Community organizations, senior centers, libraries and schools offer activities for the active senior. From lectures to book clubs, classes on painting, writing, dancing, ceramics or scrapbooking, there is something for everybody. Consider these tips when planning activities.
* Mobility: Some activities require seniors to be mobile. If it is a simple dance class, a senior may be asked to get up and boogie at his or her own pace. If it is a tour group taking hikes through Greece, a more physically fit senior may be more comfortable than somebody who has been more sedentary.
* Cost: Many activities are offered for free or for a reduced cost to seniors. Ask questions when enrolling. Don't forget to ask about possible supply fees or the cost of supplies you may be asked to bring to class.
* Service: If taking a class isn't for you, there are ample opportunities to volunteer. The new Unitedhealthcare/volunteerMatch Do Good, Live Well Survey provides compelling evidence that volunteering enhances physical and mental health. The report found that more than 65% of those who volunteered in the past year report that volunteering made them feel physically healthier. Ninety-two percent reported that volunteering enriches their sense of purpose in life.
Social contact achieved through volunteering or participating in an activity like a knitting class with other seniors is shown to increase overall life expectancy. And getting involved keeps life fun.