing together a flat photograph, you'll build three-dimensional structures. Re-create some of the world's most popular landmarks in puzzle form. Examples include the Eiffel Tower, Big Ben, and Tower Bridge. There are 3D puzzles for sports fans too, including iconic football grounds and various F1 cars.

Any kind of puzzle will give your brain a brilliant workout, helping to maintain cognitive function and support healthy ageing. This is particularly important for older people, as studies suggest it can help delay or prevent the onset of dementia.

Read more about jigsaw puzzles

8. Reading

Who doesn't love a good book? This might be the most traditional entry on our list of hobby ideas for older people. It doesn't matter if you're 65 or 25, a good book can provide days of entertainment.

There are so many different genres to choose from, which means that there will be something for everyone. Fiction fans only need to take a look at the current bestseller list for inspiration. For TV and sports fans, there are plenty of autobiographies. For those who like horror stories, Stephen King is hard to beat.

This year's bestselling novels (so far) include:

  • Call Us What We Carry by Amanda Gorman
  • The Judge's List by John Grisham
  • It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover
  • House of Sky and Breath by Sarah J. Maas
  • Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Of course, nowadays, you don't even need a physical copy of a book. Most titles are also available as E-Books, which you can read on a smartphone, tablet, or e-reader. Although most people like to have a physical book, E-Books can allow you to read easier and faster according to this study. They'll also take up considerably less space on your shelves!

Reading is one of our favourite hobby ideas because of its wide range of benefits. It can help to enhance memory, sharpen decision-making skills, reduce stress, and help people to get to sleep much faster. Reading before bed is a great idea, as it induces shut-eye much better than watching TV late at night.

See our top 5 book suggestions for older people

9. Learn to Play a Musical Instrument

Of all our hobby ideas, this is one that most of us consider at some point in our lives. How many people dreamed of being a famous musician when they were little? While you might not be selling out stadiums any time soon, music is such a wonderful hobby for people of all ages. There are plenty of instruments for you to choose from too, such as the guitar, drums, piano, saxophone, or violin.

Teaching yourself a new skill provides a stimulating mental challenge, which is important in the battle against dementia and cognitive decline. You'll also develop your time management and organisational skills during the learning process, as you'll have to give it your time and attention if you're going to progress.

Your hand-eye coordination will also improve, as your brain will be working to convert the musical notes that you're reading on the page into specific hand movements, breathing techniques, and rhythms.

It also goes without saying that playing a musical instrument is plenty of fun. You could end up making new friends by joining a band once you're ready.

See our top five musical instruments for you to learn

10. Model Building

This might be one of the more unconventional hobby ideas on our list. Model building can become quite addictive, especially as you don't even have to leave your home. Putting together some of your favourite cars or planes can help you to develop your dexterity, coordination, and patience. According to Model Space, you could also learn the following skills:

  • Researching
  • Planning
  • Cutting
  • Drilling
  • Sculpting
  • Sanding
  • Gluing
  • Painting
  • Detailing
  • Photography

Model building can be a great stress-reliever. You can escape to your own little assembly area to concentrate solely on building your latest project, clearing your mind of any day-to-day problems or worries.

Model building is also a great hobby to enjoy with your grandchildren. You can build your projects together, strengthening your relationship and teaching them the rewards of good teamwork.

Finally, the sense of achievement that you'll have once your latest project is complete cannot be beaten. You can take a step back and appreciate the model that you have just built, before adding it to your collection - perhaps a model car shelf?

Learn more about the benefits of building models

11. Birdwatching

There are plenty of benefits to taking part in birdwatching. Not only do you get to travel around the country, and potentially the world, but you also get to see some of the most remarkable species on our planet.

Birdwatching combines the benefits of several of the hobby ideas we've shared: physical activity, learning something new, and spending time outdoors. Being outside is great for your mental health, as it improves your mood and provides you with a space to think. Birdwatching is a great opportunity to reflect or to just zone out and think calming thoughts. Not only that, but your body will also soak up vitamin D from the sun and breathe in the fresh air all day.

You'll also benefit from an improvement in your reflexes and mental alertness. As a birdwatcher, you need to be ready to pounce with your binoculars or camera to catch a glimpse of the bird. A bird can appear and be gone in the blink of an eye. Birdwatchers need to stay sharp in order to pick up on any clues that a bird might be nearby.

