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The Benefits of Fishing for Seniors

Fishing has long been a favorite pastime of many people. Relaxing and affordable, fishing is a hobby that will never go out of style. For seniors, it is an excellent hobby to help promote a positive mindset. It's simple, affordable, and enjoyable. Encouraging seniors to stay active helps them in a multitude of areas. Having hobbies like fishing can lower heart rates, reduce stress levels, and will give them a low-impact option for getting out and about. There are several benefits that fishing for seniors has to offer.

Fishing Reduces Stress

Oftentimes, seniors are at risk for depression. Having something to look forward to, such as a hobby like fishing, helps to keep them feeling more hopeful and happy. While they enjoy the fresh air outside, they will be benefiting in other ways as well. Healthy, calming activities can reduce stress and lower cortisol levels. By managing stressors, the overall mood will be improved and worries will be lessened.

Great for Socialization

Spending quality time with close friends or family is an excellent way to create enjoyable memories and have fun. Because the nature of fishing is so versatile with its many styles, it's the perfect option. Staying social is another important part of helping seniors have a healthy lifestyle.  It helps to improve the quality of life. A home health aide could be a wonderful help for this type of outing. There to assist, aid can help to ensure the safety of your loved one while enjoying a beautiful day fishing.

Lower Risk of Falling

Seniors often have an increased risk for possible falls due to limited range of motion, age, and fragility. This does not mean they should stay put. By continuing to stay involved, seniors can increase their mobility. A secure location such as a dock or from a local stream is a wise choice. Be sure to take some folding chairs with you or you, or you can opt to visit a local fishing park where they may have several amenities provided on-site. Although saltwater and freshwater fishing are both enjoyable, seniors may have an easier time with freshwater options where a boat may not be needed.

Improves Cognitive Abilities

Keeping our minds active is the key to maintaining cognitive ability. For seniors, this is exponentially important because too much inactivity can lead to lower cognitive function. Cognition helps to build connections in the brain that help form an understanding of thoughts and knowledge. Fishing is a sport that can assist in building those positive connections. Each step from planning the fishing trip, to the adventure along the way, is a valuable piece of the process.

The Planning Process

Every good fishing trip requires some planning. Before you go, make a list of what you will need. Will you be taking a cane pole for some old-fashioned nostalgia or an easy-to-use rod and reel? What type of bait will you use? You can use live bait like worms, crickets, or small minnows. These can be purchased the morning of the trip at a bait store along the way. If you prefer lures, you can select from plastic scented worms, feathery options, jigs, and more. Some tackle boxes come set up with a small selection of starter choices.

Be sure to take sunscreen and wear loose, protective clothing to prevent sunburns. A floppy fishing hat will help keep you cooler and provide some shade. Polarized sunglasses are also helpful because they make it easier to see where the fish are in the water. Don't forget to pack a small cooler with plenty of water and snacks as well. Check guidelines regarding licensing for seniors, as some states do require fishing licenses.

Learn More About Fishing for Seniors

Elite Home Healthcare can provide top-quality care and professional assistance for your senior needs. We are here to help. For more information on positive ways to help seniors or to learn about our services, please contact us. We look forward to helping you create positive experiences with your loved ones.

Written by: Leah Ganz
Director of Patient Services

Leah Ganz, RN, BSN is the Director of Patient Services at Elite Home Health Care. She has an extensive background in homecare and previously worked in various specialties including pediatrics, pain managemnet and internal medicine. She oversees allpatient services across Elite's departments.