“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream,” quoted C S Lewis.
Have you ever imagined a typical day once you’ve retired? What type of home will you live in and how will you spend your time?
Some people miss the structure of a daily routine. You’re more likely to be happy, healthy, relaxed and carefree (research says) if you have a plan. Perhaps you’ll have several:
- A financial plan
- A plan for specific goals, and
- A plan or diary for every day.
Your plans may be written down, jotted on your calendar, in a file on your tablet.
Wherever you record your goals, you’re more likely to achieve them when you write them down. “A plan not written down is a wish,” said psychologist Fitzhugh Dodson.
From your very first day in retirement, it’s good to put your plan into action. Start doing all those things you promised yourself.
Good neighbours and new beginnings
“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: What! You too? I thought I was the only one.”
The first thing you’ll want to do is to meet like-minded people. Soon, you’ll be joining new friends at an exercise class or the quiz night at David Lloyds Lincoln. Most Lakeshore residents are members there.
When we think about our working lives, our fondest memories recall the people we met, our colleagues. It’s the same in retirement. The hobbies we choose, the sports we take up, the places we travel to, the projects we undertake, the volunteer work we do and the subjects we study are made more memorable when we share them with others.
When you move to an Arbor Living park home, your close neighbours are like-minded people while nearby is a community where people of all ages live, work and socialise.
Shopping, dining and leisure
The nearest shops and restaurants line the waterfront the Marina. The Landings is a few minutes’ walk away. Boats for hire may tempt you to buy your own and moor it here, minutes away from Lakeshore. It’s a half-hour journey by water taxi along the Fossdyke into Brayford Pool in Lincoln city centre. Taking to the water is a popular treat for a leisurely city visit.
For fitness and leisure, your regular exercise routines are easy to maintain because the David Lloyd Fitness Centre is just outside the gates of Lakeshore in Woodcock Lane. Getting out in the fresh air is a breeze because there is a Hirebike Scheme station by Woodcocks pub.
Further afield for days out there are market towns, pretty villages, nature reserves, the outstanding natural beauty of the Lincolnshire Wolds and a diverse coastline rich in wildlife.
Eating well and staying active
The key to a long and healthy life, says T Colin Campbell in “The China Study” lies in 3 things: breakfast, lunch and dinner. For example, antioxidants found in fruit and vegetables are linked to better mental performance in later life.
You can drastically reduce your risk of serious illness just by changing your diet.
Keep your cupboards stocked with less fat, salt and sugar and more fruit, wholegrains and pulses. Continually replenish your fridge with fresh fruit, vegetables and salads. All the good habits you’ve adopted over the years will reward you with good health in later life.
Pensions, savings and investments: making it all last
Until now, you’ve been used to saving, and paying into pension schemes, and suddenly you can start spending.
Your financial adviser and accountant will help you make the right decisions about achieving the right balance: how much to spend and how much to save. Downsizing and releasing equity from your previous home boosts a healthy pot of money to fund your new lifestyle while sustaining it for the long term. What’s important is some careful planning now to make it last while you use it to enjoy the freedom of retirement.
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Luxury retirement at Lakeshore
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