Tips for Growing Older and Successful Aging

In this blog, I write a lot about retirement activities.  Certainly, helping people find a retirement purpose is an important aspect of what I do.  In addition, successful aging isn’t just about what we do, but who we get to be.  Being who we are and living authentically is an important part of the new aging.

Encapsulated the Growing Older Gracefully series are tips about what successful aging is all about: [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...]

Retirement Activity Guides: Management and Leadership

retirement activity guide leadership for eldersOne of the more fascinating and challenging retirement transitions is for individuals who were in management and leadership positions at work. Many a wife has complained that her retired manager husband shifted his immense expertise into dictating to her how she should run her home.

While there are some obvious entrepreneurial and volunteering opportunities for the retired leader, let’s take a minute to explore the bigger implications of this transition. While every retired manager will have his/her unique skills, there are some universal abilities shared by most people in positions of authority. [Read more...]

Retirement Activity Guides: Mathematics and Engineering

Mathematiretirement activities with math and sciencecs and engineering uses the higher functions of both the rational and creative mind. While most occupations in mathematics and engineering require higher degrees, there are retirement activities that retirees can engage that use the math mind. In fact, it’s important to keep the same part of the mind active that uses rational and logical thought. Below is a list of skills and abilities that are used for mathematical thinking. These are important to continue to use to keep an aging mind active and fully functioning. [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...]

The Transition for Retired Couples

As I’ve observed friends and clients, the retirement transition can be difficult on couples. Whether long-term marriages or short, a retired couple faces a new way of being together. Problems that were in the marriage, but lay dormant often rear their ugly head needing to be addressed.

In addition to old unresolved issues coming to the surface, often retired couples encounter new challenges. One problem couples face is where to live after retiring. She wants to enjoy the hustle of a glamorous city in a foreign country; he wants to live on farm in this country. She wants to be closer to the grandkids; he wants to live in a retirement community with a great golf course. This can be a serious challenge for a couple to deal with. [Read more...]

Enterprising Retirement Activities

Enterprising activities frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These retirement activities can involve leading people and making decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business. [Read more...]

Social Retirement Activities

Social activities frequently involve supporting, communicating, and teaching people. These activities often involve helping or providing service to others. [Read more...]

Conventional Retirement Activities

Conventional activities frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These activities can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a structure and order to the activity. Many of the conventional activities set the foundation for a successful retirement. [Read more...]