Hobbies provide an escape from the responsibilities of every day life, offering us a chance to do something we really enjoy. The benefits of hobbies are widely recognised, both physically and mentally.
Many hobbies also offer a social outlet, especially in group activities. Knitting circles, book clubs and even a weekly trip to the bingo are all examples of hobbies that give you the chance to meet new people with the same interests as you.
Being together and enjoying each other’s company will bring the added benefit of social support, as well as making some great friends.
What types of activities can I do?
- Sports and leisure activities such as; walking, swimming, gardening, fishing or arts and drama groups.
- Learning new skills such as cooking, computing (technology), languages or even a new art and craft.
- Join social groups, for example, book clubs, afternoon teas and bingo.
- The Alzheimer’s Society’ ‘Singing for the Brain’ which brings people together by singing in a stimulating and friendly social environment.
- Age UK lunch clubs
- The University of the Third Age is a unique movement which brings retired and semi-retired people together, to learn together. Members can share their skills and life experience and teach other.
How do I find out about these activities?
- You can find information about how to join activities in your area by visiting your local; libraries, health centres, community halls and council offices.
- Reading local newspapers, magazines and tuning into the local radio stations.
- Speak with your health advisor, carer or support worker, who will be able to help advise you about local activities.
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