Today’s Seniors Are Redefining Retirement. Our idea of retirement used to include images of late afternoon naps on the porch sitting in the rocker with little thought of the outside world. There is certainly a change in lifestyle that retirement brings to mind. Words like slower, winding down, relaxing, and disengaging were once a part of the vocabulary that we used to describe this season of life. The freedom found in retirement used to be directed towards disconnecting and unplugging.
Times have changed! While the nap mentality might still appeal to some, most people entering into the retirement stage of their life are remaining active and involved. You would be considered off your rocker to miss out on all that life has to offer. Since we are living longer, retirement is being redefined to reflect the ongoing opportunity available into later years.
A New Lease On Life
In their Special Report on Senior Entrepreneurship, The Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) published some valuable findings. According to the report, 18%of adults between the ages of 50 and 64 and 13% between the ages of 65 and 80 are self-employed compared to just 11% of adults between the ages of 18 and 29.” Our concepts concerning retirement are being reshaped all the time. Here are just a few examples of some recognizable women and men that have shattered the previous retirement mentalities. Cher, at 71, is still giving concerts and looking amazing in her Bob Mackey designed costumes. President Trump was sworn into office at the age of 70. Betty White, now 95 years old, hasn’t slowed the least in her acting or animal rights activism. Retirement now represents a moment to reflect on direction in life and evaluate next steps in terms of what you want to learn, develop or experience.
How You Can Redefine Retirement
Because retirement is now a unique opportunity, it’s important that you take the time and examine your own personal attitude and appreciation for what’s next. A few small steps now will empower your ability to enjoy all that the new era of retirement has to offer. Here are a few possibilities for you to consider:
- Take the knowledge and skills that you have learned and pay it forward. Now is the time where you can have an impact on the world around you. How can you benefit someone else with all the wisdom that you have gained through life?
- Spend intentional time with loved ones. The beauty of human interaction is that the wise experienced person and the young energetic person share their strengths with each other and everyone benefits.
- Speaking of being active, what is something new that you always dreamed of doing but couldn’t find the time or the resource? Take the time to get involved in a sport or group activity. Exercise becomes more and more critical to sustain health into later years.
- Rediscover the joys of learning. Schools have grown to accommodate all kinds of learning environments and there is a myriad of new and wonderful topics to learn.
At Franklin Park, we know a big part of enjoying retirement comes from staying active, engaged, and healthy. As others are redefining retirement, we want to help you have a plan moving forward. Contact us today to discover how your retirement can be active, engaging, and healthy!