Seniors and the Single Life: Embrace Retirement Living

People often view being single and elderly as a negative thing. However, although modern society often praises being in a romantic relationship as well as being young over singleness and age, your single life as a senior could be some of your best years yet. Here are a few tips for embracing your life independently during retirement.

Physical Activity
Exercising is critical at any age, but it is especially important for those who are older. Studies show that those who exercise lower their risk of heart disease along with other health conditions linked to aging, such as osteoporosis, arthritis, dementia, stroke, depression and even diabetes. In fact, a study published back in 2007 indicated that those who are inactive are four times more likely to die than those who are fit. A retirement living community that offers the opportunity for regular exercise in addition to a swimming pool can help you to remain active and thus live longer.

Social Events
Being single and retired also provides an excellent opportunity to mingle with other singles of the same gender. You can form new relationships by getting involved in events such as church worship center activities and sponsored tours. A retirement living community may also provide transportation to premium outlets and malls for a day of shopping, or bus tours to locations such as New York City or Cape Cod. Spending time at a beauty salon/barber shop or spa can be therapeutic as well, helping you to connect with other people while also making yourself look and feel good physically.

What Other Activities Can I Do During Retirement?
Social activities that can further help you to feel connected during retirement include going to see a sporting event or visit a museum. Research shows that participation in cultural events in the community can actually improve your health and life satisfaction. A walk on the beach, going golfing or taking organized trips with neighbors and friends can also be entertaining and relaxing. As long as you are open to trying new activities and meeting new people, your single retirement years can be just as exciting as your younger years were-if not more.


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