Recently ADDitude Magazine shared strategies for ADHD individuals who are retiring and trying to maintain a structured and fulfilling life. How to Retire with ADHD: Structure, Stimulation, Purpose, discusses why many people who retire spend their time in the wrong places such as online shopping, daytime TV, and restaurants. The article reveals that these activities do not lead to a life of purpose and fulfillment after retirement. Strategies that will lead to a successful and enjoyable retirement are also discussed.
Retirement can be challenging for individuals. For many years they have had the structure of a job, social connections, and a sense of purpose. Often after retirement, those things disappear which is often problematic for an individual with ADHD because they need structure as well as stimulation. The author of the article, Dr. Nadeau, states that often this leads to overeating, drinking too much, excessive online shopping, overuse of social media, and watching too much television. However, there are positive ways that individuals with ADHD can create structure and a sense of purpose.
Here are some strategies that Dr. Nadeau recommends:
- Work Part-Time
- Become Active in a Church Community
- Take Courses Designed for Seniors
- Join an Active Adult Community
- Retire Gradually
These are all great strategies to help keep create structure, social connections, and purpose. Play Attention is also a great tool to use in conjunction with these strategies.
Play Attention can help you keep your cognitive capacities sharp. Play Attention provides you with a set of structured cognitive activities integrated with NASA inspired feedback technology to help you improve and sharpen your attention, memory, task completion skills, mindfulness and more!
Many adults have used Play Attention to develop the skills they need to thrive and succeed. Check out Samuel’s Story: “Play Attention will allow me to know how to stay mentally active throughout my ‘golden’ years.”
You can also read Ruth’s special story here. Ruth started her Play Attention journey at 85 years old. It truly is never too late!
If you find yourself struggling to maintain consistency in your life post-retirement or simply struggling with cognitive issues and executive functioning, it is not too late to start a program that can help.