Being Happy in Retirement

My parents are not exactly old.  My father is around 63 and mother around 53.  My father recently retired (early retirement). Problem is, no matter how much I try to uplift his spirits about aging and getting old, I can't seem to get across to him.  He used to be a very active person socially and has done a lot of things for the ethnic community that we are a part of.  Nowadays he seems to be taking himself away from everything and seems to be a lot more formal even with us. Just wondering if you have any suggestions about trying to get him motivated about life and make him see that just because he has retired from him job, does not automatically mean that he is old, incapable and dieing...I would really like to see him happy and have a long life.

Michael in Michigan, 34

Retirement is not always what people expect or anticipated. A lifetime pattern of work changes. Many of your father’s daily routines may have changed. Turf issues sometimes arise and sometimes family roles shift. That is a lot for your father to adjust to. Give him time and continue your encouragement. If sadness and discontent continue, consult a doctor or a professional therapist, or even a religious affiliate or trusted friend.  As a newly retired person, your father is dealing with many issues and he might not know how to sort them out.  Some guidance and a friendly helping hand may do wonders for his mental outlook on things.

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