Why Metal Detecting is the Perfect Hobby for Seniors

By Daniel Bernzweig

We all know the benefits of exercise: a healthier heart, stronger bones, improved circulation and flexibility. For seniors, exercise is especially important! There is a laundry list of reasons you should keep your body active. Many challenges that come with older age (difficulty walking long distance, climbing stairs or carrying groceries), are due to a lack of physical activity. According to the Centers for Disease Control, seniors have the most to gain from activity—it prevents a multitude of health problems. For instance, studies show that exercise wards off the onset of Alzheimer's disease.

Keep Your Mind Focused and Alert

A fundamental challenge for seniors is to stay involved, continue to challenge the mind, and pursue a life of learning. There are many ways to stimulate your brain: crossword puzzles, reading, writing/journaling, painting and drawing. When you challenge yourself intellectually, you exercise your brain and increase your mental capacity. A great way to keep your mind sharp is by pursuing hobbies and interests. Metal detecting is an amazing hobby that offers everything seniors need to stay sharp and mentally active. It activates the imagination and requires problem solving, patience and perseverance. Not only that, treasure hunting with a metal detector is often very lucrative!

Benefits of Metal Detecting

Metal detecting takes you to different terrains out in the fresh air. It can be a very relaxing hobby while enjoying the peaceful tranquility of nature. Locating old coins, jewelry and relics (items of interest from past generations) stimulates the mind as you're learning about their history, value and the people who once owned them. You will also learn a great deal about your city when you embark upon a treasure hunt. Before setting out, it's a good idea to do some research in the town room of your local library. This will help determine which types of treasure are most likely to be found in your neck of the woods. If you are near the ocean or beach, you may want to hunt for lost coins and jewelry along the shoreline. Be sure to read our article entitled What are the Best Metal Detectors for Finding Coins. If you're near gold prospecting country, you can purchase a detector suited for locating gold veins and nuggets. Take a moment to read our article entitled What's The Best Gold Prospecting Metal Detector. Or, if you live in an area where a war was once fought, this may be prime ground for relic hunting. You will find our article entitled What are the Best Metal Detectors for Finding Relics to be quite fascinating.

What Types of Valuables Will You Find?

Most beginners like the idea of searching for coins with their metal detector. It's simple and is almost always fruitful. Even if you come back with just a few dollars in loose change each time you go out, your metal detector is producing results! Jewelry and watches are other great finds with a metal detector—you can attempt to find their long-lost owners, sell the items or give them away. Among the popular relics to search for in the U.S. include Civil War pieces such as colonial buckles, buttons, swords, and musket balls—as well as more common jewelry and knives. Old coins are highly collectible and a hot commodity easily found with a metal detector. You can search for Indianhead and Wheat pennies, Buffalo nickels, Barber dimes, Liberty and Washington quarters, gold coins and early colonial coins.

Best Metal Detectors for Seniors

A good metal detector for seniors will be lightweight with enough features to make your treasure hunts successful. Metal detectors will typically locate all metallic objects including gold, silver, iron, nickel, copper, and brass, aluminum, tin, lead and bronze. There's a great selection of professional-quality metal detectors that are feature-packed, designed for easy operation and offered at an affordable price. You may enjoy deluxe features such as a target identification display, a large easy-to-read LCD screen, visual depth indicator and multi-tone audio target identification. The target identification display offers great functionality—indicating whether you have found silver or copper, relics, possible gold coins or iron. Sensitivity ground adjust controls can be adjusted on many models. These allow you to enhance your target range for deep targets or reduce the effects of ground mineralization. To choose a metal detector that's right for you, go to the top of our site and select Browse Shop - you can then browse by category, brand or usage.

The beauty of being a senior metal detectorist is you've got the time to really unearth some amazing treasures. Many enthusiasts simply don't have the time to read and research sites properly, isolate a location and go back as many times as is necessary to recover all the coins and valuables the site has to offer. Metal detecting is also famous for being a ‘family hobby'. Kids and grandkids will be eager to join in on the fun and adventure. If you are selecting a metal detector for a youngster, be sure to read our article entitled Best Kids Metal Detectors for some great tips and advice. If you hit it right, you may even come across a money cache. Best of luck hunting!

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