Things Senior Citizens Do to Enjoy Life

Daisy Ratnasari

What do you think most senior citizens do for fun? Well, that can be a long list with so many, but I’m sure it would be a fun one. Considering most seniors citizens grew up in an era that didn’t need technology or a lot of people to have fun. I want to look at some of the ways of those who came before us and even reflect with those who are senior citizens. I like to call them the young at heart.

One thing that remains the same is the health of most baby boomers. I have always wondered what their secret was to a healthy and enjoyable life and talking to a few seniors I’ve uncovered some of those things.

One of the things most seniors say keeps them going is Music. Music in the years was filled with several dance steps that most still enjoy to date. I can remember watching aunts and uncles at weddings, birthday celebrations and when the music comes on they are up and on the dance floor “cutting a rug” as they call it. The music and dancing was a mere means to get the exercise that they needed while having fun.

Some seniors even enjoy the everyday nature aspect of life. Fishing, hiking and gardening are a few of the top things that most enjoy. You see them even every movie or television show that comes on. Someone in the park taking a stroll and some young person bumps into them. I’m sure you have seen the water scenes and you notice two older men in the background on a small boat with fishing rods hoping for a catch. To date more and more older women enjoy just going outside and getting down and dirty gardening. There’s nothing like peace of mind when it comes to living a stress free life.

I can’t recall seeing people in my generation being able to just enjoy the simple things as fishing, hiking or even gardening. Those things are to old school for my generation.

More and more seniors are starting to get into journaling. I remember clips showing people writing letters in older films showing how everyone use to communicate with each other and wait for the letter to come in the mail. I didn’t realize that it helped penmanship and helped stimulate the thoughts in our heads to express what we felt. In this age we email and text. There’s no communication outside of that.

There are also some senior citizens who enjoy technology and learning how to use different forms of it. The sentiments during the technology boom for most seniors were they didn’t understand any of it, however, over time that all change with a new appreciation for it.

One of the last things I’ve seen in most of the elderly is there love of outdoor games and sports. I’ve seen more seniors with playing “Hopscotch and Kick Ball,” in the past few months than I have since I were a kid in the 1980’s. I guess it’s another great way for them to enjoy the fresh outdoors and keep their heart rate pumping.

Maybe, everyone can take an example from there book when it comes to enjoying life and making every moment count.

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