The ‘Golden Years’ are more commonly known as ‘the retirement years’. They are the years you get to live your life with a sense of freedom and have the time to ‘wind down’ and relax. For some, this means travelling, for others it means settling down and getting cosy in new surrounds. It may mean enjoying time with family and/or grandchildren or it may mean enjoying time with a beloved furry side-kick.
Below are just a few ideas to help you embrace and make the most of your Golden Years.
If you’re able to, do some travel. This doesn’t mean you have to jetset to a foreign country, travelling locally can be just as exciting. There are plenty of local sites and attractions to see, check with a travel agent or try some websites like these.
Socialising with others is great for your mental health. Join a group that interests you such as a craft group, men’s club, walking group or a grandparent’s group. Socialising can help to keep a sharp mind and get you up and out of the house. It’s also a great way to learn about other’s life experiences and to share your own. Our Seasons communities have several different Social Groups for seniors to enjoy. Some of these are the Wandering Gourmets at Waterford West and the Garden Gurus at Mango Hill.
Getting outside is a great way to clear your mind and get some fresh air. Take a walk, do some gardening, find a nice place to sit for a cup of tea and read a book. Take some time for yourself!
There are plenty of pets at local rescue centres which would love to be taken home and loved unconditionally. Pets will make great companions and will give you yet another reason to get outside and enjoy the fresh air.
It is said that staying connected with family helps to improve memory and assist in the overall well being of the mind and the body – after all, it can be busy trying to keep up with any grandkids that may be running around.
Was there ever something you always wanted to try but didn’t? It could be arts and crafts, gardening, building models, or mastering chess. Take the time to try something new or rekindle a passion for something you once enjoyed doing.
Laugh at yourself, laugh with others, watch a movie and laugh along with it. It is important to not take life too seriously all the time. Laughter can be contagious and it’s healthy.
Whatever it is you choose to do, celebrate this time with yourself, friends and your loved ones. It’s a time you have worked hard for – so enjoy it!