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...]

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...]

Active versus Passive Retirement Leisure Activities

Passion Retirement Leisure ActivitesAs was discussed in a previous blog, the majority of leisure hours in retirement are spent in relaxation, which can be passive way of spending time. While having morning coffee while reading the daily paper is a welcome change for a former driven worker, a satisfying retirement should also include activities that are stimulating, engaging, inspiring, challenging or creative. [Read more...]

Retirement Activity Guides: Communication

Do you have a passion for words and books? The retirement years are the perfect time for you. One of the first things people do in retirement is blow off the dust of their library card, join a book club or start thinking about writing the great American novel. For people who were busy with work and family, the luxury of indulging in a weekend of reading a good detective novel or Ann Karenina was lost. [Read more...]

Retirement Activity Guides: In Transportation

Baby boomers came of age during a transportation revolution. During the course of the twentieth century, human beings conquered flight and space, paid homage to the combustion engine, and saw an explosion of vehicles as playthings, as well as a way to transport people and things from one location to another.

Think about the baby boomer fascination with modes of transportation. If you’re like me, you either engage or have friends that have a passion with cars of all types, planes (building and flying), bicycles, motorcycles, boats, recreation vehicles (the big ones), as well as all the toys with engines that have been developed over the last generation to travel over all types of terrain and in all kinds of water. [Read more...]

Leisure Retirement Activities with Trains

Baby boomers were born during the birth of the Interstate road system which inflicted the final nail into the passenger rail travel coffin. But, that doesn’t mean aging baby boomers don’t have a love affair with trains. I can remember when my brother got his model railroad, as did many young boys growing up in the fifties and sixties.

In fact, model railroading continues to be a very popular retirement hobby. [Read more...]

Retirement Leisure Activities Playing Games

You probably know by now that keeping the mind active and challenged is a good way to ward off dementia and other brain disintegration diseases. There isn’t any guarantee that doing a crossword puzzle every day will prevent Alzheimer’s but engaging in mental stimulation certainly helps the brain stay active and youthful.

Not all games are created equal. [Read more...]

Retirement Leisure Activities in Finance

We had a neighbor whose retirement  leisure activity was managing his portfolio. He would spend hours going over reports, buying and selling stocks and bonds. There are financial experts who believe everyone should manage their own investments. While I don’t necessarily agree with that, certainly everyone, including retired couples should have an understanding of their financial situation.

Here a few simple questions every retired person should be able to answer. [Read more...]

Retirement Leisure Activities in Social Science – History

While there are in any number of things you can do with a passion for history, we’re going to focus and a few. The first is learning about and documenting your own family history. The other is historical reenactments.

Tracing family roots has always been an important retirement activity. As people get older, there is a desire to pass on a sense of family history to their children and grandchildren. As the holders of family histories get old and die, there is a sense of urgency to capture their knowledge. [Read more...]

Retirement Leisure Activities With Crafts

Traditionally, crafts were based on a handmade process where the resulting work was more functional than aesthetic. Today, most crafters engage because they enjoy the process as much or more as the product. Crafts can be art, and art can be the result of craft.

Many retired men and retired women are engaged in producing crafts. While many crafts can take years to perfect, many can be started with minimal training. The cost of crafting can be inexpensive, but if materials or equipment are costly, it can increase the expense of the hobby. One of the nice things about crafting is most are done in the home, garage or home shop. Crafters will often gather with others who share the passion to work on their crafts, learn from each other or share in the experience. [Read more...]