You might be counting down the days to retirement. I know I was, but I always knew that I’d want to do some kind of work when my “career” came to an end.
You don’t have to rush into it. Take some time to bask in the joy of ignoring the alarm clock. Remember when you were a kid and the early days of June heralded the long and wonderful summer ahead? That’s how the start of retirement is. The world opens up before you with endless possibilities.
But if you decide you want to work, how do you get started? You might want to make a list of all the things you’ve been interested in doing over the years. Maybe you want to remain in the field where you’ve worked, or maybe you’d like to branch out and try something completely new.
You may be able to turn your current skill-set into a consulting job or a part-time teaching position, either on-line or in a classroom. If that’s what you want to do, then finding part time work in those field might be easier while you still have your career position and contacts. Dixie worked for several years as a marketing consultant when she retired, and I’m still teaching online. It’s wonderful to get up and work in your pajamas.
If that isn’t feasible and you want to try something you’ve never done like flower arranging or working at the golf course, then a time lapse after retirement shouldn’t hurt your choices. Go for it. It should be fun.
“According to US News, 60% of workers over sixty look for a job in retirement.”
In my last post about healthy aging, we explored some basic ways to protect the brain. I promised in that post to provide some additional fun and effective ideas to improve memory for now and in the future. Here’s a list that can easily be incorporated into daily life. Choose one or two or go for all of them.
How to Improve Your Memory
Challenge your brain. You can read or do crosswords or watch football or play cards or brain games. Any or all of these are good. Make it even more effective by doing something new. If you’ve done crosswords forever, try learning to play video games. They’re not just for kids. Lots of research shows that the brain loves learning something novel.
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.
Pam’s October 3rd post “The Healthy Aging Way to ease into Exercise” and her September 30th post, “Move it or Lose it” mentioned “Dixie was a gymnast.” That’s true but certainly not by today’s standards.
In 1961 at Clairemont High School we had a gymnastic team that competed with other high school girls and boys around the area. None of our schools had ‘uneven parallel bars’ at the time but we had mats, a balance beam, and a “horse/vault. It was fun and competitive and great exercise. Kudos to Southern California for encouraging sports for both genders ahead of the rest of the nation.
As you can see by these ribbons, I didn’t set any world records (but this was before everyone who showed up got a ribbon.)
Exercising early in life influences exercise as adults.
Anyway, that started me thinking about my childhood exercise activities leading up to High School. My parents were physically active. Dad played football in high school and mom was a “tumbler” and earned a letter “T” to show for it. They remained ‘active’ throughout their lives.
My early school years were in Southern Indiana, followed by a year stint in Seattle, Washington. From there, in 1956, we moved to the Denver, Colorado area for my middle school years. Then we moved to San Diego in 1959 for high school. All of these locations found us trying some sport or exercise relevant to the area. Continue reading Healthy Aging equals Exercise Wake up Call!
Pam Mangene and Dixie Shaw are two friends who met over forty years ago. Our paths crossed on our way to a newcomer function in Dallas, Texas in the early 1970s when our children were toddlers. Now, their children are in high school.
Though we’ve lived on opposite ends of our nation and our world, we’ve always managed to visit each other, travel together and keep close track of our children, grandchildren and husbands. We’ve collaborated about many opportunities over the years as our separate careers took us down different paths and now have established a place to share observations on those various stages of life.
More information is available about our backgrounds on later pages but for now, let’s get started. We would love to hear from you and about your Richly Aged years.