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25 Of The Best Things To Do In Retirement

25 Of The Best Things To Do In Retirement

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25 Of The Best Things To Do In Retirement

Retirement means freedom from work, with time to kick back, relax and enjoy life at a slower pace. But, with so many years ahead of you, you may find yourself running out of things to do in your spare time. Our comprehensive guide is here to help you stay active and discover fresh and interesting things to do in retirement — to help keep you engaged and fulfilled in your golden years.


What To Do In Retirement

Retirement can open a new and exciting chapter in your life. More than ever, you have time to spend with your loved ones, travel, discover new hobbies, rediscover old ones and more. Here are 25 fun, productive and fulfilling activities to help you enjoy your retirement:

StoryPoint resident at the Lincoln memorial

1. Travel The World

Because there are no time limits on your vacations, retirement can be a great time to travel and tick your favorite destinations off your bucket list. With endless places to explore, this can be a great time to channel your inner wanderlust. It’s also one of our favorite things to do in retirement.


senior living residents working out with bands

2. Exercise More

Staying active can have great benefits for your physical and mental well-being, helping you stay healthy and independent for longer. Even at an advanced age, there’s a variety of fun exercises to help you stay fit.

StoryPoint resident reading

3. Read More Books

Whether you’re an avid reader or you just enjoy a book now and then, reading can be a great way to expand your mind. Additionally, you’ll get to explore new ideas, get entertained and keep your brain engaged.

senior doing volunteer work

4. Volunteer Your Time

Wondering what to do when you retire? You can volunteer for a good cause in your local area. Giving back to the community can feel incredibly rewarding. Whether you’re helping out at the local animal shelter or feeding the homeless, committing your time to the greater good can be fulfilling during retirement.

StoryPoint resident outside with her dog

5. Get A Pet

Pets can help enrich your life and provide a great sense of love and affection. If you’re an animal lover and feel like you could use a devoted companion, you may consider adopting a pet from your local animal shelter or rescue center.

adult picking up a prescription at pharmacy

6. Find A Rewarding Part-Time Job

If you find yourself wondering what to do in retirement, you may realize you miss the fulfillment you used to get from your career. One option is to put your skills and experience to good use, by taking a part-time, remote or in-person job. This can keep you productive and engaged — all while providing some additional income.

StoryPoint residents listening to live piano

7. Learn To Play A Musical Instrument

If you’re a music lover looking for things to do in retirement, learning to play an instrument, like a piano or the guitar, can be a great way to keep yourself busy. It can also help keep your brain engaged and may open up the chance to make new friends.

Seniors grilling outside

8. Improve Your Culinary Skills

Everyone loves a delicious meal. Learning fresh recipes can be a fun and creative way to spend your free time, and it can also help with your nutrition. So, why not try out that new soup recipe, or a new variation of your favorite dish? Your loved ones will enjoy them in the next family dinner!

StoryPoint resident meditating with instructor

9. Practice Meditation

Practicing meditation can help reduce feelings of anxiety and depression, making it great for both your mental and emotional well-being. Meditating can also enhance your mood and help you sleep better.

Seniors running a flower shop

10. Start A Small Business

If you’re looking for things to do in retirement, and the idea of being your own boss sounds appealing, you can start a small business in your area. You could open up a shop or offer a service. While the idea of starting a business may sound exciting, it’s generally advisable to do market research beforehand.

senior man writing

11. Write A Book

We all have life stories to tell. Whether it’s a work of fiction or a memoir, you can put pen to paper and share your life experiences with the world!

StoryPoint resident painting

12. Create Arts And Crafts

Creating beautiful arts and crafts, whether it’s crocheting, pottery, painting and more, can be a fulfilling way to express yourself and engage your cognitive function. Additionally, the items you create can make unique gifts for friends and family!

seniors in a classroom

13. Learn A Second Language

Even if you don’t plan to tour a foreign country, learning a new language can help you socialize and explore new cultures. Additionally, it helps keep your brain engaged, which can enhance your memory and problem-solving skills.

Senior couple going for a walk

14. Start Hiking

If you love exploring the outdoors, hiking can be a great way to get in touch with nature — and get some physical exercise too. If you’re just getting started, it’s recommended that you begin with a simple hiking trail before you tackle more difficult terrain. If possible, have a friend tag along or join a hiking club. Companions can help make your hiking trips safer and more fun!

concert at a StoryPoint community

15. Attend Social Events Around Your Community

Attending events such as sports tournaments, film festivals or concerts around your community can be a great way to enjoy free time in retirement. Social events may also open up opportunities to make new friends.

StoryPoint resident gardening indoors

16. Grow Your Kitchen Garden

Running out of things to do in retirement? Home gardening is a therapeutic hobby that you can enjoy. Growing your own produce can be fulfilling. Additionally, it can help with your nutrition and provide some physical exercise.

StoryPoint Residents playing bingo

17. Play Board Games And Solve Puzzles

Keeping your cognitive function engaged can help prevent or delay the onset of age-related, memory illnesses. Playing fun games like crossword puzzles, Scrabble, Sudoku and more can help keep your brain sharp and active.

StoryPoint resident reading to grandchildren

18. Spend More Time With Family

Retirement means more freedom to enjoy quality time with family. You finally have more spare time to host family dinners, visit your grandkids, attend their sporting events and more.

Senior moving boxes

19. Redecorate A Room

With more free time on your hands, you can now give your home the facelift you’ve always dreamed of. You can use online resources like Pinterest to see how you could rearrange your furnishings, or grab some new decor from your local thrift shop to help freshen whatever room you choose.

StoryPoint travel group

20. Explore Your Local Area

Sometimes the hassle of everyday life can make you forget how much your local area has to offer. With more free time, you can get around and discover the cool spots and attractions in your area that you might’ve missed out on.

senior on her laptop

21. Start A Blog

Now that you have exciting things to do in retirement, why not capture your experiences and share them with the world? With several free blogging platforms available, you can share your experiences with people who have interests similar to yours.

StoryPoint residents talking outside

22. Connect With Friends

While retirement can mean more freedom and alone time, sometimes you may experience feelings of loneliness and isolation. Visiting your friends or hosting fun get-togethers every once in a while can be a great way to add some human interaction to your life.

seniors camping

23. Take Up Camping

If you’re adventurous, camping can be a great way to explore the outdoors, and get in touch with nature. With a variety of national parks and camping sites to explore, camping offers a great outdoor activity that can be enjoyed with friends and family.

senior packing things into boxes

24. Declutter Your Space

You’ve probably accumulated a lot of things over your lifetime — some of them useful or sentimental and others not so much. Retirement can be a great time to sort through your things and clear out or donate items you no longer need.

25. Take Up Yoga

Sometimes the natural changes caused by aging can limit your physical activity. If you feel you’re losing your agility and athleticism, yoga can be a great way to remain active. Yoga utilizes gentle movements and stretches and helps to improve strength, balance and flexibility.

StoryPoint resident painting with an employee

Senior Living With StoryPoint Group

At StoryPoint Group, we believe your retirement years should be fun and relaxed. Our vibrant communities focus on each resident’s unique needs — providing a supportive environment where you can thrive. Our dedicated Life Enrichment team continually plans activities, outings and events to help residents get the most out of life every day. To learn more, schedule a tour of your nearest community or give us a call today at 1-844-403-6569.

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