Ways for Seniors to Find Purpose
As we watch our children grow up, move out, and create their own families, it’s normal to question our purpose in life. For seniors, this search for meaning becomes even more poignant for seniors who have entered their retirement years. This phenomenon of seniors losing interest in or questioning their purpose in life actually has a name – it’s called anhedonia and it is not a condition to take lightly as it can easily lead to depression or other mental health disorders. Luckily, there are various avenues seniors can explore to rediscover fulfillment. At UMC at Collingswood, we understand how older adults could lose their way and we are committed to helping them discover different ways to reignite their personal spark!
Embrace Lifelong Learning. The ability to learn should never cease, no matter how old you become. Learning a new skill has been linked to improving cognitive function, which means seniors who prioritize trying new things stand a greater chance of maintaining their independence as they enter retirement. This is crucial because seniors who have more independence are happier in general, and when you have a positive mindset, it’s much easier to find purpose in your life. If you or a loved one are looking for different ways to embrace lifelong learning, many senior living communities offer a wealth of educational programs, workshops, and seminars. United Methodist Communities at Collingswood, for example, provides access toa range of learning initiatives that stimulate the mind and encourage personal growth. From art classes to lectures on current events, seniors can engage in intellectually stimulating activities, nurturing their curiosity and fostering a greater sense of purpose.
Volunteer. Seniors possess a wealth of experience, wisdom, and skills that can greatly benefit their communities. Engaging in volunteer work not only allows seniors to make a positive impact but also provides a sense of fulfillment! It’s like gift exchanges at Christmas; it always feels better to give a gift than receive one. The same concept applies to volunteering. Our independent lifestyle community in Camden County actively encourages both locals and residents to participate in community service and regular volunteering events. Through these initiatives, seniors can give their best and truly make a difference in someone else’s life.
Pursue More Creative Outlets. Tapping into our creativity is an excellent way for seniors to uncover a new purpose. That’s a major reason why we offer a wide range of amenities and resources at Collingswood, including an arts and crafts room, game room and gardening area, where seniors can more easily pursue their hobbies and unleash their spontaneity. Engaging in activities like painting, pottery, gardening, or writing can not only bring immense joy, but a renewed sense of meaning.
Build Meaningful Connections. As we mentioned earlier, it can be tough to watch your adult children “move on” with their own families since our connections with loved ones are fundamental to our overall well-being and sense of belonging. That being said, making time for your adult children and extended family is important, but so is fostering other meaningful connections in your life. Senior living communities provide an environment where seniors can easily form new relationships with people their own age who share similar interests and life experiences. At Collingswood, we offer numerous social activities, group outings, and shared dining experiences that encourage residents to get together on a weekly (or even daily) basis. How easy is it to make new friends when they live right next door?!
Prioritize Wellness and Purposeful Aging at UMC at Collingswood
Maintaining all aspects of our well-being is essential to living a life filled with purpose. It all begins with prioritizing self-care first. We place great emphasis on wellness programs designed to promote healthy aging. From weekly fitness classes to personalized care plans and pastoral guidance, seniors at UMC at Collingswood are supported – mind, body, and soul – in their pursuit of a vibrant and purposeful life.