Making the Most of Your Senior Years

By Michelle Cemental

Your senior years can be some of the most enjoyable of your life. You’ve worked hard, now is the time to do the things you enjoy. With fewer responsibilities and likely an empty nest, many seniors find themselves looking to do the things they didn’t have the time to do when they were younger. We’ve put together some tips and ideas to help you to make the most of your senior years.  

Look Your Best 

Refresh Your Wardrobe 

When you look good, you feel good. Everyone wants to look in the mirror and like what they see, and it can be very empowering to celebrate your age through your wardrobe.  

Unfortunately, a lot of seniors tend to find keeping up with current styles daunting. It can be easy to let fashion go by the wayside, especially if you’ve settled into a long-term routine with your hair and clothing. You may also find many current style trends to be silly or tacky.  However, this doesn’t need to keep you from feeling stylish.  

One of the best things you can do with your style is to embrace your age. People have a tendency to dress in styles that are more appropriate for younger people. While we understand trying to keep up with the latest trends, it’s not likely to do you any favors. In fact, dressing in styles associated with younger people can actually make you look older.   

Instead, look to style icons around your own age. Many times, simple styles can accentuate your look, and solid colors and simple patterns are a great option. Also, remember not to over-accessorize. For women, this could mean wearing a standout piece of jewelry. For men, it could be a classy watch. Either way, investing some time into looking your best will boost your self-confidence and make you feel good about yourself.   

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Styling Your Hair 

One of the biggest things you can do to take control of your appearance is to style your hair in a flattering way. For men, a style that specifically compliments gray hair can add a touch of class and sophistication to your look. And for those that have already lost their hair, a well-groomed beard can help give your face a fuller look. If you still have hair but find your strands thinning, there are a lot of options to improve your look—you’re never too old to talk to your doctor about a hair loss treatment.   

For women, you may want to take a look at some of these great youthful hairstyles. As you grow older, your hair tends to become thinner and more delicate. These styles are designed to look great even if your hair isn’t as thick as it used to be.   

Style doesn’t have to be an afterthought when you’re a senior. Everyone wants to look good, and you’ll thank yourself for taking a little time on your appearance.   

Do Things You Love  

Get Out and See the Sights 

You’ve worked hard your whole life, but now you’re retired, or at least retiring soon. You’ve got the free time. What to do with it all? The short answer is whatever you like! That’s the beauty of retirement. It’s a time to throw yourself back into hobbies that you didn’t have time for when you were younger, or try things you may never have even thought of in your earlier years!  

Many people decide to use these years to travel. RVs are an especially popular way for retirees to travel around the US without sacrificing too many of the comforts of home. This lifestyle has brought happiness to a lot of people, especially if you’re traveling with your significant other. There are downsides to this life, however, and you’ll want to make sure you’re healthy enough to drive a large vehicle, as well as whether it fits into your budget. Fortunately, you can rent an RV for a fairly reasonable price, and this can be a good way to get a sense of whether or not semi-nomadic living is the right choice for you. For others, renting a hotel or an Airbnb may be a better option. It’s a lot less work, and you’re not stuck with a vehicle that needs to be maintained whether you’re actively using it or not.  

From the Rocky Mountains to the Caribbean, if you’re interested in traveling, there’s almost certainly a destination for you. You’ve got the time, get out and see the world!   

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Invest Time In Your Hobbies 

Was there something that you enjoyed doing when you were younger but slowly gave up on as life grew more hectic and your free time was at a premium? Now could be the perfect time to take up that old hobby. Of course, you’ll want to take care of yourself, and high-impact activities may want to be avoided. Skiing comes to mind here. If you were an avid skier but haven’t been on a mountain in 20 years, you may want to think long and hard about whether or not it’s worth the risk.   

While there are certain people that engage in strenuous activities well into their senior years, activities with a large skill curve and a high potential for injury (like skiing) are not the best hobbies to take up after a long time away from them. If you’re an outdoorsy person, hiking is always a great option, though you may need to pay more attention to the terrain. If you’re more of a homebody, you might consider gaming. It may seem surprising, but video games allow you to lose yourself in an immersive virtual world and more and more seniors are enjoying video games  

Whether you find a new passion or rekindle an old one, now is the time to do what you love!  

Stay Social  

It’s incredibly important to maintain connections with friends and family as you get older. Humans have a need for companionship and social interaction, regardless of age. We know it can be a little more difficult to plan get-togethers and outings, especially if you or your friends have any difficulties with mobility.   

With that in mind, what if you find your social circle has shrunk considerably? If you’re struggling with loneliness or having difficulty making new friends, try joining a walking group or a book club. There’s almost certainly one of these in your community, you may just have to do a little research. There’s no reason to feel isolated in your older years, and seniors need friends just like anyone else.   

Your senior years can be some of the best and most fulfilling of your life. Reconnect with old friends, rekindle old hobbies, and you can even throw out the alarm clock! Just enjoy yourself, you’ve earned it.  

And if you need a little extra assistance during your senior years, don't hesitate to reach out to your local Caring Senior Service.

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