Retirement activities

What types of retirement activities have you planned?

Four out of five people in southern Australia when asked what they intend doing in their retirement answer with “Buy a caravan and travel around Australia”. I admit I don’t know how retirees in northern Australia would answer to that question. Apart from wanting to build a fence to keep the southerners out. I believe some head south in summer to get away from the heat.

Health issues force some to retire. Unfortunately the same issues that forced retirement can limit retirement activities.

Women are generally more likely to keep themselves occupied in retirement. They will go out and

  • Join a gym
  • A walking group
  • Play card games
  • Do line-dancing
  • Play a sport
  • Take up quilting
  • Learn new handcrafts or put time into handcrafts you already enjoy
  • Gardening
  • Reading

There are heaps of so called “women focused” things to enjoy. Most of the above mentioned activities are suitable for both women and men.

All year round activities

 But many men, apart from the “Buy a Caravan” thing, have no idea. Travel in a caravan is generally thought of as heading off for eight to 12 weeks a year to the tropics for warmer weather. That’s fine, but they have to think about what are they going to do with themselves for the other nine or 10 months each year? Sit around planning their trip for next year! Not likely.

Some suggestions are

  • Join a Men’s Shed
  • Woodworking Club
  • Probus Club
  • Golf Croquet
  • Bowls
  • Golf
  • Gym
  • Bike riding
  • Walking
  • Sport
  • Gardening
  • Reading

In many areas Probus Clubs have separate clubs for men, women and mixed. Rotary and other service clubs might have similar operations.

Friends would possibly be upset with me if I don’t suggest croquet, or more specifically golf croquet. Both men and women quickly become keen competitors and firm friends. One woman who had recently moved to a new town said “Croquet saved me”. Just start making enquiries around your local area. No previous sporting experience required.

A lot of organisations continually search for volunteers. Some for patient drivers or meals-on-wheels deliveries. By asking at local health services or community centres a whole new world can open up for you.

The main thing to realise, it is up to you to get out and enjoy your life. Don’t be just another little duck floating along on life, go and try every new activity that comes your way.