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How to Stave Off Boredom in the Retirement Years

By Jonathan Wells, 9:00 am on

Many retired seniors miss the excitement and stimulation of their old jobs and experience boredom. Retirees can use these six tips to break free from boredom and learn to enjoy the golden years. 

Give Back to the Community

Seniors should look around for volunteer options if they find themselves missing the routine and sense of accomplishment that their jobs gave them. They could feed the poor, lead tours in museums, help the local library, or mentor younger people. Charitable work can enhance the lives of others and help seniors make new friends.

Receiving professional in-home care can also help seniors stave off boredom. Caregivers can assist seniors with exercising, cooking, and other daily tasks and offer companionship and emotional support. If your aging loved one needs occasional help with bathing, grooming, cooking, or other basic household tasks, or if you need time to attend to important personal matters, reach out to Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of live-in and respite care. Douglas County seniors can maintain their independence while living at home with the help of our reliable respite caregivers.  

Focus on Hobbies

Retirement is a time for seniors to quit worrying about work and pay attention to tasks they truly love doing. Seniors should try to think of hobbies they used to love but did not have time and money to invest in. During retirement, seniors can get back into the hobby and make it a significant part of life. Great hobbies for retirement include gardening, crafting, hiking, or gaming. The right hobby may stimulate interest and keep seniors excited and enthusiastic for months.

Fix Up the Home

Retired seniors will probably spend more time at home, so this can be an excellent reason to start some DIY home improvement projects. There are many projects seniors can do, such as painting, sewing curtains, replacing cabinet hardware, or installing a mosaic backsplash. These tasks make the home more pleasant to live in, and they can also increase the property value.

Learn a New Skill

With all the new free time, retirement is a great opportunity to become immersed in studying something new. For seniors who have always wanted to learn how to speak a new language, cook, dance, or woodwork, it is time to learn these skills. Seniors can take a class that lets them meet other like-minded individuals, or they can learn these skills on their own through the internet. This is a great way to combat boredom while keeping the mind active.

Learning a new skill can also help seniors reduce the risk of dementia. For some seniors in Douglas County, dementia care is essential. Regular mental stimulation helps slow the progression of the disease, supervision reduces the risk of dangerous behaviors, and compassionate companionship is a wonderful solution for alleviating the symptoms of dementia.

Go on a Trip

One of the nicest things about retirement is that seniors no longer have to plan their schedules around working hours. It is the ideal time to take a lengthy vacation and experience other cities and cultures. There are plenty of senior-friendly retirement areas with fun shows, informative museums, and delicious food.

Living alone at home in the golden years can present a few unique challenges. Trust in Douglas County elderly care professionals to help your senior loved one maintain a higher quality of life while he or she manages an illness and performs the daily tasks of living. Whether your elderly loved one needs hourly care or comprehensive 24-hour at-home care, call Home Care Assistance at 720-287-1685 today.