Often, you'll be walking for miles, or even climbing and hiking up mountains to find a certain type of bird. This provides a top-notch cardiovascular workout, which is great for your heart and overall health.

Five benefits of taking up bird watching

12. Pets

Looking after a pet can easily be seen as a hobby idea. Having a pet can provide you with a friendly companion and someone to focus your energy on each day. Having a dog, for example, is great if you're living alone as it will combat any feelings of boredom or loneliness.

Pets provide you with a sense of responsibility. You know that you need to feed them, take them for walks, keep them clean, and protect them from any potential dangers around the home and the outside world. Lots of people, especially older people, find great fulfilment in caring for someone else. When children grow up and leave home, a pet can be a great way to help fill an "empty nest".

According to scientific research, stroking a pet can reduce the level of stress-related hormones in the blood. What's more, your furry friend will feel equally comforted too. Currently, there are animal shelters up and down the country full of four-legged friends waiting to find loving homes. Adopting a pet is a truly good deed which offers so many benefits.

Find out more about the benefits of owning a pet

13. Travelling

Why not take some time out from the daily grind to see the world? Going travelling could help you tick off lots of goals on your bucket list.

Maybe you'll head over the States for a road trip along Route 66? Alternatively, go down under and visit the outback in Australia.

Before you head anywhere, make sure that you've sorted out any insurance and vaccinations you need, and remember to keep your home secure whilst you're away.

Read about the five locations we think you need to visit on your travels

14. Community Groups

Loneliness is one of the biggest problems facing older people. Friends and family may move away and older people could face living alone. It's important to stay in touch with friends and family - after all, loneliness can trigger health problems. However, it's perfectly possible to live by yourself without being lonely.

Fortunately, there are many community groups out there, based on several different hobbies and interests. Some of the most common groups that can be found around the country include:

  • Arts & Crafts for beginners
  • Board Game cafes and groups
  • Exercise classes such as yoga
  • Cooking classes for different levels of experience
  • Coffee mornings
  • Choirs
  • Dancing
  • Book groups
  • Sports clubs

Joining a group like this can introduce you to other people who share your interests and live nearby. You can make new friends and fill your calendars with exciting activities and social events - perfect for maintaining a strong social network. You might even pick up some new hobby ideas from the people you meet. While the pandemic is ongoing, many of these community groups have moved online. Try searching for a Zoom-based book club or exercise class online.

Five community groups that can combat loneliness

15. Adult Learning

Like the community groups we mentioned above, joining an adult learning course can also have great social benefits:

  • Meeting new people who have the same interests
  • Sharing stories with new people
  • Sharing advice and tips throughout the educational course

Learning new skills at a college or university keeps the brain healthy. In fact, research by the Alzheimer's Society showed that education could delay the onset of dementia, according to this report in The Guardian.

You could even kill two birds with one stone and take a class related to one of the hobby ideas we've already shared in this article. Courses in cooking, gardening, computers, and other hobbies are widely available in most towns and cities.

Much like cooking an amazing meal in the kitchen, learning a new skill and passing exams gives you an amazing sense of achievement. Keeping busy and active is vital in the fight against loneliness.

Visit a local college or university website to see what courses are available. Many courses are available online to help you stay safe at home during coronavirus. There are also plenty of skills you can teach yourself at home.

Alternatively, you can look at the adult learning courses we recommend

Stay Active, Stay Safe

Whilst having a hobby or two is great, lots of activities come with a few risks. A personal alarm is the ideal solution - giving you peace of mind in your new, active lifestyle. It can also give you a confidence boost with the knowledge that help will always be there in an emergency. Our life-saving alarms work inside the home and in the garden.

For more information on purchasing a personal alarm, speak to one of our friendly advisers on 0800 999 0400. Alternatively, complete our contact us form and we will respond as soon as possible.

We hope you've enjoyed reading about these hobby ideas. Why not tell us your favourite below?


Editor's Note: This article was updated on 30th May 2022 to reflect current information.

55 Thoughts On This Blog
Elaine Kass Thomas says:
07/11/2019 at 3:56

Hi, I enjoyed reading your article as it offered a lot of good suggestions for those who have retired. You have one problem with your website you might want to correct. The correct spelling for traveling, as you can see, has one “L” not two. It’s an easy mistake and I hope it’s easy for you to correct. Thanks for the article.

