Age Is But a Number: Enjoying The Later Years of Life

You’ve worked, you’ve raised a family, and you’ve reached the age where you can finally retire. But rather than focusing on how old you are, it’s time to think about how you are old! You may obsess over digits and checking an age calculator to see how much time you have left on the clock, but now is the perfect chance to do the things in life you’ve always wanted to do, or now take the chance to get into the things that were beyond your grasp during your working years. Now is a chance to really focus on you! Many people can feel a little lost after retirement, but actually, it’s a wonderful time in your life where you can just enjoy yourself. Indulge in your hobbies and passions, take up that class you always wanted to do, learn a new skill and spend time with family- what could be better? If you want to stay fit, healthy and happy (or are looking to help an elderly loved one to do so) here’s how you can go about it, and make retirement some of the best years of your life.

Maintain Exercise, But Listen To Your Body

As we age, it’s normal for our bodies to slow down a bit. However that doesn’t mean to say we can’t enjoy an active lifestyle in the later years of our life. Exercise is extremely important for both your body and your mind, so it’s not something you should give up just because you’re no longer part of the rat race. If anything, you should be thinking of increasing your exercise- it’s good for you plus you have more time to do this now. After retirement, your body of course won’t be as strong and resilient as it once was, so it’s important to find exercises that work for you. Listen to your body, everyone is different. What you will be able to do now will depend on how active you have been through your life, your weight, any health conditions and lots of other variables. As an older adult, the safest choice is to go with low impact exercises, as these won’t put you at risk of injuries such as strains, tears or broken bones. Walking, swimming, golf and yoga are all examples of activities to get involved in. If you’re inactive due to disability or a health condition means you can’t get around like you once did, speak to your GP about your exercise options.

Keep in Touch With Friends and Family

As well as mental and physical health, you need to maintain good emotional health too, and this means keeping in touch with loved ones and having a support system around you. Many older adults report feeling lonely, and this in turn will impact mental and physical health. If you’re inactive due to illness or disability and struggle, you don’t have to lose your independence. Programs like Seniors for Seniors senior companion program provide help and support with chores around the house, personal hygiene as well as emotional support. You could consider moving to a retirement village or supported accommodation- here you will live independently but with others your own age, so you have the chance to meet others. Plus you have an emergency call button which is useful if you have an illness and can give you and your family peace of mind.

Find Hobbies That You Enjoy

Hobbies are important for people of all ages, but after retirement when you have more time on your hands you need something productive and fun to do to fill your days. Hobbies are a great way to do this. They also allow you to indulge yourself in the things you love, after spending your life working and raising kids now is the time to enjoy yourself. Hobbies also help to keep the mind active, and allow you to meet new people which can be hard to do as you get older. Look at fishing as an example, this activity encourages peace and relaxation, bestows patience and has even been shown to boost the immune system. Reading, writing, playing chess and doing puzzles can all help to keep the brain sharp. Crafting such as knitting, baking, paper crafts and sewing can all give you the chance to put your creativity to use and keep you productive since you have different projects you can focus on.

Karla Urwitz
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