Creating a 'Living List'

Getting older doesn’t mean we have to stop living life to the fullest and watch life pass us by.

Even in our golden years, it’s important that we continue living life meaningfully and creating a bucket list or as we call it – a living list, is a great way of doing just that. We all have a list of activities, goals and experiences we’ve always wanted but kept it at the back of our minds for when the time is right or when we had the means to pursue them. 


Making your living list (or helping your parents with one) can be a fun experience and one that will bring a renewed sense of purpose to your life. And of course, it’s a perfect way to make sure that you get to do all those things that you have always wanted to do. A good place to start is to make sure your list includes fun experiences, ways to discover new passions and ways you can continue living the life you’ve worked so hard for - not as a list of things to do before you die.


While no one living list is the same, we’ve put together a list of common bucket list items to get you started:

  • Unsurprisingly, travelling tops a lot of bucket lists. Travel somewhere you have always wanted to go but never had the chance. Travelling is wonderful opportunity to see the world, experience a different culture and make new friends.

  • Visit one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature, start with Table Mountain if you’re never been to the top before. The views are incredible.

  • Volunteering at a charity or organisation in your area. Nothing can be more gratifying that touching someone else’s life for the better. It’s hard to know where to start but remember, it could be as simple as sharing an adventure with another perennial from your neighbourhood.

  • For those who are adventurous, why not try sky diving?

  • Explore the local culinary scenes. This will probably be the easiest item on your bucket list since the Western Cape is home to awarding winning restaurants to try out. Take all your senses on an adventure to the winelands or the coast and enjoy the spoils the region has to offer.

There’s no right way to create a living list but when deciding what activities to include on your list, focus on what really matters to you and things that you enjoy. Most importantly, do them! You have probably waited long enough to do the things you’ve always wanted to do so get writing and then get doing.


At the CareCompany, our care model is based on a Person-Centered approach which means that we respect our client’s wishes and support their choices to take part in activities that are meaningful to them.


Growing older should be treated as a great journey and creating your bucket list is a wonderful celebration of this new phase of life.


We personalise our services to ensure that you keep active, stay connected with the community and have the support you need to maintain your independence.


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