When you retire, you may quickly realize you have more free time on your hands than you’d ever thought possible. It can be an intimidating prospect! But if you’re organized with your time, you can make the most of it. Wondering what to do now? Here’s a list of 10 things you should be considering in your retirement.
Where do you want to visit most in the world? Now’s the time to find out! Stay close to home and take day trips or get ambitious and design your own world tour. You can even set yourself a goal, like visiting all 50 states, seeing every national park or touring North America in an RV!
Try a hobby
Lucky for you, you have years ahead to explore your interests! Some hobbies to try: painting, ceramics, photography, learning a musical instrument, singing, knitting, gardening, cooking, woodworking, taking up a sport, fishing, hiking, surfing or even starting a new business.
Get your finances in order
The last thing you want to deal with during retirement is financial stress. Enlist the help of a financial advisor, whether you’re concerned about medical costs, long-term care insurance, estate planning or avoiding a tax audit.
A clean house can do wonders for your psychological state. Organizing your closets, simplifying and decluttering your home or starting a major renovation project — whether you go small-scale or large is up to you!
Now that you have freedom to roam, downsize your house and relocate to another part of the country or into an active senior living community. Communities such as The Avenues Crofton Park offer those 55+ maintenance free living, a vibrant social calendar and great sense of community.
Take a class
It’s never too late to learn something new! Check out more than 120 Lifelong Learning Institutes on university campuses nationwide, all designed for people over 50, or explore Open Education Database, a directory of massive open online courses.
Get involved in government
Serve your community by running for office, whether it’s for your local school board, town council or a local commission. Reach out to your local board of elections to learn about first steps.
Get a part-time job
Ever thought of “boomeranging”? If you’re itching to return to work, check out RetirementJobs.com, a database of jobs for people over 50. You’ll get to keep up skills and learn new ones, while the company you choose will benefit from your years of expertise.
Volunteering is the perfect opportunity to give back to the broader community while staying involved in the issues you care about. Volunteer Match and Idealist can help you match your skills to organizations seeking volunteers.
Create or renew social connections
Join a Meetup.com group geared toward your interests, or find one that organizes social activities for local retirees. Use this opportunity to meet new friends, reconnect with old ones or focus on renewing family ties.
How are you planning to retire? Connect with a member of our team to learn how senior boutique living at The Avenues Crofton Park can add to the enjoyment of your golden years. 720-799-0915.