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10 MORE Ideas for Your Retirement Bucket List: Part 2

10 MORE Ideas for Your Retirement Bucket List: Part 2

Finally! It is time to put some thought into retirement. Not only saving up for it but how we intend to manage time and make the most of it. For many, retirement is the perfect time to explore what you love most. In previous blogs, we've discussed in greater depth why it is important to create your personalized retirement bucket, as well as ten ideas you could include. In this post, we'll detail ten more ideas to help get your own retirement bucket list started!

10 More Ideas for Your Retirement Bucket List!

10 Reasons To Create a Retirement Bucket List

10 Reasons To Create a Retirement Bucket List

Planning for the future is something we all do. When you are approaching the end of your career, one thing that should be on your mind is how you will spend your retirement days. It can be challenging, especially after a career that has spanned multiple decades. Finally unlacing the boots and hanging that jacket for the last time is going to make you emotional. Still, it will also compel you to ask yourself, "How am I going to spend my time now?"

Look around you, and you might see many people who are enjoying a life of retirement. However, studies also show that many people face depression after retirement. This is often because they feel like they have no purpose in life. This is why it is wonderful to have a retirement bucket list. You need to realize that life does not stop at retirement. There are many things you can do to entertain yourself and enjoy the next stage of your life.

Top 11 Reasons to Create a Retirement Bucket List

4 Strategies to Combat the Risks of Loneliness

4 Strategies to Combat the Risks of Loneliness

Isolation and a lack of meaningful social interaction often create a feeling of being lonely. Loneliness is not just a feeling that easily passes with no risk to health or mental wellbeing. Rather, it can increase the risk of many health concerns, not only mentally and emotionally but physically as well. Using coping skills and instituting actions that can prevent loneliness from occurring can help to stave off these harmful effects.

Mental Health Risks of Loneliness

The effect that loneliness has on the mental health of individuals is profound. It increases depression, can lower memory and processing, and can slow the rate of learning new tasks or ideas. These can add to the increased feelings of failure and depression, and each is likely to worsen as depression worsens.

People are social by nature and built requiring social interactions with loved ones and friends in order to maintain their mental and physical health. As social interactions decrease or the quality of those interactions becomes less positive and enjoyable, there is an increase in feelings of loneliness and isolation. This sense of isolation is detrimental to many of the processes of the brain, including memory.

TikTok: Start Exploring and Creating

TikTok: Start Exploring and Creating

In previous blogs, I reviewed how to create and set up an account on four of the most popular social media networks: Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and Instagram

This blog will explain a similar process for TikTok, a video-sharing social media network created in 2016. TikTok quickly gained popularity and became the most downloaded app in 2019. Today there are 689 million users, surpassing the number of users on Twitter and Pinterest.

Although TikTok is widely used by younger generations, with 42% of users aged 18-24, there is a place on TikTok for older users. Even though users aged 55 and older only account for four percent of all TikTok users, many seniors have become viral users such as @omsteve, @lindaontherun, @erikarischko, @gilbert_and_jonie, @ocdocdonecutediva, @grandma_droniak, @orifbone, @happygirlil, @charlesmallet, and more. Among other senior TikTok users, these users have reached up to 4.4 million followers by sharing comedic and heartwarming content.

Steps to Get Started on TikTok

11 Great Ways to Safely Enjoy This Spring

11 Great Ways to Safely Enjoy This Spring

The temperatures are rising, snow is melting, and spring is in the air. For many, there is nothing better than emerging from a long winter and taking in the fresh air of the new season. It improves the quality of life and uplifts our moods in no time.

Are you looking for opportunities to safely make the most of this season? Here are 11 aging-friendly spring activities to help you feel refreshed and renewed!

Top 11 Spring Activities for Older Adults

10 Tips and Tricks to Solve Crossword Puzzles

10 Tips and Tricks to Solve Crossword Puzzles

If you enjoy doing crossword puzzles but find yourself becoming frustrated because you can't solve them, this article is for you. Crossword puzzles have been simple entertainment for many years. With more time at home, pulling out the old crossword puzzle book, newspaper, or even playing online is a great idea. So, if you are ready to improve your crossword puzzle success, keep reading!

     1. Focus on Short Words Early 

Often, getting the short two and three-letter words out of the way allows you to concentrate on what is left. Once you fill in these words, you may find that the theme is easier to identify. This will help you ultimately solve the puzzle, especially if there are several two and three-letter words. If you have a puzzle that doesn't have many of these small words, you will need to focus on the clues you can solve to help get some spaces covered on the puzzle.

Making the Most of Video Calling: 10 Games to Play Over Zoom

Making the Most of Video Calling: 10 Games to Play Over Zoom

In our recent blog, 5 Ideas to Safely Celebrate the Holidays During COVID-19, we mentioned that playing games on a Zoom call is a fun way to safely stay in contact and have fun with family and friends. While there are endless games that can be played over Zoom, here is a list of ten games and instructions on how to play each game:

     1. Charades

To begin playing charades over Zoom, split the participants into two teams. Each player can write down ten phrases on pieces of paper (person, place, thing, movie, book, TV show, etc.), fold up the papers, and put them in a bowl. When a player's turn is up, they can choose a phrase and act it out on camera for their team members to guess within a time limit. If their team correctly guesses the phrase, their team earns a point, but if they cannot guess the phrase in time, the other team gets the point. At the end, the team accumulating the most points wins!

     2. Pictionary

Like charades, split the Zoom participants into two groups and have each player prepare ten phrases on pieces of paper, fold them, put them into a bowl, and mix them up.

6 Music Streaming Services to Listen to Your (New) Favorite Songs

6 Music Streaming Services to Listen to Your (New) Favorite Songs

There's nothing better than sitting back and listening to your favorite music. Even the most mundane tasks become fun with the right playlist playing through your headphones or speakers. Nowadays, there are many ways to enjoy your favorite songs (and find new ones). The best listening option, in many ways, is streaming music. With music streaming services, you can search for songs, create playlists, and find new music based on your musical tastes. With premium accounts, you can stream music anywhere, any time, even when you're not connected to the internet. There may be many streaming options out there, but not all of them are worth the effort of making an account.

Listed below are six music streaming services you'll be glad you tried:

Best Dating Websites for Singles Over 50

Best Dating Websites for Singles Over 50

If you're over the age of 50, single, and ready to mingle, get ready to meet your soulmate! The old ways of finding love are out the window. While the traditional way to meet singles was to go out to social events, speed dating, or mixers, modern dating has transitioned to the internet. Especially during pandemics like COVID-19, it can be challenging to safely go out and meet new people. Nowadays, singles find love by browsing the millions of people using dating websites available worldwide.

However, this presents a challenge to seniors. Many dating online dating services can be gimmicky and designed to appeal to students and much younger individuals. Fortunately, several dating websites have realized this issue and provided a solution - excellent dating websites that connect singles over 50:

Free Websites

We understand that spending your hard-earned money on a dating website can be quite daunting. Some people just don't feel comfortable with it! That's completely fine because we've got you covered. Find your true love without spending a dime. Below we've listed the best free dating sites that are geared towards seniors.