Retirees may feel their talents are being wasted once they make the transition to a more leisurely lifestyle. Finally having the time to read the paper from cover to cover may not provide enough of a diversion. Retired professionals constitute a huge pool of untapped talent, and organizations make use of this retiree brain trust by matching retired volunteer mentors with fledgling entrepreneurs.
Donating time is a form of community involvement that can be uniquely satisfying in retirement. It makes use of hard-won skills and provides worthwhile opportunities for social interaction.