Staying Busy During Retirement

Staying Busy During RetirementAfter spending a good portion of your life working full time or even part time, it is easy to see how it could be a hard transition to life during retirement. If you are just entering retirement or in the first year after the change, there are plenty of things to do to keep you busy and energized. Have you ever wanted to travel? While some may be fearful of flying, there are plenty of great places to see and things to do that are driving distance or even accessible by train. Pull out a map and find some friends or family to go on an adventure. Before heading out on your trip, be sure to contact your geriatric medicine professional, home health nurse or therapy practitioner to see if there are any special considerations you need to make when planning your trip.

Speaking of experiencing new places, how about trying a new hobby? Is there something you always wanted to do or learn but never had the time because of tough work schedules or commitments? Maybe you have always wanted to try a new language, learn how to sew or collect something valuable. Trying new hobbies not only helps fill your time but can also keep your mind sharp, which is essential for geriatric health care.

Another great way to spend time is experiencing nature. If it interests you, start a garden in your back yard and plant some fruits and vegetable plants that you like. Even if you don’t know anything about gardening, this is a great time to learn!

Another way to experience nature is to go on a walk in the park – physical activity is a great way to care for yourself physically, as well as spiritually and emotionally. Be sure to contact your geriatric medicine professional, home health nurse or therapy practitioner before doing any physical exercise to be sure it is safe for your condition.

Have you ever considered joining a senior group in your area that does activities together? Contact your local senior center, city government or geriatric care professional to see what senior groups are available in your area. This is also a great way to plug in to volunteer opportunities in your area. Adding a social aspect to your daily routine is extremely beneficial for mental and emotional geriatrics care and therapy.

What else do you and your loved ones do to stay busy during retirement?