Often, retirement is the ultimate goal. You work hard so you can enjoy your “golden years” and do whatever you would like to before your time on earth is done. However, sometimes retirement can feel like it is not all it is cracked up to be, and there are a few reasons for this.
Feeling aimless or like you have no purpose or meaning is one of them.
This piece will touch on why it is important to have a purpose in life when you are a senior, why you might lose it, and how you might go about getting such a thing back!
1. Losing Purpose As You Age
Losing purpose as you age can happen for a few reasons. As you get into the late stage of your life, you more than likely start to slow down. you end your career or stop working, you have finished raising your children into adults, and perhaps your parents have passed, and you now have limited responsibilities. This can leave a certain kind of hole that was used to a fast-paced life, which is now replaced with endless opportunities to do not much, and not many opportunities to do something different. If you become ill or have a chronic issue which means you cannot participate in the activities we love, that might also cause you to lose meaning or purpose for doing those things. Or you might worry about being a burden, rather than having something to offer. There are many contributory factors such as these and other physical issues such as mild cognitive decline.
2. Gives A Reason To Get Up And Get Out
Having a purpose is important to get you up and out of bed in the morning. It can be much more difficult to find the confidence to go and do something new even if you are young and spritely, so adding age or age-related issues into the equation can definitely make things more difficult. If you know a senior loved one who has retired but lacks social life, you might find that you have to give them a reason to get out of the house, most likely with your support. This could be anything from a weekly cup of tea to asking for their help with little things.
It can be easy for the elderly to feel like a burden on their loved ones if they are not able to do what they are used to or if they need extra help. So, asking them for help with little things they can manage will not only keep feeding a meaningful relationship, but it will make them feel useful too.
3. Keeps Healthy
There are several factors we need to engage in to be healthy and happy, and a few of the main important ones are physical exercise, socializing, and having meaningful connections. Without them, we can suffer from cognitive decline much faster.
Keeping on top of making these things a priority can help you keep our health for much longer!
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