Retirement Can Be a Perfect Time to Learn Something New

Painting the day awayTaking up new hobbies or learning new skills in your retirement years are ideal ways to keep your mind and body active. From golfing to skiing, learning new languages, music or using basic functions on a computer or tablet, savvy seniors have shown it is never too late to learn. In fact, many courses that are designed to be taken from home are now giving older people an opportunity to have fulfilling second careers.

At The Holiday retirement communities, we encourage our residents to pursue their passion and discover new interests that will help them lead happy and fulfilled lives. Our experienced retirement activity planners offer valuable suggestions on how to stay active in your golden years.

Things to do in Retirement

  • Take up a new hobby: According to The Alzheimer’s Association, keeping your mind active helps reduce the risk of mental illnesses like dementia. You could take up a hobby like painting or pottery or even continue where you left off with dressmaking or wood working. If you like to challenge yourself a little more, consider learning a musical instrument or enrolling in a continuing education program that you previously did not have time to complete. Some colleges and universities offer special discounts to retirees above a certain age.
  • Try a new career: Studies show that many retirees are not ready to stop working and are opting for second careers in their 60s, 70s and even 80s. Whether it is consulting or starting a business, it is possible to migrate your skills to an exciting but less demanding job. From non-profits and charitable organizations to taking up a cause like children’s education, search for an activity that is aligned with your interests and will give you satisfaction.
  • Travel: Responsibilities of work and family leave little time (and sometimes little money as well) for travel. That is why many individuals would like to spend most of their golden years traveling. To make sure that they have enough money to fulfill their travel plans, some retirees look for jobs that will provide them with income and leisure time.
  • Volunteer: Many seniors plan to do some kind of volunteering activities in their retirement residence or local community. Whether it is teaching a yoga class, reading to slow learners or helping at a local charity, it is important to determine what you like to do and how much time and effort you are willing to offer. Be realistic about what you can contribute and also about your expectations from the group and activities.
  • Exercise: Physical activity helps seniors maintain the ability to live independently and reduces the risk of falling and fracturing bones. Moderately intense and low impact activities like walking have many health benefits, including lowering cholesterol and blood pressure. From swimming and golfing to taking up dancing, there are many ways to keep moving and have fun while you are exercising.

Pottery makingAt The Holiday retirement communities, our wide range of activities caters to diverse interests. From exercise programs to entertainment and outdoor excursions, we offer a variety of opportunities for our seniors to keep active, make friends and have fun. There is always plenty to do here. Well-appointed accommodation, high quality services, personalized care and an experienced and dedicated team make you feel like you are on a permanent holiday. You enjoy all the company and support you want while maintaining your independence and privacy.

Give us a call at 860-233-8208 to learn more about the services and amenities we provide at our retirement communities in Rhode Island and West Hartford, Connecticut. Fill out this online form to book a tour.