Retired and Revamped

So you have retired. You’ve waited a long time for this moment. Your attitude concerning retirement will determine, to a large degree whether it was worth the wait. Your career consumed a lot of your time and energy. Now there will be more time to invest in other pursuits.

To invest the time wisely you may want to:
* SET GOALS:

Decide what is important to you and your family and set goals accordingly.

Making your goals specific rather than general will make them more achievable.

Start with the easiest and quickest goals first. This will give a sense of accomplishment and spur you on to tackle the more difficult goals.

Remember:  Action sparks creativity.

*HEALTH

As we grow older most of us experience health problems. Usually these can be worked around or dealt with so we can continue to lead productive lives. Which brings me to my second point:

* TAKE CARE OF YOUR BODY:

When we were working it was easy to be too busy to take care of ourselves. Our bodies have most likely suffered as a result. Now we have more time to invest in eating healthy and exercising regularly. Our physical body depends on us to feed it the right nutrients and exercise appropriately. If we don’t take care of our bodies it’s equivalent to neglecting to put gas and oil in our vehicles. Without gas it won’t take us where we want to go.

*TAKE CARE OF YOUR BRAIN:

There is no denying that most of us lose some of our cognitive thinking ability as we get older. Senior moments may be coming more frequently and we aren’t quite as sharp as we used to be. Although this is annoying, with the exception of severe dementia or Alzheimer’s it can also be worked with and worked around:

* WRITE IT DOWN:

If it’s important to remember don’t trust an aging brain. Make a record and put it in plain view. Or keep a little notebook with you to write things down. If you are techie you can put it in your cell phone.

* MAKE TO DO LISTS:

You will get more done if you remember what needs done.

*EXERCISE YOUR MIND:

Our brains need to be exercised just like our bodies. Reading is good. Crossword puzzles and Sudoku give our brains a workout. If you have access to a Kindle or other androids, there are apps to exercise our brains.

Now let’s explore the pitfalls of retirement.

Working at our job gave us a sense of purpose and made us feel useful.

Retirement doesn’t mean we have outlived our usefulness.

* AVOID NEGATIVITY:
There is a big wide world out there and being retired just means we have more time to explore our interests and talents and come up with new and exciting ways to use those talents to build a new purpose. God has gifted each one of us with unique abilities and interests and we are never as fulfilled as when we are using them productively.

* DON’T BE A COUCH POTATO:
You worked hard all those years and now you deserve to rest. Yes. Get your rest.  But if that’s all you do, you will be miserable. Keep busy. Still water becomes stagnant. And when we cease to grow our lives become stagnant.

* NETWORK:
We hear that term used in business and it means to make connections. This can be carried over to our personal life as well. Stay connected with other people. Surround yourself with encouraging friends and acquaintances. Learn from them and share your knowledge with them in return.

* NEVER STOP LEARNING:
Education opens up a whole new world to us. We’re never bored when we are learning about the things that interest us. Read books. Search the internet. Take a course or learn a new craft or hobby.

* NEVER GIVE UP:
This world has an abundance of seniors who have given up. They buy in to the lie that they are “too old”. They focus on what they can’t do rather than doing what they can. Don’t be one of them.

Your life isn’t over until you take your last breath.

Don’t just live life; take steps to start enjoying it.

Thank you for reading and .. Happy retirement!

 

At your service,

Jeannie

*Use the comment section to tell us how you are enjoying your retirement.

10 thoughts on “Retired and Revamped

  1. Hi Jeannie,
    I am not working now, not totally by choice. I have had a 37 year career in the oil and gas business but things are real slow right now.
    Also I had a stroke on July 1, 2016 which sidelined me for a little while. I thank God I am back to normal. However while I was recuperating, I stopped volunteering at my church 4 hours per day and no longer did a Meals On Wheels route. I want to get back doing both soon. I do Bible Study Fellowship International which really makes Bible study meaningful instead of just a devotional.
    I think your site is great. It lays out so many areas that we as the older generation can do to improve our lifestyles.
    One suggestion might be using a little larger font.

