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Best Hobbies for Seniors Who Are Lonely

Posted on Wednesday, July 5, 2023
by AMAC, D.J. Wilson
Hobbies for Seniors

Why are some seniors lonely? There are many causes for loneliness, including retirement from the work force, loss of spouse or partner, loss of a beloved pet, or friends of family moving away, as some examples. Social isolation can also occur due to poor health, decreased mobility, or lack of income.

Did you know that…One of the best ways to defeat loneliness is to get busy doing things you like. One may ask, what hobbies are best for seniors who are lonely?

A few things for seniors who are lonely to know…

  • Temporary loneliness is common among senior citizens due to life changes. However, long-term feelings of loneliness and isolation must be addressed.
  • Loneliness may be unhealthy. Per Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, social isolation and loneliness are linked to serious health conditions – and it can increase premature death, heart disease, stroke, dementia, depression, and more.
  • Note that all is not It’s up to you to take action to get involved to avoid becoming a victim of those statistics.

Some methods to defeat loneliness are:

  • See your doctor to talk about ways to combat isolation and increase quality of life.
  • Take a trip to visit family.
  • Invite friends, neighbors, or family members to regularly visit.
  • Volunteer in your community. Contact your church, local schools, museums, charities, hospitals, political groups, and more.
  • Go for walks and meet your neighbors.
  • Join free or low-cost clubs.
  • Create your own club based on a favorite hobby such as reading or cooking.
  • Adopt a pet.
  • Take online classes.
  • Go back to school.
  • Play games.
  • Join a walking group or create your own exercise group.
  • Visit local museums.


Some seniors who are lonely feel that they are no longer valuable or needed. That incorrect perception must be changed. Medical intervention is vital for anyone experiencing prolonged feelings of loneliness, isolation, or depression. However, most people can feel emotionally lifted by being active, having fun, surrounding themselves with good folks, helping others, and getting involved in things that count.


Hobbies are a matter of personal taste and abilities. However, let’s zero-in on some that may help seniors combat loneliness.

Here are five examples of great hobbies for seniors:





Joining a dance class is a great physical and social activity. Couples and singles can learn new dance moves – and it’s a great way to meet other people. Moreover, dance is a form of expression that is good for the mind and body. It can do amazing things like strengthen muscles and bones, improve heart health, and make people feel happier.


Taking photos has never been easier, thanks to the use of the iPhone camera. Take a walk in the park and find favorite subjects to shoot such as birds, wildlife, flowers, trees, cityscapes, sunrises, or sunsets. Upload your favorite snapshots to Facebook or other social media accounts to share your talents.


Take some cooking lessons or join a cooking club. This activity involves spending time in the kitchen with other chefs or home cooks, learning or improving techniques, sharing recipes, entertaining, and more. Cooking healthy recipes has great health benefits. Above all, spending time with likeminded people who share your passion for food is a win-win! 


Tennis is an invigorating action sport that promotes hand-eye coordination. It also requires body motions that are beneficial for seniors such as swinging the racket, foot action, turning and running capabilities and more. Whether you play against single or double opponents, or join a team, it all adds up to fun on the court.


Walking is a wonderful activity for active people who don’t want to overstress their joints. Distance walking is a gentle heart-healthy activity that is most often enjoyed outdoors. Walking can be enjoyed solo but is also very engaging for those who like to walk in groups and prefer the company of others. The treadmill is a good option for those who prefer walking on even surfaces and exercising indoors.


Why having hobbies can help seniors avoid loneliness

Having a hobby is considered a form of self-care. It incorporates making time for yourself and for what you love to do best. Having a favorite hobby, or set of hobbies, challenges the mind and body, and makes people feel good. It also satisfies one’s natural desire to learn, be creative, and stay engaged to avoid loneliness. Solo hobbies are often known for being relaxing and therapeutic, whereas group hobbies connect us to others via threads of common interest. Both are beneficial to seniors who seek enjoyment and wish to stay occupied to ward off feelings of loneliness.

This article is purely informational and is not intended as a substitute for medical advice. Anyone experiencing prolonged depression, mental health distress, or thoughts of self-harm should immediately consult a physician or call the 988 Lifeline offering 24/7 confidential support.

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