Denise Stephenson says:
30/05/2022 at 2:10

Hi from Canberra 🇦🇺 Australia. I’ve just read this blog and thoroughly enjoyed it as I’m 77 years of age and quite busy gardening and still teaching a bit of singing but get lonely as my husband died ten years ago. It’s nice to know others suffer the same. In Australia we use two L‘s in travelling always. Thanks 🙏

Pete Wells says:
28/11/2019 at 1:14

I retired 3 days ago, the most important thing is to stay busy. If money is an issue then your future hobbies are limited. I am fortunate to live near open moorland (west Yorkshire) but a pastime in walking is dependant on weather and health, but it’s the best way to stay fit. My motorcycle building was impaired by being ripped off on eBay, buying a moped in Norwich, Which stopped my favourite hobby overnight. Reading, writing, watching dvds and listening to music are all great but they don’t stop you from sitting down for hours. Model building is my old favourite but it’s unusually expensive. Plus when you’ve finished a model it becomes a dust collector. I keep a diary to. It reminds me daily that I need to do more, but it’s hard to do the things you used to do, but can no longer manage easily. My advise is to try lots of new things and see what takes your fancy. Forget work! Pete

01/01/2022 at 7:18

Thank you Pete, good advice as I have just retired.

Terrie Price says:
17/12/2019 at 4:09

Great ideas.

Marilyn says:
21/01/2020 at 12:23

i need a hobby my husband is getting sick of me . I am naturally strong and have the power to succeed.

Sian says:
27/01/2020 at 10:10

Hi Elaine, We’re so glad you enjoyed reading our website! We’re always looking for suggestions on what blogs and content you’d like to see more of. With regards to the spelling of ‘Travelling’, we are using the U.K. spelling of this, which traditionally has two L’s. Thanks again for your comment!

Loida Ablola says:
01/03/2020 at 9:46

Where can I attend pastry making dough making or cake making in Piscataway , New Jersey or in any township not too far from a Piscataway , New Jersey

Jean says:
03/03/2020 at 4:25

Find it almost impossible to get out, as don’t drive, I use a frame to walk and a wheelchair which have to have someone to . Befrienders are very hard to find in my small village, have tried, just see my carers each day, very occasionally someone might pop in.

12/03/2020 at 2:43

Have you any ideas for the over 60 as run the entertainment and want something we can do for fun have got bingo, quiz beetle drive, and word searches but can’t think of anything else. Have you any ideas? Most are not very active or able to move around.

Lynn says:
24/03/2020 at 4:04

Good suggestions for my family that aren’t boring!

Aimee says:
23/04/2020 at 10:52

Hello Loida, We recommend taking a look on groupon.com or yelp.com to find the best baking classes for you. There are lots of options and offers available in your area! Best wishes, Lifeline24

Aimee says:
23/04/2020 at 10:59

Morning Jean, Thanks for getting in touch. If you are looking for ways to combat loneliness, please take a look at this article – https://www.lifeline24.co.uk/8-ways-to-combat-loneliness/. We hope that this helps you. Best wishes, Lifeline24

Aimee says:
23/04/2020 at 11:41

Hey Isobell, We have a few games to recommend… Bananagrams, Rory’s Story Cubes, and Ticket To Ride – which is great for lovers of travel. Board games and card games are always a great idea, you could even set up tournaments for groups. Best wishes, Lifeline24

Peter says:
22/05/2020 at 12:26

Hi, I had to retire at 68yrs with ill health, never thought I would. Anyway 6yrs on, I am doing okay, check-up once year(cancer). All my life I never manage to stick at any hobby for very long, except gardening, travel and walking, I do a bit of selling online for myself or other people too.

Jean bradley says:
25/07/2020 at 12:38

I would like to join singing class and dance class where can I get in touch with these groups

Aimee says:
27/07/2020 at 12:24

Hi Jean, Joining singing classes and dance classes would be a great idea. If you look for ‘singing classes near me’ or ‘dancing classes near me’ on Google, you will be able to find the best option for you and then get in contact this way. Other ways include Facebook groups or suggestions from local friends. Best wishes, Aimée

Emily says:
01/10/2020 at 10:45

Hello, I just want to say your website is excellent so informative and love all the tip’s for hobbie’s etc. I shall be ringing about purchasing one of your alarm’s. Thank you’s Emily

Rebecca Laston says:
05/10/2020 at 3:14

Hello Emily, Thank you for your kind feedback. Should you have any further queries about our alarms, please do not hesitate to get in touch. Kind Regards, Lifeline24

Pat Knowles says:
09/10/2020 at 9:22

I am a WW2Vet.Iam immobile have a tablet.My darling wife went ahead ten years ago. My pet canary died recently And I cannot get another I have. Been offered many pets but I will wait until a Fife Canary is available..Regards from Scotland

Ray says:
14/10/2020 at 8:48

Thank you for an excellent article which has provided a real launch pad for me to explore some very interesting ideas and possibilities.

