Getting Involved After Retirement5 min read

by | Mar 21, 2018 | Blog, Healthy Living, tips

When you retire, suddenly you have a lot of free time on your hands. This can be nice for a while, as you will have lots of time to do all the things you didn’t have time for when you were working. Eventually, though, you may find yourself feeling bored or like there is nothing to do. It’s important to continue to find things to be involved in and activities to do after you retire to improve your overall wellbeing and quality of life. Here are a few activities that are perfect for those who are retired to get involved in!

 

Volunteering

Volunteering is a great way to get involved with your surrounding community. You can help out with a kid’s club or after school program, work in a hospital or at a library, or mentor. There are so many places to volunteer, and you can always find something you’re interested in. Contact your local nonprofits or community organizations to find out in what ways you can get involved!

elderly woman with group of volunteers
 

Education

They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but whoever “they” are, they’re wrong. Now that you have all this free time, it’s the perfect opportunity to learn a new skill or take a class to expand your knowledge on a particular subject. Take a cooking class to finally learn how to cook all those yummy dishes you never knew how to make, or take a few classes to try to pick up a new language. There are endless things you can learn how to do, and you might end up finding your new favorite hobby!

 

Clubs

Find a community center in your neighborhood or city that offers clubs, activities, and classes. Places like community centers will offer activities and clubs for bingo, card games, board games, etc. Getting involved in a club at your local community center is a good way to meet new people and make new friendships!

 

Low-Impact Sports and Exercise

Sports and exercise like golf, swimming, fishing, hiking, and biking are fun things you can do when you’ve retired. You will have more time to learn the skills needed to do these sports and exercises, and you can spend more time enjoying them while also strengthening your body and maintaining your health. By doing these exercises in a class or with others, you can also build friendships and relationships with other people of all ages!


 

Travel

During retirement, you have lots of extra time to go explore the world. Take a trip overseas to visit that place you’ve always wanted to go, or go on a trip around the United States and see what our country has to offer! This is a great activity to take on with friends or family to make lasting memories.

 

Hobbies

Exploring your interests and finding a new hobby is a great use of your time. There are so many opportunities to try out everything you previously didn’t have time for and to find new hobbies. Things like arts and crafts, sports, photography, cooking, and sewing are all great hobbies that you can learn on your own. You could also enroll in a class to learn all the ins and outs of your new hobby.

 

It’s important to stay active and involved during retirement. What other activities do you and your loved ones enjoy doing? To find out more about how in-home care gives seniors the freedom to pursue their hobbies and goals, contact the team at Optimal Home Care today!