As seniors dream of retiring, they rarely dream of becoming bored within months. This boredom can set off a chain of events that can bring forth a whole other set of medical issues and concerns. Before retiring or shortly after, look at these ways to fill your new found time.
Players– If cards or games are your idea of good fun, get together with a few friends and play a hand of Bridge or poker. If your friends are not interested in cards or games, look into senior groups at your local library or local senior centers.
Books– Join a book club or group to review and discuss books of interest. Most times, the group will all read the same book and then meet up to exchange thoughts and ideas.
Vacationing– Perhaps you have saved all your life to retire in the lap of luxury. Take pictures and make notes of all the places you are going. You can create a blog to share your stories and travels with friends and family while you are away. Preserve every memory with the click of a button.
Volunteering– There are an enormous amount of places looking for volunteers. Nursing homes are often looking for volunteers to take clients to and from activities, read books or even just provide companionship to the clients. Veteran’s centers are often looking for volunteers to drive clients back and forth to medical appointments and typically offer a vehicle to do so with. Libraries could use volunteers to catalog books, read during children’s story hours or just tidy up in general.
Gardening– Do you have an extraordinary green thumb or are you looking to become one. Join a gardening club. Share your love of all colors, types and species of the growing beauties.
Catching up with Friends and Relatives – this may include traveling or it may merely mean that you’re available now for the weekend BBQ’s or the holiday bashes. Make the memoires last and never miss an excuse to throw a party. There really is a five o’clock somewhere every day.
Part-time work– many retirees find that having a small part time job is rewarding. They enjoy continuing to have a place to go to one a regular basis and earn a bit of extra cash. Most often, it is the continuation of community involvement.
Don’t think that just because you can’t find a group within your area that the idea is kaput. Take this opportunity to form your own group. Most times, the local library, store or other public attraction will allow you to put up a sign. Advertise your interest and see if you can’t find like-minded individuals to meet up and socialize with. If you notice that your senior family members appear uninterested and withdrawn, be sure to include them or visit them often. They may be beginning a slide into depression.