Seniors need routines even after retirement
December 6, 2011
More people learn about structure and the importance of a routine from a young age and many times people stick with these regimens as they age. Most working adults tend to wake up, shower, drink coffee, check emails and head to the office, so when it comes time to retire, some seniors find themselves left with ample time on their hands, Spectrum Online reports.
According to the publication, when a senior retires they can feel the pressure of having nothing to do. To combat this, the site suggests seniors look to make new routines to follow each day, though ones that help to keep them in shape and having fun, rather than to meet a deadline.
Ways to start spending the newfound freedom include planting a garden, joining a club or league, such as a softball team or a cooking club and making time to travel.
Seniors living alone may benefit from going to a local senior center to meet new friends or attend workout classes to mingle and stay in shape.
With less structure day-to-day, seniors aging in place may begin to get lazy with their fitness, which could result in falls or other medical issues. Those who feel a bit unsafe may want to install a medical alert system into their homes. This way if they do have an accident while alone, help is just a call away.