Looking for great retirement ideas and activities?
(We have retirement activities for everyone - even if you really don't retire!)
There are all kinds of possibilities and things to do out there. Here are a few fun ideas for any budget, with links pointing to even more options, below.
When Dad came to live with me
he'd been retired already for a long time. He had serious hearing and
vision loss and could not participate in much without help. That really
started me searching for new retirement ideas not only for him... but it
also gave me pause to consider myself. And many of my friends had
started retiring too.
What would I want to do when I
retired. Perhaps because I stayed at home as his full-time caregiver, in
a way I had already "retired" -- from the workforce, anyway. I did work from home and still wanted to work after retirement, so found many different ways to do that.
Here are a few things I've learned along the way...
Choose senior activity ideas that keep you busy, the mind active, are of service even in small ways, or provide ongoing learning.
Dont' Get Stuck - Be
willing to try something new!
(Dad certainly had to do this as his hearing and vision went). Or have a special goal to strive for too. There's nothing like a goal, even a small one, to trigger the imagination.
The type of retirement ideas you choose may depend on factors such as interests, physical health, mobility, mental health, budget. But no matter what the circumstances, there are plenty of retirement activities to choose from.
Outdoor Retirement Ideas
Turn off the TV and get outside! You may say, "I’m just not that outdoorsy.” Not an excuse! Get out and get some fresh air! It's easy to simply take a favorite activity or club meeting outside -- make a special area in your yard or patio. And ask yourself some questions about retirement ideas vs. outdoor living.
Now also take a look at our related page on more specifics at:
Outdoor Elderly Activities.
Pet Retirement Ideas
Do you love animals? Perhaps when you worked it was not practical for you to have a pet. But during retirement, caring for pets makes great activities for seniors.
More Retirement Ideas:
We have too many ideas to all fit on this page, so we've broken it down into further categories. Be sure to check these out too...
Retirement Hobbies -- Finding A Hobby -- Finding a hobby that is just right for you will give you a lifetime of enjoyment. Here’s the coolest list of hobby ideas (for all ages) either to do alone or in a group. Some of them you may not have thought of for yourself.
Traveling -- Senior Citizen Travel -- Traveling is the top retirement activity after work life no matter what your budget; or even if you don’t retire. These fun ideas will really get your imagination going. I've traveled all over and have lots of valuable tips. And there are also pages just for women who travel.
Volunteering -- Learning and Volunteer Ideas -- Learning and volunteer work can go hand in hand. Or they can be separate options. Either are excellent retirement ideas – whether you're actually retired or not. Check out these fulfilling and fun possibilities.
Fun Activities -- Senior Activity Ideas
-- Check out this variety of senior activities for baby boomers, or those "of a certain age." We include things for both indoors and outdoors. Easy to modify to fit special needs.
For all ages, and some perfect with kids.
Crafts -- Easy Craft Ideas -- Maybe you've been toying with the idea of learning a new craft during retirement. (And maybe even to do for profit, such as at craft sales or placement in shops,as I've done). We have all sorts to choose from, at different ability levels. Some can be done solo or in groups, making these excellent retirement ideas.
Be sure to read other retirement topics:
Cool Quote & Retirement Message Ideas -- Need a cool quote or retirement message? Well we have dozens of all kinds here. How about happiness, success, experience, aging, imagination, change, humor, health, and more. Big array of quotes for all occasions.
How To Get Happy - Top Hints -- Will you be happy in retirement? Learning how to get happy is an ongoing process through life. Part brain chemistry and part learning habits. But where to start? From NASA to the Mayo Clinic, we’ve found great ideas.
Should I Retire – or Re-fire? -- “Should I retire” is a question that always remains. In recent years, it's become a matter of personal preference; of what you really want to do with the rest of your life. So should you really retire? Or maybe re-fire instead? And how and when did the concept of retirement even start? Check these important personal considerations.
Meeting New People -- Several of my friends found great success with the web site, meetup.com -- Just enter your zip code and you find lots of meet-up groups with all kinds of different interests and similar retirement ideas near you. Great way to meet new friends and get involved!
Other web sites with retirement ideas:
Can't decide on where you would like to retire? Americas-Best-Places-To-Retire has some excellent information on taxes, climate, heath care and recreational activities to help you decide what area is best for you.
Fashion After 50
– This is the most fabulous web site I've seen on fashion and
accessories for the mature woman. Both elegant and practical - a
Home Biz Help Desk – Legitimate work-at-home jobs - avoid the time wasters, online crooks and scam operators.
Income Late In Life -- (We have a retirement activity for everyone - even if you really don't retire, or just find ways to retire early!) You may have a done a little retirement investing and have been saving for retirement too.
It's never too late to learn how to build kites. This site starts with a few very simple designs. Quick to make and proven to fly well in light winds. However, if the kite bug bites, you could spend years building and flying the more advanced designs found here!
Successful Retirement - The Secret is in the Planning. If you're serious about being in control of your own rewarding and purposeful retirement – balancing wealth, health, family, spiritual, social and self.
Helping Seniors In Transition - A one stop shop program designed to take the stress out of managing the transition from family home to nursing home residential living of a senior family member or loved one.
Are you planning a retirement celebration?...For gracious, yet great goodbyes and free farewell speeches see Retirement Speeches at find-the-words.com.