Making the most of your golden years
No matter how hard we try or how much money we spend on trying to delay the process, the simple fact of the matter is we all get old.
However, before you decide that time has finally caught up with you and the only thing left to do is accept the inevitable, one can maintain a reasonable level of fitness and health long after they have retired from the workforce. It’s all a matter of perspective and in that regard - adopting a positive, can-do attitude. Many older folk find gardening both remedial and therapeutic. Although winter is still hovering, there have been some nice days of late, providing the ideal time to perhaps tackle some of those less arduous outdoor activities around the home. An hour or two in the garden, whether it be pruning the rose garden or preparing the vege plot, not only gets you out in the fresh air the end result can be quite stimulating especially if you decide to give your section a real makeover. It’s amazing how quickly you can transform what used to be a rather unsightly mess into a garden to be proud of and at a minimal cost too, save for your labour. It’s a fair bet that you have a circle of friends who you could swap plants with and if you entertain ideas of a larger garden project like building a sun deck, garden trellis or resowing a lawn then chances are you will be able to call on their services to get the job done once winter ends. If this is the case, you can always return the favour at a later date if required. Getting together with friends on a regular basis is good for the soul and also keeps you up to speed with what’s going on in the neighbourhood. Unfortunately, some people lose contact with old work colleagues or longtime friends for a variety of reasons and it’s up to the individual to maintain those relations. That’s not too say that you have to call or visit on a daily basis but a weekly or fortnightly get together provides the opportunity to exchange views on this and that in a relaxing, enjoyable atmosphere that really lifts the spirits. And it’s with that in mind that a large number of retired folk enjoy playing lawn or indoor bowls, join walking clubs, attend Senior Net classes or offer their services on a voluntary basis to various sports clubs or charitable organisations. Not only does the above offer the opportunity to meet others with similar interests it also gives you a reason for staying on top of things healthwise.