After workers retire, their lives do change. Most of them have many choices. Some choose to work part-time at something they really have a passion for, some want to do a lot of traveling, and some prefer to enjoy family and do some volunteering.
Many studies have shown that older people stay healthier and avoid chronic illnesses if they eat healthy food, exercise their minds and bodies and share life socially with others.
Of course, as senior citizens age, many become fragile and need varied amounts of assistance. But, the more independent they can be, the better.
Setting goals, either personal or as part of a group are great ways to stay strong and vital.
I believe that there should be a variety of living situations available to seniors from independent quarters (with some degree of support and assistance, to group homes, with individual apartments and meal service, to facilities with more medical care.
If all these types of facilities were clustered together, with grocery stores, drug stores, doctors, a recreational facility, exercise gym, etc., the elderly without cars could walk or ride a shuttle to what they need. This independence is so important to well-being.