- Maintain your cognitive function – there are plenty of studies about that indicate a very strong link between knitting and keeping a healthy mind in the sunset years. The mayo clinic found that seniors who knit (or participate in other crafts) are less likely to suffer from ‘mild cognitive impairment’. Perhaps you won’t forget to repay any inappropriate expenses that are claimed during your retirement.
- Help deal with any retirement related depression. It’s quite possible that your retirement may trigger a depressive episode. As outlined in my previous post, knitting can help to alleviate depression, another reason to pick up the needles.
- Maintain social connections. Loneliness is a common source of depression for older people, and I expect that you won’t be invited to quite as many soirées now that you appear to be on the outer with the Liberal Party. Perhaps you could consider joining a local knitting group as a way of maintaining social connections.
- Knitting is portable – you can take your knitting wherever you go. Should you find yourself on a helicopter flight to another fundraising function, you can take your knitting with you.
- Knitting for reflection – once you become a proficient knitter, you can multitask, knit and think at the same time. You can mull over the decisions you’ve made during your time in parliament, and decide once and for all if the choices you made were indeed the best choices for the people of Australia.
This post is part three of a series on knitting as therapy