Vol. 4, No. 3
Tips for healthy aging
Do a crossword puzzle. Play
chess. Engage in word-oriented activities.
- Play games that challenge your mind.
Visit the hobby or craft section at a bookstore. You might spark a new
interest or remind yourself of something you never had time to pursue.
Look for new learning opportunities. Take a course through a local high
school or college. Volunteer for a position in which you may learn new skills.
Create a story of "my life." It can be shared with family
members, as well as set you upon an enlightening memory trip.
Volunteer. Volunteering allows you to remain socially active as well as
share your own unique experiences and knowledge. Even in their early 80s, 28
percent of people are still doing volunteer work.
Visit someplace new. Pick a place you’d like to visit and go, either
alone or ask a friend. It can be as close as a new restaurant in town or on the
other side of the United States.
Organize a video or book discussion group for friends. This not only
allows for a regularly scheduled activity that you look forward to, but can
provide some stimulating, thought provoking discussions.
[Adapted from Work and Family Life newsletter, May 1999, Susan
Ginsberg, editor/publisher, New York City, NY]
Maudie Kelly, MS
Human Development Specialist