Some of the most common fears about moving into a retirement home are the loss of community, identity and independence. At Ormiston Rise, we actively encourage staying in the know and being as independent as possible. We’ve compiled some of the best ways you can stay in the loop and keep doing the things you want to do in retirement.
Stay in the Know
Almost every convenience store or grocery shop sells the major newspapers. But if there’s one thing we can thank technology for, it’s bringing the news to the internet 24 hours a day/7 days a week. You can now check out almost all newspapers and news updates online by heading to your chosen newspaper’s site. If you’re interested in lifestyle, travel and finance, Seniors News is a great source of current information. To read up on advocacy for improving the quality of life for older Australians, National Seniors is the source for you. And finally, every Brisbane local is sure to be familiar with the Brisbane Times to catch up on what’s happening in the River City.
Social media is a great way to keep up to date with family and friends as well as reconnect with people. Once you’ve added your family and friends you will be able to see photos, videos and messages. One of the best things about getting on social media? Staying up to date with the grandkids of course! You might also want to delve into Instagram, a platform solely for sharing videos and images. You can opt to follow pages that you’re interested in, like recipe pages or celebrities, as well as keep up on current news and events. As well as Instagram, Twitter is a great social media platform for keeping up to date with news, politics and opinions. Most influential and powerful people (e.g. Donald Trump) are big fans of this platform because it allows you to voice your opinions and share them with the masses (which can make for some entertaining and controversial viewing!). Whichever way you choose to use it, Twitter is another great way to stay connected with the world.
Keep your Brain Active
Nowadays, there are many organisations that offer active learning in retirement. Studying and learning throughout your life keeps your mind active whilst keeping you busy. The University of Third Age is one of the best-known organisations for seniors and you can join free when you move into Ormiston Rise or Tranquil Waters Retirement Village. The University of Third Age uses ‘university’ as a very loose term as there are no prerequisites or exams. Whether you’re interested in learning a new language, a new skill or studying a whole new topic, there are plenty of options for you to consider. You can also check out TAFE Queensland and Adult Learning Australia for more opportunities.
To continue being an active member of the community, you might also consider picking up a casual or part-time job or become a volunteer. All of these options allow you to keep your mind sharp, socialise often and potentially have an income. Depending on what you’re interested in you might consider approaching florists, retail stores, schools or gardening shops.
By following these steps, you’ll be sure to continue meeting new people, learning new skills, experiencing new things and generally living a full and happy life. So give it a go, and find what’s best for you and your retirement.
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