Getting ready for retirement can be a big step in your life where finances, commitments, routine and activities may change. There are many things to consider as you approach retirement and it's good to start by reviewing your finances to ensure your future income will allow you to enjoy the lifestyle you want. Age UK can help you prepare and support you through the retirement process.
When we retire we can often lose our main social network, our co-workers. With the world moving onto online platforms more and more, it can be difficult to build new connections but there are groups set up specifically for this group of people to help keep your social life and connections open. Good Neighbours Coventry provides friendship, support and social activity for over 50s in CV1-CV6 and also in Bedworth.
There are many benefits to working in a volunteer capacity. It is a great way to meet new people, it will help you stay busy and it will give you something meaningful to do when you retire. For information visit Volunteering Matters. There are many different ways to volunteer outside of the traditional charity shops. Why not consider combining exercising and volunteering by joining the Good Gym. The Good Gym are a community of people who get fit by doing good deeds stopping off during sessions to do physical tasks for community organisations. They also support isolated older people with social visits and one-off tasks.
Being active is safe for the vast majority of people and it has many benefits for your health and wellbeing. Activity based at a level that feels comfortable for you could help to manage many health conditions. For inspiration and advice on being active with a long term condition, check out We are Undefeatable.There are also activities you can do to keep your brain functioning. Memory games, puzzles and even adult colouring can be fun and engaging while also improving memory, daily functioning skills, and general mental health.
In retirement you may have more free time to get out and appreciate the outdoors. Utilising the local green space can be a great way to improve your physical and mental health. If you don’t live near a country park, then why not take a walk around the area you live. You may discover new things and places to walk. Ask friends and family to join you and make it a walk and chat. To search for local parks visit -