When Working In Retirement Is The Way To Go

Back when I was working full time I occasionally fantasized of that day in the not-to-distant future when I would no longer be chained to “the job”. It’s not that I hated what I was doing. Far from it – over my working years I met wonderful people, some who have become lifelong friends. I was fortunate enough to play an important part in the growth of numerous small companies where the camaraderie and esprit de corps were as important as making money, sometimes even more. I was inspired by talented bosses who took the time to guide my development. My memories of the working world are for the most part positive.

But never working again – that sounds pretty darn good.

Start your day when you want. Spend time doing what truly interests you. Live at a pace that fits your mood. Read…walk…nap…rinse and repeat. Having control over what you do when you do it is something I could get used to.

My plan was to retire somewhere close to 65, maybe 62 if I was lucky. At the moment that was more than a decade off but at least I could see light at the end of the tunnel. Then at the tender age of 53 I became what I call “technically retired”. The company I worked for was purchased, my role was no longer required, and despite scrambling madly for the next year I was unable to find a position anywhere. Welcome to retirement!

Fortunately my wonderful wife continued working which covered our medical insurance and paid the bills. At least we would not be destitute.

I believe retirement is something you need to create. Since you are free to do as you choose it’s ultimately up to you to make it happen. We all have different interests, passions and dreams. What works for your retirement may not be close to what I want. And that is a great thing – we have the ability to create our own retirement custom made to fit who we are.

When I first exited the working world I knew for a fact I would not go back to work – ever. My dues were paid now onward to bigger and better things. On the other hand I never faulted those who choose to include work as part of their happy retirement. If it makes you happy why not add it to the equation?

Who could be more surprised when one day after five years retired, old hardcore never-work-again-me found the perfect part time gig. Our favorite winery – Mercy Vineyards – needed some help in their tasting room. Two days a week sharing with happy visitors wonderful Pinot Noir and Chardonnays lovingly crafted from grapes sourced solely from unique local vineyards – not too shabby. My wife and I felt the owners were great people from the first day we met. Visitors to the tasting room are invariably happy and having a good time. And I can walk to the job site in about 15 minutes.

When the owners Mike and Mark proposed I join their team they did not have to ask twice! I have been at it a few weeks now and love it. The job adds variety to my days, I meet and socialize with fellow humans, plus I get out of the house and continue to learn more about a passion I have had for decades – wine.

If a part time gig in retirement sounds intriguing, here are a few considerations to help make it a good experience:

  • Do something you are interested in better yet passionate about
  • Work with people you like
  • Don’t do it if it stresses you out – you did enough of that before retiring
  • Remember part time is part time – don’t take work home with you (unless you really love it!)
  • Try to minimize your commute ideally traveling during non-rush hours
  • As long as you do not need the job remember you can call it quits if it does not work out

There are plenty of options out there when it comes to part time work. My wife signed on with a temp agency that finds her short term gigs at a variety of local companies. She gets to meet new people, learn new things, keep her mind engaged and leave the stress behind. Her biggest challenge is since she is so good at what she does companies quickly end up offering her full time employment which is not the plan.

I have come to believe there is no reason your retirement cannot include some sort of work. The trick is to enjoy what you are doing. It may take a bit of trial and error to find the right fit. But what is the hurry? After all you are retired.

And should you ever find yourself in the neighborhood, stop in for a taste of some truly wonderful wines. As our tasting glass so appropriately says “Have Mercy”. Cheers.

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Beyond 2017: Medical Technology for Seniors

Written by Sally Perkins

In recent years medical technology has been advancing at a swift speed and fortunately it has not left the seniors amongst us behind. In this digital age there are in fact a variety of technological medical devices available to seniors that many people are not even aware of.

According to Laurie M. Orlov, a technology industry veteran, writer, speaker and elder care advocate, ‘Aging in Place’ is the ability to live in one’s own home – wherever that might be – for as long, as confidently and as comfortably as possible. This livability can be extended through the incorporation of universal principles, telecare and other assistive medical technologies. In addition to renowned services like Life Alert and surgical advancements such as spinal fusions using titanium wire, there is a wide selection of ingenious products available to seniors to make their day-to-day lives easier, healthier and happier.

Popular Medical Advancements For Seniors

Let us take a moment to step away from the cold and clinical medical advances and have a look at the creative and innovative medical devices available to aid the elderly in the comfort of their own homes.

Here are 6 stand-out medical products that seniors and their families should be using today:

TabSafe

The TabSafe device stores multiple days’ worth of pills ahead of time in rows of cartridges behind a secure container. These cartridges are each fit into modules that are electronically controlled by a timer that will remind the user every time he/she has to take one or more medications. By the simple press of a button the pills are dispensed out of the device. Each cartridge is able to dispense up to 13 medications per day. The best thing about TabSafe? It is protected by a PIN which allows you to control who has access to the medication.

BeClose Wellness Alarm

Have you ever wished that you could keep an eye on your elderly loved ones from afar? Well you can with the innovative technology of the Wellness Alarm. The system comes complete with motion detectors that can be placed around your loved one’s home in order to monitor their movement. This will enable you to check that they are mobile and not spending too much time in one area. The sensors report to an application on your smartphone and can track patterns to alert you of odd movements within the house and also whether someone enters or leaves the house at odd hours. The system can be integrated with electronic pendants to alert the authorities in case of break-in, fire or fall etc.

Bellman & Symfon Clock Pro

By revolutionizing the normal alarm clock, Bellman & Symfon have designed a lustrous device that is a perfect fit for a senior’s lifestyle. The capsule-like device sits on the nightstand or bookshelf and offers a large digital display for easy reading. The bright LED lights will also make it easy to navigate the bedroom at night thus minimizing bumps and falls. The alarm operates at over 100 decibels spanning various frequencies making it a must-have device for people with hearing problems. In addition to all of this the adapter allows the connection of a home phone, amplifying its ring across the premises.

Jawbone UP System

This device is similar to a Fitbit and tracks the movement and sleeping patterns of the wearer. It connects to a mobile app allowing the user/caregiver to input exercise, eating and hydration information pertaining to the wearer. Data will be compared to healthy patterns recommended by experts according to the wearer’s age group. The aim of the device is to help individuals make subtle lifestyle changes to best benefit the wearer in terms of comfort and health.

Life Alert

The original, “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up” device has been modified over the years to become compatible not only with home systems, but with smart mobile devices as well. The Life Alert system can be worn as either a wristband or a pendant that is connected to a receiver. With the simple push of a button, the system automatically speed-dials through the user’s phone carrier to alert the authorities and selected loved ones of any medical emergencies and home-related crises like fires.

Connect America

The Connect America system acts as a database that can be placed in a senior’s home. The computerized device will allow caregivers to input a lot of information pertaining to the patient. This information can range from birth dates, medical conditions, allergies, current medications being taken, and much more. As soon as an emergency occurs, the device can be accessed by EMTs to gather vital information on the patient and help them in taking appropriate courses of action regarding the patient. An added advantage is that it is mobile, and it can be used outside of the home.

When selecting medical technologies to assist you in retirement it is important to consider cost, usefulness and your abilities. New technologies are created just about every day to help seniors stay in touch, keep track of health and remain safe at home. Choose the ones that will be most beneficial to yourself or those you love!