Retirement is the perfect opportunity for seniors to rediscover and redefine who they are as a couple. An increasing number of couples entering this new chapter of their lives are choosing to engage in shared experiences to spend quality time together.
Participating in fun activities can help retired couples boost their health and uplift their spirits. However, seniors living with health conditions may require encouragement and support to take part in exciting activities. If your elderly loved one is living with a serious medical condition and needs help managing the tasks of daily living, reach out to Home Care Assistance, a Centennial home care company you can trust. Our caregivers are available 24/7, there are no hidden fees in our contracts, and we offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee on all of our in-home care services.
The following activities are meant to provide inspiration for retired couples.
1. Learn a Language
Seniors can dive into a new culture by signing up for a foreign language class at a local college or university or for an online language program. Once they get relatively proficient, retired couples can have a weekly date night where they watch a movie in the language and prepare a meal authentic to that country. If budget permits, they can combine learning with travel by enrolling in an overseas language immersion course where they can learn directly from native speakers.
2. Become Activists
Now that work and family do not demand as much time, retired couples can devote themselves to causes near and dear to their hearts. For example, they can serve as campaign volunteers for a congressional candidate, coordinate a petition drive for an important cause, or write to their local elected officials about matters affecting the community.
3. Start a Business
Retired couples can put their combined knowledge and expertise to work in their own business venture. For example, they can open a coffee shop or a bed and breakfast. If they do not want the commitment of a brick and mortar business, they can consider purchasing items at yard, estate, and storage unit sales and reselling them online.
4. Become Foster Grandparents
As a part of Senior Corps, the foster grandparent program connects senior volunteers with children and youth who are in need of friends, mentors, and role models. The program allows older adults to make a difference by reading to children, tutoring students, mentoring at-risk teens and young mothers, and offering comfort to abused or neglected children.
Most nonprofit organizations are understaffed and underfunded, which means they rely on enthusiastic volunteers to carry out their missions. Whether retired couples prefer volunteering locally or abroad, opportunities are available for all interests and abilities. For example, couples can volunteer together at the local animal shelter or Habitat for Humanity chapter. Couples that are more adventurous may want to volunteer with a Red Cross disaster response team or even the Peace Corps.
Seniors with early stage Alzheimer’s and mild cognitive impairment can make meaningful contributions as volunteers. Alzheimer’s can be challenging for seniors to manage without assistance, and it can be just as challenging for families who do not have experience in providing Alzheimer’s care. For trusted Centennial Alzheimer’s care, reach out to Home Care Assistance. Our proprietary Cognitive Therapeutics Method was designed to help seniors with Alzheimer’s and other memory-related conditions live happier and healthier lives.
Traveling is a great way to reconnect as a couple and become immersed in different cultures. With a little creativity, travel can be relatively affordable. For example, programs such as Road Scholar offer senior-friendly learning adventures at a variety of activity levels on every continent, ranging from under $1,000 to approximately $3,000. Another option is to look for websites that allow people to temporarily trade houses with individuals in other states or countries. A professional caregiver can assist your senior family members before, during, and after the trip.
Families looking to hire a Centennial caregiver can reach out to Home Care Assistance. All of our hourly and live-in caregivers receive extensive ongoing training to ensure they provide the high-quality in-home care seniors need and deserve. To learn about our premier senior care plans, call us at (303) 957-3100 today.