Retirement living can be the most satisfying time of a person’s life. If they use their time with friends and family, volunteering, traveling, and doing things they are passionate about, retirees will find that their retirement years are enjoyed.
However, if seniors do not think about how they plan to use their free time in retirement, many of them will find themselves lonely, which can be detrimental to one’s health.
As reported recently on BBCNews.com, a senior advisor to the British Prime Minister suggested that people should try to avoid retiring early, so as to keep themselves socializing longer, and preventing themselves from becoming lonely.
“Work matters, particularly for older people, not just for money but absolutely for social contact,” David Halpern was quoted as saying at a recent healthcare summit in Sweden.
Officials from the British government told the news source that Halpern did not necessarily mean seniors should be returning to formal employment, but rather that social interaction is a necessary component for health.
In that vein, many assisted living communities, retirement communities and even Alzheimer’s Care communities across North America and the world offer ample opportunities for social interaction, including outings, games, holiday celebrations and other events.