Ways to Stay Involved
Reach out to the immediate world around you for fun, a sense of achievement, social contact and mental stimulation. Some suggestions include:
- Improve your health
- Widen your circle of friends
- Volunteer in the classroom, community or an organization
- Mentor a young person
- Get computer savvy
- Increase your physical and mental activity
Improve your health
- Control existing health issues in close consultation with your doctor.
- Maintain an appropriate and regular exercise routine
- Eat and maintain a healthy diet.
- Avoid smoking
- Limit your alcohol intake
- Limit your television viewing
- Stimulate your brain with activities such as reading, crossword puzzles or “thinking games such as Scrabble, Taboo or Sudoku
- Become more sociable; for example, invite family or friends over for a cup of tea and a chat.
- See your doctor if you feel persistently depressed or sad.
Widen your circle of friends
- Ask your family or people you already know to introduce you to their friends.
- Check the newspaper for clubs, associations and groups that get together. One example is the NIS Golden Years Activity Centres.
- Develop a new interest or hobby.
Be a volunteer
Get involved in volunteer work in your community. Research indicates that there are personal benefits to be derived from volunteering, including:
- Increased confidence
- Personal achievement and satisfaction
- Opportunities to learn new skills
- Feeling good about making a difference in others’ lives
Become a Mentor
- Retirement does not mean that your knowledge has to lie idle. You could become a mentor, an experienced person who helps a less experienced person to realize their career goals.
- You can contact your previous employer and offer your services as a mentor to one or more employees.
Get Computer Savvy
The internet offers immediate and easy access to an unlimited number of opportunities. You can:
- Keep in touch with family and friends via e-mail
- Join chat-groups to meet new people.
- Find a wealth of information on any subject
- The internet is especially valuable to seniors with a physical disability that makes it difficult to leave the house.