Keeping Busy: The Benefits of a Post-Retirement Career

Walking the dogs.

Walking the dogs.

by Jim Vogel

For most retirees, the idea of working post-retirement is a bit of an oxymoron. Your retired years are for relaxing, hobbies and unrealized life goals, right? Of course, you can still do all of those things post-retirement, but you may also want to look at a part time job to go alongside your retirement goals.

There are a number of reasons retirees return to work. Some may find retirement dull while others find themselves in a pinch for extra cash. Whatever the reason, here are a few of the ways a post-retirement job can benefit you during your golden years.

Jobs Help Maintain Social Bonds

One of the biggest issues faced by today’s retirees is social isolation. As social beings, people need friends and family in order to remain mentally healthy. Isolation often leads to other issues such as depression and a lack of physical activity, which can compound health issues, or even substance abuse. When a person retires, it becomes all too easy to find themselves sitting around at home with few people to talk to or spend time with.

A career guarantees social interaction between coworkers or customers, preventing the issues that occur from isolation. A job also pushes the person to leave the home, which can also have a very valuable impact on mental health.

A Job Can Pull in Extra Cash

For some positions, a person can receive Social Security payments as well as secure a little extra income from a part-time job. A small boost in your income can help you realize your retirement goals by helping afford travel, classes, gifts and other things retirees deserve. It never hurts to have extra money in the bank. Other options for bringing in a little extra income without too much work include things like dog walkingdog boarding or taking on chores from a site like TaskRabbit.

Jobs Maintain a Sense of Self-Value

Another very common problem experienced by retirees is a lack of self-worth and perceived drop in value. Seniors who are no longer a member of the active workforce might feel inadequate or that they are not contributing to society, which can lead to depression. By working, seniors may feel that they are doing something of value with their time while still enjoying the relaxation of retired life.

It may be even better to find a career in volunteer work and pouring your energy into a cause that matters to you. Securing a volunteer position can be easier, less stressful and more in line with work you care about.

A Job Will Battle Boredom

Though boredom does not necessarily have negative effects on mental health, it can make your retirement less enjoyable. Many seniors find that, after a lifetime of working, retirement is more of a chore than anything.

The task of filling your days with things to do can actually be very difficult without a job that ensures you always have something on your daily agenda. Working a few days a week will keep you on your toes without filling your entire week.

Post-retirement careers are not a common concept among seniors. However, they have a number of wonderful benefits for the bored retiree. So contact a local nonprofit, fill out an application for your favorite craft store, or even start up your own business. You may realize that a job is the best way to enjoy your retirement to its fullest.