A Day in the Life – What to Do in Retirement

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Staying Active

There are few things as tragic as watching a person who was once so active and vital become locked in a cycle of stagnation. No one likes to see this in their parents.

There is something that parents can do to combat this, if they know what to expect.

It has been called a decline, and it is true that the parents would see a decline in activities and ability. This is a good chance to slow down and spend more time with the family.

At the same time, the family needs to keep an eye out for signs that the ability is declining fast.

If the parents show great interest in doing voluntary work, keep an eye on them and treat them with respect and try to smooth out the bumps that they might hit along the way.

If the family is experienced in elder care, it will be easier with fewer unexpected surprises.

Even so, an accident can happen.

Finally, the best way to slow down is to create an environment that will feature some chairs for them to sit and have conversations with the family.

The other way is to invite the family over for a game of cards.

Movies are also a good way to keep everyone active for at least a couple of hours.

Getting Paid to Pursue a Hobby

One of the most important things to consider before you retire is how to top up your bank balance. While a pension is important, doesn’t have to be your only source of income.

One top tip for retirees is to work as a volunteer in a place that you would enjoy whilst earning an income.

If you are living in the UK, there are plenty of opportunities to do this. A simple search online will turn up a huge number of local volunteering opportunities. There is so much scope you could even pick a different one each day of the week.

So, what are your options?

If you have a skill that you can use to help people, such as a passion for cooking, gardening, art, music or anything else, you could work as a carer.

That doesn’t mean just looking after the elderly. If you are caring and compassionate, there are plenty of opportunities to help out others in need.

You could also offer your services to a wildlife charity. If you want to get your hands dirty, there are plenty of opportunities to look after animals.

Alternatively, you might want to use your skills and knowledge to help others learn. Many colleges and local authorities have volunteer opportunities ranging from teaching English as a foreign language to helping school students with literacy. You could be a peer tutor, a driving instructor, or undergo training to become a family mediator.

Indulging Laziness

Is not synonymous with retirement.

It is an inevitable mental shift from a hectic schedule to a calmer one. It is the transition from a routine based on external forces to a routine based on internal forces.

It is the end of an era, a celebration of a life well-lived! It is restructuring your daily agenda, your priorities and your perspective.

Retirement is life after the career. But it is also life after the retirement party.

It is a time for reflection, for re-spacing, rejuvenating and revamping.

Fellow retirees, one of the most urgent and frequently asked questions is “What do you do all day?”

As if, now that you are free from the school, office or home, your life has come to a standstill.

Learning… for Fun!

Seeing the World

A cruise vacation might prove to be a fun experience for you, but it also marks the start of a whole new travel experience. You will be leaving your home for about a week or more. Believe me, this is a great thing for many seniors.

As I’ve mentioned in my other articles, traveling is actually a lot easier than many retirees think. And certainly easier than it was in the days before smartphones and tablets. Nowadays, you can do much with help of your smart phone.

But you should also remember that your aging body might need some help from the most important travel accessory: your cruise itinerary.

Remember that you’re cruising as a passenger. This means that you’re not the captain. So, your itinerary might not be as flexible as you’d like it to be. The cruise line is in charge of the trip, so you need to follow their rules and regulations.

But, the good thing is that most cruise lines cater to the older folks as well. They know that their grandkids aren’t going to be joining you on your cruise.

Unlimited Options

If you thought you knew the options when you quit your job when you’re mid-career, you’re in for a surprise. In some respects, when you’re ready to retire, you have even more options than you did when you were younger.

When you’re young, you’re still building a resume and establishing yourself in a career. Sure, there are ways to advance, but at that point, you’re taking the money and running. When you’re ready to retire, you can take a more considered approach and really think about your options. Here’s a look at some of the choices you’ll encounter, and the different factors that you’ll need to take into account.

Retirement: What are the Options?

You can choose to retire and relax.

You can chose to return to work and supplement your current income.

You can even run your own business as a retiree.

Which of these options you choose depends on many factors, including.


Wants and needs.