Since we are in our thirties, now is the time when our parents start to retire and take things easy. Loads of my friends' parents have already taken the plunge, and I know that many are just about to do it as well. When your parents leave work, a whole new world opens up to them. As their child, you can help them enjoy their retirement. Here are ten majorly important things they should try.
1. Travel the world together
If your parents are still together, they might want to take this time to go to new places. I am a massive advocate of going abroad and exploring the world, and so, of course, I think this idea is incredible. They could take a romantic trip together or even embark on a world cruise. Have a chat with your mum and dad to see what they think about this neat idea.
2. Update their wills
If it has been years since your parents updated their wills, now is the time to broach the subject. If the worst should happen, you need to know that they have taken care of all the details. If your parents die before they update the documents, you will have to go through the process of contesting a will. It is not an easy thing to talk about (or even think about), but you ought to discuss this issue with them sooner rather than later. Pick up the phone now, and have a talk with them.
3. Start a healthy eating routine
You want your parents to have as much fun as possible in their retirement. If they are not healthy, their golden years will be horrible. You should suggest that they start a healthy eating routine. As people age, they need to be health conscious so that they can feel younger for longer. You could even help your parents create a diet plan so that they look after themselves well.
4. See (more of) you and your siblings
The best thing about your parents taking their retirement? They get to see more of you than they did before now. When they don't have to go to work each day, your family can drop in on you at any time. You ought to make loads of plans with your parents so that you see them all the time. Check your schedule and see when you are free. When you have some spare time, you might want to take a trip with them or just visit them at home for a weekend.
5. Start volunteering for charity
Before now, your parents probably didn't have a great deal of time to spare. When people have full-time jobs, they find it difficult to do everything they want to do. If they care about charity and doing good things for the local community, they might wish to start volunteering. There are thousands of causes that need volunteers and helpers all the time. You should take the time to look at a range of charities and help your parents find a cause that they believe in and want to help.
6. Get a new household pet
Again, in the past, your family may not have had time to look after a pet. Now, is the perfect time to get one, though, and your parents should consider doing so. If you worry that they won't get out and about as much as they used to, you might want to suggest that they get a dog. That way, they will have a reason to go out every morning, and they will also have a way to meet new people. As you know, dog walkers are sociable people and enjoy chatting with one another.
7. Meet new people
If your parents decide that they don't want a dog, they still need to find ways to meet new people. It is crucial that your parents have an active social life. If they don't see people, they might start to suffer from mental issues, such as depression. Now is the time when they can begin to enjoy their lives and do whatever they want. Make sure that they always have plans. Ask them what they are up to and listen to their answers.
8. Start a hobby
Hobbies are an excellent way to fill time and learn new skills. If your parents have any particular interests, they ought to look into them and get serious about them. For example, your dad might enjoy playing a round of golf while your mum takes up salsa lessons. Sometimes, people need a little push to try new things and so you might have to persuade your parents to take a class or two.
9. Write a novel
The old saying goes that everybody has a novel in them. There is no doubt that at least one of your parents has thought about writing a book in the past. Sometimes, people fail to start writing because they don't think that they can do it. All your parents need is a little ego boost to get them started. If one of your parents has an idea for a book, you should listen to it. Encourage your parents to start writing and show them that you believe they can do it.
10. Learn about technology
Our parents' generation is not as tech-savvy as we are. If you want to help your family out, you might want to teach them to use some of the latest technology. For example, they probably know how to use a laptop, as many workplaces insist that everyone learns, but can they use a tablet? Ask them whether there is anything they want to learn about and see whether you can help them out.
When your parents retire, they get a new lease of life. This period should be an enjoyable and exciting time for them rather than a stressful one. It is your duty, as their child, to help them along the way and make sure that they relax. Sometimes, people find the transition from working to retirement tricky. To help them out, you need to give your parents all the love and support they need!
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