Raising a family and working on a decades-long career give life purpose, so when it’s time to retire and the nest is empty, life may suddenly seem empty too. Finding a purpose and staying connected can change that and help you age well and enjoy life to the fullest. During retirement in Roseville, California, there are plenty of ways to find a new purpose and forge new connections that not only benefit others and the greater good but pay dividends for you as well.
Why purpose and connection matter
Purpose for humans is essentially the drive to pursue a meaningful goal. It could be as simple as eating healthier or being more involved like volunteering to work with a literacy group or at a local food bank. The key is that the goal achieves something important to you. According to the sixtyandme.com article, “Why Having a Sense of Purpose is So Important in Retirement,” pursuing a purpose is also gratifying, makes you happy (even when you’re having a bad day), and one study found can even slow the rate of cognitive decline, delay Alzheimer’s disease, and help you live longer.
Staying connected is also essential to healthy aging. Living alone, becoming isolated and feeling lonely can have devastating impacts on physical and mental health. Loss of connections has been implicated in heart disease, depression, and substance abuse, and can also negatively impact mobility, cognitive skills, and overall well-being. Learn more about how staying connected is healthy in the greatergood.berkely.edu article, “How Social Connections Keep Seniors Healthy.”
Choosing retirement in Roseville at Sonrisa Senior Living means you will have the opportunity to learn the value of purpose and connection within our community and out in the greater Roseville area. Our residents make the most of life by living purposefully and maintaining social connections that improve their lives and the lives of others. Here’s a look at some of the possibilities during retirement in Roseville.
Volunteering during retirement in Roseville
If you, like many retired seniors, feel it’s your time to give back, there are a variety of options when you choose retirement in Roseville.
- California CareForce, the charitable arm of the California Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, is an organization that provides medical, dental and vision clinics throughout the state to people who otherwise cannot access these services. The group offers opportunities for those with medical experience and others who can provide essential non-medical help.
- Another option is to join the auxiliary group nearby Sutter Roseville Medical Center where volunteers help every day to fulfill no-medical needs that might include working in the gift shop, keeping public areas clean, administrative tasks like checking patients in and assembling patient information, escorting patients, and restocking supplies. If you’re lucky you might even get to help out in the nursery cuddling babies!
- If you love kids, check out My Mothers Voice a local organization that works to improve the lives and prospects of children by addressing education, poverty and hunger. Volunteers are needed to help with programs that include child/student support, parenting support, educational support, childhood enrichment, and teen enrichment.
- Stand Up Placer is one more place you can impact the community during retirement in Roseville, by helping others impacted by sexual assault, domestic violence, and human trafficking. You can be a direct service volunteer by taking the 72-hour state-mandated Crisis Intervention Training or an indirect service volunteer helping out with administrative tasks, fundraising, newsletters, or other support functions.
- Other volunteer opportunities can be found through the City of Roseville’s Volunteer Center where you can choose between helping the city or finding a local nonprofit organization that can use your skills.
Another way to stay connected and find a purpose is through your place of worship. Different churches, temples, synagogues, and mosques offer unique and engaging opportunities and are always looking for help. For example, the Destiny Threads program at Destiny Christian Church provides clothing to kids in foster care and helps those affected by crises like wildfires and Catholic churches like St. Clare Catholic Church offer volunteer opportunities through different ministries and outreach programs. Many places of worship also run programs for members and can use a helping hand with regular and special events.
Connect with other seniors
If you are looking for a place to connect and make friends, the Loomis Senior L.I.F.E. Center offers a variety of programs, entertainment and lectures, as well as games, crafts and exercise. A second option is the Folsom City Senior & Arts Center which offers different programs, social activities and fun events as well.
When you choose retirement in Roseville, there are many more opportunities to live a fulfilling and rewarding life. Contact us today to learn more about how great life can be at Sonrisa Senior Living!