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Master the Art of Senior Living – In Three Steps

Posted on Friday, August 14, 2020
by Outside Contributor

Sponsored by – Arkadium

Who said getting older means slowing down? Not us! Today’s seniors have more ways than ever to engage their minds, connect with peers, and explore hobbies. Living your best senior life isn’t a science, it’s an art with an infinite canvas. With so many ways to keep young at heart it can be hard to know where to begin. So, let’s get started. Here are three ways to master the art of senior living.

Play Games to Stimulate Your Mind

We may not be doctors, but there’s no denying online and mobile games can improve your mood. Really, it’s true! Games are great for keeping your mind engaged and relieving stress. Think about it. What’s better than taking the time to check out of stress and check into fun? Now, before you get lost in candy-coated landscapes and animated monsters, remember not all games are created equal. Sites like Arkadium make games exclusively for grown up players, with sleeker, quieter design and challenging (but not impossible) gameplay. If you’re looking to stay fresh and mindfully stimulated give something like Mahjongg Dimensions a try. Match tiles on a spinning cube before time runs out and try not to get addicted.

Find New Ways to Socialize

Finding ways to socialize and stay connected is vital for a healthy and fulfilling life, especially for seniors. And with our new reality of social distancing and quarantine, the stakes feel even higher. Luckily, in 2020 all we need is a little technology (and some creativity) to connect and keep each other company. Video calls have taken off more than ever before. From Zoom, Skype, FaceTime and more, there are several easy-to-use programs that enable video chats and they’re available across many types of phones, desktops, and tablets. Explore changing your digital background or adding face filters to mix it up!

And though we’re in the digital age, smart seniors know there’s much to be learned from the past. In fact, traditional ways are key to successful socializing today. Talking on the phone, talking a walk or trip to the park (while masked up and socially distanced from other people), are easy tech-free ways to socialize with loved ones without jeopardizing our health during the pandemic. A simple stroll in the sunshine can work wonders in improving moods and strengthening bonds. Why not call in another friend and show them the scenery? Whichever route you take, making time to connect with loved ones is essential in keeping your mind and heart full, healthy, and thriving.

Embrace Social Media

By now, you know that social media is not just for the kids – except TikTok, they can have that. There’s more to it than scrolling through articles, updates, and arguments. But did you know, there are communities full of likeminded people, with similar interests as you, looking to make connections? Introduce yourself to Facebook Groups! Groups are wildly popular and easy to use. If you’re interested in cooking, check out a Senior Cooking Group. Big into Solitaire? Try out a Facebook forum! There are endless ways to make new connections right on Facebook. Go ahead! Type any interest into a Groups search and see what you find. Thousands of new friends are right there waiting.

There’s no right or wrong way to master the art of senior living. But remembering to keep the mind active, make time for friends, and explore your favorite hobbies are easy ways to keep engaged, add variety to your day, and reap all the benefits and blessings of living a senior life. Enjoy!

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3 years ago

Well, I guess that’s OK for some folks. I’m 71 and still working full time. I prefer to get paid for the games I play and spend my day with people of all ages, color, gender and ethnic groups. Of course that means I pay more to Social Security than I collect. Maybe I should retire and sit around secluded all day on the computer doing social media and playing video games….. when I get old I may look into that……if I live that long.

Margie S.
Margie S.
3 years ago

That sounds good but my 91 year old mom is in a wheelchair & legally blind-macular degeneration and in assisted living. She has done really well but after 7 months of sheltered in, she has been getting depressed, forgetful, & much sadder.

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