Can Seniors Contribute to A Greater Good?

12-4-12shutterstock_76636684I just watched/listened to an interesting video with Mark Meckler, Tea Party founder as he discussed the Living Room Conversations where conservatives and progressives come together in small groups to discuss issues to find common ground.

It occurred to me this is such a wonderful opportunity for retirees. Maggie Kuhn, started the Gray Panthers in 1970 from a passion of human rights for elders. She saw important roles for seniors as mentors, mediators, monitors of public bodies, motivators and mobilizers. She wanted seniors and retirees to be out in the community, involved, engaged and contributing to the greater good. [Read more...]

Retirement Activity Guides: Entertainment

Baby boomers grew up during a ballooning period of entertainment. Seventy-seven million strong, they said, “Entertain me.” Throughout their lifetime, communication and technology and grown and changed to accommodate them.

the retirement years provides an opportunity to not only be entertained, but also be involved in performing and producing entertainment. [Read more...]

Retirement Activity Guides: Physical Science

The physical sciences is a broad group that focuses on the inorganic world. It consists of four sub areas: astronomy, physics, chemistry and the earth sciences (geology, geophysics, oceanography, and meteorology.)

The physical sciences allows the scientist to emerge as people study and engage in activities involving the inorganic world. Most occupations in the physical sciences require degrees, and often advanced degrees. The retirement years afford the opportunity for people to participate in these subjects as lifelong learners, volunteers or in leisure. [Read more...]

Retirement Activity Guides: Social Science

Social science is a field of study that is interested in human societies and behaviors. This includes anthropology, archeology, economics, geography, history, psychology, philosophy, and sociology. (Other social science topics are covered elsewhere in the Retirement Activity Guides: education, law, communication and political science.) Like many of the activities in the Investigative section, advanced degrees are usually needed to work in this area. [Read more...]

Retirement Activity Guides: Life Science

Life Science is the field of study interested in the in the science of living organisms, including plants, animals and human beings. Biology is the cornerstone of the life sciences. Other fields include, but not limited to, are: Anatomy, botany, ecology, physiology and zoology. [Read more...]

Retirement Activity Guides: Being Physical

Aging Baby boomers are not slowing down physically as they age. Physical activity continues to be an important part of their lives. Because the majority of baby boomers didn’t work in back breaking jobs like their parents, the shape of their bodies is based on choice more than the deterioration from working on farms or factories. While it’s true baby boomers have overindulged and suffer from the affects with obesity and the corresponding ailments, everyday more people are embracing a healthier lifestyle. [Read more...]

Retire Abroad to Costa Rica With Going Like Sixty

Retire Abroad Like Going Like SixtyGuest Blogger Mark Van Patten author of blog agreed to talk about retiring to Costa Rica

What made you decide to retire to a foreign country?
We thought we never could afford to retire because of the cost of health care in the U.S. When we started looking abroad, we discovered we might be able to make it work living strictly on Social Security. So far, so good. [Read more...]

Retirement Activity Guides: Personal Services

Personal services involves catering to the needs, tastes and desires of others. Personal services is divided into five clusters: personal appearance, healing arts, well being, hospitality and personal/property caretaking. [Read more...]

Finding Life of Passion in Retirement Activities

inding Passion from Retirement ActivitiesIn elementary school, I had a friend who was great at drawing horses. They were beautiful, full of detail and shading so they looked like the real thing. My drawings consisted of rudimentary stick figures barely recognizable. Based on that information, I concluded I didn’t have any artistic talent and stopped taking classes or engaging in other art activities.

Unfortunately, when we are around ten years old we make many decisions about what we can and cannot do well. Many of those decisions stay with us for the rest of our lives. [Read more...]

Are You Grasshopper or Ant When You Retire?

Recently, I read a blog post by one of the best retirement bloggers about his fear of buying a RV and hitting the road. You can read his blog at  We Are Thinking of A Big Shake Up. Are We Nuts? The fear was based on the additional cost and impact on the couples’ retirement account.

I’m not going to weigh in on whether they should or shouldn’t buy a RV and hit the road. However, the conversation about fear, money and having enough in the future intrigues me. I grapple with these fears often, as do many people in retirement. [Read more...]