Retirement is often considered a time of leisure, but it’s still important to set goals. Having goals to work toward provides seniors with a sense of purpose and helps them live happier and more comfortable lives. The Philadelphia senior care professionals at Home Care Assistance recommend encouraging your aging loved one to set the following goals post-retirement.
1. Financial Goals
Staying on track financially is a crucial part of retirement. Your loved one’s financial goals can include creating and sticking to a budget, analyzing investment funds, and setting money aside for emergencies. Help your loved one come up with financial goals and encourage him or her to meet these goals on a regular basis.
2. Health Goals
Seniors can develop a variety of health conditions as they get older, which makes it important to stay in shape physically and cognitively. Your loved one should set goals that focus on getting regular physical activity and eating nutritious meals, and he or she should also come up with ways to stay mentally sharp, such as doing crossword puzzles and other brain-boosting games.
3. Travel Goals
Retirement provides seniors with opportunities to travel and see new things. Your loved one can set goals focused on travel, such as visiting local places of interest he or she has never been to or making plans to travel to another state or another part of the country if possible. Local senior groups and organizations sometimes offer special trips that include transportation and admission to tourist attractions, which can provide your loved one with a convenient way to travel and spend time with others.
4. Learning Goals
Being done with school and work doesn’t mean learning has to stop. Encourage your loved one to learn something new, such as a foreign language. Your loved one can also take up a hobby that teaches him or her new skills, such as photography or gardening. Community centers and local schools typically offer adult education classes seniors can sign up for.
If your loved one needs help meeting goals related to his or her health, reach out to Home Care Assistance. Our respite and live-in caregivers can assist with exercise, provide mental and social stimulation, prepare nutritious meals, and help with a wide variety of important tasks. We also offer specialized Parkinson’s, stroke, and dementia care Philadelphia seniors can rely on. For more information on our in-home care services and to schedule a free consultation with one of our knowledgeable Care Managers, call (215) 645-4663 today.