Once a week, or even more
often, the local newspapers, as well as mainstream magazines, will publish
articles about retirement and successful aging. It’s a good thing too, because none of want
to be forgotten. A few years ago Vibrant
Life (Sep/Oct 2004) (www.vibrantlife.com)
featured an article by Barbara Anan Kogan, (www.zoominfo.com/p/Barbara-Kogan/)
about active and healthy lifestyles. I
thought it was pretty good because we all need a swift kick once in awhile
“Get out of your rocking chair and do something”, she admonished. I like my rocking chair as much as the next person, but I understand that now is not the time to take up permanent residence there. If the initial euphoria associated with retirement is starting to wane, it may be time to beef up your lifestyle.
Get up, put one foot in front of the other, and commit to an active lifestyle. A sedentary lifestyle is the worst thing you can do for yourself. Physical, mental and social stimulation are essential if you want to be a new and improved person. Unfortunately, many people don’t know how to get started.
Baby Boomers have been very vocal and they have made their desires known. It may require a little research on your part, but you will be pleased to find that they have opened many doors for us. Let’s look behind a few of these doors:
- Health Clubs used to be rather exclusive clubs for the young and beautiful, but that has changed. Most health and fitness centers have not only opened their doors but now offer senior programs. Many insurance plans promote wellness and often provide free or reduced cost memberships.
- Hospitals: Hospitals are no longer just places to go when you are sick. The new emphasis is on wellness. Many hospitals offer senior programs.
- Walking Clubs: Most newspapers have a special senior activity section. Walking clubs are cropping up all over; you no longer need to feel you are alone.
- Gardening: A great way to stay in shape and reap the nutritional benefits.
- Computer classes: Stop with the “new fangled gadgets” spiel and try to remember that your mind needs exercising too. Senior centers, recreational facilities, libraries and universities offer computer classes. Learning a new skill stimulates the brain.
- Collages and Universities offer classes to seniors, many of them free.
- Book Clubs: Like to read? Do you want to tell someone about your favorite book? You will find book clubs in your neighborhood, social centers, bookstores and libraries. Try it, you might like it.
- Love music? Remember playing piano, saxophone or drums when you were a kid? Revisit. You might actually enjoy it this time around?
- Church Activities: If you haven’t been as active as you used to be, it might be time to revisit your spiritual heritage. It will give you a chance to function as a community again.
- Delay retirement, try a new career or find truly satisfying volunteer positions.
- Reconnect with your family and your community. Embrace your grandchildren. Be present in their lives. Grand parenting is more than just babysitting: it is a reason to stay fit and active yourself.
Your rocking chair will still be there at the end of the day and it will feel good to sit down, but for now there are so many other things to be involved with. Begin your plans for an active retirement today.