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.
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.
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.
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.
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. I've traveled all over and have
lots of valuable tips.
Volunteering -- Learning and Volunteer Ideas
-- Learning and volunteer work can go hand in hand. Either are excellent
retirement ideas – whether you're actually retired or not.
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.
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.)
Cool Quote & Retirement Message Ideas -- Need a cool quote or retirement message? Well we have dozens of all kinds here. Big array of quotes for all occasions.
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. Check these important personal considerations.
Other web sites with retirement ideas:
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 must-see!
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!
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.