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Easy Hobbies for Seniors

Have you heard the jokes about people who are busy being retired? Some imagine that leaving the working world behind means transforming life into a never-ending weekend that’s full of lazy days. Others know that would quickly grow boring. They find ways to stay active and involved. Exploring a hobby is a fantastic way to keep your brain and body engaged. Fortunately, there are tons of easy hobbies for seniors.

Easy Hobbies for Seniors

According to, a hobby is “an activity pursued in spare time for pleasure or relaxation.” Hobbies can be active or sedentary, solitary or social, and costly or free. Many can open doors to communities of like-minded hobbyists if you want to connect via shared interests. With so many possibilities and variables, there truly is a hobby for everyone. If you’re overwhelmed by the options, why not start with one of these easy hobbies for seniors?


According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, older adults should aim for 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity each week. Walking is an excellent way to hit that goal. All you need is a good pair of shoes and a safe route.


When you have a green thumb or a love of plants, gardening is a natural choice for a hobby. It’s a low-impact workout that provides the chance to get your hands dirty. You can set up flowerbeds or a garden in your yard or nurture potted plants inside your living space. For a more sociable approach, consider finding a community garden.


Tracing your family’s roots has become a passion of many Americans. Learning how to fill in your family tree properly can help you connect with other genealogists, other relatives, and your roots. You can find information at libraries and cemeteries. You can also explore online resources like and FamilySearch. Ancestry test kits from DNA sites like 23andMe offer another avenue for exploration.


Anyone who says birds are boring isn’t paying attention. These feathered creatures come in all shapes, sizes, and personalities, so watching them can provide endless entertainment. You may choose to travel to various nature sites to keep a birding log of the species that you see. Or, you may prefer to set up a feeder in your backyard and watch the antics from the comfort of your kitchen window. Choose whichever strategy you like!


If a vibrant snapshot is worth a million words, then how much is the ability to capture that image worth? While advances in technology constantly make it easier for everyone to take better pictures, there’s still no substitute for practice when it comes to perfecting a skill. Whether you’re interested in sharing your view of the world or just want to take better pics of your loved ones, developing a photography hobby might help you do it.

Knitting or Crocheting

Handcrafted goods hold a charm that machine-made materials can never match. The process of making them also offers benefits. Following, adapting, or creating a pattern helps keep the mind active. Selecting patterns and materials challenges the mind and the creative spirit. Using the needles or hook to make the project keeps the fingers nimble. Fortunately, when fingers aren’t as nimble as they once were, there are larger or adaptive needles and hooks that are easier to grasp. Have you run out of projects to make for yourself or your friends? Many organizations welcome donations of hats, scarves, and blankets.


Drawing starts when you put pencil to paper. Where it goes from there depends on you. There are countless resources if you want to learn more. You can find videos or books that will help you learn how to master almost any type of drawing technique. You may want to draw cartoons, realistic images, people, landscapes, things that you see, or things that you only imagine. With pencil and paper, you’re free to explore all kinds of possibilities.

Exploring various hobbies for seniors is a fantastic way to find what excites you and develop new interests and skills. It’s also an excellent way to make new friends and new connections within your community. At Hearthside Assisted Living, we appreciate the value of hobbies. We provide a variety of daily activities to help our residents stay engaged and active. To learn more about our programs and services or to schedule a tour, contact us today.
Are you looking for an assisted living community in Tennessee? Check out Hearthside Senior Living in Collierville and Bartlett. Our warm and inviting communities make it easy for seniors to embrace a healthy lifestyle with home-cooked and restaurant-style meals, exercise classes, and a nurse devoted to residents’ health and wellness. We would be happy to schedule a tour for you so that you can explore the community, speak with the Community Director, meet some of the residents, and ask any questions you might have. To learn more about our amenities and services, please call 901-266-3329 (Bartlett) or 901-854-6590 (Collierville). We look forward to meeting you!
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