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Retirement lifestyle - things seniors can do when they are retired

Updated on September 16, 2013


Retirement is an entry into a new time in your life. Your time becomes your own when children are grown and you are no longer reporting to work for an employer. It is what you make of it. This new time can be spent on endless opportunities. There are so many things that you may have felt you never had time for prior to this and now you are able to indulge. Go ahead. You deserve it. Perhaps writing on is one of your newest activities and that is how you have stumbled upon this hub you are reading now.

Writing -

in general is one activity that I highly recommend for those individuals who have entered retirement. Whether you write a little each week or a lot, you won't regret it. Of course, it needs to be something you enjoy doing. If you always had an affinity for (creative) writing that is not for your job, now you have the time to do it more than you ever did before. Earning new income as a self publishing author, keeping a private journal, or writing poetry as a hobby are all possibilities.

If you were not drawn to writing before and you get started, pen to paper or finger to keypad, you might be surprised how much you will enjoy it.

Earning New Income-

When it comes to earning new income, making more money is always a good thing. While not all are in this situation, many retirees over the age of 65 find that they do not have enough in their pensions for the comfortable retirement they would enjoy. These individuals might live on tight budgets during retirement and capitalizing on a talent or hobby that they would otherwise enjoy anyway is a great way to make some extra income, Some other ideas are: if you were previously a teacher, you can consider working as a private tutor or if you were previously a musician (i.e.-piano), you can give piano lessons a few hours a week.


is an excellent use of time. In a competitive job market where time is money, so many people are averse to giving their talents freely while trying to make the next buck to pay the bills. However, I recommend giving back even for those who have full time jobs. Volunteering just 4 hours a week on weekends can be very engaging and rewarding if you give it a chance.

You will be appreciated for all you do and really feel like you are making a difference. For the jobless who enter volunteer roles, there are often networking opportunities that can lead to paid work. For those in retirement, volunteering in the organization of your choice, for as many hours as you are willing to commit, can make you feel intrigued, motivated, valued and the list goes on.

We should never underestimate the significance of a volunteer experience. Volunteers and the organizations/individuals receiving service mutually benefit from a volunteer signing up to help others.

If you live in the U.S., currently, at the time of writing this hub, has over 50,000 volunteer opportunities across the country. Just enter your zipcode and you can get started today! Your local city or county government may also have a database with volunteer opportunities that the public can access.


During retirement is an important time to remain physically active. Individuals need to keep the bodies limber and pay even greater attention to bone and joint health and osteoporisis prevention or management. A sedentary lifestyle can be a great cause of obesity even if you are continuing to eat healthy and nutritious meals.

Allow yourself to participate in gentle exercise a few times a week whether it be walking, jogging, swimming, tennis, golf or other. Choose an activity that suits your interest, listen to you body and know your limits. You should not feel pain when engaging in exercise. Perhaps talk to your doctor about your exercise regimen if you feel you need to.

When you excercise, it is a great time to socialize with friends. You might want to go for your walks or participate in other exercise activity with friends who are fellow retirees, your spouse, and/or your adult children for example.

The YMCA is a great place to learn about joining a class and engaging in exercise including what is mentioned above as well as yoga, tai-chi, pilates or other forms of exercise. Personally, I think water aerobics is also a great exercise.

You can find out more at

With over 500,000 volunteers across the U.S., the YMCA organization is also a great place to learn about volunteer opportunities mentioned previously. Local chapters' websites for YMCA usually end in .org . After connecting to the national site, you will want to link to your local site for more on daily class shedules.


In addition to reading the newspaper to remain informed of current events, increasing your reading of novels, biographies, autobiographies and other literature of various genres will open you to a world of authors' imaginative creativity.

You will be far from bored in your retirement if you are an avid reader. There are also many books on the market, regarding the topic of retirement itself.

One of the books (What You Don't Know About Retirement by Bill Dodds) is superbly inexpensive, piognant and funny. One of the questions it asks as highlighted in Amazon's book reviews is:

Why do retirees look 10 years younger?

Dodds' answer is:

Because they feel ten years younger!

As you become a more and more avid reader of the many works that are out there, you might not want to collect your own large library of books. If that is the case, you might be interested in making sure that your public library card is up to date and going to your local library more frequently.

Additionally, new on the market is an amazing technology in high demand.

Kindle is a wireless technology (needing no computer connection) that can download a book in one minute. Individuals are able to store books, blogs and more in this small device.

In the video link, Toni Morrison, Nobel Laureate and author of Beloved talks about how easy the technology is on her eyes when she reads, since she is able to increase the font. Bestselling author James Patterson jokes that it is easier than using the microwave. At the amazon site, many more authors give their interviews regarding using the device as well.


Many other effective uses of time for a retired person include:


If there is a destination that you have never visited or have visited and are eager to return, now's the time to do it. Individuals should set a budget for travel and look for the best deals early on. A local travel agency,, and are all resources. Sometimes you can get a good deal on contacting a hotel or airline directly. Among the many destinations that retirees love to visit are:

Rome, Italy

Paris, France

Florida, USA

Cruising is a mode of travel you might find very enjoyable for leisure.

Many retirees choose to completely relocate to particular pleasurable travel destinations. That takes the appropriate amount of planning.


Especially, when you travel and see various sights, you might become more interested in taking up photography than you were before.

With that can open up another world of hobby possibilities such as scrapbooking, framing photos or even painting landscapes from the photos you took.

Art (sketching/drawing painting) is a wonderful activity for retirees. You can take a class if it is new to you.


So many other effective uses of time during your daily life as a retiree include:

Spending more time with grandkids (if you have any), other family and  friends; knitting, quilting, sewing, gardening and other hobbies galore; going to museums, the theatre (for ballet, opera, plays..), the cinema and other local venues in your area.

Enjoy your retirement! 


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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 5 years ago from USA

      agvulpes,FloBe, and daisyflowrs, thanks so much for your insightful comments and sharing your thoughts. I am glad you like this hub and you have interesting opinions. daisyflowrs, I'm happy that you feel like you learned from this hub;-). I agree that many of us wonder more and more if we will really be able to retire or if we will retire at a later age than the typical 65 in the USA.

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      daisyflowrs 6 years ago from Richmond, VA

      I learned from this hub. First, I didn't know volunteerism was a word. Second, my parents have retirement down to a pat! They have a better social life than I do!! Right now they are taking classes so they can volunteer at the polls during voting time. For me; however, I don't think I will ever be able to retire. But it is nice to read what I could do if I were able to retire. Nice hub! Voted up and useful!

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      FloBe 7 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Excellent ideas on how to meaningfully participate in life! Too many people get caught up in doing all kinds of things but not really enjoying them--retirement is a time of life when they can try different things and focus on what they enjoy.

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      Peter 7 years ago from Australia

      Journey* you certainly have covered most of the bases here and I applaud you for this Hub. I have been happily retired for quite some time and my wife and I have spent those years traveling, playing with the grand-kids etc, and yes! writing on HubPages lol.

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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 9 years ago from USA

      Thanks roastedpinebark!

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      roastedpinebark 9 years ago from Iowa

      I know I have a loooooong time until I retire but I know that this site will have helped me gain some knowledge for the road i will be on in 50 years,

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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 9 years ago from USA

      You're welcome P. Perl. Thanks for your comment.

      I was interested in answering a request and as I navigated among the various requests, this one seemed like a great one to answer. So thank you, I enjoyed writing about this topic.

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      Purple Perl 9 years ago from Bangalore,India

      Thanks for answering my request,Journey*.Great tips for retirees.Enjoying life to the full,and spending time with grandkids are the best!