Retirement Work in Administration

If you are looking for retirement work, consider a job in administration.

If you have excellent computer skills, good with detail and organized, there is retirement work in administration. Many administration  jobs have been lost over the last twenty years with the advent of the personal computer. Likewise, the computer has given rise to many more tasks than ever before. [Read more...]

The Paradoxes of Third Age

We walk parallel paths as we age. One is to make peace where we’re at with our lives, bodies, environments, and relationships as we seek opportunities to express who we are in the world. [Read more...]

Why do You Travel in Retirement?

Retirement travelTravel has always been an important activity for new retirees. With free time on their hands, the newly retired are ready to head for the open road. Baby boomers are no exception in wanting travel to be an important part of their retirement life. Baby boomers are not interested in being passive bystanders to life, but are looking to experience travel as a part of their new vision.

While travel is a universal retirement goal, there are a number of different reasons and objectives why retirees travel based on their personality type. Look at the descriptions below to discover your reasons for travel. [Read more...]

Starting a Business in Retirement

With the expanded lifespan and limited financial resources, many aging baby boomers are starting a retirement business. While not for everyone, having your own business can provide a nice outlet as you get older. Depending on how much money is invested and how much is needed to supplement existing income, a part time retirement business can be a wonderful way to stay active. [Read more...]

Painting is About Persistence

TheMenu_Sedona Cafe_2013It happened again this week. I was at the spa at the community center talking to a neighbor about my love of painting people. He replied that he couldn’t paint people. My thought was, “Of course he can paint people.”

Let me back up a bit. If you’ve followed my blog you know that I have strong feelings about people being creative as they get older and that painting like any other endeavor takes practice and patience. I put down paint brushes when I was ten years old and didn’t pick them up again until I was in my late 40′s.

I started painted people when my red haired grandson was 18 months old and have been smitten with painting people ever since. While I still enjoy painting my grandchildren, most of my recent portraits have been of older men. [Read more...]

Bring Learning into Your Home

Books important for Retirement LeisureReading is one of the most popular retirement leisure activities.  If you’re like me, it doesn’t cost anything by visiting your local library.  I’m also lucky that we have a book exchange out our community center.  But, I also have a confession to make.  I struggle with leisure reading.  For years, I was a prolific reader and always had my nose in a juicy novel.  Through my twenties and thirties, I carried a list of the top 100 classic books to read.  In fact, I read most of them.  Then most of my reading shifted to material that was work related. [Read more...]

More Travel Tips with Older Grandchildren

Travel with grandchildrenWe recently returned home from spending two weeks in New England with two of our grandchildren, ages 10 and 14. It was the first time we’d been to New England for all of us.

We stayed for one week in North Conway, New Hampshire, a quintessential small England town and one week in Newport, Rhode Island. A large part of our time was spent exploring the area, mostly nature and history. Although, we did take one day to drive to Vermont to indulge in Ben and Jerry’s ice cream at their factory.

There is no guarantee that any trip is going to be as enjoyable as the fantasy during the planning stages. We all had our ‘moments,’ but ended the time together feeling that the trip was a success. We will all take away wonderful memories. [Read more...]

Search And Rescue Volunteers Save Lives

Search and Rescue Ssnior Volunteers2You’ve seen them on television when there is a lost child. Often times large numbers of volunteers fan out over an area looking for clues or trace of piece of clothing or missing shoe, ultimately hoping to find the missing person alive and well.

Shortly after we moved to Prescott, my husband bought a jeep and joined the jeeping club. On his first outing, he was befriend by another retiree who recommended he join the local sheriff’s department response team or search and rescue squad.

These aren’t a band of untrained citizens that appear when there is a cry for help, but a well-organized, highly trained group of volunteers who are committed to serving their local community. [Read more...]

Travel Tips with Older Grandchildren

Moose head from New HampsWe’ve been lucky to travel with our two older grandchildren in the fall for the last two years.  They go to a year round school which has a two-week break in the fall, our favorite time to travel.

We did driving trips to Colorado last year, Steamboat Springs and Durango the year before. This year we wanted to fly to New England spending one week in New Hampshire and the other in Newport Rhode Island.  Since it was a new experience to fly with them, I wasn’t sure what documentation we needed.

What Motivates You in Retirement Transition?

What motivates you in your retirement transition?  Many review their life and they set new retirement goals.

As a student, I spent many years not living up to my potential. I knew I was bright and could do better than I did. I mostly existed on C’s and B’s until the thought occurred to me that I might want to go to college. During my junior and senior years in high school, I got close to straight A’s. [Read more...]