Leisure Activities With Plants

After World War II, my parents rented a basement apartment from a retired Colorado Supreme Court justice and his wife. They became friends and I can remember visiting them as a young child. We would usually go to their house in the evening and Judge Alter (as I called him) would come into the living room wearing full bib overalls after a day of working in his vegetable garden. His passion was raising strawberries and I can remember being amazed at how the small white blossom would transform into a luscious ruby red fruit.

Whether you are content with a small herb garden on the kitchen windowsill or have elaborate acreage in the back forty, raising plants and gardening has always been one of the most popular leisure activities in retirement. [Read more...]

Can You Have Too Many Interests After Retirement?

One of the misconceptions about retirement is you now have time to do ALL of the things you’ve put off while working and raising a family. For people who have many interests, retirement can actually be a time of frustration.

When my husband retired, I suggested we had to find one retirement activity we could enjoy together. [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...]

Start a Retirement Business in Finance

If you’re good with numbers and enjoy working with figures and finances, there are a number of different ways you can start a retirement business. You can start these business with minimal upfront investment. [Read more...]

Retirement Activity Guides: Applied Arts

It’s often difficult to know where crafts end and applied arts begin or their difference with fine arts. That’s okay. If you’re looking for ideas in the arts, take a look at all the different sections. All are an important retirement activity and part of a successful aging plan. [Read more...]

Two Years to Feel at Home in New Retirement Community

Moving to a new retirement community can be quite an adjustment.  In fact, it’s an important aspect of the adjustment to retirement.  While this Prescott couple is happy for the move, it does take time to build a successful retirement lifestyle. [Read more...]

Retirement Activity Guides: Public Safety

Baby Boomers grew up playing cops and robbers. If you liked being the good guy, helping others in distress, or being involved in public safety there are many activities to get involved in retirement. People who enjoy the Public Safety sub-category often have a strong sense of justice, enjoy the structure of the military environment or helping others in need. [Read more...]

Retirement Activity Guides: Construction, Mechanical, Crafts

When I told my husband he needed a hobby in retirement, I wasn’t expecting him to take on the challenge of building a plane. Not a model, but a full sized, although small, flyable plane.

There’s a saying, “Idle hands are the devil’s workshop.” I’m not sure that exactly applies to the retirement years. Certainly, having a retirement activity that uses your hands to create, build, repair, and restore is as popular today has it has always been. [Read more...]