Q: My company says I have to retire in a few months and I’m dreading it. I can’t imagine not working, and anyway, I’ve seen too many people just wither away after they retired. I don’t want that to happen to me. What advice would you give me? — S.T.
A: There are many things you could do after retiring. Here are some suggestions (in no particular order):
- interact with other people in your area via a community center
- volunteer your time for a worthy cause (e.g., soup kitchen, literacy program, women’s shelter, reading to the blind or elderly)
- take up a new hobby
- commit to learn a new skill
- spend time with your family
- join a gym, hiking/walking club, or cycling club
- read for fun
- complete a daily crossword puzzle
- stay current with your profession by attending professional meetings and making lunch plans with your former colleagues
- watch educational shows on PBS
- catch up on old movies you didn’t see when you were busy with your job
- learn a new language
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