One of the oddest things about finally retiring is that many retirees find that it is nothing like what they had expected all those years. They faithfully saved in an IRA, a workplace pension plan, and private savings account for the same reason.
However, when they finally had all that time on their hands, they couldn’t believe how bored they felt. Retirement wasn’t all it was cracked up to be. If you are nearing retirement age, here is some much-needed advice so that you don’t fall into the “if I’d only known” trap. Be prepared because the day is coming. Here’s how you can weather the storm.
Consider Alternative Living Arrangements
One thing you might want to consider while you still can is what you will do when the day approaches that you are no longer able to get out and about as you once had or when you begin forgetting to take your daily medicine. That happens to most of us as we age, and it isn’t always Alzheimer’s disease! A mild form of senior dementia is common and can accelerate but finding alternative living arrangements like many of your friends may have done can be the key to a happy retirement.
For instance, are active and vibrant but have levels of care based on needs as you age. You will find many ways to stay social with friends you meet along the way and the best part of all is that you don’t even have to mow the lawn or shovel snow ever again!
Plan Ways to Stay Active
Speaking of staying active, there are so many things that might interest you. From getting a new pet to taking up gardening, there are a million and one things you can do to stay active. At this point, you may be wondering how getting a new pet can keep you active. Have you ever had a dog take you on a daily walk? Dogs will keep you active and that’s no joke! However, from taking up hobbies to doing a bit of home renovation to joining yoga classes, there’s always something you can do to get you out and about until that day when you need to start thinking about those alternative living arrangements mentioned above.
This one can be a bit difficult, especially if any of your contemporaries have passed on or have moved to live with family or senior residences. Even so, do stay in touch with the friends still out there because they may be feeling the same boredom that you may find yourself mired in. If you belong to any clubs, make an effort to go to meetings and if you aren’t a member at any, find some to join! Even getting out into the community to do a bit of volunteering keeps you social so remember, you can’t live in isolation. It just isn’t healthy!
The whole point in all of this is that like millions of retirees before you, retirement isn’t always all you expected it to be. After decades of hard work and busy social life, suddenly having too much time on your hands seems to be worse than having none at all. These tips should help you avoid all that so start planning now.