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How to Find Purpose & Community in Retirement

Retirement is an exciting new stage of life, and with that, there are new factors to consider. Whether you or your loved one is considering a new lifestyle or moving to a new community, finding purpose and community in this new stage of life is essential. 

Let’s look at some ways you or your loved one can find purpose and community in retirement. 

Find a Renewed Sense of Community

A crucial aspect of retirement is finding a place you can call home. A lifestyle change can help find a renewed sense of community and a newfound purpose. 

Fresh into retirement, an independent living lifestyle can help provide you with a brand new opportunity to expand your social circle and hobbies. 

An independent living lifestyle encourages independence but has the resources to assist you or your loved one so you can focus on your health, wellness, and happiness.

With your newfound free time, an independent living lifestyle offers several services and amenities that can keep you busy, including: 

  • State-of-the-art fitness center
  • Delicious, restaurant-style dining
  • Social hours and gatherings
  • Health and wellness services
  • Common spaces and comfortable outdoor lounges

These services and amenities can help you enjoy time around other people in the same stage of life as you. 

Socializing is an important aspect of retirement and is linked to finding purpose—let’s explore how staying social can make a huge difference when transitioning to retirement. 

Staying Social

Retirement is an exciting new chapter—with that, some people may believe they have to dramatically change their outlook on life. Aging and retirement do not mean you can’t continue to have new experiences or expand your social circle.

One of the greatest challenges of retirement is maintaining your social support network. As you grow older, maintaining connections isn’t always easy, and finding creative ways to maintain important social interactions is essential. 

Get Out There & Make New Friends

As you age, losing connections can seem inevitable; that’s why exploring new relationships with people is essential to maintaining your social life. If you or your loved one is living in a dedicated community, make an effort to share some of your favorite hobbies within the community.

Meeting new people can help reenergize you and instill a new sense of purpose. 

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Talk to Family & Friends Regularly

Retirement can leave you longing for purpose and direction. Spending time with people you enjoy being around can help raise your spirits and help you adjust to a new chapter of life. 

Anything from a lunch date with an old friend to spending time at the mall with your children or grandchildren can help keep life interesting and fresh.

Avoid Neglecting Your Physical Health

The adjustment period that retirement can bring on can cause some people to neglect their physical health. It’s essential to stay active and healthy while you begin the new adventure that is retirement.

Regular exercise can help maintain your strength and agility but also improves sleep, boosts your mental health, and has a profound effect on brain health

Get Involved in Your Community

Your new community is an excellent avenue to expand your interests and participate in activities that are important to you with others. 

The experiences and camaraderie you can get from participating in community events can help fill some meaningful time in retirement. 

Explore New Programs & Services Within Your Community

Your dedicated community comes with a wide selection of programs and services to help you transition to retirement. With your newfound free time, you’ll be able to revisit old hobbies, try new ones, and make new social connections. 

Some new services you’ll have access to include:

  • Live music and entertainment
  • Religious services
  • Cooking demonstrations
  • Lifelong learning with classes and lectures on various topics
  • Facilitate group discussion about current events

Your retirement can be an exciting new chapter and a wonderful time to expand your horizons.

Looking to the Future

Retirement can be an excellent time to widen your scope of what life offers. Finding a welcoming new community can assist with the adjustment. Staying social or expanding your social circle can provide the extra boost of purpose you or your loved one may need. 

Get in contact with a professional to learn what retirement is all about.

Written by Arcadia Limerick Pointe

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