70’s And Beyond – Making The Most Of Retirement

After a life of work and careers, retirement is a period when all the money saved starts to come into use, allowing elderly, retired individuals to have a well-earned rest. However, it’s not completely unusual for this period to grate on many as they begin to feel depressed, discontent and purposeless. It doesn’t always have to be like that and there is an abundance of ways to spend this valuable time, having fun, sleeping in and watching too much awful TV.

Keep Active
A great way to keep fit is to engage in sports/other activities, without ever exerting too much energy; golf is a terrific example. This is a fantastic opportunity as it gives retired folk the chance to get on out, do what they’ve always wanted and keep as fit as they possibly can. Whilst sports may be pushing it for some people, perhaps they can consider taking a few dancing classes or enjoying some rather unique activities such as bowls and croquet.

Use the Local Library
With the extra time and space that retirement brings, many see it as a great chance to read more/write. The library can be an excellent place to visit and for those who are having trouble with their sight, audio books are becoming increasingly popular. Writing is a strong passion for many as well and some like to take this opportunity to write their own personal autobiography. It’s an immensely gratifying experience that can be passed down onto generations of the same family.

Don’t Be Afraid to Travel
An ambition that many hold but never get the chance to fulfil is to travel. There is a lot of beauty out in the world and some may feel that they’ve never slowed down or taken the time to get out and appreciate it. Well, now’s the chance to do just that and find out what’s been missed. Certain holidays cater to older guests and help people unwind and find time for what they want to do with their life.

Spend time with Loved Ones
A very important way to pass the time lovingly is to spend time with loved ones. These are figures that are going to be around for a while but may not have received as much attention as they have deserved in the past. It’s a chance to teach them about things such as family, the value of hard work and many that retire choose to live through their children and grandchildren. It’s a chance to watch them grow and really help them learn.

Get a Hobby
Finally, although the work has stopped and many of the skills attained will be rendered useless, this is a great time to learn something new. This will be something fun that doesn’t need to be learnt but will generate a great deal of satisfaction anyway. Learn how to paint or to study the night sky; learn about animals or mythology or enrol in a few language or chess classes. It’s a personal passion that can be fulfilled in a few short steps.

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Colin McDonald wirites on behalf of Collins Care – Providing Mobility aids in the UK