I remember my father talking about being ready to retire from his job and my mother responding with “What are you going to do when you retire? You need to find something to do before you retire.” My father would then rattle of a few things he would do and my mother would tell him those things would only keep him busy for a few months, and then what would he do? Too many people get so engaged in their jobs that they forego learning new hobbies or doing other things they enjoy. When they finally do retire they have nothing to fall back on to keep them active and engaged in the larger community. They spend a great deal of time at home sitting around, watching TV and complaining that they have nothing to do. They are hesitant to try new things or engage in things they have not done for a long time. Soon their health and their mind start to deteriorate and life just isn’t very fun anymore but they will continue to live on for a number of years longer. As we begin talking about retirement we need to prepare for all of the changes that it brings to make it a more enjoyable and less stressful time in our lives.
Beginning in February of 2012, the North/Eastside Senior Coalition will host a Preparing for Retirement Series on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings at the Warner Park Community Recreation Center. Begin to evaluate and plan your financial health, mental health, physical health, travel opportunities, hobbies, volunteerism, wills and trusts, and getting your home ready for retirement. The series is intended for adults (and their loved ones) thinking about retiring in the next five years or so but is open to all ages. Pre-registration is required for each of the seminars and space is limited. Check out the Golden Times or the NESCO website next month for more details. Happy Holidays to you and your family.
Jim Krueger, NESCO Programs Director