    • Hi Dennis,

      Thanks for stopping by. If I’d have known you were coming, I would have put the coffee on. 🙂

      I’m sorry to hear about your stroke. I hope you soon feel better enough to go back to volunteering
      at your church and Meals on Wheels. I’m glad you are doing Bible Study Fellowship International.
      It is wonderful to have alone time with God; but also good to have Bible Study with other believers.
      Sometimes it is good to hear another persons interpretation. It can spark new interest and may
      help someone understand certain passages better. Did you read my post on Daily Bible Study?

      Thanks for commenting on my site. It still needs a lot of work and I have a lot more content I
      need to get from my brain and into posts. I want to do some re-arranging yet, too. I really
      want this site to become a place that seniors can come to for information, for company, to ask
      questions and get revamped. I agree that the type could be larger. Especially for people like
      me who need glasses to read. 🙂

      Please come back again. I love company. I am attempting to post 2 or more posts a week, so
      there should be something new to read.

      At your service,

      Jeannie

  2. Hi Jeannie. Even though I’m not near retirement, I do have a retired mother and father in law.
    Unfortunately, my mother has Alzheimer’s. I honestly believe she’s had it for many years, but she was diagnosed about 4 years ago. See, my mom retired early because the factory where she worked cut back. My mom, along with many of the other ladies she worked with, didn’t speak English very well, but enough to get by. So, finding another job wasn’t something she even considered. She probably should have, because she became depressed and stressed. That time was NOT pleasant for anyone.
    Being a single mom, I think she really worried about not having enough money on a regular basis and just gave up. Eventually, she reached normal retirement age and stopped worrying so much. But the damage had been done by then. I noticed lots of changes.
    My mom spent a lot of time in front of the TV knitting. Should would also do crossword puzzles and visit some friends here and there. It was really good when she joined a local seniors church group. She got out of the house a few times a week and mingled. Although, I think it became a place for gossip if they weren’t kept busy.
    As for my father in law, he only stopped working at the age of 75. Even though he had lots of aches and pains from carrying big bags of flour (he worked in a bakery) he continued until they told him he needed to stop.
    They were right for doing so. He needed to. But as soon as he did, he slowly became more forgetful and depressed and sad. My father in law doesn’t go to a group and doesn’t network with people he doesn’t know. He’s home, or out visiting his siblings or daughter.
    He’s on his cell phone a lot, on Facebook or reading news about Italy or Juventus. He reads a sports newspaper on a daily basis. This is great, but I’m not sure how sharp it’s going to make him.
    Anyway, I think that your post is right on the money. And people should take your advice to not become like my mother or father in law.
    It’s important to stay active and healthy both physically and mentally. Get out there and do the things that you couldn’t do before. Now you have all the time in the word so make use of it! ENJOY it!!!

    • Hi Liz. Thanks so much for commenting. I hope you will be a regular visitor to my site. I will be updating as frequently as I can find the time.

      I’m sorry about your mother’s diagnosis of Alzheimer’s. My mother had dementia, which sometimes can mimic Alzheimer’s disease. She was a very social person until she started losing her eyesight. She quit a lot of the things she used to do to keep active. Of course she was already in her 80’s by that time. Alzheimer’s disease can be hard for the person who is diagnosed with it; but sometimes it seems even harder for the loved ones who must helplessly watch the decline. Does she still live by herself? If so, there are many things that can be done to make things easier for her. If her eyesight is still good, labeling cupboard content and having a dry erase board to put reminders on are just a couple. Crosswords are good to keep the mind active. My mother always loved doing crossword puzzles and reading. That’s why she was so upset when she went blind. The worst part, for her, was not being able to read anymore. I helped her with crosswords and read some to her too, until she got too sick to participate.

