The Age UK Index of Wellbeing in Later Life* reveals that, in terms of well-being in later life, the activities with the most positive impact are creative and cultural activities, physical activities and mental skills.
Engaging in these activities can contribute more than 20% to our wellbeing in later life. What’s more choosing to participate in classes or groups can provide structure and routine to life, post-retirement, widen our social circles and bring a sense of achievement. But what type of activities are best?
Mental activities are anything that keeps the mind sharp – which is important as we age.
For activities to be effective in maintaining or improving our thinking skills, however, they need to challenge us in new ways so we need to do things that we’ve never done before to get the most benefit. If you’re looking to learn something new, the U3A is an excellent organisation – find out more about the University of the Third Age in our blog. This is a collection of over 1,000 groups that run local and online member-led learning for those no longer in full-time retirement. The courses and groups on offer vary according to area but vary from cryptic crosswords to card games and from cookery to languages – and everything in between.
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