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Guide to an Affordable Later Lifestyle - Keeping Fit Mentally

Keeping fit mentally is one of the pre-requisites for enjoying a healthy and happy later lifestyle. Working keeps the brain active, so if we're not going to get the mental stimulation that work provides, we need some other ways to get that vital mental activity.

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Of course, we may not stop work as part of our later lifestyle. Many people do some part-time work, either paid or voluntary, and this, of course, provides, amongst other things, mental stimulation. If we do some paid work it will help towards our retirement pot and voluntary work provides the benefits of paid work (except the money, of course!) as well as providing us with something worthwhile to do that doesn't cost us any money. Think about the benefits of voluntary work and read our Guide on the subject. If you think that you would like to earn some money as part of your later lifestyle, read our Guide to Part Time Jobs.

Taking a Course

We can also keep our brain active by doing a course. There are many organisations through which we can undertake courses, the most obvious being our local authority. However, these cost money, so take a look at the University of the Third Age (U3A), which is for people who have retired from full-time employment. It has nearly 900 branches throughout the country and is very cheap because all the organisers and activity leaders do it voluntarily. Each local branch organises the things that the members want to do and they can range from walking and lunch groups through model-making, art and learning a language to Latin classes. The activities keep the brain active and you meet people with similar interests to your own.

Learning a new skill can also be cheap, if we teach ourselves. So learning to cook or to make jam, chutney, beer or wine will give us lots of benefits and may help us to save money in the long run. Learning a musical instrument is another way of keeping our brain active and there is a whole host of art and craft activities that we can teach ourselves at very little expense.

Hobbies and Pastimes

There are many hobbies and pastimes that help to keep our brain active, so by taking up one or more of these as part of our later lifestyle we will keep mentally fit. We can do jigsaws, crosswords and sudoku, for example or read a book. Board games such as Monopoly and Scrabble will keep the brain working as will many card games. All these things are either free or extremely cheap to do. Researching local history, taking up genealogy to find out about our ancestors and learning to dance and having to remember the steps are other hobbies that involve our brain and keep us mentally active; there are many more that don't cost a lot!Product Details
Staying mentally fit is one of the means to the end of having a healthy and happy later lifestyle. We can do it in a variety of ways without spending much money. By doing so, we can enhance our later lifestyle and meet new friends along the way. Now read the rest of this Guide to discover other ways in which we can have an affordable later lifestyle.

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This Guide to an Affordable Later Lifestyle is written by Retirement Specialist Dave Sinclair supported by members of the LaterLife team. As well as writing on retirement matters Dave is Training Director at LaterLife and responsible for the content and continuous improvement of LaterLife's Retirement Courses.


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