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Podcast 2019

649 Rightsizing

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Today my first book review: “Ready to Rightsize, A step-by-step guide to your rightsizing journey: for older adults and their loved ones” by Jeannine Bryant. Like me, she is a Midwesterner by birth and seems to be able to put a lot of thought into a few words.

648 Expectations

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Expectations are something we retired people may need to give a bit more attention. Because we retire doesn’t mean we have to sit on a shelf. We need to prepare for retirement. Some questions we need to explore are: Where are we going to live? What are we going to do to be engaged? How will we get around? And how will we maintain or create a social network?

647 We Can Change

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We think about what we want to do with our life and then develop habits that fulfill those thoughts. Not all of us do that. Some of us probably just fall into one thing or another. We don't sit down and consider just exactly what we want to do with our lives.

646 The Conversation Part 2

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These past two weeks I received two letters that call for a response. One having to do with the Conversation I discussed in episode 644 concerning end of life issues. Sometimes we have to modify our wishes with reality. Once again the existentialist win the day. Sysiphus smiles and leans against his rock and pushes it up the hill. He has learned to love his rock.

645 Elders and Environment

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We sat around tables in the Vancouver Library for the entire day trying to figure out what we could do to help guide our communities of families, neighbors and countries in a more environmentally aware way. Our general conclusion was that we need to share our stories with our children, with our grandchildren and with our neighbors.

644 The Conversation

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Most of us are not going to go gently into the night while being in a deep, peaceful sleep. So let’s give our families the gift of planning ahead, so they don’t have to make really hard decisions when we’re sick, without knowing exactly what we really want.

643 Breathing: Screen Apnea

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I know, breathing is natural.  We do it without thinking, but sometimes - we forget. It seems that when we look at computer screens or television screens we change our ordinary breathing patterns. It is called screen apnea.

642 Chop Wood/Carry Water

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Truth, Justice, God, Beauty, and Politics. What should we do with our life? There are lots of questions. It seems that once we answer these questions life would be much better. The word “contentment” comes to mind. We might find contentment. 

641 Who Made That Rule

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"Who made the rule, anyway?" We retired folks need to asked that question about a lot of things. We have a lifetime of experiences to guide us in decision  making. Some questions require lots of examination and experiences. Perhaps we are best suited to make rules or changes in rules. “We’ve been around", so to speak.

640 Who To Believe

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 We still have some people among us who are "Flat-Earthers". When it comes to politics, well, we have people telling us everything. Who are you suppose to believe?

638 How Much Is Enough

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How much money is enough? That’s a pretty good question. When people consider retirement, that is usually first and foremost in their minds. They just don’t seem to know how much is enough. There seems to be no hard and fast rule.

637 Biking Benefits

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Biking is one of my favorite things. And it seems to be getting more popular every day with the creation and distribution of e-bikes. Retirement sometimes brings a heightened awareness for including exercise in our life. Biking may be for you.

636 Tenting, Biking, Elderhostel

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Having and maintaining a sense of adventure stays with many of us well into retirement. Here are a few examples of what others have done. That might appeal to you no matter your age.

635 Keeping Up With Technology

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Keeping up with changes in technology the effects our lives is not easy. It requires constant attention. Looking at it another way it allows us to continue to be mentally challenged that can last us right into the grave. It is suppose to be good for us to stay mentally active. Keeping up may be a blessing.

634 Downsizing

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Moving into different quarters as an older person presents certain challenges. Many times the choice is between a different size and/or a different location. What is one to do? One needs to consider many factors.

633 Reunions

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Retirement and reunions seem to go together. For many of us it is a time to look back and review much of our lives. That review may also include the opportunity to attend a reunion of one type or another. "Should we stay or should we go" again comes into play.

632 Choose One

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"Should we stay or should we go". We need to make up our minds. The worse thing we can do is not make a choice. Life is filled with choices and rather than just sit there...
631Boring Becomes Enjoyabe Little things have a way of reappearing on a daily basis. They can become boring. What to do? Thinking about it can make a difference.

630 Heroes

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Having someone to look up to seems to be a human necessity. We like heroes. And there are all kinds that might last us a lifetime. Retirement doesn't mean the end of emulating those we admire.

629 Being Taken

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Being taken advantage of can become a real problem as we get older and as we care for those that are getting older. High pressure and unethical businesses that are guided by only the morality of making high profits can become a serious threat.

628 The Coffee Shop

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Getting out of the house and into the community is one of the issues that can face the retired. We are urged to volunteer or join groups or organizations. We have found that coffee shops can sometimes satisfy this need or opportunity.

627 Guilt

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We all have sleepless nights. Some more than others. Feeling guilty about one thing or another often is the cause. We can't seem to escape the feeling we have done something wrong. Why is that?

626 Projects

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Retirement requires some careful consideration if you want to do something other than sit in front of the tube and watch soap operas or sporting events. Anything else requires a bit of planning and direction just to get started. Projects are one of the ways to approach this.

625 Neighbors

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Neighbors present a special opportunity for all of us. They can really enhance our days. Having a good relationship with your neighbor can make each day of retirement very pleasant.. It is worth giving some thought as to how we might best get along with them before we do something we might regret each and every day.

624 Government?

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Today I want to give some thought to that famous or infamous statement, “I'm from the government and I'm here to help ”. Retired people have a little history to inform the validity of our relationship to our government.

623 Exercise for the Brain

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Retirement is usually accompanied by getting older. We age. We become a bit more concerned with our health - physical and mental. What to do? It seems like there is one suggestion that improves both. We might do well to make this part of our daily routine.

622 We Don't Talk Politics

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Ever get the feeling that whomever you are talking to doesn't have political views that coincide with yours? What to do? Start a civil discussion? Let it go? End the conversation and move on? Take a stand and let the chips fall?

621 Love My Work

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"I love my work". Many of us have said that more than once. However, when we retire we rarely continue to work for free. Money is part of our relationship to the job we love. There can be exceptions.

620 Suicide

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We don't like to think about suicide. It has a stigma attached which we try to avoid. It is not so for many of us under certain conditions. Several states have accepted the practice with just a slight change in terminology to "Death With Dignity" or "Assisted End of Life" terminology.

619 Frustration

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We all have our moments. Moments that are so upsetting; so unsettling that we lose sleep. Frustration circles in our mind and will not let sleep come. Sometimes we can take action and sometimes we just have to ride it out.

618 Maintaining a Sense of Self

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It isn’t easy to maintain a sense of self and a sense of direction. The media and the commercialization of our society continually undermine it. Retirement throws us into a new world where we have to assert ourselves. Work is no longer our major source of identification.

617 Food, Weight & Retirement

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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

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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

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"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

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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

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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

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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.

611Snowbirds(2)

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

610 Snowbirds

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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

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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

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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.
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.

 

 

 

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