Advice for Finding Purpose During Retirement

Advice for Finding Purpose During Retirement

When it comes to healthy aging, quite honestly, there’s a lot to do. You’re supposed to make sure to keep your body active and your brain engaged all while maintaining your social connections as well. Sure, the benefits to your overall well-being are worth the effort, but retirement is supposed to be a time with less responsibility on your plate, right? Well, it turns out that in senior living you can have your cake and eat it too, so to speak. Here’s how programs like our Vivid Life make keeping active, engaged, and connected easy and fun! 

Benefits of Healthy Aging 

Good things happen when you focus on healthy aging. In addition to feeling better overall, which in and of itself is a win, other benefits of keeping active, engaged, and connected include:  

  • Improved ability to do everyday things ​ 
  • Reduced impact of illness and chronic disease​ 
  • Enhanced mobility, flexibility, and balance
  • Improved sleep
  • Increased energy level
  • Reduced feelings of depression and stress
  • Increased feelings of happiness and self-confidence
  • Reduced risk of cognitive decline 
  • Increased mental adaptability and cognitive reserve 
  • Improved memory recall and problem-solving skills 
  • Improved concentration and attention to detail  

How Senior Living Can Help 

At home, particularly when living alone, it can be hard to stay as active, engaged, and connected as you’d like. From lack of opportunity to lack of motivation to lack of transportation to mobility challenges, and more, it’s tough, we get it! That’s why we created the Vivid Life program in our senior living communities. It’s composed of three parts: Vibrant Body, Vibrant Brain, and Vibrant Connections. Here’s what each entails:  

Vibrant Body We offer amenities such as a state-of-the-art fitness center, a pool, walking trails, gardening opportunities, and even a dog park to help you stay active. A sample of activities includes:  

  • Walking club – Daily walks at different outdoor locations using pedometers to measure steps. 
  • Yoga – At least once per week for gentle yoga, and once per week for mindful breathing. 
  • Fitness classes – At least two times per week using a variety of hand weights, resistance bands, and circuit-type exercises. 
  • Tai Chi – At least once per week with a live instructor. 
  • Non-traditional exercise – Dancing, gardening, etc. at least two times per week. 
  • Physical games and sports – Golf, putting, bowling, croquet, bocce, and ping pong available daily with organized events one to two times per week. 

Vibrant Brain We offer monthly calendars filled with classes, events, creative arts, and enrichment opportunities to help keep you engaged. A sample of activities includes: 

  • Visiting lecture series – Twice per month with topics such as cultural, historical, local interest, career-oriented, etc. 
  • Creative art series – At least one per week with a theme that runs 3-6 weeks, such as poetry writing, storytelling, painting, digital photography, etc. 
  • Learning series – At least three times per month with an emphasis on learning something new such as foreign language, sign language, technology, hobbies, etc. 
  • Games – At least one time per week and may include poker, bridge, Scrabble, etc. 
  • Mindfulness – A meditation class once per week and gratitude discussion group twice monthly. 
  • Church service – At least once a week through visits by local churches. 
  • Stress reduction – At least once per month class that offers deep breathing exercises, nature walks, music appreciation, spa-type treatments, etc. 

 Vibrant Connections We offer resident-led clubs, social events, outings and volunteer opportunities for any interest to help you stay connected. A sample of activities includes: 

  • Outings – At least twice per month and may include going to concerts, art shows, museum visits, theatre productions, etc. 
  • Intergenerational programming – At least once per month and focuses on building relationships between young adults/children and residents. 
  • New resident welcome party – At least once per month to formally introduce all new residents, and includes ice breakers, social games, etc. to encourage connection. 
  • Philanthropic program – At least once per month provide residents the opportunity to give back to the community, such as volunteering for a local food bank or pet shelter. 
  • Resident-led clubs – May include game clubs, professional clubs, common interests, etc. that meet at least monthly.  

What’s more, it’s all right outside your door (or transportation is provided offsite) and all in a supportive environment with home maintenance, housekeeping, and restaurant-style dining freeing your time to make it even easier to stay active, engaged, and connected. 

Learn more about Vitality Living’s Vivid Life programs. Or find a Vitality Living community near you today to schedule a tour. 



It’s easier to find purpose in life when you are raising a family and pursuing a career. But what happens after your kids are grown and gone and you leave your career behind to retire? Is purpose still important? And how do you go about finding it?

Researchers from the Blue Zones, those areas of the world where people live the longest, say having purpose can add as much as 7 years to your life! Clearly, having a reason to wake up each morning is important. The Okinawans call this sense of purpose Ikigai.

How can you find purpose during retirement?

We have a few ideas to get you on the right path.

5 Ways to Build a Purpose-Driven Life During Retirement

  1. Take an inventory: This isn’t an inventory of your household goods. Instead it’s an inventory of what is important to you. Think about how you want to be remembered and what your priorities are. Then create a plan for building a life focused on those priorities. Start with the big picture and work your way down to the daily tasks that will help you get there.
  2. Find passion: Busy days spent raising a family and working can force you to leave your own interests behind and skip pursuing new hobbies you’ve always wanted to learn more about. Retirement years are a time to create a bucket list and go after those dreams. Pick one or two to tackle at a time.
  3. Volunteer work: Seniors who volunteer their time with an organization they believe in live more purposeful lives. Research also shows they live longer, healthier lives. Call your local United Way or visit VolunteerMatch online to connect with a volunteer opportunity near you. Some even offer transportation for older volunteers who do not drive.
  4. Nurture the spirit: Another way to find purpose in life is to spend time nurturing your spirit. This doesn’t necessarily mean you need to join a church or synagogue if you don’t already belong to one. Activities like gardening, yoga, and meditation can all help you connect with your spirit.
  5. Write your autobiography: You don’t have to be a writer to benefit from this one. Documenting your life story and family history helps you leave a legacy for future generations to read and learn from. If you aren’t a writer, consider creating a video version of your autobiography. It can be an activity you tackle with your children and grandchildren. Have them ask you questions about different times in your life. You can answer them while the interaction is recorded.

Live a Vibrant Life

At Vitality Senior Living communities, we provide our residents with the knowledge and opportunities they need to live vibrant lives every day. Part of our mission is to help seniors living at home live their best lives, too. We created the Vitality Senior Living Guide to Aging Well to help you do just that. Download it with our compliments today.

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