Fighting senior boredom

Jeannie Winselman and Audrey Clough
SAC’s Enrichment Center

Boredom is more than a fleeting state of mind. It can have health consequences and can also impact our quality of life. So, it is very important to stay active.

Some of you may feel that you no longer have the energy or ability to do the things you once loved. For those who spend much of their day alone, discovering productive and enjoyable ways to fight off boredom is essential to finding joy.

Depending on your favorite pastime, there are numerous ways to help fight boredom. People can develop new hobbies and interests at any age. Exploring a new hobby is a great way to keep your mind active. If you have a creative streak, painting or drawing can be a great way to spend time. Maybe you can take an art class through adult education or join SAC’s coloring group at 10 a.m. every Tuesday to further hone your artistic skills.

In today’s technology-filled world, there are several ways to connect with friends and loved ones no matter where they live. Taking time to call a loved one or Skyping is a great way to occupy your time and stay up to date with friends and family. If you still enjoy writing, a handwritten note is always a pleasure to receive.

Playing games does not have to be a thing of the past. Board games can bring friends together for laughter and fun. You may enjoy card games like bridge or 500. Games are great for a group of friends to play on a regular basis and enjoy some time catching up with one another. SAC’s offers card games weekly as well as Bunco and Pegs and Jokers once a month. We are always open to suggestions for new games.

No one likes to be bored at any age. Studies have shown that stimulating the mind can help exercise both your body and your brain.

Learning something new at any age helps promote new neural cell growth, improves concentration and increases adequate oxygenation, creating healthier, more active cells.

The ways to fight boredom are endless. There are new and stimulating activities for all ages. So, next time you are bored, get involved in one of the activities mentioned above. Not only will you be fighting senior boredom, but you will be improving your overall quality of life.

Weekly Activities
Monday, Aug. 28
Stuffed Green Pepper
• 8:30 a.m. – Morning Stretch.
• 9:30 a.m. – Wellness Walking.
Tuesday, Aug. 29
Hot Beef Sandwich/Mashed Potatoes
• 10 a.m. – Adult Coloring.
• 10 a.m. – Knit & Stitch.
• Noon – “Hand and Foot” Cards.
Wednesday, Aug. 30
Spaghetti and Meatballs
• 8:30 a.m. – Morning Stretch.
• 9 a.m. – Cribbage.
Thursday, Aug. 31
Pork Chops
• 9:30 a.m. – Walking.
• 8 a.m. – Leave Center for Senior Day at the State Fair.
• Noon – “500” cards.

Upcoming Events
• Wednesday, Sept. 13: Day Trippers play, Monkey Business. Great play, great food. $34.95 for play and lunch; transportation is $15. Call for reservations as soon as possible. Musical comedy in Two Covenants. The fun-loving monks of Saint Bernard’s Monastery are in a jam. Abbot Costello and his four beleaguered brethren have just learned that a real-estate developer is about to turn their monastery into a gambling hall called Bernie’s Casino Royale. Unless the merry Men in Brown can raise $250,000 by midnight, they are done. Leave at 10:45 a.m. at SAC’s Enrichment Center. We still have two spots on the bus. It’s lots of fun.