Many people have the misconception that senior retirement living is relatively simple and mundane and in no way could it be considered fun.
Well, that mindset couldn't be further from the truth.
Hold on to your hat and lace up your Nikes and see if you can keep up with the schedule of this octogenarian (which is typical of more seniors than you might think!):
Morning: First task, a brisk 30-minute walk with your favorite four-legged friend. Next is breakfast, which consists of oatmeal, yogurt, orange juice and a cup of java in the bistro lounge.
A contingent of fellow exercise buffs arrives and partakes in some hot coffee and relaxing conversation before a challenging fitness class commences.
After exercise, it's time for a quick shower to get ready for a lunch date with an old friend off campus.
Noon: You meet a friend at one of your favorite restaurants and share all the new family stories along with the latest rumors that have surfaced of late.
It's a wonderful time catching up with friends whose company you enjoy and treasure. But there's so much left to do this day, so you must move on; but always confirm next week's lunch location.
Afternoon: Maybe the time that's cherished most this day will be volunteering at the thrift store. For two hours twice a week helping out, you not only help the non-profit achieve its goals, but also it provides another social outlet and connection with people.
Plus, there's still time left for duplicate bridge back home. The stakes are high and the competition fierce!
Evening: Who wouldn't enjoy Happy Hour with a handful of friends, sharing a few laughs while hoisting a few "senior" beverages? Dinner is served at 6 p.m. It's always a meal fit for a king or queen, and all you have to do is relax and enjoy the fabulous food.
Of course, if there's a big game on TV that evening, what better way to watch it than on the big screen with a couple of friends.
This is the day in the life of a senior retirement resident. Does it sound like this person has succumbed to an "old age" lifestyle? A boring routine of inactivity? Of course not!
Here is someone who continues to stay connected to longtime friends of the past, as well establishes new relationships that help make each day so special.
Ultimately, you will decide how much "fun" you're going to have.
Joe Agee is the marketing and sales director for The Seabrook of Hilton Head. www.TheSeabrook.com