I am 70. I manage several rentals and my "retired" spouse and I do much
of the upkeep. I have other self-employment work too. We are building a
"vacation" home (along with other relatives in a time share
arrangement), which has kept our minds active and frazzled. We are part-time
caregivers for my parents. My dad is also not entirely retired; he manages farm
property, and is available as a consultant. I don't want to not work. I
don't want to play games in a retirement center. I don't want to quit
hiking or riding my bike. It might sound as if I don't want to be old, and
that's true. If I can avoid aging faster by working, that alone is worth
I will not be able to retire after the great recession. Not being able to
retire now means I will live longer, which means that I have to work even more
to pay my bills when I am 80. I get tired just thinking about it.
How about just taking a foreign language course or another course on-line or at
a local school or university? Seem that the most important habit you can get
into is to keep learning while you continue to take long walks a few times a day
and make as many friends as you can.
When my wife parents pass away,we had to empty the house. 3 big garbage
containers full of stuff no one wanted went to the dump. 3 weeks it took for
mostly my wife throwing away stuff and cleaning. I'm a pack rat, and can
gather up stuff for the some day projects, that has to properly age before I get
a round toit. She has her own collection of books that is growing dust because
every thing she wants to know, she googles now. I think It's time I do
something with my projects and empty my own house so I don't leave a mess
for my kids. That's what my wife keeps telling me. I think she's
right. We've started cleaning house.
For any thing to be sacred it has to have purpose.Live your life for life
to have a life to live for.
You don't have to keep working. You have to stay active to remain healthy.
Be physically active, socially connected and mentally sharp. Follow healthy
diets and get the right nutrition. I just read several pages and posts on the
retirement site Retirement And Good Living about exercise, nutrition, mental
health, hobbies, volunteering and many other retirement related topics. That
site also has a great blog of posts by guests from around the globe.
You mean sitting in my basement watching "Glenn Beck" every afternoon
will not help my cognitive function?
The same can clearly be said about those who don't work in the first place,
and instead take taxpayer money. Its a sad pattern that typically is not
temporary and has long lasting impacts.
So there's one positive spin to the point that many of us won't be
sble to retire. I'll have to remember that when I'm still working in
my old age.