Planning for retirement often involves big questions about where to live, what kind of community to choose, and whether it’s more viable to stay put or to sell a home. Those who sell their homes tend to retire in a 55+ community or a CCRC (Continuing Care Retirement Community). The questions that determine where to live and what kind of community is best often boil down to the matter of creating a healthy lifestyle.
We often advise our clients that a healthy retirement lifestyle can be directly linked with the kind of community they choose. What kind of lifestyle will be the healthiest for your retirement years? Here are a few tips from the experts:
STAY ENGAGED FOR A HEALTHY RETIREMENT
Studies continue to show that life spans are longer for senior citizens who remain engaged in work, volunteering, or a meaningful project. Whether that means taking up an artistic pursuit, finding a little part time work, or getting involved in a local project, a healthy lifestyle is an engaged lifestyle.
Consider how your retirement community or active adult community could help move you toward greater involvement in meaningful pursuits. If you’re limited by your current retirement option, it’s time to see if there are other possibilities available.
PURSUE AN ACTIVE RETIREMENT LIFESTYLE
Regular physical activity is an essential aspect of retirement, and it is by far the most important pursuit for many adults who want to maximize their physical health during retirement. Begin gradually and work on building up your strength each week. It’s often best to find someone who can exercise with you in order to provide added motivation and to make the time go faster.
GUARD YOUR MENTAL HEALTH DURING RETIREMENT
Reading books, taking walks, and setting aside time for personal reflection can all prove extremely beneficial during retirement. We see many of our retired clients dive into book groups, religious groups, and daily walks because they see immediate benefits to their mental health and sense of well-being.
The simplicity of the newspaper’s daily crossword puzzle may be all that you need in order to enjoy a moment of focused concentration. However, it’s tough to beat an early morning walk as a peaceful way to begin a new day.
SOCIAL ACTIVITY IS KEY FOR A HEALTHY RETIREMENT
Keeping in touch with friends and actively participating in a community have all proven extremely beneficial for those who retire. In fact, the pursuit of a like-minded community often prompts many adults to pursue a 55+ community where they can spend time with other active adults who want to make the most of their retirement years.
However, keep in mind that a healthy social life is hardly one size fits all. Take note of your personal preferences, your current community’s make up, and what your goals are for relationships during retirement.
ARE YOU PLANNING TO THRIVE DURING RETIREMENT?
We’ve helped hundreds of families plan their retirement living options. Contact us today to learn more about how we can connect you with the right community in your area. Call 833.405.0263.