8 Fun Hobbies for Older Adults

Many seniors reach retirement and find themselves with too much time on their hands. Well, all that spare time could be put toward pursuing a new hobby or two. If you’re looking for ideas, then here are some fun hobbies for seniors to try.


It’s good to have at least one hobby that gets you out in the fresh air. Walking is a great low impact form of exercise, plus it allows you to see new places and take in some amazing sights. You can go for gentle walks or more strenuous hikes if there are hills and countryside nearby.


Gardening is one of the most popular hobbies among seniors. Like owning a pet, tending for plants in your garden gives you a sense of purpose as you nourish something and watch it grow. If you don’t have much yard space, then you can grow house plants instead or look into nearby community gardens.

Tai Chi

Tai chi is an interesting hobby that keeps you active and helps to improve core strength and other aspects of your physical fitness. This is especially good for preventing falls in the elderly.


Any creative activities are great for engaging the brain and keeping it healthy. Painting and drawing are fun hobbies that let you create something. You could even paint something good enough to hang on the wall or give as a gift. Don’t worry if you don’t have much talent, it’s something you can improve at as you practice.


There are lots of different styles of dance that are suitable for seniors. Ballroom dancing is especially popular, with some slow styles if you want to take it easy to more upbeat and dynamic dances. It’s also a great way to socialize and have fun with your hobby.


Golfing is another favorite activity. It involves lots of walking, which is good for your cardiovascular health, and the dynamic golf swing is good for your mobility. And if you’re not up to walking around 18 holes, you can also practice at the driving range.

Cooking and baking

Hobbies where you produce something at the end of the day are always satisfying, even more so if you can enjoy the taste of what you’ve created. And the food you make is great for sharing with friends and family, too.


Reading is the perfect hobby for all ages. You can enter completely new worlds and get immersed in them wherever you are. If you’ve read a lot throughout your life, then try checking out a new genre you’ve not explored much before.

Which of these hobbies is on your list to try out? If you decide to move into an independent living community like Brookstone, there are lots of different classes and activities like these to get involved in. Get in touch for more information or if you have any questions.

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