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...]

Retirement Leisure Activities Being Physical

Being physically active is key healthy aging and a happy retirement. The good news, many aging baby boomers are embracing a healthy lifestyle. They want to defy their concept of growing old and physical activity is part of it.

There are a number of reasons why people exercise and pursue physical activity. [Read more...]

Leisure Activities with Fine Art

Fine Art is the appreciation or creation of a product primarily for its aesthetic value. This would involve painting, drawing, sculpture, collage, mosaic, photography, and calligraphy.

Unless one is lucky enough to make a living as an artist, most people aren’t able to devote time to art until they retire. The good news is that many people enjoy art as a pastime once they have the time in retirement. Many people enjoyed art as a student and return to it after they retire.

Too many people have the mistaken belief that art is strictly a talent that one is born with. [Read more...]

Retirement Activity Guides: Plants, Nature and the Environment

The Retirement years are often seen as a time to ‘stop and smell the roses.’ It is also an opportunity to enjoy the mountains, beaches, and lakes. In addition to smelling roses, you can raise them, grow a garden, hike through national parks and help protect the environment. [Read more...]

Leisure Activities With Nature

The United States has 58 National Parks that are managed by the National Park Service, part of the Department of the Interior. There are 101 national monuments that include “historic landmarks, historic and prehistoric structures, and other objects of historic or scientific interest.” Some are natural wonders, such as Devil’s Tower in Wyoming. The National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management and US Forest Service manage the monuments.

For those who really want to get off the beaten path, [Read more...]

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...]