So you’ve retired, you’re in your golden years and everything is going just the way you always expected, right? If so, congratulations! However, if you’re like many retirees, retirement was a goal that was welcomed as a guest and has stayed as an underwhelming, static tenant. Luckily for all of you reading, finding activities for seniors that are both fun and purposeful isn’t as difficult as it sounds. Having fun is all about spending time doing the things that are important to you, so if you’re trying to plan a fun activity to do with a fellow senior friend or family member, it might be as simple as getting back to the basics. With that in mind, here are some fun activities to do with retirees.
Having Fun Is Doing What Matters To You
1. Reconnection And New Connections
Now that you’re retired, time is not as limited as it was when you were focusing on your career or raising a family. Take this time to enjoy people’s company. It’s important to keep an open mind as meeting new people and growing existing relationships is the antithesis of a static or closed off mindset. It won’t cost you a dime in terms of your hard-earned retirement income – just you and your time. Which is ultimately the most vital and significant currency we have to spend.
Spend Time With Family
By the time you’re retired, your kids will have probably left your nest and started families of their own. Invite them to the house for a visit or, since you have the time, visit them yourself when they’re available. You could offer to babysit your grandchildren, invite family members to try out a new dish, go on trips, retrace your heritage and build a family tree, or work on a project. Find any excuse to get together – even if not everyone can make it. In the case that frequent visits are not reasonable, you can connect with family across miles via Skype or FaceTime.
Do New Things With New People
Joining a club of people with the same interests as yourself will enrich your life – whether it’s an arts and crafts club, a canine club, a camera club, or a church choir. Being with people does wonders for your physical, emotional and mental wellbeing.
2. Pleasure And Relaxation Senior Activities
After prioritizing kids’ education and household expenses during your decades of working, retirement allows you to reward yourself. You can enjoy your hard-earned Roth IRA earnings guilt-free. Some suggested recreational activities for the elderly that you could look forward to:
Get A Massage
A massage stimulates the senses, soothes aching muscles, gets the blood flowing, and supplies our bodies with that quintessential ingredient for healthy emotions – the human touch. You could try different types of massage services to see how your body and mind respond.
Discover A New Restaurant
Finding a local hole in the wall or moseying through a town you’ve always said you’ll “check out sometime next week” can be the perfect spot to try out new cafes or restaurants. You enjoy trying new places, the pleasure of people’s company, and the (hopefully) delicious food you’ve stumbled upon. Even for those who prefer to dine alone, finding a restaurant that gives you a quiet, personal space is still one activity that can be relaxing for seniors.
3. Health Goals for Seniors
If we want to get the most out of life, we have to maintain our physical health. Here are several physical activities that you could enjoy as a retiree:
Spend Time Outdoors
Sunshine triggers our body’s production of vitamin D once it hits our skin. This essential vitamin has numerous health benefits. Some fun outdoor activities for seniors are taking walks in the park, gardening, having a picnic, going fishing, or spending time at the beach.
Keep Track of Your Health
Track those calories and carbohydrates, as well as fat, protein, sodium, and sugar that go into your body every day. The MyFitnessPal app is handy for such a task. Simply taking a few days to keep track of your normal diet can be hugely informational and you can make adjustments accordingly depending on what your discover.
You’ve probably heard that we need to take 10,000 steps a day to keep our hearts happy. With step counters like Fitbit, we can measure the number of steps we take daily to see how many we’ve taken and how much we can strive for.
Workout With Others
It can be challenging to look for an exercise buddy to help you meet your fitness goals. Joining a yoga group, a cycling club, a swimming class, or charity walks are low-impact, high-fitness activities for older people that could be a lot of fun!
4. Adventure Activities For Seniors
Adventure isn’t limited to the young. As they say, age is just a number so go ahead and choose your thrill.
Go On A Road Trip
Drive along a new or scenic route with no other agenda than being with the person you’re with and the pure fun of the drive. Websites like roadtrippers.com make it easier for you to pick out interesting spots, map your route, and schedule your meals and stops.
Watch Out for Special Events
Look for special events you would like to attend – exhibits, fashion shows, festivals, sales, concerts, charity events. Your adventure can begin with Google or on the classified ads pages of your local paper. You need not travel far. Every day could be an adventure as you discover the new and the unexpected around you.
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5. Do the Unusual, Be Unusual
Everyone has things they’ve always wanted to do or places they’ve wanted to go when they were younger. It’s never too late to give these things a try. However, as precaution, if you want to do something that will demand a lot from you physically, do your research and consult your family physician first.
Do Something You’ve Always Wanted to Do
Skydive, check-in at the Ice Hotel in Sweden, buy a house beside a lake, own a Doberman, hike the Grand Canyon, or retire in another country. It could be something easy around the house or something you need to save up for. But once you’ve done it, you’ll be able to silence one of those what-ifs and enjoy the commitment of a new adventure.
Be Somebody You’re Not… Yet
Be an umpire, take up archery, be a Toastmaster, sign up to be a missionary. It’s never too late to learn a new skill or take up a new hobby. Surprise yourself by trying something you’ve always thought you didn’t have time to do.
To most people, retirement can’t come soon enough. And yet when it does come, it often catches them off-guard. Whether you’re reading this as a young person, someone who is soon to retire or a current retiree, know your options and start working toward these goals now. It’s never too late. Get the most out of retirement with these activities for seniors!
Have you thought about the things that really matter to you and how you could enjoy these during your retirement? Share the fun activities for seniors that you have in mind in the comments section below.