There are many things you can do to help yourself age well: exercise and be physically active, make healthy food choices, and don’t smoke. But did you know that participating in activities you enjoy may also help support healthy aging?

Would you like to get more involved in your community or be more socially active? There are plenty of places to look for opportunities, depending on your interests. Here are some ideas:

Get out and about
• Join a senior center and take part in its events and activities
• Play cards or other games with friends
• Go to the theater, a movie, or a sporting event
• Travel with a group of older adults, such as a retiree group
• Visit friends and family
• Try different restaurants
• Join a group interested in a hobby like knitting, hiking, painting, or wood carving

Learn something new
• Take a cooking, art, or computer class
• Form or join a book club
• Try yoga, tai chi, or another new physical activity
• Learn (or relearn) how to play a musical instrument

Become more active in your community
• Serve meals or organize clothing donations at a place for homeless people
• Help an organization send care packages to soldiers stationed overseas
• Care for dogs and cats at an animal shelter

Tips from the National Institute on Aging, APRIL 2015 NIH PUBLICATION NO. 15-7411