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For many seniors, retirement means more time to spend on activities they enjoy. And starting something new can be fulfilling and energizing for retirees. So read on for a few ideas from the Livingston County Consortium on Aging that will add some spark to your life.
If you’re getting close to or entering retirement, you may find yourself with more free time than you’ve been accustomed to. This can lead to feelings of loneliness, so it’s important to surround yourself with a supportive community such as your church. Being involved in your church can not only provide you with a community of peers, it also gives you the opportunity to share God’s love with the next generation.
Start Your Own Business
For a growing number of seniors, retiring means starting the business they always wanted to launch but never had enough time or energy to actually do it. Once you’ve developed your business idea, do some market research and figure out who your target clients are. When you have a business plan in place, assess your finances: startup costs can vary widely depending on the type of business you’re trying to start, and you may need funds beyond what you have available in your savings account. Besides looking for investors, Bench notes that you can apply for grants earmarked for small business owners.
Take time to write an outstanding grant application to catch the eye of the reviewers. Don’t hesitate to consult a guide on how to start a business to help you with all the legal steps when it’s time to register or incorporate your company. Having professional help on your side could save you a lot of money and headaches in the long run.
Discover New Hobbies
If you’ve ever wanted to learn to dance, paint, or play a musical instrument, now is the perfect time for you to finally try that new hobby. Many classes are available for seniors, and thanks to the internet, you can even learn from the comfort of your own home. Tutors offer their services online or in person to teach just about anything: a foreign language, writing, graphic design, or even cooking.
Having a hobby allows you to escape the tedium of your everyday activities; Mindvalley explains that it increases your personal creativity and can even lead to personal growth as you find a new purpose for your life. Your confidence level also gets a boost as you get better at something. Furthermore, hobbies are a great way to make new friends: by joining clubs and attending group classes and activities, you will meet people who enjoy the same things as you. Plus, a relaxing hobby can help lower your stress and anxiety levels, making you an all-around happier person.
If you find that anxiety or depression creeps up on you as you age, you may wonder whether it’s worth finding anti depression meds. For many people, prescription medication can be a boon for alleviating symptoms, though this isn’t for everyone. If you’re interested in finding out more about depression medications, you can book a telehealth appointment to meet with a doctor online who can evaluate your symptoms, and, if necessary, prescribe medication. They will also be able to answer any questions you may have about treatment or potential side effects. And once a medicine has been prescribed, they can send the prescription to your local pharmacy for easy pickup.
As you get older, you should strive to make exercise part of your weekly–if not daily–routine in order to maintain bone strength and health, good balance, and flexibility, but please be sure to check with your physician before starting a new exercise regimen to avoid potential injuries. Research shows that extra pounds can lead to heart disease, diabetes, and a slew of other ailments, and regular exercise will help you maintain a healthy weight.
Your diet also plays an important role in keeping your body in shape and energized. Now that you’re retired, you may find yourself spending more time dining out or snacking between meals, which can greatly contribute to weight gain. Eat a variety of fresh, nutritious, healthy foods to ensure your body gets all the nutrients it needs to function properly, and consider “meal-prepping”, or planning your meals in advance, for a more balanced diet throughout the week.
Enjoyable activities and a healthy lifestyle will keep seniors going strong as they age. So, explore new hobbies and discover your passion. It’s never too late to get started on a new adventure!
The Livingston County Consortium on Aging is an active network of public and private individuals and agencies that provide advocacy, outreach, and resources for local seniors. For more information, please visit our website or contact us today!