Let’s get busy! If you’ve got time on your hands, here are some creative ways to spend it.


Pick up a pen! Journaling, keeping a diary, or even writing poetry—or short stories—can keep your mind active and help promote healthy aging. Creativity and art have been found to help do just that, plus reduce stress


Reading is another way to enjoy your time. Get a library card or a Kindle to read novels, love stories, science fiction, biographies, or magazine articles. A recent study found that reading may help strengthen the brain in many ways that may help prevent or delay the onset of dementia. While it’s good for your health, go ahead and read for the pure joy of it.


Cooking appeals to your senses and is an excellent social activity. Explore different recipes and styles of cooking and invite friends and family over to share them with you. Perfecting your recipes can be great for your mind, body, and taste buds!


Crossword puzzles are a “no-brainer” hobby. But today, exquisite jigsaw puzzles are true works of art. They’re challenging, so they’ll keep you happily occupied for weeks—if not months—and will be a masterpiece that can be framed and proudly displayed.


Draw, sketch, or paint. Or perhaps try your hand at clay. In every case, fine arts are a wonderful way to get your “hands dirty” and explore your inner Picasso. Check out YouTube tutorials or take a class in the community. Don’t you think you have much talent? No worries—enjoy the journey. It’s a great way to relax and spend time with friends.

Summit Pointe has many activities for you to enjoy as well. Keep an eye on the newsletter!