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How Independent Senior Living Can Help Seniors Continue Working

When we reach retirement age, many look forward to spending time relaxing and enjoying freedom after years of hard work. However, many seniors continue to work into retirement. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the labor force participation rate will rise for people over the age of 75 from 8.9% in 2020 to 11.7% in 2030.

Whether it’s for financial reasons or enjoyment, working into your retirement years may be something you rely on. Fortunately, an independent senior living community can help make things easier for those who continue to work into retirement.

As a senior living community in Federal Way, Washington, Village Green Senior Living has created an environment where residents are able to live their lives to the fullest while enjoying amenities, services, and maintenance-free living. We’re sharing how working into retirement can positively impact your life and how our independent senior living services support you!

Why Continue Working into Retirement Years?

Stay Active

Regardless of your occupation, it likely requires some form of physical and mental effort. Whether working at a desk or bagging groceries, you utilize cognitive function and physical activity. No matter how minimal these efforts are, they can benefit your overall wellness by keeping the brain sharp and your body moving. 

The same goes for socializing and communicating with coworkers while working. Communication is crucial for good mental health and has been said to stave off symptoms of dementia in older adults.

Discover Passions and Purpose

As Mark Twain once said, ​​”Find a job you enjoy doing, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” Your retirement years allow you the freedom to choose a job you might not have had the opportunity to pursue before, especially if you were focusing on a specific career. 

For instance, if you worked for decades as a lawyer or in business, this is the perfect time to find a creative outlet or a career that aligns with your hobbies and interests. If you love working with children, you can look for a job at a local school or library. If you love the arts, explore job opportunities at a museum or crafts store. The possibilities are endless, and by picking a path that relates closely to your passions, you’ll enjoy the time you spend working. 

Having a job during your retirement years can also provide you with a newfound sense of purpose and fulfillment. Many seniors struggle to fill the hours of each day after retirement, finding it challenging to adjust to this new phase of life. This often leads to feelings of depression, lack of direction, and even feeling as though they’ve lost their identity. 

Even working for a few hours a week can help you feel accomplished and revived. You can feel productive without working a full-time schedule and still enjoy the relaxation and benefits of retirement. 

Senior woman friends planting vegetables in greenhouse at community garden.

Financial Security

Of course, continuing to work into your retirement years is also a way to make extra income. After all, more money is never a bad thing! 

If your cost of living has increased or you face an unexpected emergency, growing your nest egg can help you reach your full potential without worrying about financial problems. 

How Can Independent Senior Living Help?

Maintenance-Free Living

During your working years, it might have been hard for you to find time to follow your passions or participate in hobbies due to home maintenance responsibilities.

For a homeowner, it can feel like there’s always something that needs to be done, from mowing the lawn to cleaning out the garage. Not only does this take a lot of time and energy, but it can deter you from starting fun and engaging projects that you’re interested in due to feeling tired and drained. 

At Village Green Senior Living, our independent senior living communities include maintenance-free living and weekly housekeeping services, so residents don’t have to spend valuable time taking care of mundane chores. 

Dinner is Served! 

Cooking and grocery shopping can take hours out of your day, especially when it comes to ensuring you eat three nutritious meals a day. Planning your list, driving to the store, shopping, and cooking a meal can sometimes be more draining than fun. It can also take time away from the activities you enjoy; if you’re also working, cooking can often be the last thing you want to spend time doing. 

When you choose senior living in Federal Way at Village Green, you can enjoy our on-site dining options. Restaurant-style dining allows you to relax and enjoy meals with friends and neighbors. Plus, 24-hour access to our coffee and juice bar. 

Working into retirement can allow you to find your purpose and improve your wellness, and Village Green Senior Living offers you all of the amenities, services, and support you need to live your best life! 

Discover independent senior living in Federal Way, Washington, today! We invite you to contact us online or call us today at (253) 838-3700 to schedule a visit!

 

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