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Whether you’ve been planning yours for years, or are facing an earlier leave than expected, retirement is an important and much anticipated milestone in our adult lives.

But when the time comes, having lots of newfound free time on your hands can feel a little bit daunting. You might be asking things ‘What are the best activities to take up during retirement?

At Halton, we’re serious about older people maintaining comfort and independence in their homes across the UK. Retirement can be the perfect time to give attention to those goals and aspirations you’ve put to one side but always wanted to explore. We’ve put together our top list of activities to consider taking up during retirement. Read below to find out more.

Take up a new hobby

Ok, so we’re not exactly talking about taking up any extreme sports here! However, gaining some down time can be the perfect opportunity to take up a fun or relaxing hobby.
The beauty of trying something new during retirement is that you can take it all at your own pace! From puzzles and painting, to baking and golf – there are so many creative endeavours to take up that can get your moving and thinking. Give them a try!

Join a club

From book clubs to aerobics classes, joining a local club can be the perfect incentive we need to keep our minds active and our calendars busy. Social hobbies in particular can help older people to improve their mental and physical health, and sense of wellbeing. They’re also a great way to meet likeminded people and make friends.

Write

Ever wanted a chance to tell your story but couldn’t find the time? Well, writing isn’t just for the young! With travel largely out of the question in 2020, writing is the perfect way to create or relive your very own adventure. From memoirs to short stories, you could even try your hand at some simple poetry. Even just noting down some of your favourite memories can be a wonderful activity, allowing you and the family to take a trip down memory lane.

Volunteer

Just because you’re retiring doesn’t mean you don’t have something important to contribute to your community! Volunteering can be a fantastic way to make a difference and only has to involve as many hours a week as you’d like to give. Find a local charity close to your heart and ask if there’s a way you can help. This could be as simple as participating in a bake sale, or becoming a phone volunteer for a lonely neighbour once a week.

If you want to make the most of spending more time in your home during retirement, then having a stairlift installed might be the answer you’re looking for. Have questions about any of our stairlift models? Call the friendly Halton team on 0800 644 7766 to request a brochure or to arrange a no-obligation quote.