Fishing can be a very healthy and rewarding activity for seniors. While there may be some barriers, they can be overcome — and it may be well worth any effort to do so.
Being near water has been proven to lower anxiety and help people feel calmer. Spending time quietly relaxing and unwinding has been proven to benefit health in a number of ways. It reduces anxiety, lowers blood pressure, and reduces the risk of heart attack and stroke. Plus, it just feels good!
Spending time in nature, especially when taking the opportunity to notice the environment, has been shown to enhance brain function and improve concentration.
Getting out to go fishing is a great way to engage in natural exercise. Walking to the water, casting the line and pulling in fish are activities that engage muscles in the legs, upper body, or core. These low-impact exercises can provide a nice workout without straining joints. This makes them suitable for most people with arthritis or who are out of shape (although, of course, always talk to your individual doctor before engaging in a new exercise program.) For those who can participate in rowing or standing in the water, the exercise is even greater.
Many fishing trips are taken with friends, which is a wonderful way to rack up some special socialization time, which is so important to holistic health.
There is nothing like catching your own fish and grilling it up for supper! Fresh fish is a nutritional powerhouse. Fish is high in protein and full of healthy omega-3 fatty acids, with many benefits for heart and brain health.
Going fishing may sound fun, but more trouble than it used to be. However, there are ways to overcome any barriers, and bring fishing back into one’s life — or to give it a try for the first time!
Many states offer free or reduced-price fishing licenses for veterans or any adults over age 65. Check with the Department of Fish and Wildlife in your area for details.
Transportation can be tricky to a senior who has given up driving or only wants to drive in town. Home care services can arrange for a professional aide to drive the senior to the fishing locale, stay with them while they are there, and then drive them home.
While it may not be possible or wise for seniors who have trouble walking to hike out into the middle of nowhere to fish, there are many fishing locations throughout the nation that cater to seniors or people with disabilities. These locations may offer paved sidewalks, wheelchair-friendly parking, and other accommodations to make fishing accessible and fun for everyone.
It is important for seniors to continue to get out and about and continue to engage in healthy and meaningful activities such as fishing. Utilizing senior services such as home care can open many doors many seniors had thought were closed. Give the home care service provider a call to find out how they can help your seniors to live their best life.