Healthy Ageing – Stay Involved

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
  • Friendships

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.