3 Ways to a New Lease of Later Life


Posted on: 10 August 2020 by Amy Smith Brown

Lockdown placed all our lives on hold.



And whether you’re heading towards retirement, or are lucky enough to have done so already, many goals and ambitions have had to be shelved for the future.

And while that future is still uncertain, it’s never too soon to start looking forward.

So whether you’re thinking about crossing a few entries off your bucket list, or are seeking new experiences that are totally out of the box, these are just three ideas that will give you an incredible new lease of (later) life.

1.    Get a degree

It’s never too late to learn, but for many, the idea of going to university as a mature student alongside the legions of fresh-faced youngsters straight out of college isn’t too appealing.

The good news is that remote learning is on the rise and ARU Distance Learning is a particularly popular platform with mature students. Not only does this take out the awkward factor (whilst still leaving opportunities to meet new people), but it’s a flexible way of pursuing the qualification you always dreamed of.

Don’t worry if you’re not au fait with technology – with plenty of tutor support, it’s just one of the many fantastic skills you’ll learn along the way.

2.    Get a pet

Maybe you’ve always wanted a little lapdog to follow you around, or a companion for those evening strolls.

But pets require a lot of love, care and attention that isn’t always possible to deliver when working full time.

Retirement is the perfect opportunity to find the furry friend of your dreams. Whether you’re after a canine companion, a feline friend or something more exotic, animals can be exciting, rewarding and even educative – from capybaras, to chinchillas and even pigmy goats, ownership of exotic pets is on the rise just about everywhere. If you’re a fan of the weird and wonderful, why not choose something unusual for the next addition to your household?

Your grandkids will be delighted and your kids will complain about all those times they begged for a dog and you said no!

3.    Find a hobby

If you’re seeking something to fill the lockdown days, there are plenty of hobbies you can pick up from home.

Creative pastimes, such as painting, writing or learning a musical instrument, can be the key to discovering an artistic talent you never knew you had. On the other hand, keeping the fruits of your labour for your eyes (or ears) only can be just as rewarding.

If you’re not artistically inclined, why not take up a more practical pursuit? Culinary arts like cooking and baking are nourishing for the mind and body, and your creations are a sure-fire way to make new friends – everybody loves a chef.

Alternatively, when it comes to nourishing the body, exercise is an excellent way to maintain your physical and mental wellbeing. If you don’t fancy running a marathon or taking up rugby, there are plenty of low-intensity ways to get moving – yoga, tai chi and pilates are popular with fitness novices.  

These are just three ways to find a new lease of life in your 50s and beyond!

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