Before you create your personal adventure list- Let’s define adventure.
There are as many definitions of adventure as there are types of adventures to be experienced.
Adventure is getting out and being bold. It’s trying new foods or new activities to say you’ve done it. It’s anything that pushes your routine and comfort zone…but most of all it’s fun and thrilling.
For our purposes, adventures for Baby Boomers and retirement generally means something outside your day to day routine, Not necessarily risky but risky in that it pushes your experience level and maybe your comfort zone but is still something you’d like to try.
Adventures can be broken down into all types of new activities:
Glass fusing, art
Exploring all National parks
Visiting Natural wonders of the world
Deep sea Diving
Gardening, painting, ceramics, wood working, etc.
In summary, an adventure may include learning or trying something new to you. Something that you are curious about and excited to experience.
You’re much more likely to make your wishes come true if you write down exactly what it is you want. This list is limitless. If there are limitations, they are individual to your own restrictions. Maybe these are physical restrictions, maybe financial, maybe health restrictions but for the most part…it’s all wide open
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.
Healthy aging depends upon a healthy brain. How many times do you start to say something only to find that the word or the name that is right there on the tip of your tongue just won’t come? It happens to me all the time and not only does it frustrate me; it frightens me.
I’m frightened of dementia, but I’m also scared of just the ordinary decline in cognitive ability that comes from the normal wear and tear on our brains as we get older. Our brains can atrophy – just like our muscles – and I want to do everything I can do to prevent or slow that decline.
When I had my last physical, I was given a test for Alzheimer’s. It’s the first time I’ve been asked to take the test. I had to draw a clock face and remember some words.
When I asked my doctor about it – after he gave me my usual hug and told me I looked tired – he said, “Well, at your age . . .” Sitting in that tiny examining room, I was gobsmacked. “Oh, my gosh! I’ve reached that age!”
How old is “at your age?”
You know the one I mean. It’s the age where we’ve finally begun the steady decline from active and valuable adult into the stereotypical inactive and worthless old person. At first I was terrified, and then I was furious!
Stress isn’t all bad. Being mildly stressed can actually help us perform better in a committee presentation or on the tennis court. It gives us a little edge, and it’s been around forever. It’s the thing that helped our ancestors outrun the saber-toothed tiger, and though the tiger is long gone, the stress of modern life – even in retirement – can rob us of the joy we seek at this time in our lives.
It’s living with chronic stress – that constant bombardment of worry and anxiety – that’s the real problem. You know that tight feeling you get in the middle of your chest or the pit of your stomach? Your heart pounds; your hands get sweaty; and you wake up worrying in the middle of the night. Eventually, it can lead to health problems by making our hearts work harder and harming our immune systems. That means that stress management should be a priority for all of us.
The good news is that there’s plenty we can do to control the stress in our lives. All we need is a plan! In the next few blog posts we’ll be talking about taking steps to conquer stress in our lives. Let’s get started right away.
Three easy steps to getting started with stress management: