As our parents get older, we often find ourselves in the ultimate role reversal. Instead of relying on them for advice and moral support, we're the ones providing guidance.
This is especially true when your parents are moving to a retirement community. The process of helping your parents move can be extremely stressful. However, it doesn't have to be this way.
Phyllis Ashcraft, a senior transition specialist and owner of Solutions for Transition, says that moving is hard at any age, but even more so for an aging parent. "When you are young," she says, "a move is generally a touchstone of moving forward in your life, a looking forward to what's to come.
"When you are older," she adds, "a move can be more emotional, especially if it is away from friends. The emotional aspect can be much more difficult than the physical move itself."
Retirement can be a lifestyle game changer. Most people work hard their entire lives and dream of the day they can finally retire. And so they should; retirement is a well-deserved reward for a life’s hard work. Some people find themselves running towards the goal with fierce determination, while others may crawl and collapse across the finish line. Either way you’re here and well done!
Hopefully, you have spent some time thinking about how you will spend retirement. Even if it’s just a few glimpses and daydreams here and there, chances are you’ve got a bit of a plan.
But what happens when those plans clash with your significant other’s?
It’s rewarding to see people of every age embracing what makes them feel alive! What’s wonderful is that the older you get, the more you are able to cultivate and enjoy the things that make you feel alive. Here are four ways to make the most of the rest of your life.
In mid-January, I flew from Tampa to Havana on a trip that would introduce me to a country that has been off limits for me (and most Americans) for over 55 years. I participated in a one-week service program in Cuba with Global Volunteers, a non-profit, non-government organization (NGO) based in Minneapolis.
Along with 19 other volunteers ages 30-78, I spent a week on various work projects that included painting a fence at our base (the Cuba Council of Churches), spending time with seniors at a senior care center and working with students on English in an evening program. Another team did crocheting with a women's group for part of the day.
Every afternoon we had a few hours of free time. In the evening we all met for dinner at various locations suggested by our excellent team leader, Stephanie. The trip was a combination of helping our host community and a wonderful cultural learning experience for a group of Americans, most of whom had never been to Cuba.
About three years ago, at age 62, I was finishing up my media sales management career and realized it was time to move on. My pension was set so I was lucky that I had flexibility. I knew I no longer wanted a full-time job.
Retire? But to what? I don't play golf, crochet, play bridge or enjoy any of those interests my friends do. I adore my grandson and family, but they are 1,200 miles away so a weekend four or five times a year is the best I can do.
Travel, the outdoors, healthy endeavors and children are my passions. In 2013, I started to work on a plan for the next phase of life. The goal was for it to be meaningful and rewarding.
I surfed the internet looking for travel ideas, cost-effective options and different ways that volunteering would be mutually beneficial with my interests, skills and passions. My good friend bought me a book on volunteer travel. In my free time I read, analyzed and sifted through websites and books, and talked with colleagues and friends.
Having a post-retirement career is not an idea that crosses the minds of many retirees. Retirement is supposed to be the end of working and the beginning of freedom.
However, many seniors find that retirement does not suit them. The risk of social isolation and depression increase after retiring due to the lack of activities and diminished social network. Some seniors simply find retirement dull.
If you want a job that allows you to fully enjoy retirement while still keeping engaged and active, here are a few jobs that might be the perfect fit.