What to do in Retirement
for Michigan Senior
I need some suggestions as how to cope with my newly retired husband who has no hobbies except watching t.v.
Wendy's two cents: Hi Mary, I'm also in Michigan... small world, isn't it!?
Your husband is probably just digesting the newly found "retirement" state, but watch him for depression. It happens, often, early in retirement -- until they discover and accept that they need to be active still (I think especially men)...
Why don't YOU suggest some outings (especially since the weather in Michigan is finally cooperating a bit)?
Make him your "Honey, Do..." list.. grin!
Check out the HOBBIES on the left navigation bar, think back and what did he enjoy doing BEFORE he got all wrapped up with family, work life, etc? Often that old hobby comes right back... more fun than ever!
Maybe you both sign up to volunteer somewhere (a friend and her husband do a few hours once a week at a local hospital and love it. They were even treated to a dinner at Xmas and a day trip as the volunteers... plus it FEELS GOOD to get out and help others.) Most places need volunteers nowadays in this economy! This is a document that lists Michigan Senior volunteer programs if you are interested.. check out your location.
Do a quick Google Search below for: Michigan Senior Volunteers and see what else pops up! It's not "work", it's fun and helpful to others...
There is much to do, you can't "sit in the rocking chair" throughout retirement (though he may need some "down time" to digest the initial retirement feeling)... but you can watch to assure this doesn't go too far.
Just support him through this.. its not always easy (definately not for me!)
Anyone else with suggestions? Wendy