Money & Career | Retirement Roundup
Retired, but Not Tired Tips to Stay Youthful in the Golden Years Planning for retirement isn’t the same as gearing up for a long vacation. Spending day after day in front of the TV may sound great after forty years of hard work, but your body and brain need more than a recliner and mindless entertainment if they’re to stay healthy. You may end up bored with all that freedom if you don’t have a plan for what you want to do with it; and boredom often leads to unwanted outcomes. According to the Mental Health Foundation, one in five retirees will experience depression, a condition they’re at increased risk for if they remain inactive. A sedentary retiree likewise risks a number of physical maladies. So instead of resigning yourself to twenty or thirty years of couch surfing, challenge yourself to remain physically healthy and mentally sharp.
Stay Interested If you had a leisure activity you enjoyed throughout your career, consider dedicating even more time to this hobby. Maybe your love of cooking hinted at a deeper culinary talent you never had the chance to cultivate. Did you take pleasure from tinkering in your workshop and building things? If you pursue these pastimes, you could potentially turn your passion into a parttime source of extra income. And if you never had time for hobbies, now is the time to find something that interests you. Learn a second language, how to play an instrument you love, or any new craft or skill that strikes your fancy. One key to staying youthful is to never stop learning.
Stay Social According to a study conducted by Dr. George E. Vaillant of Harvard Medical School, the beginning of retirement also brings with it a change in your social sphere and too often the loss of contact with many old friends and co-workers who were once part of your life. This can be a dangerous situation. Isolated individuals are more vulnerable to mental health problems such as depression and Alzheimer’s disease. Avoid isolation by being active in your community. Find ways to maintain your established relationships, such planning a weekly lunch meetup group or get together over coffee. Seek out ways to make new friends, too. Volunteer your time with a non-profit organization or church group. Homeless shelters, soup kitchens, and animal shelters always need assistance.
Thrive Magazine for Better Living
by Austin Price
Stay Moving Physical activities such as swimming, walking, joining a local gym or sports league are also great ways to meet people and have the added benefit of keeping you fit, which is essential for retirees. According to a U.S. Health and Retirement Study, inactive seniors are 40 percent more likely to suffer strokes and heart-attacks than peers who maintained even a modest exercise regime. Find physical activities you enjoy and participate in them several times a week. Stay Young Remember, while you may be past what conventional wisdom calls your “prime,” there’s no reason you have to accept that label. Be your best you! Retirement is not merely a time to rest after years of labor, but a chance to explore yourself in your world in ways you couldn’t when you were previously busy with other life obligations.
September 2017 issue of Thrive Magazine