Housebound in Retirement: 20 Ways to Live a Richer Life

Retirement doesn’t have to mean sitting in front of a television day after day, even if a retiree is housebound. On average, people who are currently 65 can expect to live at least until their mid-80s, according to data compiled by the Social Security Administration. There are plenty of ways seniors can use those 20 or so years to live a richer life and feel a sense of purpose as they once did in their careers.

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1. Learn How to Knit or Crochet

Learning a new skill, like knitting or crocheting, keeps seniors cognitively sharp and gives them something they can feel a sense of accomplishment about. Retirees don’t need the leave the house to learn the new skill either, as sites like YouTube have plenty of how-to videos and tutorials. To save money, knitting and crochet supplies can often be picked up for less at a thrift store.



2. Sell Crafts on Etsy

Whether one just learned a new craft, or they’re already an expert, retirees can make homemade items to sell on sites like Etsy for a profit. All a senior needs is a camera to capture images of their art pieces and a computer to list them. Etsy sellers can accept payments online or have buyers mail payments directly to them.

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