I’m Retired… Now what do I do?

Retirement is a major life transition for many people, and it can take some adjustment. For those who have worked their whole lives, retirement can be an especially difficult adjustment, as everything from daily routines to financial security can be affected. As people reach retirement age, many are looking for ways to make the most of this new stage of life.

Encore Careers

Encore careers, also known as “third acts”, are one way to do this. Encore careers are a way to remain active and engaged in the community, while also providing financial stability. Maybe you have always had a passion for something else, outdid not make a career change due to income, geography, or other commitments. Retirement can be a great time to go back to school or further develop an existing skill. An encore career can also be an opportunity to continue your same work, but to do it in a different setting.


Volunteerism is a great way to stay active and engaged in your communities, while also giving back and making a difference. Volunteering can take many forms, from serving meals at a local soup kitchen to mentoring a young person. There are many opportunities to volunteer, such as through churches, schools, hospitals, or other community organizations. There are many online resources that can help connect you with volunteer opportunities. Volunteering can be a great way to make new connections and friendships, as you meet and interact with people from all walks of life. It can also be a great way to gain new skills and knowledge, as many volunteer opportunities involve working with new technologies or learning new techniques. Volunteering can lead to new experiences, such as travel or hands-on work.

Pro Bono Work

Pro bono work is another way to stay active and engaged, by working on a voluntary basis, without payment. This can include legal work, medical work, or any type of work that is not done for monetary compensation. Pro bono work can be incredibly rewarding, as it enables you to use your skills and experience to help others in need, network and make new connections. As retirees work with different organizations and individuals, they may find new opportunities or ways to engage. This can be a great source of satisfaction and fulfillment, as it gives a chance to make a tangible difference in the lives of others.

New Hobbies

Retirement is the perfect time to explore new hobbies and interests. From playing an instrument to learning a new language, there are countless opportunities to develop new skills and passions. For those who have always wanted to pursue a particular hobby but never had the time, retirement can be the perfect time to start. In addition to providing a sense of purpose and satisfaction, new hobbies can also help create new connections. Many hobbies involve joining clubs or groups, which can offer the opportunity to meet and interact with people from all walks of life. Hobbies can also be a great way to stay active and engaged in the community, as many groups and clubs host events and activities throughout the year.

New Lifestyles

Retirement can also be a great time to explore new lifestyles. For those who have always dreamed of living in a different city or country, retirement can be the perfect time to make the move. Similarly, you may also want to explore new housing options, such as a condo, RV life, or retirement community. It can also be a great way to gain new experiences, such as trying different cuisines or visiting new places. Exploring a new lifestyle can also be a great way to stay physically active by exploring their new cities or countries by walking and biking.

New Outlooks

Retirement can also be a great time to explore new outlooks, perspectives and relationships. With more time and freedom, you can devote yourself to exploring different philosophies and ideologies to stay intellectually engaged and stimulated and gain a new understanding of the world. Retirement can be a time to reflect on one’s life and accomplishments, and to think about the future, or gain insight into one’s own life. With more time and freedom, this can also be a time to deepen existing relationships, as well as to develop new ones.

Each of these opportunities provides a sense of purpose and satisfaction, as well as a chance to stay engaged and connected. Explore all of these opportunities, and find the ones that fit your needs and interests. With the right combination of activities, you can make retirement years some of the most fulfilling and rewarding time of your life.


Hello Massachusetts!

CareAvailability site expands into Massachusetts to help families navigate care and senior housing options.

CareAvailability is proud to announce its expansion into Massachusetts, further establishing its real-time availability of senior housing options in the north east. This is a new industry standard, delivering an easy one stop option for families and caregivers to navigate all levels of senior care. CareAvailability provides the real-time reporting of availability for senior care up to the minute at provider locations.

The site first launched in Oregon during the COVID pandemic as an effort to help hospitals find care for patients needing to transition out of beds. The site is expanding quickly to bring availability to everyone in the United States. This free resource lists every provider in searchable areas on the site and allows providers to report their availability for free. Families and caregivers can also use the site free of cost to find available levels of care at any time and with no need to provide personal details, championing Family and Patient Freedom of Choice like never before. 

Senior advocates and health professionals rely on CareAvailability to manage comprehensive lists of care options that they can easily monitor and check for active options at their leisure. Families can easily navigate through different levels of care and find available options that they can claim or call as they please. Rather than care providers needing to manage multiple sites at cost, CareAvailability is an extensive resource that does not charge hospitals, physicians, health clinics, social workers or any health team for their services. Medicare Ratings are also included to support Patient Freedom of Choice. 

“We wanted to create a comprehensive database for families and caregivers to easily connect with providers without endless phone calls and uncertainty of available rooms,” CareAvailability’s CEO, Amy Schmidt, says. “We saw the need for this kind of resource during the heart of the pandemic as caregivers tried to discharge patients, and now moving forward this reliable database exists for effective efficiency.” 

Determining the right level of care can be an exhausting process, as many states have different terminology and standards for varying levels of care. The team at CareAvailability has taken extra steps to provide educational articles as well as links to state agencies to help families better understand Long Term Care and aging.

CareAvailability’s expansion to Massachusetts means an additional 1,090 providers are now listed in our database of resources. This includes more than: 120 assisted living communities, 300 skilled nursing facilities, and over 670 home health, home care, and hospice agencies.

Fun Facts about Massachusetts

Massachusetts is known as “The Bay State”, referring to Cape Cod Bay where the Pilgrims first settled. Massachusetts is home to a countless number of tourist attractions, including the Boston Tea Party Museum, Martha’s Vineyard, Fenway Park, and Boston Common Park, pictured above.

Massachusetts was the 6th state to join the new independent union in 1788. It was the first state to write and adopt a constitution, which then served as a model for the new U.S. Constitution. The state motto is “Ense Petit Placidam Sub Libertate Quietem” meaning “By the Sword We Seek Peace, But Peace Only Under Liberty.”

About Care Availability

CareAvailability is a website dedicated to helping seniors, their families, and healthcare professionals find care in real time. Specific questions can be directed to the CareAvailability Team’s contact page or connect with them on Facebook.