Retirement is a time for relaxation and fun, but you also need to make sure that you’re staying active and not becoming sedentary. Keeping your mind and body engaged in the world around you can improve your mood, stave off Alzheimer’s and other medical issues, and provide you with the chance to get more out of your life after work. There is so much to keep you busy in your community, no matter where you live. One resource that a lot of people avoid is actually a great place: the senior center.
Local senior centers might not have the most appealing names, but they are full of people who have similar interests and who are in similar stages of life as you. There are always activities and events going on and you can get a lot of social and recreational benefits from this type of facility. You shouldn’t be scared away from exploring this opportunity just because of its name. No one likes the word ‘senior citizen’, but that doesn’t mean that you should avoid anything to do with it because you can miss out on a lot of great things with that type of mentality.
There are plenty of local resources for your recreational needs, of course. Even people who live in rural settings can travel to nearby towns and cities to find things to keep them busy. The senior center is only one place worth checking out, but it’s one that people usually avoid because of the nature, stereotypes, or assumptions that have been made about it. If you’re looking for like-minded people and fun things to do, however, I recommend you check it out. No one is going to think that you’re “old” just because you found a fun place to hang out.
Until we can convince communities to change the names of these facilities to something more fun and less stereotypical, we’re going to have to accept it. Give it a try for yourself and you might be surprised at just how much you can find to enjoy. And don’t worry, I won’t tell anyone you went.