If you go by the definition of the word boring, which means “not interesting” then it is for certain that growing older is not boring. At least it doesn’t have to be. Many people fall into a tedious regimen of life as they age. This means that they are in a habit of doing monotonous things. That is, they fall prey to repetition and become caught up in their everyday routines. This does not mean they have to be in that position. There are ways to reach out and do things and stay, or else become, an interesting person as they age; both to themselves and to others.
HOW TO STAY INTERESTED IN LIFE
The process of aging seems to have a common factor: the lose of interest and motivation in life. There is a psychological term for this syndrome. It is called “anhedonia” which basically means a “general decrease in the ability to experience pleasure in activities that used to be enjoyable.” This condition is often overlooked in the aging and dismissed as a normal part of aging. Though this syndrome is common, it does not have to be inevitable.
Know that loss of interest and motivation in life can be a part of disorders such as depression, schizophrenia (both psychological disorders) or even Parkinson’s disease (which is a neurological disorder). Also know that this syndrome can be treated. Treatment can be as complex as needing to go through cognitive behavior therapy or as simple as motivating a person towards more active and engaging behaviors.
HOW TO STAY INTERESTING TO OTHERS
Self-motivated individuals seem to transition through the changes that are brought about by aging more than others. They don’t call the years after retirement “the golden years” for nothing. This is the time when you are no longer encumbered with work activities and can at last do what you have always dreamed of doing. Here are a few examples of activities that can help you as you age:
Take time to read; especially if you have books on your shelf that you have collected, but never had a chance to read. Yale University did a study on senior citizens who actively read and found that those who read regularly live longer. “Other research has found that engaging in intellectually stimulating activities such as reading is associated with better cognitive function later in life and could potentially lower the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.” So, by reading you not only help your cognitive functions, but it is also physically healthy for you as well.
Crossword Puzzles and other Games and Puzzles
Jigsaw puzzles are a great activity for the aging. There are some absolutely beautiful jigsaw puzzles to choose from. If you haven’t already, check out the choices on the White Mountain Puzzles website [https://www.whitemountainpuzzles.com/].
Video games are becoming increasing more popular with the 50-plus age group. Games such as Bejeweled, Candy Crush Saga and Gummy Drop are a few favored titles.
Hobbies that can be especially enjoyable as one ages, and that don’t require a lot of movement, could include: birdwatching, container gardening (both indoor and outside), playing a musical instrument or even learning a new language.
Daily gardening, walking or simple yoga (or chair yoga) are good choices for exercise for a senior. If your senior has limited mobility due to a stroke or else arthritis, they can still take part in walking by using a cane or walker as needed and simple chair yoga routines.
On a side note, I must add that my 71-year-old mother is not bored, nor is she boring. Whenever we talk or text, I always wonder what she will come up with next. This is both fun and a comfort to me, knowing that my mom is happy.
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