Leading a vibrant life in your sixties and beyond

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It's a reality everybody faces at a certain point in their life — you've just retired and have an abundance of free time. With no need to spend your weekdays working that day job, you may find yourself wondering how you're going to fill up all that extra time. Luckily, life after retirement doesn't have to be difficult. By continuing to prioritize mental and physical health, seniors can lead a life that is just as vibrant and fulfilling as their younger days.

Find Ways to Stay Connected

A key component to staying happy and healthy at any age is to be involved in a community. According to Dr. Alycia Cleinman of the CHI Memorial Center for Healthy Aging, neglecting the importance of being connected and social leads seniors to be "less likely to forge new friendships and therefore remain at home," which "leads to depression, creating a vicious cycle." Being connected doesn't have to be hard — there are many ways that you can maintain your current connections and find a new community to belong to, such as:

  • Joining a volunteer organization. There are many ways to find active volunteer communities, such as this list of organizations in the Chicago area.

  • Starting yoga or water aerobics. Many gyms have group workout courses, which is a great way to stay fit and meet new people.

  • Stay in touch with family. The internet has allowed families to stay in touch year-round. Check out these tips for maintaining contact with your family virtually.

Keep a Sharp Mind and Body

Maintaining physical and mental health is a key to a long-lasting and fulfilling life. Whether you want to take this journey alone or with others, there is bound to be a way that fits your needs. There are many lifestyle changes that everybody can benefit from, such as:

  • Getting light exercise

  • Eating healthier foods

  • Starting a meditation or breathing practice

Many seniors can also keep busy by starting new activities, whether small or big. If you're looking for a new activity, try some of these:

  • Continuing education through online classes

  • Learning to paint or play an instrument

  • Refurbishing and downsizing

Start a Small Business

Starting a business is a great way to remain busy and generate some extra income. Make sure you have a vision and a goal for what services your business will offer, and research the ways that your business can operate. Many businesses can be created and operated entirely online, which can cut down startup costs. Another way to reduce the costs of running the business is to form an LLC. These companies enjoy great benefits ranging from tax advantages to limited liability. Each state has different regulations for forming an LLC, so be sure to read up on local laws before starting.

Take Control of Your Life

No matter what your situation is, there's a way you can continue to live a vibrant life. By putting your energy into new ventures and staying on top of your health, you can enjoy new experiences and ideas. By: Jason Lewis of Strong Well