The time of life when you hit your 60s, 70s and beyond is often called sunset years. The meaning can be both sad and happy. Sunset is at the end of the day, and so may be darkly considered the inevitable end of life.
More positively, sunset can also the most beautiful time of day. To find happiness and fulfillment in those years, seniors should strive to make the most of them. Consider a few hints from someone who has so far made into his 90s.
Prepare. For many decades before you’ve earned relaxation and watching the sunset, actively anticipate your needs. Financial security is utmost to be able to enjoy worry-free income. Savings plans, pensions, investments and other forms of future financial security should be well-established with regular contributions to support the senior years.
Educate: Apply continuous learning in ever-changing financial matters, as well as heed advice from experts. Set up and maintain the pot of gold for making the most of it at the end of your working years’ rainbow.
Health: In addition to establishing robust financial resources, preparing for physically healthy senior years is equally as important. Regular daily exercise and weight control by sensible eating habits are essential.
It’s no secret that heavy smoking and drinking have a more damaging physical effect as you age. To make the most of those anticipated golden years, the intelligent senior will be sure the time won’t be diminished by noxious clouds of tobacco and obnoxious boozing.
Enjoy: Sail on cruises, bask at beaches, roam foreign lands, climb mountains, visit Vegas. After all those years working the daily grind, you’ve earned it!
Family: Financial and physical health in the sunset years can be greatly enhanced by a sunny disposition for a loving family. It’s the time to enjoy the accomplishments of a long and fruitful life. Grandchildren are among the most blessed benefits for fulfilling senior years.
Just having them around will bring well-earned moments of joy. Their enthusiasm and happiness will greatly influence your emotionally healthy attitude.
Volunteer: With most seniors, the golden years offer well-earned rest from the daily grind of a career and raising families. It’s time to sit back, relax and let everyone else meet the deadlines and work schedules. However, as Dylan Thomas wrote: “Do not go gentle into that good night.”
When a senior has special skills, decades of experience and the enthusiasm to contribute, it can be fulfilling to volunteer. Get up from the virtual rocking chair and out to be a positive influence on others. It’s the best kind of mental and emotional health a senior can practice.
Consider in a hospital, homeless shelter or other community activity that needs wise counsel or just some daily efforts. The willing senior pitches in. The work and responsibilities will have a positive effect on feelings of self-worth and lifetime accomplishments.