When we think about our health, the first thing that comes to mind is typically our physical health. How are we feeling today? Any unusual aches or pains? Are we eating a healthy diet and getting enough sleep? We often care so much about our physical health that we sometimes forget to focus on our mental health—which is just as important.
We’ve all seen the inspiring headlines: “A WWII Veteran Finally Gets His Diploma at 95”, “82-Year-Old Woman to Graduate With Nursing Degree”, “Older Americans Are Learning to Code and They're Getting Good.”
The individuals in these uplifting, feel-good articles inspire others with their drive and accomplishments. Believe it or not, though, these stories are not uncommon—today, more adults than ever are seeking to continue their education after retirement. Whether it’s to complete an abandoned degree, or simply to be immersed in the joy of learning, going back to school and other forms of continuing education are becoming increasingly popular for older adults.
While many people look forward to kicking off their retirement and work-free life by moving to an independent living community, others are moving to one before they’ve left the workforce. As more Americans are delaying retirement, adults who live in senior living communities are continuing to work or choosing to go back to work after retirement.
Caring for a parent or family member can be a fulfilling experience and can create a unique bond. But, as with any role, it can cause feelings of stress, anxiety, or worry (to name a few). Between preparing meals, administering medicine, and driving to and from appointments, you may feel like there’s not enough time in the day.
Depending on your situation, dating after 60 can be intimidating, especially with the landscape of dating changing in recent years. With online dating sites and apps growing in popularity, some may not know how to approach the idea of dating again.