Labor Day has come and gone, and for many people, it’s a well-earned break from the labors of everyday work. For those of us who have retired, on the other hand, it’s a day on the calendar when our family members may be able to join us in some of the leisure activities we’re already pursuing. If you’re not enjoying retirement to the fullest, perhaps you’re not taking advantage of all the benefits of retirement.
- The life of a retiree is one of low stress. You no longer need to go to work every day, and the relief of not having to perform to a high standard or meet others’ expectations can help significantly reduce anxiety. As long as you make sure to keep your mind active in the absence of a hefty to-do list, retirement can be great for your mental health.
- Retirement can be good for your physical health, too. Often, people associate retirement with declining health, because it occurs late in life. However, now that your time is your own, you have the ability to spend it improving your health by eating well, exercising, and taking up an athletic hobby. Maybe it’s golf, or maybe it’s canoeing, fishing, or just walking, but if you find something that engages your mind and body, you can stay healthy well into later life.
- When you’re retired, it frees you up to do good in the world. Whether you’re in a position to make charitable donations or you prefer to donate your time and energy, there are plenty of ways to get involved in your community philanthropically. Serve on the board of a community organization, volunteer at a thrift shop or food pantry, or offer your experience to the local elementary school, where they may welcome volunteers who do things like read to the children, cut out bulletin board pieces for teachers, or work in the library.
- Retirees have more time to spend with their families. Maybe you want to spend time babysitting your grandchildren, or maybe you’d prefer to visit some family members you haven’t seen in a while. Retirement gives you the gift of time, and you can spend it making memories with the people you love.
- Retirement can lead to a whole new lifestyle. This is one of the few times in life in which you have the freedom to rearrange your lifestyle at will. Pick up a new hobby, follow a dream you never had time for before, travel the world, or commit to an intellectual pursuit: the choice is yours, and the whole world is open for you to explore.
If you’re looking for a lovely place in which to spend your retirement, participating in interesting activities or just relaxing with friends and family, look no further than Parkwood Heights. A picturesque, 122-acre senior living campus, Parkwood Heights is located just minutes from Victor, Fairport, Farmington, and Canandaigua. It’s a great place to enjoy your time with friends and family, whether you’re enjoying the Parkwood Park, joining in the Bell Choir or Chorus, or attending one of our outings, or just relaxing in our scenic setting. Call (315) 986-9100 to learn more about all that we have to offer, or check out our website and reach out if you have any questions.