Most seniors do not consider working past retirement age because retirement is your time to relax and enjoy life at an easy-going pace. While the time may have come to end full-time work, you may want to reconsider cutting employment out of your life altogether.
There are a number of ways a post-retirement job can benefit seniors without infringing on their relaxation and family time. If you’ve thought about getting back into the workforce, are feeling bored and unstimulated in retirement, or are itching to pursue that dream career you’ve always longed for, a post-retirement job could be just what you’ve been missing.
Working Keeps the Mind Sharp
One of the main reasons seniors develop mental health problems is a lack of mental exercise. A job through retirement guarantees regular mental exercise through problem-solving, learning new skills, and interacting with others. If you have a family history of dementia or Alzheimer’s, you may want to seriously consider a part-time job for your retirement. Other cognitive stimulation programs offer fun brain games and activities to help you work your cognitive skills and keep your brain sharp! Think about finding an activity that you like and adding a brain training program to keep your brain sharp and your cognitive skills at top level.
A Job Helps Prevent Social Isolation
Social isolation is one of the most common problems faced by seniors in the West. Retirement spells the end of workplace socializing, and many seniors learn too late that work was their only form of social interaction.
If you don’t have an overly active social life, retirement may become a series of monotonous days with little to no interaction with other people, which can lead to depression. Social interaction is critical for human well-being, and a post-retirement job is the best way to ensure you as a retiree do not suffer from social isolation.
Extra Income is Never Bad
It is not uncommon for seniors to work part-time while receiving social security benefits. That additional income can mean over-the-top holiday celebrations, a much-needed cruise, or even a high-end retirement community for the end of your working days. It is never a bad idea to secure extra income.
You Can Finally Have Your Dream Job
Before retirement, your career choice was likely driven, at least in part, by finances. You needed the money to thrive and provide for your family. Now, with social security and retirement pensions kicking in, you might be able to job hunt without worrying about your income level.
Furthermore, you have a lifetime of invaluable experience for employers. Now is the perfect time to secure the job you always imagine.
Volunteering is Always an Option
Even if cashiering a few hours a week does not appeal to you, retirement is the perfect time to start volunteering. With a volunteering position, you can support a cause you care about while enjoying many of the benefits of a paying job.
The open schedule of a retiree is ideal for volunteering as is your life experience and passion for the cause. In fact, there is even a group devoted to seniors who want to spend their retirement doing some good in the world.
There are many reasons for seniors to continue working at least a little throughout their retirement. It does the mind, the body, and the world a lot of good. Whether you apply to your favorite local shop, gain a new license, or opt to volunteer your time, working during your golden years is the best way to enjoy retirement to the fullest.
Jim enjoys providing valuable information to seniors and their caregivers. He and his wife created ElderAction after becoming caregivers for their aging parents. His mission is to help ensure seniors are able to thrive throughout their golden years. He continually adds more elder-positive and useful resources in elderaction.org.