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Hobbies Seniors Can Pick up in Retirement

a senior paints one of the many hobbies for seniors

For many seniors, retirement can be a shock to the system. Many people’s identities are deeply tied to their careers. While they may spend time picturing their ideal retirement, the novelty of not working wears off after a few months, and they may lose a sense of purpose. Rather than feeling relaxed, free, and fulfilled, retirees often end up feeling bored, undirected, and isolated. Hobbies can be the answer to helping retirees feel satisfied and fulfilled, especially those that have elements of being social, active, creative, and cognitively engaged.

At Buckner Villas, we believe retirement should be the best years of your life, and we strive to enhance your lifestyle by providing opportunities for meaningful engagement. Our extensive recreational programs for seniors offer something for everyone, no matter your interests or activity level. We know that transitioning to a senior living community can be challenging, and we create a warm, welcoming environment that fits your lifestyle. Call 512.580.9882 to learn more.

The Benefits of Hobbies for Seniors in Retirement

Retirement allows seniors to pursue their favorite interests, explore new activities, and discover hobbies that help them stay physically and socially engaged, learn new skills, expand their knowledge, and connect with their community. Most hobbies require little-to-no previous knowledge or expertise, making them more inviting.

Hobbies offer numerous benefits for mental, physical, social, and emotional well-being, including:

  • Helping reduce and manage stress
  • Providing a sense of purpose and accomplishment
    Boosting the immune system
  • Improving confidence and self-esteem
  • Easing the transition into retirement
  • Enhancing spiritual growth
  • Helping prevent cognitive decline
  • Improving and maintaining physical health

Trying new hobbies can teach you more about yourself and your wants and needs. Retirement can help turn tasks that once seem tedious into relaxing activities you actually enjoy. For example, perhaps you have always found cooking monotonous because of having to get a meal on the table at the same time every night or because you were always cooking the same things. A cooking class in retirement can teach you new techniques and recipes and help you discover joy in cooking.

Discovering Hobbies in Senior Living

Having hobbies that bring you happiness improves your mood and cognition at every age but is especially important for the overall well-being of seniors. In choosing a senior living community, it is essential to consider the activities available both on-site and within the outside community.
At Buckner Villas, residents are always on the go, taking advantage of various social events, activities, and outings. Our indoor and outdoor common areas and recreational areas invite residents to gather and engage in socialization and hobbies, including:

  • Arts & crafts and art classes
  • Gardening club
  • Walking club
  • Men’s club
  • Woodworking
  • Book club
  • Choir and singing club
  • Community service programs
  • Bridge and pinochle clubs
  • Bible study group

Bucker Villas residents can also access educational programs, including ministry trips and partnerships with local colleges. Our varied exercise programs meet each resident’s diverse physical needs and abilities. Austin, TX offers endless opportunities to get involved in volunteering, and Buckner Villas organizes year-round events to benefit local and national organizations, such as:

  • The Arthritis Foundation
  • Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls
  • Operation Support Our Troops-America
  • St. Jude’s Ranch for Children
  • Texas Paralyzed Veterans

At Buckner Villas, our faith-based community prioritizes our five core principles of connection, independence, purpose, security, and service, which guide what we do and how we serve our residents.

Learn More About Hobbies for Senior Living at Buckner Villas

Located in a quaint neighborhood in Austin, TX, Buckner Villas has the complete continuum of care to accommodate a range of senior lifestyles, including independent living, assisted living, memory care, and long-term skilled nursing. Our 25-acre Tuscan-style gated community offers a variety of opportunities for residents to engage in hobbies they already enjoy and discover new ones.

Amenities that promote active engagement in a variety of hobbies include:

  • Woodworking shop
  • Arts and crafts center
  • Ballroom
  • Library and computer/media center
  • Game room
  • Fitness center
  • Meeting room
  • Raised garden beds
  • Walking paths

At Buckner Villas, we know it is never too late to find new passions. Here, staff and residents encourage one another to pursue an active, healthy lifestyle that promotes well-being and community. Contact us at 512.580.9882 to learn more about hobbies for senior living at Buckner Villas.