Health and Leisure
Welcome to your new opportunity for fun and leisure! You have worked hard and deserve this time to do as you please. To make your retirement rewarding, take the necessary steps to stay in good health.
The first step is to establish a relationship with a physician you trust. Be aware of your overall health, any trouble areas, and future vulnerabilities. Many communities offer educational courses on how to maintain good health and stay on top of healthy eating habits. Your state's department of aging will also has materials and advice available. And remember, it is never too late to begin an exercise program!
To maintain your physical health, keep your mind active and stay involved in your favorite activities. What you do with your time should be rewarding. You can also use retirement as an occasion to develop new interests. Continued contact with old friends and the development of new support systems are essential. Put the same attention, excitement, and positive outlook into your plans for the future as you have for past experiences. As in all stages of life, the individual with a positive attitude is able to cope more successfully with situations that arise.
- Engage in physical activity. It is an important part of healthy aging. Lack of physical activity is associated with the risk of chronic diseases and loss of functioning as well as poor quality of life. However, many older adults fail to reach the minimum amount of physical activity recommended for maintaining good health. Not doing any physical activity can be bad for you, no matter your age or health condition. Keep in mind, some physical activity is better than none at all. Your health benefits will also increase with the more physical activity that you do.
If you're 65 years of age or older, are generally fit, and have no limiting health conditions you can follow the guidelines listed below:
o 2 hours and 30 minutes (150 minutes) of moderate-intensityaerobic activity (i.e., brisk walking) every week AND weight training muscle-strengthening activities on 2 or more days a week that work all major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders, and arms).
o 1 hour and 15 minutes (75 minutes) of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity (i.e., jogging or running) every week AND weight training muscle-strengthening activities on 2 or more days a week that work all major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders, and arms).
Stay connected. Retirees are more likely to fall into social isolation, particularly because those friendships developed on the job tend to slip away. The key to warding off depression and other mental health issues is to stay involved with family and friends by planning social engagements, doing mind-stimulating activities and seeking spiritual support.
Healthy Eating. Now is the time to learn more about your changing nutritional needs as an aging adult. Limiting alcohol intake can help maintain health.
Enhance your cognitive functionby learning a new skill. Even an activity like getting on Facebook has been shown to help people over age 65 boost their mental performance, particularly with maintaining memory, according to research presented at the International Neuropsychological Society Annual Meeting.
- Get a good night’s sleep every night. Good, restorative sleep is important for maintaining cognitive function, physical health and emotional wellbeing. According to the National Institutes of Health National Institute on Aging, older adults need 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night.
Other "healthful" information:
- Pace offers discounts for retirees for the Goldstein Fitness Center. Take advantage of the indoor walking track, weight equipment and the various fitness and yoga classes!
- Check out the health workshops offered at your local hospitals or senior nutritional center.
- Online resource with information and videos for seniors about how to eat well, eat safely, shop wisely and more. Large text availability. http://nihseniorhealth.gov/eatingwellasyougetolder/toc.html
Recreation can play a key role in your well-being and in enhance your quality of life. For seniors, as for people of all ages, involvement in leisure activities can satisfy a variety of needs. Among the important benefits of recreation for the senior population are increased health and fitness, as well as opportunities for socializing, for using skills and talents developed throughout their lifetime, and for learning new skills.
Here are some local NY tri-state activities to help you get started:
2. Westchester Broadway Theatre - the longest running year-round Equity theatre in the state of New York, with a 39-year history of nearly 200 main-stage productions and nearly 1000 Monday/Tuesday special events and concerts. Senior discounts available.
3. Shakespeare in the Park- Free Shakespeare in the Park is The Public Theater's annual season of free plays at the Delacorte Theater in New York City's Central Park. There are separate Free Ticket Lines at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park for senior citizens and for people with disabilities.
4. Pace University’s Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts' Pace Presents Series runs September through June and features internationally-acclaimed talent in the areas of music, dance, cabaret, opera, theatre and lectures.
5. New York Philharmonic- Seniorcitizens (62 and over), and disabled persons are eligible to purchase $10 tickets on the day of select performances. Two tickets per person; sold at the Avery Fisher Hall Box Office.
6. Carnegie Hall- Senior rush tickets, priced at $10, are sold starting at noon on the performance day, until 1 hour before show time.
7. The Juilliard School- Juilliard's exemplary Music, Drama, Opera, and Dance divisions all put on student performances at little or no cost to the public.
8. The Brooklyn Academy of Music offers $10 tickets to seniors with valid ID.There is a two ticket per person limit.
9. Broadway Rush Tickets- Rush Tickets are available the same day of a performance, typically for around $25-35 when the box office opens or a few hours before the show. Be prepared to pay cash.
Explore other low cost recreational activities in your local community:
v Chess clubs
v Bridge clubs
v Theater groups
v Music clubs
v Dance clubs
v Book Clubs
v Neighborhood concerts, festivals and plays at local colleges and churches