Many senior citizens take up employment after their official retirement, primarily for two reasons – to keep themselves fruitfully engaged, and/or to increase their earnings. Retirement can be emotionally draining when you suddenly find yourself with ample time at hand but practically no work to do except for a bit of reading, socializing, or tending to some hobby. Thus, it is often suggested continuing work after retirement helps one to stay active, mentally sharp, and agile, and also adds some income. Of course, this would apply only to those who are physically mobile and fit.
So, here are some benefits that continuing work after retirement can give you.
Sometimes due to unforeseeable reasons, the corpus one saves for one’s retirement might fall short due to one reason or another.
In such a situation, any employment after retirement can be a boon.
The steady cash flow each month can improve their financial situation, thus improving their living conditions, while also allowing them to live with dignity, and without having to rely on children or relatives for any fund to tide over daily living expenses or any financial or medical emergency.
A better cash flow can also help them buy a better insurance policy and go for better medical treatment should the need arise.
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A second employment after retirement will help you stay active and mobile.
One can also take up volunteering with a non-profit if one identifies strongly with a cause and where money is not an issue.
It will also expand one’s circle while giving a sense of commitment and pride to be associated with a cause close to the heart.
Exercising Cognitive Health
Solving problems and doing day-to-day work, following a routine and keeping a healthy schedule will help you exercise your cognitive skills, which can help you avoid memory diseases, such as Alzheimer’s or dementia, which is a life-altering disease.
Even part-time jobs can be beneficial as they do not require long hours of work or multi-tasking.
Earning through social media is also a good example of improving your cognitive health, as it requires you to be creative. You can start small with your social circle to begin with.
Avoiding Mental Illnesses
When you sit idle for long hours, you start feeling lonely which can lead to depression.
For some people who are not extroverted or do not like to go out with friends, but still like to keep themselves busy, retirement can be a nightmare.
Also, spending all your time socialising or attending to some hobby is not practically feasible.
Any employment, volunteering, or entrepreneurship, such as opening a small business that doesn’t require too much involvement, can keep you busy and active.
Working helps you discover new people and form a network of friends that also helps you build your friend circle. Retirement cuts off access to socialising and restricts your circle to your existing friends only.
But as humans are social beings, it is always beneficial to get to know like-minded people and increase your social circle. It will keep you happy, and excited, kill away boredom, and also keep depression away.