As people age and retire, most find themselves with time on their hands. Their families are all grown up and they now have time to do all the things that they have long wanted to do. It’s important for these retirees to find activities that they enjoy and that get them out and about. Metal detecting is one such activity that can be just perfect for seniors. Here’s why:
It Gets Them Outdoors
It’s important for people of all ages to spend time outside. It’s good for a person’s physical health as well as mental and emotional well-being. Metal detecting gets people outside and into nature, and there are some beautiful areas that can be hunted, like the beach, around lakes, the woods, parks, and more.
It’s Low Impact Exercise
Along with getting outside, metal detecting provides seniors with some low impact, gentle exercise. Every health professional will tell you how important it is to get moving in some way each day. The walking that metal detecting requires is typically easy and if the retiree has trouble bending to dig, it’s the perfect opportunity to find a metal detecting partner to help with retrieving targets.
It’s a Great Way to Make Friends
Loneliness can be a challenge for older people – especially those who have lost a spouse. Getting involved with metal detecting can help alleviate the isolation that many seniors feel. There are metal detecting groups and clubs in nearly every city, and they can provide seniors with social interaction and friendship, as well as helping them find other people to go detecting with.
It’s Something to Do with Grandchildren
Metal detecting is a hobby that is usually very appealing to kids. Seniors can take the opportunity to get in some quality time with their grandkids by taking them out hunting. It’s a wonderful way to bridge the generational gap and engage with family that might otherwise be uninvolved in the senior’s life.
Metal detecting is fun! It provides detectorists with the thrill of the hunt and excitement when targets are located. Everyone, including seniors, needs to set aside time that is dedicated to having fun – metal detecting is the perfect activity for that.
Of course, make sure you understand the laws and rules of metal detecting. Nothing ruins a fun day out like a brush with the law.
Metal detecting is a great choice of a hobby for seniors, their families, and their friends. It’s important to look for detectors that are lightweight and that offer a hip mount, which will make it more comfortable to carry around. Depending on the individual, consider a “set and go” type detector that allows a person to get started detecting right away, or if the retiree wants to learn how all of the settings work, a more technical model might be called for.
Whatever type of detector seniors start off with, they are sure to have a good time, get some exercise and sunlight, and hang out with other detectorists if they choose to.
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Guest Author Bio
Jami Olive is a writer, mother and metal detecting hobbyist. She is a regular contributor to the Kellyco Metal Detector Blog