      As for your father-in-law, do you think he felt like they put him out to pasture? It is good that he checks out his cell phone and facebook. A lot of older people don’t bother with that “new fangled stuff”. It sounds like he is getting out some. That’s a good sign. My father worked hard all his life. It was very hard for him to slow down. He was active in to his 90’s. I think we convinced him to stop driving in his early 90’s. The hardest thing for him to give up was mowing the lawn and taking care of the property. He wanted to keep it up even after a couple strokes left him not steady on his feet and kind of dragging one leg. The last couple times he mowed, I had to help him on and off the mower. But it became scary for me to watch him on side hills, etc. So he had to give it up. To give him something to strive for, I told him that when he was able to walk around the house 4 times, we would let him try mowing again. I was pretty sure He wouldn’t be able to complete that task; but it gave him something to work toward.

      Aging eventually causes us to lose our freedom and ability to do things the same way as we used to, or maybe not to do them at all. Anything we can do to slow down that process, is worth pursuing. Keeping ourselves physically and mentally active is one way. Diet is important, too. Eating healthy and drinking enough water keeps everything working better and hopefully longer.
      I am going to be using three header pages here for all over health tips. They will be: Physical Health, Mental Health, and Spiritual Health. I want to put sub-pages in, over time, dealing with each header page. Please check back from time to time. I love company. It was nice chatting with you.

      Jeannie

      • Hi Jeannie, thanks for replying.

        Luckily my mom has been living with my brother and his family since she was diagnosed. I currently live in Europe, so I’m far away. It’s not easy for them.

        Her vision seems to be OK. And her Alzheimer’s has been stable for a few years which is good. But, she gets depressed and upset and defensive. Thinks about the past a lot and of course repeats herself a lot.

        As for my father-in-law, I think that’s what happened. But, I also think it was time for him to stop. They must have seen that as well.

        He’s very lucky to have got the hang of his mobile phone and to do stuff on it like send messages and check Facebook, etc. It’s really good for him.

        I’ll definitely check out more of your site. Thanks again 😉

        • Hi Liz.

          I’m glad your mother has a place to stay rather than a nursing home. I’m sure it is hard for your brother and family. It is good that she has retained her vision. I didn’t realize your mother didn’t live nearby you. My mother had those same symptoms. It is sad.

          I think your father in law is doing pretty good. Does he live nearby?

          Thanks for replying.

          • Yes, she’s very fortunate to have my brother and family there for her. It is very hard for them…it can be tough. Being far away isn’t pleasant, but such is life I guess.

            No problems with her vision and since her last doctor’s visit, her illness has plateaued, which is very good. I think changing her meds about 7 years ago and going to a seniors group Monday to Friday has really helped her.

            My father in law is doing really well. I think he’s just aging and so forgetting some things sometimes and whatnot. He does live nearby which is good.

            Thanks for your reply Jeannie.

            xx

          • I’m so glad to hear that you mother’s illness has stopped progressing. It’s wonderful that she still has her sight and hearing. I’m sure that getting out and being able to talk to others has been a blessing to her. I’m sure it is hard to live far away. I’m glad your father-in-law lives close.

            Thanks for answering. You are welcome here anytime. You are like a breath of fresh air.

  3. Thanks so much Jim. I have a lot more content that I want to add. I want to help people in a three fold way. I have pages for Mental Health, Physical Health, and Spiritual Health. My plan is to put sub pages in with lots of helpful information for seniors, and also caretakers.

    You said that hardly anyone you know really retires, they just switch jobs. Actually that is probably a healthy response. We need to remain active and engaged even more so as we age. The unhealthy response is thinking that retirement means you no longer need to do anything. Thanks for reading and commenting. Keep checking back. If you have any questions, I will do my best to find an answer for you.

    Jeannie

  4. Hello Jeanie. I just started reading on your website, but I’m already enjoying it. Maybe because aim at that age too. I’m actually semi-retired. For me that means that I’m only working about 6 hrs a day instead of ten or twelve. My wife and I had two businesses. Sometimes it felt like we were working 24/7. Also, I live in a rural area where hardly anyone ever really retires, they just change what they do a little bit. I hardly know anyone who has retired and has not either gotten a part time job, or has gone into volunteer work of some kind.
    I’m gonna check out some more of your site. I’ll talk to you later. Jim

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