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How to Find Purpose in the Golden Years

By Melissa Hill, 8:00 am on

There are times in life when it seems like there’s always something to do, whether it’s making it through college, raising kids, or achieving long-term financial goals. After those milestones are reached, however, individuals often search for a renewed purpose in life. Making an effort to find a new sense of purpose can, in fact, have many positive benefits for seniors wishing to get the most out of their golden years.

The following ideas, presented by Home Care Assistance, a trusted provider of senior care in Oklahoma, can help your loved one enjoy a sense of purpose and self-esteem even after retirement:

  • Participate in Community ActivitiesMany communities have senior centers, churches, and similar organizations that offer activities for seniors. Another way to find renewed purpose of life is to get involved with community efforts like neighborhood beautification, charity events, and fundraisers. Even going to high school football games can serve as something to look forward to on a regular basis while providing seniors with plenty of opportunities to socialize.
  • Stay Involved with Family and Friends Making an effort to remain actively involved with family and friends can give seniors a chance to maintain important relationships, strengthen social ties, and even provide much-appreciated advice. One way for seniors to stay involved with friends and family is to schedule weekly lunches, activities, or lessons in how to adopt new technologies like text messaging and social media, which can serve double duty as they can then connect online with friends who may not live in the community.
  • Take Up a New Hobby or Pursue Lifelong Interests – From participating in regular book club meetings at the local library to taking monthly trips with other seniors to nearby shopping centers, the possibilities are nearly endless (volunteering, taking a class at a local community college, learning a new language) when it comes to hobbies and interests that can provide purpose for seniors.

Not sure where to begin? Start by encouraging your senior loved one to come up with a list of interests or brainstorm together to serve as a basis for settling on activities and interests they can pursue – with a little encouragement, if necessary. If your loved one needs help getting to and from local activities or could use a bit of companionship and assistance at home, call Home Care Assistance of Oklahoma at (405) 285-4191 and schedule a free in-home consultation to learn how our trained and compassionate caregivers are helping seniors live purposeful lives at home.