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How to Define Your Retirement Lifestyle

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Retirement is a major milestone that marks the beginning of a new, exciting stage in life. Without the structure of a career, retirees have more time and freedom to pursue their passions and interests. But while most people plan for the financial aspects of retirement, not everyone takes the time to plan how they want to spend their retirement years. Whether you’re retired or approaching retirement, consider the following factors you chart your ideal retirement lifestyle.

Location

Where do you envision spending your retirement years? Do you plan on traveling to a warmer climate during the winter months? Or do you picture yourself staying close to family and friends? Many older adults find that moving to an independent living community allows them to live a more low-maintenance lifestyle in retirement. In independent living communities, retirees can enjoy living in a safe, private environment, without experiencing the hassle and upkeep of owning a larger home. Best of all, moving to an independent living community means you’ll no longer have to worry about mowing the lawn, shoveling the driveway, or other home maintenance responsibilities, which gives you the freedom to travel or take vacations without worrying about leaving your home unattended. Instead, you can sit back, relax, and enjoy retirement on your terms.

Health and fitness

Maintaining a healthy diet and exercise regimen offers countless benefits for older adults, including better stress management, improved strength and mobility, and a decreased risk of developing chronic illnesses. As you chart your retirement lifestyle, be sure to take your health and wellness goals into account. For example, do you plan on doing activities such as yoga, Zumba, or golf? Will you join a health center or sign up for fitness classes? Taking steps to remain physically fit and eat a nutritious diet will help you stay healthy, happy, and energetic well into your retirement years.

Hobbies and interests

Retirement also gives you the freedom to spend time following your interests and do things you enjoy. Many retirees find fulfillment from hobbies such as gardening, knitting, woodworking, painting, drawing, walking or hiking, book clubs, learning a new language, volunteering, or playing an instrument. Joining an independent living community makes it easier to pursue new activities or hobbies in a friendly, welcoming environment. Independent living communities providing residents with endless opportunities to learn new skills or try a hobby by offering classes, clubs, and programs to suit any interest.

Social relationships

It can be difficult for retirees to maintain a sense of social connectedness when they’re no longer working, and living alone can be particularly isolating for older adults. As you plan your retirement lifestyle, think about how you will stay connected to friends or build new relationships after retiring. One of the primary benefits of moving to independent living is the chance for older adults to socialize with peers and create lifelong friendships. With planned social activities, events, and outings, independent living facilities help promote a sense of belonging and community among residents that enhances their quality of life.

 

When it comes to planning your retirement, it’s important to remember that everyone’s vision for retirement is different. Take the time to define your ideal retirement lifestyle and find ways to incorporate your passions and interests into your day-to-day activities. Remember, retirement is not an end, but rather the beginning to a new chapter of life that’s meant to be enjoyed!

Written by Bethany Lutheran Village

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