Life After Retirement
“So you may not be as fast on your feet, and the image in your mirror may be a little disappointing, but if you are still functioning and not in pain, gratitude should be the name of the game.” – Betty White
The years above the age of 65 should be lived to the fullest. History shows that many men and women have made great achievements over the age of 65 so there is no reason for anyone to think that they are now too old for any new thing, exciting or purposeful.
Here’s how to enjoy life after retirement:
- Think positive about life. There are still many years ahead of you and there are plenty of new things to do and learn.
- Cultivate company of young people. Coach, teach, mentor or do anything your heath permits that will help you keep in company of young children or teenagers.
- Remember to have fun. Eat out at quality restaurants, join a library, go to movies or join a club.
- Don’t stay cooped up in the house. Go to a park, volunteer or do shopping in a mall where you can walk leisurely.
- Take up at least one activity which will help you learn a new skill which you could not learn while you were busy with your job.
- Motivate yourself to exercise, so that you maintain strength and fitness.
- Continue to take pride in your appearance and clothes.
- Try not to rely too much on medications or worry needlessly about your health.
- Take care of your diet, blood pressure, teeth, vision and hearing by going to a doctor regularly.
- Older people need to sleep less so do not spend too much time in bed.
- Try writing or recording your memoirs. Tape messages for your loved ones.
- Prepare a will and make sure you have all your financial details taken care of.
Try to adopt a cheerful demeanor so that other people do not feel uncomfortable around you. Keep in touch with friends and family members and remember to ask about their problems. Above all adopt a positive attitude and keep yourself busy.
After all as Maurice Chevalier said, “Old age isn’t so bad when you consider the alternative.”
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