Possibly one of the worst things you can do when you retire is become reclusive and inactive. It’s important to maintain social connections and frequently enjoy the company of friends and family or join social groups and activities that will enable social interaction with peers. The mind is like a muscle – if it is not exercised, its capabilities will fade. So in addition to continuing some sort of regular exercise habit, seniors should also exercise their brains. Reading books, solving puzzles and just simply engaging in conversation are all great ways to keep the brain sharp and functioning well into later life. Becoming reclusive and spending a lot of time in front of the television, while on occasion may offer relaxation, should not monopolize your time. Keeping active will not only help keep you mentally sharp and physically healthy, but will also elevate your mood and help you be happy well into your golden years!