Retirement is a time for seniors to relax and enjoy their newfound free time, but this doesn’t mean it is a time to slow down! Throughout retirement, seniors can use their increase in free time to explore their personal hobbies, socialize with friends and family, and try new things. However, for some seniors, the lack of responsibility during retirement can create the issue of having too much free time, which can be overwhelming. To avoid being overwhelmed by the sudden increase in free time, it is important for seniors to set goals and stay active.
As an upscale senior living community in Ventura, we know that the key to healthy aging is maintaining a sense of purpose. We encourage our residents to participate in our many community activities, which include planned community outings, live entertainment, and exercise programs, in addition to pursuing their personal hobbies and passions.
At the start of retirement, many seniors are excited for the increase in free time they have. However, like a student who counts the days until summer vacation only to get bored one month into it, this excitement can turn into lethargy if seniors don’t set goals and stay active, and this lethargy could inspire feelings of isolation and depression. Active aging, which is a term used to describe the activities required to maintain a healthy lifestyle and positive outlook during retirement, is beneficial to physical, mental, and cognitive health. Staying active during retirement has been linked to a strengthened immune system, improved cardiovascular and gastrointestinal function, and even the improvement of chronic illnesses, such as Alzheimer’s disease and some forms of cancer.
Setting goals and staying active during retirement are important for active aging. Setting goals gives seniors something to look forward to, breaks up their free time, and prevents them from falling into excessive monotony in their day-to-day lives. Many seniors enjoy journaling as a way to reflect on their days and accomplishments and plan for their future. Reminiscing through journaling and community engagement has been shown to decrease feelings of depression and improve life satisfaction. Journaling could even turn into a hobby in and of itself (many seniors use their retirement to write their memoirs).
However, in addition to setting personal goals and reflecting on life, it is important for seniors to stay active. Community activities, such as group exercise and outings, help improve mobility, physical health, and reduce feelings of isolation, which may affect retired seniors.
Setting goals, reflecting on experiences, and scheduling time for social activities and hobbies helps seniors make the most of their free time and maintain their physical, mental, and cognitive health. At Ventura Townehouse, we encourage resident of our independent living community to age actively by engaging in our many community activities and setting personal goals. Please contact us for more information or to tour our senior living community.
My grandmother lives at the Ventura Townehouse and I feel confident that she is in good hands. They get her to her appointments and provide any aftercare that she may need. Everyone there is friendly and like family. I feel like I’m at home when I go there to visit her and eat with her in the dining room.
Recently, I visited my Mom from Chicago. Each day I offered to take us out and about in Ventura. We found ourselves having such an enjoyable time at the Townehouse we didn’t leave. The dining room was so lovey to enjoy with her friends. Patios welcoming and the activities kept us busy. We laughed and had fun all day! Thank you everyone for making me feel at home and making my visit special. It’s always hard to leave my mom. But not as hard when I know she is so happy! Until my next visit!
Staff is very helpful and always concerned about my Mother’s needs, the interior and grounds maintenance is exceptional. Dining provides healthy menus to choose from. Front desk staff is always friendly and helpful. Best decision we ever made was bringing my mom here.