Dear Nancy, I recently retired, went on a trip with my wife and am now settling into a routine of doing nothing all day. We can’t travel all the time. There must be more to retirement than this. What do you suggest?
Research has shown that an active lifestyle has a lot to do with good health and good function. Emerging research also indicates the possibility that engaging in social and productive activities you enjoy, like taking an art class or volunteering in your community, may also help maintain your well-being. Research shows that people who are sociable, generous and goal-oriented may be happier and less depressed than other people. According to researchers, older adults who participate in what they believe are meaningful activities, like volunteering in their communities, report feeling healthier and happier.
Look back at things you have enjoyed during your life, and see how you can use those skills to volunteer now. If you have a strong interest in politics, you can volunteer with a political campaign. If you are concerned about the environment, you can volunteer with one of the many environmental groups. If you have strong computer skills and patience, you can tutor other seniors at the Y in basic computer skills. What a vast world is opened up to seniors when they become computer proficient.