Retirement Coach Cites Benefits of Volunteering During Retirement
Retirement coach Ann Nelson recommends doing volunteer work during retirement to stay active, keep friends and be part of something noble.
Many people find it difficult to relate to retirees once they have no label and aren’t connected to their job, and retirees struggle without that identity. Volunteering can offer retirees that social connection they may be craving after a disconnection from work, and a purpose.
Following a retirement is the honeymoon period that lasts usually about 12 months. During this time people feel free, released and excited. After that initial euphoria, adjustment to retirement kicks in and the retirees realise life goes on and there is a need to reset goals and reorganise their way of being in order to feel a sense of purpose to have the direction to enjoy the latter years.
In a world of business and employment, most people find their identity within their job and income. “Many people find it difficult to relate to retirees once they have no label and aren’t connected to their job, and retirees struggle without that identity. Volunteering can offer retirees that social connection they may be craving after a disconnection from work, and a purpose" Retirement coach Ann Nelson says. Ann, a retiree herself, is the founder of Ann Nelson Enterprises.
A retiree can also do things they wished they could do before but did not have the time, like volunteer work. There are many volunteer opportunities for retirees around. To make new friends and to offer assistance in one’s community, it is advised that retirees go for volunteer work and get involved with worthy projects in their local area that they find interesting. Things like helping out during natural disasters, being part of a medical research, volunteering at community based organisations are just some of the ways people can retire well and happy.
For instance, during her retirement years, Dianne Pyers became a member of the Lions International organization with her husband and she had the opportunity to help the disadvantaged, disabled and many others. She willingly takes many roles within the organization and handles some events for the organization.
Dianne was born and married in Ipswich. Her husband was in the Air Force as a pilot and they were able to travel a lot around Australia as well as overseas during his service years. They have been married for 46 years. They are blessed with two sons, now both adults who give them nine grandchildren.
Having been a dental nurse for 35 years as well as working at a local primary school for 10 years when her sons were at school, Di followed her husband’s 2011 retirement with her own in 2012. She still works part time but has more free time for volunteering than when she worked full time.
Her husband joined Sydney’s Lions Club in 1981 and she likewise got involved as Lion’s lady, working with club projects. They moved to Townsville in 1985 and in 1986, she joined the organization as a Lioness and became a Lion, currently having dual membership of both Lion and Lioness club.
Founded in Chicago, U.S.A. in 1917 by Melvin Jones, the Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service organization with 1.4 million members in 200 countries and 1.4 million members all over the world. It is a non-government in the United Nations and is the only service organization in China. In 2017, it will celebrate 100 years of community service worldwide.
Becoming a member of a service club gives one a chance to meet like-minded people. Members can help in the local community’s causes like natural disasters throughout the world. The club is not a retired and senior volunteer program but is open to all males and females with the minimum age to be a member being 18.
Some of their club’s current projects are three research projects that usually last for three to four years. Among their early research was to discover a vaccine for cervical cancer and a cure for childhood cancer. They also have projects for schools like promoting drug awareness.
Volunteering during retirement can be one of the most fulfilling and enjoyable options of retirees and a contributing factor to a happy retirement life. Ann Nelson Enterprises has the know-how of everything retirement, including preparation. Ann can be reached at http://annnelson.com.au/retire-well-retire-happy/the-podcast/32-volunteering-has-many-benefits-both-personally-and-for-your-community.html.
About Ann Nelson
When it comes to receiving the best advice and support for one of the most important times in life, it takes a dedicated and highly focused person who understands the needs of today’s retiree. Ann Nelson is an author, experienced entrepreneur, seasoned self-directed investor and a highly sought-after retirement consultant. For more than 30 years, Ann has worked diligently to build her own personal financial security.
Ann’s book, ‘Retire Well, Retire Happy’ is a practical expression of her independent spirit and financial savvy. She is committed to helping others establish lifelong financial security, establish retirement relocation registers and promote education and choices through careful planning, persistence and patience.
Ann has become a leading ‘retirement warrior’ helping other hapless people to understand the need for decent retirement planning. Her focus is on financial planning and creating a happy, healthy life leading to retirement.
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