Everyone looks forward to retirement and having more time to do the things that they love. But actually filling time in retirement is not as simple as it seems. This post explains ways that seniors can be making the most of retirement.

Planning for Retirement

Most seniors have heard about planning for the financial aspect of retirement. But planning what to do is the part that often falls by the wayside. Planned activities have been shown to make seniors happy because they’re doing activities they enjoy. The best way to start planning for retirement is to consider how to incorporate activities you enjoy when you retire.

Social isolation is common among seniors, and it can have a negative impact on mental and physical health. Immune dysfunction, high blood pressure, and premature death are all associated with social isolation. Plan to include regular activities you enjoy and set aside time to try new ones. Financial planners recommend budgeting activities into finances as well.

Working in Retirement

Retirement doesn’t have to mean giving up work completely. Working a part-time job or starting your own business can actually increase happiness during retirement. This is especially true if the job requires less responsibility and stress than your pre-retirement career.

Volunteering

If work isn’t necessary or appealing in retirement, volunteering is another way to make the most of retirement. Find a cause or program that is important to you. If you have no idea where to start, search for volunteer opportunities and look for a website that matches you to a volunteer opportunity.

Learn a New Hobby

Retirement is a time for trying new things. Pick up a new hobby you haven’t tried before such as playing a musical instrument, cooking, gardening, genealogy, or crafting. Find a tutorial online or attend a class in person and make new friends in the process. No matter what you decide to do, use your hobby to learn something new and stay engaged.

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