Post by Paul Brown
Once someone has entered retirement the dividends of a life of hard work begins to pay out. Retirement brings ample opportunities to choose from as the rest of their life is spent in complete relaxation free of any work related stress.
A new golf memberships, winters in Spain or a venture into a new hobby; there are endless options to pick from to keep people occupied in the golden years of life. However, while there may be many opportunities for the freshly retired there comes a point in everyone’s life where the muscles are not as strong, the joints may seize up and the energy levels are just not what they used to be. It is reasonable to think that the opportunities in retirement may be restricted but there are low impact options that can keep the later years in retirement fun filled.
Bowls: a wonderful British pastime, it is not uncommon for people to go well into their 90s playing this quintessential game and it is never too late to start. This sport provides minor impact on the joints and the exercise has many health benefits.
Another important aspect is the socialisation. Generally, bowls clubs are also something of a social event with a committee, evening events and fundraisers. They tend to provide retired people a micro community to share common interests and bond with others of a similar age.
Book club: setting up a book club with some friends is an easy way to keep the mind active and create a regular social event on the calendar to look forward to. Take turns picking a book or topic of interest and see if your fellow readers get the same from the author that you did. If you are the host, have some questions in mind to keep the discussion flowing and the members engaged.
Local clubs and associations: some people may complain prematurely there is nothing to do before exploring their local area to see what events may be scheduled. By checking out the local town hall, council, church or even going online there should be a mix of activities to choose from. And chances are you will meet others with similar interests beyond just those shared in that specific activity.
Start a new hobby: from bird watching to fossil collection there are many hobbies that can keep you engrossed for years. For years you have been caught up in your work and paying bills. Retirement is your chance to explore the huge variety of new areas that may interest you. Whatever lights your fire, whatever you have always wanted to do, you now have the time to pursue.
With all this activity and socialisation you will want to make sure that you are clean and presentable for each occasion. The ease of cleaning one’s self with the restricted mobility that often comes with aging can be embarrassing.
Not feeling confident in yourself can limit the amount of time you want to spend outside socialising. Premier Care in Bathing’s wet room shower is a cost-effective and convenient way to address these issues. Having ease of access along with a simpler space to clean and a safer environment to bathe can help give you the confidence to venture out in public and make the most of each day.
It is understandable to be a bit nervous when taking the first steps into the unknown. Trying a new hobby or activity in later years can be a daunting experience. But you now have the time and the freedom. Do your research and get friends and loved ones involved to take advantage of all your social week has to offer.