Most people look forward to their retirement. It is meant to be a time of rest and enjoyment but many find themselves worrying about things like health or finances. For others, retirement might bring on feelings of isolation. However, at The Woodlands, we feel that this new chapter of your life can be one of the most enjoyable yet.
Determine Your Goals
Some people use their retirement as a chance to knock out bucket list items. Others enjoy a simple quiet life. Determine what you want to accomplish in your retirement. That way when it comes, you know exactly what you want to do with your time and money. Only you can know how you want to spend your time. But once you’ve determined your goals, it’s time to put together a plan to make them happen.
If you plan to have a happy retirement you need to give thought not only to the financial cost but what you want your retirement to look like. Retirement doesn’t magically happen on your 65th birthday. It takes planning just like everything else in life. Make a plan that will help you stay on track with your goals. That way when the time comes for you to retire, you can thoroughly enjoy the rest you deserve.
Saving is crucial for retirement. Studies show that only 67% of employees are actively saving for retirement, but it goes beyond preparation. Weigh the costs of owning a home vs. moving into a care-free community. Make plans for a continuum of care just in case you are forced to deal with health issues. After planning ahead and determining your goals, identify how much you’ll need to enjoy that lifestyle. This will help put you on track for a simple and happy retirement.
Fill Your Time
There is no shame in using your time purely for your own enjoyment. However, there are many people who leave retirement simply because they’re bored. You’ve earned your time and you should fill it with what makes you happy. If you don’t have any big bucket list items, consider taking up a hobby. Painting, golf, learning an instrument, etc. are all great ways to fill your time and find a new passion at the same time. Join community groups or move into an over-50 community so you can socialize with others who are also enjoying retirement.
This may seem obvious, but don’t neglect your body and mind just because you’re no longer working. Take regular time to exercise and keep your mind sharp. Nature walks and puzzles like Sudoku are great daily activities to help keep your mind and body healthy. This is important for a long and enjoyable retirement.
The Woodlands has been offering independent senior housing to those of retirement age for years. We understand the importance of comfort and care and have been providing a vibrant community to residents for years. Contact us today with any questions you may have!