Rebecca Laston says:
19/10/2020 at 2:43

Hello Ray, Thank you for your kind feedback. I am pleased to hear you have found our article to be helpful. Kind Regards, Lifeline24

Milly Abelquist says:
05/12/2020 at 8:35

I enjoyed reading your Hobby suggestions to battle loneliness. I’m resting in bed now, listening to my Doc Martin DVD in the living room. I live alone. No pets. I do puzzles. Read. Stamp collecting. Crochet butterflies. Study my Bible. Listen to NPR station on the radio. Classical music. Watch DVDs. Paint, when Im in the mood. I miss my social life. Talking to people. Visits. Take care.

satish joshi says:
15/12/2020 at 6:32

very nys

Joey Mitchell says:
08/01/2021 at 9:47

Great read, thank you! With another lockdown in place, these are so great ideas to keep myself occupied.

Nini says:
28/01/2021 at 6:12

Good ideas on how to be useful. Still

Deloris west says:
05/02/2021 at 12:10

Metting new people’s and sparing ideals with senior

david gale says:
23/02/2021 at 10:09

Hi, I’m 74 now and always been active but my running days are almost over and in recent years I’ve more been a support and organizer for my wife who is still an age graded international runner. Until the pandemic, and now Brexit, our lives have revolved around running, training and racing in the UK and Europe, hence we now see that with Brexit, even after the Pandemic, the limits on easy and cheap European travel will make our lives much more limited. We already walk but the real need is for Ideas for competitive over 70s please.

Chris says:
21/04/2021 at 6:55

This list is superb! Chris, Occupational Therapist from Canada

Calvin Robinson[ says:
14/05/2021 at 1:55

All these things are so very important and special ; it also great to plan a vacation every year too okay

Amitava Choudhury says:
30/05/2021 at 12:27


Lisa says:
01/06/2021 at 2:57

I agree with all except facebook. It can help with isolation maybe. But it can also be a breeding ground for negativity. Better to get outdoors & garden or join a seniors group.

Stephen Olson says:
19/07/2021 at 8:48

What about stamp collecting?

Rob Dartnall says:
27/07/2021 at 7:32

Travelling with two Ls is how we spell it in the UK. Our American cousins prefer to use just one.

Marylouise west says:
08/08/2021 at 8:08

I would love to learn more about cooking, card games and social groups for over 75.

Sue says:
17/08/2021 at 4:25

Great ideas and article for staying active and busy! One thing that I have done in the last 13 years of retirement is to volunteer. In the past, I have helped at a soup kitchen, gone on mission trips, taught and or helped at vacation Bible school, visited at an assisted living facility, lead activities in a nursing home, helped a young mom, volunteered in a school, cooked food for and visited neighbors and babysat for friends and family. There are so many possibilities! And so many people need our love, attention and help! You’ll be surprised at how helping others helps you as well! When we put our mind on others, it takes our minds off of ourselves. I have found that there aren’t enough hours in the day to do what I would like to do! Stay active….positive….and connected to others….and God!

Katie says:
23/08/2021 at 8:41

Hello Sue, Thanks for your comment – I’m very glad you enjoyed this article. Volunteering is definitely a fantastic activity for people of all ages. Kind regards, Lifeline24

Jenny says:
23/08/2021 at 3:26

Would any of these hobbies be suitable for someone with rheumatoid arthritis?

Keith says:
06/09/2021 at 12:12

Do you have any longer blogs about learning instruments?

Luman Hohaia says:
16/06/2022 at 6:01

Yes, I belong to a weekly ukulele group. Thurs we meet physically at the local senior center and then again on ZOOM Sunday eves. I teach ukulele. We enjoy time together and end up doing local gigs. Another hobby that’s exciting to get into is Genealogy. If you haven’t started… start with familysearch.org Luman

Johnnie says:
18/09/2021 at 7:42

This is great info and I was lost on ideas thank you so much for the info

Katie says:
27/09/2021 at 8:57

Hello Keith, Thanks for your comment – we do have a more in-depth article about learning musical instruments. Click here to read it. Kind regards, Lifeline24

David says:
01/10/2021 at 2:48

I really enjoyed this article as it made me realise I can be into more things than just football, now that I’m struggling to play I’ve been teetering around in my garden.

