When it comes to old age, it seems it’s not enough to just keep active by walking , dancing or doing cross words - it’s essential to try unfamiliar, challenging and mentally stimulating activities that preserves the sharpness of the mind.
Taking up challenging hobbies like digital photography, learning a foreign language, playing an instrument or knitting helps build relationships, getting out of the comfort zone, learning new skills and prolongs the engagement and stimulation for a long time to come.
The benefits of having a hobby are endless:
Stimulate the brain cells by sending electrical impulses that signal pleasure from the activity.
Social interaction, enlarging the group of friends;
Enjoyment and a sense of positive self-esteem.
Maintaining eye and hand coordination as well as fine motor skills.
If you are looking to take up a new hobby in the area, here are few of the local clubs offering exciting and challenging classes to help keeping your body and mind active:
Spanish for Beginners :Thursday 7pm to 9pm at Suffolk New College, Room: 2048, Suffolk New College, Ipswich, IP4 1LT
Play an instrument: Peter’s Band Beginners sessions are held at St Peter’s by the Waterfront, College Street, Ipswich, IP1 1XF each Monday from 6 to 7pm. Regular attendance is essential and a certain amount of home practice is required. For further information phone Betty Green on 01473 725144
Ipswich Library Knit and Natter: meets second and fourth Thursday each month 9.30-11.30am in the downstairs refreshment area of Ipswich County Library, Northgate Street. Donations of spare yarn and needles much appreciated.