De-stress with pets
Pet therapy is used in a variety of places including hospitals, colleges and assisted living centers. What better way to spend your time and relieve stress than by getting some snuggles in with pets?
"It's proven that when you're petting a dog or cat you release serotonin," Atlanta-based therapist Kaylee Simon, LMSW told the AJC. "Also, your heart rate decreases and so does your anxiety, just from the motion and the actual petting of the dog."
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Play some music
Music is a hobby older adults can take up — or even resume — that time may not have allowed for before retirement. It doesn’t mean putting on a favorite record, CD or cassette, either. Instead, take on the piano or pick up the saxophone again and learn to play your favorite song yourself.
Take local excursions
Whether in a socially distanced, small group or solo, as businesses begin reopening in the city, there are opportunities to explore places such as the Atlanta Botanical Gardens or see the new and improved habitats at Zoo Atlanta.
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Get to gardening
Gardening has been popular amid the coronavirus pandemic and it's a good way to get outdoors and occupy your time. Digging in the dirt can be relaxing and it also results in aesthetically pleasing and edible items like tomatoes for a tasty sandwich or salad.