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How to stay busy as a retiree

You’ve finally retired! And now you’re (hopefully) living somewhere nice and sunny. You had tons of plans for retirement: travel, hobbies, cooking, being with friends and family. But after a few weeks, you start to feel something. You feel bored. You’ve already watched as much TV as one can handle, you are doing your hobbies, but it’s not enough.

How do you stay busy once you’re no longer working? For many retirees and seniors, the answer is to find something similar to work that is rewarding to you. Now that you don’t need to work for money, you can do work for other reasons such as helping people or learning.

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Here are a few ideas to help keep you busy and fulfilled during your retirement.

Start an exercise routine
No longer can you give the excuse that you’re too tired from work to exercise. Now you can set the perfect time for working out whether it’s 8am, 1pm, or 10pm. Do at least 30 minutes 3-4 times per day. If you find it hard to motivate yourself, try joining a class.

Volunteer
What’s a cause you really can get behind? Maybe you want to help build homes for those in your community, you can join Habitat for Humanity. Perhaps you’re an animal lover, check out your local shelter. Volunteer at a hospital as a greeter. There are tons of opportunities out there. Check out Volunteer Match for opportunities near you.

Find a part time job
If you like the idea of working some more, find a part time job. Now that you don’t need money, you can be very picky about the job you take and you can leave if it doesn’t suit you. Find something that suits your needs whether it’s interacting with people, working in a certain field, or just a way to get out of the house for a few hours per week.

Mentor or Teach
If you were in a field such as business there are ways you can help mentor a young person or someone wanting to start their own business. The same goes for sports. If you were great at baseball, offer to coach a little league team. Maybe you are a master at painting or jewelry, head to your local community center and see if you can teach some classes.

Get involved with a cause or issue
Are you passionate about a certain issue? Now you can put your energy towards making a difference. Maybe you want to help the homeless in your area or figure out how to get more people out to vote. Put the energy you spent working into a cause you can really get behind.

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Christmas Shopping for the Elderly

Buying gifts for your elders is never easy.  Odds are, your tastes are quite different than theirs, they may not be able to use some gifts because of health issues you’re unaware of, and what might seem like a great present to you might be completely inappropriate to them!  To help you out in this fun but sometimes stressful time of year, we’ve compiled a bunch of articles that we’ve found that are just packed with great gift ideas for the elderly in your life.

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12 Christmas Gift Ideas for Retirees

EXAMPLE: Dance lessons. These offer an opportunity for great exercise and great fun. Your recipient will also meet new people, and for married couples, it’s a wonderful way to rekindle the romance. (Husbands: Get the hint! This works better than jewelry, and it’s a lot cheaper. I can personally attest to the success of this gift.) Dancing is also rated highly as an activity to keep you mentally sharp in your later years.

Top 10 Holiday Gifts for the Senior in Your Life

EXAMPLE: Smartphone — Phones are not only important for keeping the social connection—a necessary ingredient for quality of life—but also are crucial for senior safety. Many smartphones of today offer large buttons, photo speed dial, visual rings and more.

Gift Ideas for the Elderly

EXAMPLE: Tickets to Performances  For elderly people on fixed incomes, tickets to films, live theater, and concerts are often beyond their reach. A gift of tickets, especially to see a favorite actor, play, or performer, is often a special gift. Gift cards in multiple denominations for movies can be purchased from Fandango ‎ and directly from many movie chains. Tickets for current theater and concert offerings can be purchased from Ticket Master.

8 Christmas Gift Ideas for Elderly Parents or Grandparents

EXAMPLE: A memory quilt  Creating a quilt out of baby clothes, army uniforms (if your grandparent or dad served in the military), wedding dresses, and other unique clothes or heirlooms is a very special gift. Quilts are practical and meaningful Christmas gift ideas for grandparents or elderly parents, especially if you make it yourself – or you make it with them!

Unique Christmas Gift Ideas for the Elderly

EXAMPLE: Hire a maid: One of the things you can do for the elderly one this Christmas is to hire a maid to look after them, this maybe for a short while but it would surely mean a lot to them, and in the case where you can afford it why not engage the services of a nurse to cater to the old one, especially this period of Christmas celebration. There are maids you can hire for few days just to look after your old ones.

10 Holiday Gift Ideas for Nursing Home Residents & Elderly Seniors

EXAMPLE: Terrarium  Flowers die, and a houseplant can require frequent tending. A terrarium, however, makes a lovely, elegant gift. With its own tiny ecosystem and landscape, it’s an unusual gift that will be treasured and, if made correctly, requires minimal (if any) care. They’re typically available at florists and can also be purchased online (e.g. Gothic House Terrarium with Live Plants). Or, if you have the time, make your own.