One of the topics AgingStats.gov looked at was how senior citizens spend their retirement. The top five things seniors are doing after retirement:
- Sleeping more.
- Leisure activities.
- Household chores.
- Eating and Drinking.
Sleeping is something those 65 or older are doing more. In fact, the study found that 37 to 38 percent of a senior citizen’s day involved sleeping or napping. After years of having to get up to go to work or getting children ready for school, seniors are enjoying having time to relax.
2. Leisure Activities.
There are fewer obligations to handle after retirement. As a result, seniors report they’re spending 29 to 33 percent of their time on leisure activities. They have extra time to go out with friends, read a book, or watch TV. In terms of eating or shopping, those activities were counted separately. Food, drinks, and shopping accounted for just 9 percent of a senior’s day.
3. Household Chores.
Even after retirement, it’s hard to avoid all household chores. Laundry, cleaning, lawn care, and home repairs take up time each day. In fact, the study found that about 10 percent of a senior’s day was spent on household chores. If this is something your parent is struggling with, senior care services can ease some of the burden.
4. Eating and Drinking.
You might think of eating and drinking as leisure activities, and they can be. Proper nutrition and hydration are also important to staying healthy. Seniors spend about 6 percent of their day staying hydrated and eating meals and snacks. Food preparation can take some people longer than others, too, especially if arthritis is interfering with use of knives and appliances.
About 2 percent of a senior’s day involves providing care for someone else. Your mom may be caring for your dad or vice versa. This may work well for your parents, but it can also be exhausting. Make sure you’re monitoring how your mom or dad feels about being a family caregiver. You may need to help out. If you have too many of your own obligations with work or kids, professional caregivers are an ideal solution.
Caregivers come to your parents’ home as often as needed to provide help with household chores, senior care, and transportation. They can help with laundry, meal preparation, and shopping. Caregivers also offer companionship services.
If you or an aging loved one needs senior care in Roseville, CA, remember Senior Home Care Services. Call us at (916) 514-7006 for more information.