One of the biggest concerns of some people entering retirement is having nothing to do with all the spare time that inevitably appears around the same time. It’s important to keep active beyond retirement to keep fitness and mental health levels high, and, on a more basic level, just to keep happy. Luckily, there are people out there who want people to be active, no matter the age. ExtraCare is one of those organisations, offering retirement villages, with a whole load of on-site activities and a big focus on everyone being active in a caring community.
For the Bookworm
Write a novel/autobiography – If you’ve spent you’re time rewarding, or your newfound time has enlightened you to a new love of books, why not try writing your own? Most people have at least one idea, ideal or theory that they want to portray in a novel, and retirement is the best time to do that. If you’ve read a lot of good literature then you’ll naturally write fairly well, and there are plenty of online writing guides out there for the novice scribbler.
Another option is to write an autobiography. This isn’t as ostentatious as it may sound. People write their memoirs for plenty of reasons, such as family, wider audiences or just as a way to reminisce their favourite life moments. They become even more significant for historical use in years to come. I recently contributed to a collection of working-class writing from the early 20th Century, and the events within them, while interesting, were not the main thing we looked for. The most exciting thing about the life writing we worked on was the insight into the culture that these people lived in. By writing your own memoir on late 20th and early 21st century life will give people in future years a vivid idea of what life is like now.
For the Adventurer
If you’re a born adventurer or feel that the British countryside is something you’ve missed out on to date, getting into walking is a great option, mainly because all you need is a decent pair of boots to do it. There are plenty of organisations like Ramblers who organise walks in nearly every location you can think of.
For the more extreme outdoors person, look at caving trips for an added element of excitement.
For the Zen Master
T’ai chi (T’ai Chi Ch’uan) has always been a popular form of exercise in the UK for all ages, due to its gentle nature and health benefits. Although T’ai chi is known as an ‘internal’ martial art, focusing more on focus and inward thought, there are a few disciplines the are more physically exertive for the person who still wants a challenge.
If you’re interested, there are lots of different facilities around the UK that offer classes. The above picture is taken from the Extra Care facility in Lincolnshire.
For the Entrepreneur
This is an option for the financial risk taker who wants to make the most of their retirement funds by expanding them. The stock market is open to anyone, and those who know their stuff have a lot of profit available to them. They key with this is to be aware of the risks and make sure to do enough research before letting go of your money, if you want to see it come back.
Have a look at the Guardian’s Top 10 stock market tips to give you a quick insight into the world of percentage and shares!