Fran Avirgan, 93, volunteers at the library, is the treasurer for a local farmer's market, reads, bakes meals, goes to a knitting class and stays politically active, according to the Poughkeepsie Journal.
She is one of many seniors who has chosen to remain active in their retirement through volunteer work, continued learning or picking up new hobbies, and Dr Dan Wiko claims that this is exactly what older adults need to do to remain healthy and independent. He also emphasizes that they have to put in the effort for themselves.
Klara Sauer, 74, agrees. "When we are young, we think that the golden years are really golden, and in many ways this is the best time of our lives. But you have to work harder for your quality of life. You can't sit on the couch. It's not good for your health, your body, or your brain," she told the news provider.
An active lifestyle can even treat mild depression and feelings of loneliness.
Those who are looking to make their golden years their best may also want to invest in a medical alarm, which can allow an individual to age independently in their own home and allow them to send a personal emergency response message to neighbors, loved ones or doctors if they require assistance.