October 15, 2019 —Woodworking, knitting, and quilting not only provide hobbyists with a sense of accomplishment, but these creative pursuits also place hobbyists in a better frame of mind, as well as improve their health. Repetitive, rhythmic movements requiring focused attention create a calming effect that is very similar to the one produced by meditation. Knitting, in particular, creates a soothing, restful, Zen-like effect that helps knitters reduce stress and escape everyday pressures. From a physical standpoint, knitting helps those suffering from chronic pain to distract themselves from their discomfort and attain some sense of control over their lives.
With these and other benefits in mind, older adults may want to check out classes and workshops in their area. Knitting and similar hobbies help stave off mild cognitive decline much in the same way that reading, doing crossword puzzles, and learning to play a musical instrument does. At Barclay Friends, we encourage older adults to indulge in their favorite hobbies and to try new ones, including knitting, flower arranging, baking, and Bridge.
With Faith Woodward, Director of Admissions and Marketing