Holiday Retirement residents share unique hobbies
While many seniors look forward to retirement as an opportunity to pursue passions outside of a career, others may wonder how to fill the extra time in their day. Engaging in hobbies is not only a fun way to occupy your downtime, but also there are health benefits that stem from these activities. According to a recent study, high levels of leisure time physical activities are associated with reduced or delayed complications from chronic illness, and hobbies such as painting and playing cards and can help keep the mind sharp.
While discovering a hobby may seem a bit overwhelming at first, you actually can look no further than your neighbor for inspiration. Discover how unique hobbies are keeping residents engaged and healthy at three Holiday Retirement communities.
Sports fan sees historic moment a lifetime in the making
While hobbies can be discovered at any age, Holiday Retirement at Bluebird Estates resident Ebba Sonne was born a Chicago Cubs fan. It wasn’t always an easy road, as the team faced the longest World Series drought in Major League Baseball history. However, Ebba’s fandom never wavered, and she recalls fondly her trips to Wrigley Field in her younger years, eating Cracker Jacks, singing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” and cheering for home runs that soared over the stadium’s ivy-covered outfield wall.
Ebba stuck with the Cubs through thick and thin, sharing her pride throughout Bluebird Estates with memorabilia including key rings, magnets, jackets and more. Well, last year proved to be special in more ways than one. In addition to turning 100 years old, Ebba’s beloved Cubs finally won the World Series, after 108 years. Ebba said the win makes her “feel wonderful,” noting that she never gave up on them after all these years.
Senior memoir writing connects a community
Chloe Winston, a resident at Holiday Retirement’s Hilltop Estates, is an accomplished author who recently published her third novel. In between writing and book signings. Chloe also runs Hilltop Estates’ Scribblers Corner, a writing club that meets each Tuesday, where members focus on writing down and recording their life stories. The Scribblers Corner group has even expanded to interview fellow residents about their lives to practice writing, an activity that has resulted in the Redding, California, senior living community getting to know each other better.
Chloe’s fellow residents say she is “constantly encouraging” them to write and to share their tales of life experiences with each other. She has had such a huge impact on the community—and they “couldn’t be more happy and proud to have her here.”
A colorful hobby spreads positivity
Polly Swain, a resident at Holiday Retirement’s Highland Estates, is better known at her community as “Purple Polly,” thanks to a lifelong passion for the color purple. Polly traces her predisposition to purple back to high school, when she dressed up in the color for a friend’s campaign. Something about the color just felt right, and over the years Purple Polly has amassed an impressive collection of clothing and décor, including nail polish, bedding, utensils, stuffed animals, and rugs—all purple.
Highland Estates’ enrichment coordinator, April Myers, considers Polly “a bright spot in the community,” and describes her as a “delightful, energetic and positive person.”
Discover your next hobby through Holiday Retirement’s comprehensive program of activities and events designed to help seniors live more robust, fulfilling lives.