When your parents retire, it's hard not to be a little jealous! But they've been working for a long time, and they deserve to relax. A lot of people can find themselves at a loss when they retire. They've kept themselves busy through work for a long time, and now they have to find other things to do. If you want your parents to make the most of their retirement, you can lend them a hand and support them. Here are some ideas for helping to keep them healthy and happy during their later years.
Discuss Living Arrangements
One thing that you might need to talk about with your parents is their living arrangements. Many people choose to relocate once they've retired - often to somewhere warmer. They might decide to downsize their home or perhaps move into a retirement community to be with others their age. However, sometimes the move can be out of necessity. If your parents need a bit more support, they might benefit from assisted living or something similar. A home like McKnight Place could be suitable for them if they need some extra care and support. It's worth discussing where your parents might live now and possible future plans too.
Help with Finances
Money doesn't stop being a big issue when you retire. In fact, it can be even more important because you need to manage it carefully. You can help your parents to make the most of their retirement funds and income. You could provide financial advice or sit down with them to help them go through their finances. Sometimes, elderly parents might require someone else to manage their money for them. You might also consider helping out financially by sending your parents some money or paying for some expenses.
Suggest Things to Do
Keeping busy during retirement is sometimes difficult for people to do. They're not used to so much free time, and end up getting bored and restless. If you feel like your parents are bored (perhaps they keep calling you for something to do!), you can help them to entertain themselves. Try suggesting things that they can do, whether it's taking up a hobby or joining a social group. Encourage them to try new things or get back into something that they used to enjoy doing. Staying active and social is good for both their physical and mental health.
Enjoy Family Time
You might not have as much free time as your parents, but you can still spare some time for them. Do things together as a family, especially for special occasions. If you have children of your own, maybe you want to take advantage of some free babysitting too. For some quality family time together, you could even consider going on vacation together. It can be an interesting thing to do as an adult that both reminds you of childhood vacations and is a new experience at the same time.
Help your parents to make the most of their retirement years by being there for them when they need you.
CANDY TAI is a wife to David and mom of 5 with a degree in Communications. She's a native Texan (Hook 'Em Horns!) who's been making her home in the Kansas City metro area for nearly 15 years. She loves being able to shuffle her kids from their various sports activities, piano lessons, and school activities. She enjoys fashion, beauty, reality TV, and moviegoing.