Brennan Devine says:
01/10/2021 at 2:55

Hi David, Thank-you for the comment- It’s always great for us when we hear about people bettering themselves and exploring new possibilities and hobbies. Perhaps an article on 7 sports and fitness‘ would interest you? Kind regards, Lifeline24

Kathleen W. says:
01/10/2021 at 11:12

Hi: I enjoy sewing and designing clothes/etc,I started sewing at the age of 8,I mended our clothes,I had 6 brothers younger than me, being the only girl I stayed busy mending clothes for all the family on an old-time treadle sewing machine,after I got grown I saved money/got an electric sewing machine/designed clothes for my 2 babies,I also did sewing for friends/neighbors,there’s good money in sewing for others, I’m retired now.

Brennan Devine says:
05/10/2021 at 11:15

Hi Kathleen, Thank-you for your comment- Yet again you amaze me. From gardening, farming and your musical talents, to now sewing and clothes designing as well! Incredible skills to have at the age of ’39’. Kind regards, Lifeline24

Jan Humphrey says:
08/10/2021 at 6:59

I was looking for ideas for my widowed sister. The activities compatible with limited physical ability were especially helpful.

Katie says:
11/10/2021 at 4:18

Hello Jan, Thank you for your comment. I’m glad you found our article helpful. We have another article that you may be interested to read: Top 5 Chair Exercises for People with Limited Mobility Kind regards, Lifeline24

LaToshia says:
10/11/2021 at 12:33

Good stuff

Paul meyer says:
10/11/2021 at 7:13

Stamp collecting. Interesting, educational, intriguing, fun, sometimes financial rewarding.&

Linda Lang says:
24/12/2021 at 2:29

Looking around charity shops and bringing home stuff that I don't need. Giving these occasional treasures a new life. Like taking old watches to pieces and then they never work again! Watching the sharemarket online. Doing crosswords and puzzles. Odd bit of sewing. Jumping on the rebounder. Growing veges in my garden plot or on my sunny deck. Enjoying the socialising in my retirement village. Main thing that bugs me is that I can no longer go tramping or even walk for any length of time, as feet very arthritic. It will be great to catch up with family in another city, who I haven't seen for 6 months due to New Zealand's harsh lockdowns. Happy Christmas everyone.

Chris Kelly says:
05/01/2022 at 5:36

Chris Kelly says 5.1.22 I retired 7 years ago and have never been so bored in all my life. I enjoy gardening, but that is reliant upon the weather. I walk my dog twice a day but see very few people, I read, walk and sleep, that is it. I have no interest in cooking, or sitting down all day doing puzzles etc. There is nothing to look forward to, every day is the same.

Kyle says:
17/01/2022 at 8:29

Hello Chris, Thank you for your comment. We are sorry to hear that you are finding retirement boring. We would recommend finding a group to join, as this can help to combat the tedium of doing the same thing every day. It can also help you to combat loneliness, which is a real risk during the pandemic. You can use your computer to find group activities near you. Some of these will have moved online, but if you have a webcam you should be able to take part. You can find more information on these activities by reading our blog on 5 Community Groups That Can Combat Loneliness. We hope this has been helpful. Kind regards, Lifeline24

Charles says:
24/03/2022 at 2:50

Chris, There is so much to look forward to everyday! Retired almost 14 yrs ago and have to get up earlier so that i can have more day! Studying a foreign language, stoic philosophy, reading, planning travel, etc - my early morn routine! If i need to go anywhere, i hop on my bicycle, I don’t have time, nor do I use social media, but love ham radio stuff (requires a license)! Off to the gym daily, then Jujitsu twice a week, cooking new dishes for my wife (thanks to culinary school), just started Thai Chi at my local YMCA! Swimming, walking, etc, and i want to learn to play the pedal steel guitar (I have no musical ability- yet!). Please don’t see this is bragging, but rather as a few suggestions that are working for me! (Age-65)

Rita says:
25/05/2022 at 7:19

Hi How about bowling, not 10 pin but outdoor lawn bowling and in the winter indoor bowling . Great social and physical activity,

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