does it mean to live to a ripe old age? Young Gene died at age 11
and a recent news story talked of a man 110 years old taking a new wife
- age 30. What does all this mean concerning 'a ripe old age'?
should never argue with granddaughters. But on the value
of history a wide gap is developing between generations. Seniors need
to find ways to communicate our wisdom to the generations that
is often accompanied by an impulse to be close to our
children. The children, and/or the parents, find themselves considering
the means to reunite the family. What's to be said for moving or
staying put when it comes to reuniting the family?
us always claim that we want to get something done but just
never get it done. Could it be that we just need to establish
priorities? We need to shut things out of our lives and make room for
what we really do desire.
Trips refer to those trips we retired folks take to see our
grandchildren, children, or parents. We usually fly. Is that method of
transportation destined to end in light of global warming or climate
change? This threat is very much a possibility.
age of technology isn't easy for some of us. It requires that we
learn something new constantly. Of course, learning can be fun and the
world in which we live can be very exciting. Best to keep up than die
word that is often used in conjunction with retirement.
For some, this freedom is appreciated and liberating. Other retirees
seem to be drowned in it. They can't move. What makes for these
apparently different results?
political issues are like elephants running through our
living room. They are massive, numerous and completely ignored. Truth
and common sense have taken on these elephant-like characteristics.
Alaska is one activity that
on many a retired folks list. The lure of the North and Arctic is
well founded. And the time to go will never be better than the present
moment. The journey is easier than you might think.
the time to actualize that long held dream. It fits with a Baby Boomer
is easy to let things slide. The
house ages. The drapes fade and sag. The belt gets tighter around the
waist. Upkeep is need for the house, furniture, body and the mind.
Neglect upkeep and the slide into old age becomes all too evident
to everyone. Of course, some go beyond just keeping up to
actually improving. Life gets better!
us time to
than ever before in our lives. Living with tension in our
can be something that has developed over a lifetime. We may not be
aware of what has become "natural". Learning to
still be within our grasp.
all have moments when we think we
enough friends. Where can we get some new friends? That is a question
that is often asked. Maybe if we look back we will find direction to
developing new friends. This retirement podcast offers a few
coming at us.
folks give up. Does a senior lifestyle include ever changing? Should we
chasing something that never stops or kick back and let the
world roll on without us? Do any of these "technological gadgets"
help us older folks? Or are they all for kids?
is a part of
love of one type of music seems to be ever changing. Is there yet
another door into the world of music? Perhaps retirement offers us
another, yet unexpected, opportunity to expand our
birds: how do they fit together? When four
birds were killed by flying into my windows glass during
it got me thinking. Retirement may be a great time to speak up on
behalf of birds. However, this retirement podcast is not just for the
beauty is of paramount importance most of our lives. With age comes
retirement and hopefully wisdom. We learn that there are more important
attributes to beauty that the physical. This may be one of retirement's
happens to each of us. Lying silently, tied to a container of
drugs, in a nursing home for days or weeks waiting for death to finally
end our pain is one way. There are many ways to die. Thinking and
talking about this process is something that is in short supply.
people like to eat. We have time and tastes that make good eating
possible. The problem: eating too much good food . It is easy to, "do
lunch". It is easy to linger over a good meal. It is easy to gain
weight and ruin our health.
people and seniors have experiences and knowledge that needs to be
shared. We all need to be heard and we all need to listen. Dick Smith
shares with us his current experience in a memoirs writing group for
a retirement of our own choosing is what most of us desire. We want
time in our life to do whatever we choose. Other people and events have
a way of under mining this dream of independence. We need all of
our resources to live the retirement we have always imagined.
seems to be part of life. Retirement and being a Senior Citizen doesn't
make one immune to sleepless nights and worry over trivial
matters. Hopefully, with all of our life experiences, we can
manage it a bit better.
is a topic that is rarely discussed and yet remains a very real
possibility. This retirement podcast is not taking an advocacy position
but is just relating the story of four people I know who have chosen
this path. It springs from retirement talk with some friends.