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Hobbies for Seniors and People with Disability

Disabled World: Revised/Updated: 2019/04/04

Synopsis: An overview of a number of hobbies that can act as fun therapeutic sessions for seniors and persons with a disabilities.


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A hobby is defined as a regular activity that is done for pleasure, typically during one's leisure time. Hobbies can include collecting themed items and objects, engaging in creative and artistic pursuits, playing sports, or pursuing other amusements. By continually participating in a particular hobby, one can acquire substantial skill and knowledge in that area.

Live life to the fullest by indulging in a hobby. Whether it is in photography, music, embroidery, dancing or anything else you find your heart's calling in, you definitely need to have a hobby in life.

Consider what you'll do when you stop working or how to have more fun while you're still working. Explore ways to expand or enhance your existing hobbies and sports activities. Perhaps you want to try new ones. Think about what kind of entertainment will be important to you in the future.

Hobbies can also act as therapeutic sessions of sorts. Many doctors are convinced your attitude is a very key component both to your quality of life and to your ability to effectively manage your illness or disability.

For those people who have suffered a severe trauma or who have a disability a hobby can free their mind, open up their way of thinking and help them explore new sides to their personality. The entire process of creating something can be very fulfilling and satisfying and this can help people suffering from depression.

Hobby Examples

Jigsaw puzzle featuring a fishing boat high and dry on shore at low tide.
Jigsaw puzzle featuring a fishing boat high and dry on shore at low tide.

  • Socializing such as community work, church activities, or volunteer work.
  • Gardening is also one of those hobbies which can be enjoyed by almost anybody.
  • Collecting, creative and artistic pursuits, making, tinkering, sports, and furthering education.
  • Scrapbooking has become one of the most popular hobbies around and is a great hobby for all people because these books can contain snap-hots of a persons life.
  • Solving puzzles and completing Jigsaw puzzles is a great way to increase concentration, expand your creativity and can also assist in delaying possible cognitive disabilities.
  • Caring for a pet - Owning, or caring for, pets can reduce blood pressure and help protect against heart conditions, lower stress levels, help lower cholesterol level, and fight depression.
  • Reading is an enjoyable pastime and helps keep the brain active by improving memory, reducing stress level, improves sleep, and can assist with delaying cognitive disability such as dementia or Alzheimer's disease.
  • The hobby of collecting includes seeking, locating, acquiring, organizing, cataloging, displaying, storing, and maintaining whatever items are of interest to the individual collector. Some collectors are generalists, accumulating merchandise, or stamps from all countries of the world. Others focus on a subtopic within their area of interest.

Engaging in a hobby can lead to acquiring substantial skill, knowledge, and experience. However, personal fulfillment is the main aim...

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