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Hobbies for Seniors with Limited Mobility

If you struggle with mobility issues, finding hobbies that are both enjoyable and manageable can be a challenge.

But just because you have limitations doesn't mean you have to give up on your passions or stop trying new things. In this article, we look at a few hobbies that are perfect for seniors with mobility issues.

Visit the library and get lost in a book

Reading is great way to escape into a different world or learn new things.

Whether you prefer traditional physical books, digital e-readers, or magazines, the act of reading itself is a wonderful pastime to stay engaged.

Not only does a great book provides hours of entertainment, but studies have also discovered reading enhances memory, sharpens decision making skills and reduces stress.

Enjoy a regular trip to the library! If you have issues with vision, many libraries offer large print books in a special section.

Here are a few recommendations:

  • The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman

  • A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

  • Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

  • The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

  • Murder in the One Percent by Saralyn Richard

Leave us a comment below to let us know what your favourite books are!

Get colouring!

Adult colouring books are an excellent way to promote mindfulness, relieve stress and flex your creativity. Colouring is an extremely calming activity; it can help you feel peaceful and at ease and is a perfect hobby for a senior with mobility issues.

When you create a colouring piece of art you really love, why not frame it? Give it away as a gift or hang it up at home.

Garden-themed adult colouring books we love:

Secret Garden by Johanna Basford World of Flowers: A Colouring Book and Floral Adventure by Johanna Basford

Solve a Puzzle

Puzzle solving is a great hobby for seniors with mobility issues because it can be done sitting down and can be as simple or as challenging as you want it to be.

Puzzles also offer a range of psychological and emotional benefits including keeping your memory sharp and relaxing into a calm state of mind.

Whether you enjoy crosswords, Sudoku, or jigsaw puzzles, there's a puzzle for everyone.

What Do Puzzles do to Your Brain? A Neurology Expert Explains

Try Textile Arts

Another hobby that seniors with mobility issues can explore is textile arts, which encompasses a variety of techniques such as knitting, crocheting, embroidery, and more.

Not only is this a fun and rewarding pastime, but it also allows seniors to give back to their community by participating in charitable projects, such as making blankets and hats for those in need. Many local churches, hospitals, and charities often have such projects that seniors can get involved in.

Courses for Seniors offers a range of Textile Courses for Seniors around Australia.


Are you looking for a new hobby that will keep you engaged and connected to your family? Genealogy might just be the perfect fit!

Not only is it a great conversation starter at family gatherings, but it also keeps your brain active and allows you to play detective as you uncover your family's history.

Plus, it's a budget-friendly option that may even inspire you to travel and conduct in-depth offline research.

You can research your ancestors, look at old photos, and create a family tree. There are so many reasons to give genealogy a try, and we highly recommend it as a hobby for seniors.

Get into the garden

Gardening is a great hobby for seniors with mobility issues because it can be done sitting down or standing up, and there are many different types of gardening tasks to choose from.

Planting flowers, herbs or vegetables, and tending to them is a great way to get outside and enjoy nature while getting some light exercise. Even if you don't have a yard, you can create a balcony garden!

Check out these Easy Balcony Gardening Tips For Mature Adults from Seniors Lifestyle Magazine.

These are just a few examples of hobbies that are perfect for seniors with mobility issues.

The important thing is to find something that you enjoy and that is manageable for you. Remember, just because you have limitations doesn't mean you have to give up on your passions or stop trying new things.

With a little creativity and determination, you can find a hobby that brings you joy and fulfillment.

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