Did you know that 80% of all people who ever lived to age 65 are alive today? So with so many people between 65 and “death”, we thought we’d share a compilation of things to do…
LIFE IN RETIREMENT
SPEND YOUR MONEY – This isn’t your father’s retirement. One of the biggest “Ah-Ha’s” that emerges from a financial planning meeting is that you’re not spending enough money.
STOP WORRYING ABOUT THE KIDS’ FINANCES – Your kids are grown adults – perhaps they have children of their own. For decades you provided food, shelter and support. Today they are employed, and likely getting paid more than you ever did. They’re living a better life than you, but you’re inclined to still support them. Why?
STAY HEALTHY – Walk, eat well and get your sleep. As you age it’s tougher to recover from illness. Schedule routine visits with your doctor and be mindful of your health. Set a good example. Take the advice you imparted on the kids.
KEEP YOUR LOVE ALIVE – With retirement comes more time to spend together. Spend time thinking about what you both enjoy doing together (besides eating out). Got nothing? You’re not alone. Try something new. Touring, cooking classes, biking, learning a language. “You are not old as long as you have intelligence and affection.”
STAY PROUD – Keep visiting the hair salon or barber, do your nails, visit the dentist, and buy new clothes periodically
KEEP UP WITH THE TRENDS – Keep your sense of style but stay attuned to today’s trends (for your age). Go for it. Try those expensive jeans (around $200), they fit far better than standard “wranglers” (and they last longer). How about a new hairdo or trendy sunglasses.
LAUGH – Laugh A LOT. Laugh at everything. Remember, you are one of the lucky ones. You managed to have a life, a long one. Many never get to this age, never get to experience a full life. But you did. Find the humor in your situation.
STAY CURRENT – Read newspapers, watch the news. Go online and read what people are saying. Make sure you have an active email account and try to use some of those social networks. You’ll be surprised what old friends you’ll meet. Keeping in touch with what is going on and with the people you know is important at any age.
GIVE THE KIDS A CHANCE – The younger generation is full of opinions and they may not be shared by you or your generation. Give advice, not criticism, and try to remind them that yesterday’s wisdom still applies today.
AVOID “IN MY TIME“ – Your time is now. Yes, you were younger, but you’ve got to live for today. Have fun and enjoy life.
BE HAPPY – Spend your time with positive, cheerful people, it’ll rub off. You get to choose your friends why waste time surrounded by bitter folks
REINVIGORATE LOST HOBBIES – If you don’t have any, make new ones. You can travel, hike, cook, read, dance. You can adopt a cat or a dog, grow a garden, paint, volunteer or just collect certain items. Find something you like and spend some real time having fun with it.
ACCEPT INVITATIONS – Get out of the house and meet people you haven’t seen in a while. Experience something new (or something old). But don’t get upset when you’re not invited.
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