Retirement Talk

WHAT to do with the rest of your life?


Del Lowery
"Retirement Talk is an audio podcast (written script a click away) intended to help people who are retired, or considering retirement, to examine their own lives. We will consider an active retirement life in all its facets - not just financial. A retirement life-style that has been considered  carefully is our goal. We want to encourage thought and action." Del Lowery - Host


617 Food, Weight & Retirement There is no question about the connection between retirement, food and retirement. We like to "do lunch". We have time to linger over a meal that tempts us with more and more food and drink. We like to travel and taste exotic foods. We gain weight. And that is not good.

616 Retirement Calls for a Dermatologist


There are some things that seem to evolve right along with us as we age. One of them is the physical change. We all know that. Some things we may have not experienced before and never really felt the need to inquire into. Dermatology is one.

615 Death & Taxes


"Death and taxes are the only two things of which you can be sure", goes an old family and possibly universal saying. Retired folks are old enough to know both are true. This podast focuses on just the death factor and being prepared.

614 Technology Challenge


It isn't easy to keep up with technological changes. It takes intention, effort and time to even keep close. Out other choice is to refuse and stay the course. Living with only snail-mail, a land-line and an antenna on the roof would take an adjustment.

613 Friends


Friends can make all the difference in one's life. We not only want them but we need them. Retirement can bring an end to many long term friendships. We, and our friends, tend to move on. What to do? Sometimes we just have to extend ourselves.

612 Learning to Relax


Relaxing is something I had to learn. I guess I learned to be tense first. Then came conscious effort to master the relaxation. Sometimes we don't even recognize that we are tense. It is important to know the difference.



This is a continuation of the previous podcast focused on going south for the winter. What is it like?

610 Snowbirds


Retirement and going south for the winter seem to go together like cookies and ice cream. We just made such a move. Here is a brief description of our experience. It might help you consider steps involved.

609 Alaska



ALASKA! That is the dream destination of many, many retirees. We just want to go. This is one of those dreams that is readily available and possible. Here is a story of how I went to Alaska and suggestions for you to venture north.

608 Upkeep


It is amazing how much upkeep one requires as we age. Our houses, our cars, our furniture, our bodies, our mind: they all require constant attention. We can just let them go but we know that damage will be done and we will have to pay the price.

607 Across Generations


Retirement brings a special opportunity to older folks. We can share some of what we learned through our longer life with the youth of today. Sometimes it is not easy. But we can make the effort. It feels good.

606 Habits


Falling into or creating new habits are are different. Some times falling into habits can cause problems. It is usually much better to consciously creating habits. We want good habits that have been carefully considered.

605 New Year List



Lists of new challenges at the beginning of each new year have always eluded me. They always seemed too important to be left to one special day each year. Here is the story of my kind of list.

604 Holidays


Holidays are a time for celebration for many of us. But it doesn't happen that way without planning. Someone needs to look ahead. That seems to be necessary no matter. Some one needs to plan.

603 Getting Around


Getting around town or to wherever we want to go can become a major problem as we retire and get older. What to do? There is only one fix that comes to my mind: picking the location of our retirement residence carefully.

602 Remembering


Be they good or bad retirement has a way of bringing some of our past actions to mind. We have the time and energy to reflect. We may be surprised at how what we did at one time can change with reflection seasoned by time, experience, and understanding.

601 No Time to Shave


Retirement can be a busy time. It can also be a time when we can choose just exactly what we want to do when we want to do it. We do have time for this or we have time for that. We make the choices one way or another.

600 Casinos


Casinos have sprouted up like flowers or weeds, - blooming all along the roads. They can be dangerous places, especially for retired folks. But that doesn't seem to distract from their popularity.

599 Dogs


Retirement and dogs seem to be a match made for all. The dog gets us out for air and exercise. The dog smothers us with affection. The dog loves us unconditionally. Yet there remains many of us who do not have a dog. Reasons do exist. Probably more than we can imagine.

598 Better or Worse


How can we tell if the world is better off than it was when we were kids? Sometimes it seems like the country is in the worse shape ever. Only by looking a bit closer at the past can we tell if we are making any progress.

597 Alone In Retirement


Social isolation can be a major problem for retired people: no more school or work friends. This is a new field of play. It takes initiative and effort to establish a new network of friends. It can be done.


Road Trip USA Series Many retired folks dream of taking an extended road trip across America. Follow us as we plan our trips and actually ride the road. There are two trips taken and described:

A. Western, Southern and Southeastern Edge of America

B. American West

C. West Coast and East of the Sierra & Cascade Mountains

Related Resources:

"The Voice of SOAR" is a podcast for members of the Steelworkers Organization of Active Retirees that is maintained by Charlie Averill. Charlie offers a strong political voice concerning retired folks and politics - insightful and passionate.


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