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No boredom in old age: the best tips for spending free time

Bored in old age? No thanks! It's hard to believe: First you are happy to finally have time for yourself and then too much unused time becomes a problem factor. Seniors in particular should therefore pay particular attention to actively shaping their everyday lives. In order to be able to enjoy leisure time in old age, structuring the day is very helpful. The activities in retirement should ideally be planned in advance, take place regularly and be diverse. We'll give you a few tips here.


  1. How does boredom arise in old age?
  2. How can I actively organize my free time?
  3. Conclusion

How does boredom arise in old age?

After a long working life, the retirement phase has finally been reached. You look forward to a well-deserved and peaceful life. Unfortunately, after a short time, many of them have been hit by the ceiling. Peace comes into life - and with it often the boredom in old age.

The children have long since left the house and social contacts have also decreased. So who do you spend your free time with? After all, many activities are really fun with other people. Unfortunately, it is often the case that retirees suddenly have significantly fewer social contacts after a fulfilling and structured working life, cannot do anything with the time they have gained and feel lonely and bored.

Depression in old age

Boredom should definitely not rule your day-to-day life. Rest periods are certainly useful depending on your personal constitution, but tasks and activities set goals and help to prevent or drive away moody thoughts. So don't let boredom, lack of energy or even depression arise in the first place. The feeling that you are no longer needed can suddenly take over and influence your own actions and thoughts as a result. The technical term used by psychologists for this is “bore-out”. As a precaution, please consult a doctor if your depression persists and you cannot see a way to deal with it on your own.

You can set yourself new goals and tasks by answering the following questions:

  • What do I want to do in my free time?
  • What is important to me in life?
  • What could be a challenge for me?

How can I actively organize my free time?

Active leisure time is very important for seniors. Use the time for the things that you have neglected until now. Find new tasks that might even be a real challenge, such as learning (or refreshing) a language or teaching music. There are also many leisure activities that keep you physically fit in old age. You don't have to run a marathon directly or join a club: Even moderate exercise such as swimming and gymnastics not only support motor skills, but even mental activity.

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Daily rituals help to structure your own day and to build a balance between periods of rest and different activities. Regular routines such as reading the daily newspaper and taking a morning walk already help. It is not for nothing, by the way, that people with a pet that they have to look after are often happier and physically healthier - at least if they have to walk the dog regularly. Maybe that would be something for you too?

Possibilities for leisure activities in old age

The range of leisure activities for seniors is almost endless. Find out what is on offer in your city, in your community or what opportunities friends, neighbors and acquaintances are taking advantage of. Maybe you would like to join in or at least get a taste of it.

Here are our 5 tips to help you redesign your free time:

  1. Tip: Memory games support the brain and are not just for children - on the contrary. Even simple song guessing, “city, country, river” and “memory” are suitable as training for the brain. It's a lot of fun in good company. Why not invite friends or neighbors to an afternoon of games!
  2. Tip: Being active in old age can also mean doing volunteer work. With good and individual advice, you will find the right volunteer position for you. On the one hand you can help other people and on the other hand you get the feeling of being needed again. You can get appropriate advice in volunteer agencies, meeting places or senior citizens' offices. Or take a look online under the keyword “volunteer work”. You will be amazed how much support there is in your area.
  3. Tip: Of course, there are also great offers for exchanging ideas and for joint excursions with like-minded people. The best overviews of special senior offers are available online. For example, you can also find activities for seniors in Cologne in the Lifta guide.
  4. Tip: Sport is important in old age! There are many sports that you can still start and do regularly as a senior citizen. It is not for nothing that sports and hiking clubs offer special courses and groups. The choice is very large and varies from region to region. Inquire at the local sports clubs or on the Internet under the keyword "Senior sports in my region". Your health insurance company will also be happy to give you tips on where and how you can get active in your area.
  5. Tip: Traveling is nice because it is a wonderful opportunity to discover new places and distant countries. Take advantage of the opportunities to discover new places outside of the high holiday season. If you feel most secure in a tour group, there are many offers with different types of travel support. Traveling with a doctor is also no longer uncommon these days. It is best to ask your travel agency about the offers that are suitable for you.


Enjoy your retirement to the fullest. Do what you enjoy doing. It is important to have a balance between rest and activity in order to avoid boredom in old age. You can prevent this through planned and active leisure activities for seniors. Traveling, sports, games, reading or volunteering are, for example, ways of keeping yourself mentally and physically fit.