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...]

What Motivates You in Retirement Transition?

What motivates you in your retirement transition?  Many review their life and they set new retirement goals.

As a student, I spent many years not living up to my potential. I knew I was bright and could do better than I did. I mostly existed on C’s and B’s until the thought occurred to me that I might want to go to college. During my junior and senior years in high school, I got close to straight A’s. [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...]

How Aging Baby Boomers View the Aged

I’ve heard it said, mostly by men I know that if they became infirmed, they “blow their brains out.” Therefore, I was especially intrigued when reading Gerotranscendence: A Developmental Theory of Positive Aging by Lars Tornstam and came upon the following statement, “White, western, middle-class, middle-life society has, since the Reformation, been characterized by an overwhelmingly strong performance orientation. Productivity, effectiveness and independence are prestige words.” [Read more...]

Retirement Activity Guides: Spirituality

When you retire, there is often an increased desire to know oneself and ones place in the world. This includes coming to terms with one’s mortality. Spiritual growth is an important ingredient to successful aging.

The idea of spirituality is often confusing. Many mistake spirituality for religion. [Read more...]