Wondering how taking up a hobby can beat depression in older people? Depression is a serious illness, and its effects are devastating. All too often we hear about elderly people alone, in pain, and even tales of unnecessary suicides. There are many things however that are effective to combat this age-old problem. Taking up a hobby (or even multiple hobbies) oftentimes becomes the outlet many seniors need to shake off the blues and do something every day they not only enjoy, but also therapeutic to their mental health.
The fact remains, doing things we enjoy takes us out of ourselves and life becomes full again. For those who suffer from depression, the world appears as a bleak place, and when you are older, you don't enjoy the same things you did when you were young, which can create angst and even self-loathing. It's a tough situation, although many seniors, even with depression, know enough about life to remain graceful in their golden years. These strong attitudes are not enough to thwart the feelings of depression, however, which are very subtle and powerful and often times overwhelming.
While many seniors struggle for food and shelter, trying to survive as they are nearer to death every day, the depression that comes with many situations is paralyzing. When depressed, a person may not feel like participating in activities they once enjoyed. However, the reality most people who have depression experience when they actually engage in an activity will usually result in people highly enjoying themselves! In many cases, a little prodding from a worker or nurse or family member will be enough to get the elderly person to actually begin an activity, and once begun, the fun starts and they get into it and even find themselves not wanting to stop.
The voices of depression grow powerful though and when the activities finish and it is later, another time, they will have a hard time doing more of the things that were giving them pleasure. With a hobby, there comes a continuity, and that's important. The routine and repetitive nature of the evolving hobby, and it's complexity, give the senior something to distract them from their problems, to focus on, occupying their time and energy. Since hobbies have these dynamics, they are perfect for seniors with depression, because, naturally, seniors become used to being older and will play the role of hobbyist as a natural extension of where they belong in life.
Hobbies just fit in with being a senior! With so many hobbies available (many low-cost and some no cost) it's important for the senior to pick the ones that give them the most satisfaction, not ones they really don't enjoy. Seniors persuaded to start a hobby will try them easily in many cases, especially when there is a family member or caregiver at their side to engage in the hobby with them on some level or provide materials or guidance or other input if needed or desired.
This and a little encouragement will give the senior the context to try hobbies, and surprise, surprise, in most cases they take right to the new activity with zest and vigor. The rejuvenation and liveliness of puttering away on activities in hobbies give seniors countless hours of fun that don't diminish over time, the experience grows stronger and more endearing.
Many senior hobbyists will share their creations with family, friends, and neighbors and become even sought after for that special blueberry jam or quilt they are good at making. This gives them a feeling of belonging, a purpose, and makes them feel special and useful (and loved). All while having a lot of fun. What's better than that for those who have lived long and deserve some happiness? For more information on Aged Care, just contact us today!