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Retirees Say These Are Their 5 Favorite Activities

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At some point, we all dream of what our retirement will look like. But will the reality match our visions once we arrive at that destination?

Perhaps the best way to find out — short of actually retiring ourselves — is to listen to what today’s retirees say when they describe their favorite activities.

For a recent survey from Edward Jones and Age Wave — titled “Longevity and the New Journey of Retirement” — the Harris Poll talked to more than 11,000 adults to learn about their views on retirement.

As part of the survey, respondents who were between three and 14 years into retirement were asked to name their five favorite activities. Following are the answers they gave.

5. Working

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Respondents who are three to 14 years into retirement who cited this activity: 10%

The conventional wisdom is as follows: “On your deathbed, you won’t say, ‘Gee, I wish I’d spent more time in the office.’”

However, that’s not necessarily true for 10% of survey respondents who clearly relish the notion of working long into their golden years.

Looking for a job in retirement? Check out “20 Great Part-Time Jobs for Retirees.”

4. Engaging in creative projects or hobbies

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Respondents who are three to 14 years into retirement who cited this activity: 32%

Decades of working often leave too little time to explore the things that make our hearts sing. Around one-third of retirees are using the extra time they now have to pursue their creative side.

3. Traveling/taking vacations

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Respondents who are three to 14 years into retirement who cited this activity: 43%

Travel is the traditional retirement dream. And now that the pandemic is more manageable, countless seniors are taking to the roads and skies to fulfill the ambitions on their bucket lists.

For tips on making the most of your adventures, read “20 Great Ideas to Help You Travel in Retirement.”

2. Taking steps to improve my health

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Respondents who are three to 14 years into retirement who cited this activity: 59%

To make the most of retirement, you’ll need to be healthy in body, mind and spirit. As it turns out, boosting your well-being can be fun.

Nearly two-thirds of survey respondents say taking steps to improve their health actually adds to their enjoyment of post-work life.

If you are looking for ways to keep your mind fit, check out the “7 Lifestyle Changes That May Help Prevent Dementia.”

1. Spending more quality time with family and friends

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Respondents who are three to 14 years into retirement who cited this activity: 65%

Retirement leaves you more time to strengthen bonds and renew old acquaintances. Today’s retirees make the most of the opportunity by prioritizing time spent with family and friends.

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