old man reading newspaperEven during retirement, it’s still important to stay connected to the outside world. Most people neglect the importance of forging relationships for a healthy social life. Only after they retire will they realize how much effort it takes to stay in touch.

Many quality assisted living facilities offer an environment where you can interact with fellow retirees who share the same interests. While you may not be an innately social person, you still need to participate in social activities to maintain human connection.

Here are some activities you can do to make the most of your golden years:

Be active online

Psychiatric studies suggest that in middle-aged and older adults, exposure to Internet searching may affect the brain’s responsiveness in neutral circuits, which controls complex reasoning and decision-making. So do a lot of web surfing while staying in an assisted living facility and read about your favorite topics, may it be news, sports, online shopping or other interesting bits of information. You will find it enjoyable and mentally stimulating at the same time.
Continue learning

If you’ve been thinking about going back to school, but never really had free time, now is the perfect chance to do so. Some universities even offer discounts for senior citizens. Many retirees show interest in learning, and there has also been an increase in the number of seniors actively teaching. If it’s too time-consuming to actually attend classroom lectures, try enrolling in distance learning programs.

Learn a new language

Learning a foreign language is another great activity to keep your brain active and healthy. Inquire if there are classes in a community college near your residence. This is also a great opportunity to meet new people, interact, and share stories despite possible age differences. As many retirees plan to do a lot of traveling during retirement, match language learning with your countries of destination.