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Retirees often don’t know what to do with their new-found time.

If there are no grandchildren to look after or other projects to get on with, life can become mundane, and lead to depression unless the retiree takes action to avoid it.

Men are more susceptible to depression in retirement. For many it's aloss of the sense of identity. While employed, men develop a strong routine and many of their friendships come from work. Work brings self-esteem and a sense of purpose.

These can be maintained if the retiree is open to new ideas. There are lots of activities beyond lawn bowls and cards to occupy and challenge a person. Whether they be volunteering, exploring new or old environments, or learning new skills, challenges for everyone are out there and easy to access.

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