We’ve all heard the saying, “growing old is not for sissies”, right? Well, now that I’m 65 I’m starting to live that saying and experiencing it up close and personal. At first, it started out as only minor inconveniences: I couldn’t see the newspaper or computer without my glasses or readers, when I finished a meal, I had enough food in my teeth for a snack later, the name of that actor I’ve loved for decades is on the tip of my tongue, but it just won’t come to mind, and my face began slowly sliding toward my navel and got the strangest brown spots that cropped up on a daily basis. The list goes on, until eventually more serious problems began. Continue reading
I read the following article and came to the realization; this is not my Mom and Dad’s world anymore. In one generation, retirement has completely changed. Almost everyone I know who is “retiring” really isn’t “retiring”. The Federal Government is telling them, “You’re 65 now, it’s time to hang up your spurs”, but that’s not what they’re doing. Sure enough, we baby boomers are starting to collect our Social Security, but we also can see that Social Security alone is not going to be our saving grace. Not only are we living longer than most of our parents, but our expenses are much greater.
So many seniors are faced with having their children move back into their homes, helping them pay off their student debt, or paying it off for them, and not having enough money in a pension fund that will last as long as they are expected to live. Therefore, many seniors are being creative in their retirement. They are supplementing their income by continuing to work in some capacity, and they can do this because they are in better health and physical condition than their parents were in retirement.
The Boomers are having to forge the way and learn new ways to survive once they have taken that step to actually retire, but from what I am seeing and reading, we Boomers are resilient and inventive, and we’ll get it done. If nothing else, hopefully, our children and grandchildren will learn that saving for retirement their whole work life, and taking care of themselves physically and mentally is utmost in living a long, healthy life.
How Baby Boomers Will Change The Way Others Retire
“The rapid evolution of retirement in America shows no signs of slowing. The World War II generation (or The Greatest Generation) often lived in the same house until they either died or were moved to a nursing home, but this is now far less common. Baby boomers have continued to forge new ground and explore new lifestyles in this period of their lives, as technological and medical advancements have provided them with many more alternatives in how and where they can spend their time.”
Read more at Investopedia.com
Something I seem to be experiencing lately is a feeling of more freedom to do exactly what I please. This goes for what I wear, what I eat, what I say, and how I feel about what people think about me. I know this comes along with getting older, and I’ve seen this happen, firsthand, with my mom and other relatives. I would think, what is wrong with my mother when she would say “Don’t count on me to bring anything to the picnic, I’ve sworn off cooking”. Now I know nothing was wrong with my mother other than the fact she had grown into her senior status.
There comes a time when you could care less what other people think about what you’re wearing, or what you’re saying, or what you decide you don’t want to do anymore. At first, when I started having these feelings, I felt some guilt, but now I’m starting to embrace the notion. Don’t get me wrong, some seniors can take this new found freedom to the extreme and cause all kinds of angst among their friends and family. I’m not talking about the stereotypical old, crotchety granny or seldom bathed bewhiskered gramps, but the new age senior who is very aware of the fact they can now wear just about anything they can put together, and people will merely smile and nod their heads while saying, “Now that’s what I want to look like when I’m her age. Who would think that plaid skirt would ever go with the black and white stripe shirt, and look at those sunglasses! She’s terrific!”
When I saw this series of pictures of seniors, in all their glory, displaying their idea of fashion, I couldn’t help but smile, and say “Yes! That’s what I’m talking about!”
Click on BuzzFeed.com to see more of these fantastic ladies.
18 Fabulous Style Tips For Senior Citizens from BuzzFeed.com.
Statement jewelry, statement glasses, statement hair. Statement everything!
Pile on those bracelets!
I’ve always known laughter can change the atmosphere of a room. It can bring groups together who don’t know each other. It can relieve stress, gloomy feelings, and tenseness. One of the most endearing things you can hear is an infant laughing with abandon. There’s no way you can keep yourself from laughing along with the baby. It’s infectious. But it seems as we get a little older, we are told by our parents and teachers that laughter needs to be toned down, it’s disruptive, and to not draw attention to ourselves. Why? I can understand that laughter can be out of place at times, and can offend if directed as some kind of effort to make a situation seem less serious than it should be. However, I have been to several funerals of very close friends and family, and laughter among those grieving when talking about the deceased and recalling a favorite memory, is a healing release of sorrow…..maybe not during the service, but certainly when everyone is gathered together around a potluck. I’ve also always heard that laughing in church is a no-no. Sure, you don’t want to hee-haw or disrupt the service for everyone present, but there are times that some laughter can bring the congregation together.Laugh often, and try to find the brighter side to everything in your life. As we get older this is even more important. You will find if you have a smile on your face, and a quick easy laugh, your day will go by so much better. We hope you get a little laugh out of our book, “Rainbow’s End”.
The Health Benefits of Humor and Laughter
“Humor is infectious. The sound of roaring laughter is far more contagious than any cough, sniffle, or sneeze. When laughter is shared, it binds people together and increases happiness and intimacy. Laughter also triggers healthy physical changes in the body. Humor and laughter strengthen your immune system, boost your energy, diminish pain, and protect you from the damaging effects of stress. Best of all, this priceless medicine is fun, free, and easy to use.”
Laughter is strong medicine for mind and body
“Your sense of humor is one of the most powerful tools you have to make certain that your daily mood and emotional state support good health.”
~ Paul E. McGhee, Ph.D.
“Laughter is a powerful antidote to stress, pain, and conflict. Nothing works faster or more dependably to bring your mind and body back into balance than a good laugh. Humor lightens your burdens, inspires hopes, connects you to others, and keeps you grounded, focused, and alert.”
Read more at Healthguide.org
If anyone had told my sister and I that we would be getting ready to publish our first book at the ages of 63 and 65, we would have told them they were crazy! Don’t think that just because you are retired or reaching senior status, that you have to sit back and be idle. A new passion or career is just what you need to give new meaning to your life.
Philip Moeller, contributing editor for U.S. News Money, writes about achieving success and happiness in older age.
Encore Careers Visionary Pushes Social Change
“The idea of older people finding new work passions and careers well into their 60s and even 70s has entered the mainstream. Driven by surging numbers of aging baby boomers and a tough recession, encore careers have become increasingly common. ”
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