By Cozette Eldridge
W.P. Co. Field Representative
I believe an important aspect of retirement life is staying connected to others. There are millions of ways we all can get socially involved. Social activities can easily be turned into a part time job, opportunity for starting a business or a way to volunteer. People helping people as a fun activity is only limited by our imagination. (All who know me, know I had to mention volunteerism.)
Social activities can be divided into five groups. Education: While many retirees have an interest in learning, there has also been a rise in seniors as teachers. Many schools have made allowances in certain subjects for professionals to enter the classroom, without having to get a teaching degree. For the past four years my sister has taught a 12 week class to seniors, titled “Downsizing” at UNLV. It is a volunteer position she loves doing.
Personal Services: Catering to the needs of others presents a multitude of opportunity for people who have the desire and talent to work with others, meeting their basic needs. For example, RSVP has a Home Companion program. It involves calling elderly, homebound people to see how they are, driving them to do their errands, taking them to doctors’ appointments and visiting them.
Communication: Your love for language, literature and the expression of self through written and oral communication is included in the groups. While it might be difficult to find a paid position in the field of communication, there are opportunities for using your skills in communication as a hobby, volunteer activity or even starting a business. Spiritual: Spiritual growth becomes more important to many people as they age and they begin to look for a bigger meaning of life and also come to deal with their own morality. Spiritual service is also a rewarding activity that becomes important to some people as they have the time to connect with others on a deeper level.
Social Services: Involved with helping people on a more professional arena, there are fewer work opportunities in the social services unless you are a trained professional. There may be opportunities to counsel or coach if this is your passion. Social activities keep us engaged involved and connected to something outside of ourselves.
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FEBRUARY 24 – FEBRUARY 28
MON. Baked Tilapia, Parsley Potatoes, Zucchini, Garden Salad, Roll, Fruit
TUES. Sub Sandwich, Lettuce/Tomato/Onion, Baby Carrots, Pineapple Chunks
WED. Salmon/Alfredo Sauce, Penne Pasta, Vegetables, Bread, Tropical Fruit
THUR. Chicken Fajita, Spanish Rice, Ranch Beans, Spinach/French Dressing, Pineapple Chunks
FRI. Pork Roast, Au Gratin Potatoes, Brussel Sprouts, Fruit, Birthday Cake