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Rewarding retirement requires more than money

June 28, 2012

Financial stability is undoubtedly an important part of enjoying senior living. For some, being able to cover all the retirement costs of living can be difficult, but for many seniors who have been saving, that is not an issue. However, that does not mean they still aren't searching for fulfillment later in life. There are many ways to enjoy an enriching retirement that has nothing to do with money.

One of the most important things for retirees is to stay engaged. Making sure to have a "second act" is important, whether it be heading back to school or diving head first into a new hobby. Additionally, volunteering has become a popular way for seniors to stay active during retirement while also giving back to the community, The Christian Science Monitor reports.

Perhaps the biggest advantage volunteering offers is the array of options available. However, experts often highlight the importance of finding the right charitable opportunity that will offer the most community engagement.

"Make sure your work will be high-impact," Marci Alboher, vice president at the thinktank Civic Ventures, told the newspaper. "Because people are reluctant simply to lick envelopes."

Volunteering may also help retirees kick one persistent habit many older adults share - watching television. In fact, recent statistics from the Labor Department found adults between 65 and 74 averaged a little less than four hours of television watching a day, certainly not the hallmark of a fulfilling retirement.

Instead, AARP says one of the best ways to enjoy a smooth transition into a rewarding retirement is to forge connections with others. Whether it be through a volunteer organization or a sports club, retirement can offer older adults the chance to form new friendships they may not have been able to enjoy while they were working.