Retirement: opportunity to learn new Skills

Retirement is a great time to learn new skills

In retirement, I said yes to a senior tap dance group from the senior center.  Only sixty at the time and retired, I wanted to try something new.

Active Retirement is an opportunity to revisit tap dance class

Most of my Marketing Director career was spent meeting deadlines, arguing budgets, competing for new business, presenting my point of view and generally keeping my closet ‘Rockette’ under wraps.

While retired from my real job, but having flex time working as a consultant in my previous field, I found I had time to strap on an old pair of tap shoes and revamp my childhood “shuffle ball change.”

Look for windows of opportunity.

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Age Positively in spite of “outdated stereotypes”

60's or 70's wrinkles and all. Pam and Dixie aging positively
60’s or 70’s wrinkles and all. Pam and Dixie aging positively

The December 27 post written by Pam, talked about her reaction to the “at your age” comment made by her doctor aged 36.  Her observation basically is that “at your age” is a comment made to seniors that fall into the “over the hill.” group.  As she said, there is a new paradigm for today’s seniors.

How to say Senior Citizens in a nice way.

Years ago, my company created a Celebration  Club 55 group of customers who merited special products, special presentations and special pricing.  While deciding on the group’s name intended for those 55 plus, various names like “Gold Group”, Silver Rewards, and, heaven forbid, “Senior Citizens” were all tossed out as too negative and offensive.

I was in my forties when this process took place and that was in the eighties last century.  Now, I’m 73 and have found there are a host of  euphemisms in use now to spare our “old age” feelings. Read on… Continue reading Age Positively in spite of “outdated stereotypes”

Learn new things, Richly Aged Boomers

As ‘Richly Aged’ Baby Boomers learning new things ourselves, we came up with 100+ tips to age positively.  We thought we would share these tips in the form of blogs.  There are probably hundreds more that you who have gone before us and you who will come after us believe enriches the years that make up the ‘third phase.’ Please share those comments with us (once we get the share comments thing hooked to the right thing!)     Strike that!

We figured it out!!

Learning new things isn’t always easy!

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Dixie frustrated but learning new things.

Personally, I think that learning how to install and run a self-hosted blog site should count for an A+ in the “learning new things” category. I graduated from University of Texas, Summa cum laud, though it was definitely in the last century.  Still…my little “Beginners Guide to Successful Blogging” by firstsiteguide.com (which is excellent by the way and pretty much ‘connect the dots’) did say on page 23: Continue reading Learn new things, Richly Aged Boomers

Trim the Cost of your Haircut

I just kept spending more and more on my hair.  The upkeep was killing me.  It started with $30 precision cuts in the 1970s.  That was quite a bit of money back then, but it seemed worth it.  But soon it was highlights ($50 minimum) along with the haircut which now cost $45. Then along came some grey hair, and that demanded a base color first, followed by highlights, followed by the haircut.  Yikes! One day not too long ago (but while I was still working), I walked out of the salon with a lovely cut and color but $275 dollars added to my credit card bill. Continue reading Trim the Cost of your Haircut

Learning New Things in your 90s!

Take a chance and learn to dance! 

I sat at the pool with my nose in a book, but I wasn’t reading.  That was just a ploy.  Really I was eavesdropping – something I love to do – listening in on other people’s conversations.  It’s not something I’m proud of, but I can’t seem to help it, and as vices go, it’s pretty harmless.

That’s when I heard the woman say, “Who would have thought that at the age of 91, I’d meet someone and learn to dance!”  Looking to my right, I saw her standing waist deep at the side of the pool.  She looked 90, but she also looked strong and tall in her brightly colored one-piece suit.  The woman looked happy,  too– smiling not with just her mouth but with her eyes, too.  Happy all over.

 

Learn new things -Dancing feet are Happy Feet!
Learn new things -Dancing feet are Happy Feet!

I’ve been doing some research on aging.  Some of it is pretty stereotypical stuff about how we fall slowly apart over time.  How our blood pressure goes up and our stamina goes down.  Our hair thins and our waists thicken.  Eventually we go to live with the children and lose our independence.

What does the research  really say?

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