How a Part Time Job Can Improve Retirement

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Do you ever find yourself counting the days until you can retire? I remember times I hated what I was doing but had no choice but to persevere, take it on the chin, grin and bear it, you know the drill. The promise of a day when I would be free from my toils shined brightly in my mind. Oh to do what I wanted when I wanted, answering to no one, no longer just existing and calling it a life but instead really living. I looked forward to retiring.

And once I got there although a bit ahead of schedule it was good. I never missed work. I kept myself busy with hobbies – old and new. I exercised, gardened, read, played piano, blogged, and when the mood hit me napped.

Then one day all those activities and interests that had filled my days began to feel a bit less interesting. The nice routine that kept me occupied until just about happy hour each day began to feel a little old, boring even.

It’s not that my retirement was a failure, but more it needed a kick in the pants, a little fine tuning to be all it could be.

My salvation came when the owner of a nearby (like one mile away from home) winery called and asked if I would like to join them pouring their lovely Pinots and Chardonnays. Prior to “the call” my wife and I had been members of their wine club for about two years. We explored all of the local tasting rooms (how about 24 in a half-mile radius) and settled on Mercy as our favorite. Not only were the wines amazing but the owners and fellow wine club members were great – fun to spend time with and never a dull moment. These days I walk to “work” three days a week where for five hours I share wonderful wines with wonderful visitors from all over the world.

When I left the working world I had no plans of ever returning to work – not one, ever. Live free, stay free was the way I saw Dave experiencing his golden years.

But I realized I was not limited to doing the same thing I had during my career. There were many avenues to explore, many alternatives to what I had done. I can honestly say I never saw myself pouring wine at a tasting room. But now that I am here I love it.

My wife recently tested the retirement waters for the first time. She lasted about six months. Sure she enjoyed no commute and no job stress. But she quickly felt she was wasting her time. She likes to get things done, to feel productive. Her solution was to sign on with a temp agency. They find part time opportunities across a variety of local companies. My wife enjoys moving from place to place where she meets new people and gets to explore different roles. When one gig is done she is available for the next. Her only challenge is she is so good at what she does the companies want to hire her full time. Even if tempting, I remind her retirement is her top priority. We are in this together!

Some are blessed to find themselves immersed in a career they love. Imagine looking forward to each day on the job rather than dreading the harsh alarm clock ringing in another trip to the grind. For those who love what they do there are seldom thoughts of retirement. My folks worked with the same estate planner for the past 40 years. He genuinely loves what he does describing his role as helping others prepare for a more secure future. Staying current with the changes in laws and regulations keeps his mind sharp. Although he has reached “the right age” he has no plans to retire anytime soon. Why search for something to replace what you already love?

If you consider adding a part time job to your retirement here are a few takeaways from my personal experiences:

Be picky – this time you get to choose where you work. Make sure you are doing what you like.

If at first you don’t succeed… should your part time gig fall short of expectations you can always exit and try something else.

 Think outside the box – your retirement career does not have to be related to your earlier career. Take a look at everything out there. This time you get to follow your heart rather than your wallet.

Stay engaged – when you leave your job behind, you also leave the people you interacted with. I believe staying socially engaged is critical to a happy retirement. Good moments are even better when shared. And bad moments can feel less daunting with the support of others.

Set your own schedule – you’re not working full time so arrange things according to your wants and needs. I find Thursday/Saturday/Sunday works quite well.

Have fun – why else work if you don’t have to?

Part time work has been a wonderful addition to our retirement. We engage with people, learn new things, get out of the house and even make a few bucks. But our real job is being retired. That is the career we are committed to and happily pursue each day.

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Home Maintenance Tasks That You Should Leave To The Professionals

Written by Cinthia Delle

DIY home maintenance is a favorite activity among millions of people, including retired homeowners. According to a study, more than 60 percent of homeowners started a DIY home project last year. Moreover, 81 percent said that having more time on their hands allowed them to look after their homes to create a safe and comfortable environment. Doing DIY projects during your retirement can be a productive way to pass the time. However, there are some tasks that are best left to the experts, since these take training, expertise, and the right tools to complete. To get the best results, leave these home maintenance tasks to the professionals.


Water heater repair or replacement


Having access to hot water is important during your retirement years: you’ll need it everyday for showers, relaxing and soothing hot baths, and various household chores. Most water heaters run for years without problems, but once your heater starts making strange noises or if you’re getting rusty water from the tap, it may be high time to repair or replace it. Don’t attempt to do this on your own – it’s always better to call an expert to do this task, as they can ensure that your whole system is running and functioning better. Most technicians have a fast response time depending on the weather and location, but keep in mind how busy services may be at peak periods. Organizing winter water heater repair Greenwood IN may take longer than in Marana AZ due to climatic differences, for instance.


Tree trimming and removal


Simple landscaping jobs, such as pulling weeds, keeping the lawn trimmed, and planting flower beds can be done by novice gardeners. But for significant projects such as tree trimming or removal, it’s best to call an expert to take care of things. Using a tree service is a safer option than choosing to do this type of home maintenance on your own, as professionals will have the right tools to remove branches or trees, and large-scale tree projects usually call for heavy machinery. Moreover, they can do the job without causing damage to your property. An expert tree service can also help you to groom your trees well to make them look better and healthier.


Roof maintenance


If your roof is leaking, don’t attempt to patch it up yourself. A professional roof repair contractor can do the job better since they have access to the best materials so that your repair lasts for a long time. They’re also more efficient, and they can recognize and predict other problems that can lead to roof damage in the future. More importantly, it’s a lot safer to let the experts do this job as accidents related to roof repairs are highly common, especially among seniors and retirees.


Being on top of home maintenance allows you to save money on repair costs and prevent hassles in the long run, but keep in mind that you don’t have to do everything yourself. To keep safe and get the best results, hire a professional to do the maintenance tasks mentioned above, and enjoy your retirement in a safe and comfortable home. 

The Importance Of Seafood In A Senior’s Diet

Written by Kevin Fagan

The health benefits of seafood have long been known. It is low in calories and high in many valuable nutrients, such as zinc. However, recent research in several countries reveals that seafood also has many benefits for the older population.

The ocean and rivers of the world have long provided us with a wide selection of excellent foods for health and well-being. Among them, fish, shrimps, crabs, lobster, oysters, mussels, and many more. In addition to being delicious, seafood is also said to positively impact senior citizens to enable them to live a more fulfilling old age. Let’s find out why.

Seafood helps you live longer while enjoying a healthy glowing body

Researchers in the United States recently studied seafood, which they disclosed to the public through the British Medical Journal. The intriguing results revealed that this special type of food would be a perfect dietary choice for the elderly by contributing to a healthier and more fulfilled old age. A panel of 2,622 volunteers, made up of 63% women and aged on average 74 years, was observed over a period of 23 years within the framework of the study. The conclusion found that seniors who ate seafood at regular intervals were 24% less likely to be exposed to the risk of chronic pathologies, such as stroke. In addition, their overall life expectancy was longer.

Seafood contains high levels of omega-3

Thanks to their abundance in omega-3, seafood contributes to the body’s proper functioning by stimulating blood pressure, cardiac activities and naturally preventing inflammation. In 2016, research conducted by the Rush University Medical Center and Wageningen University, located in the Netherlands, highlighted the beneficial effects of seafood in the treatment of cognitive disorders, often associated with the elderly. The two teams followed 915 seniors for five years. The group’s average age was 81.4 years old, and none had degenerative diseases at the start of the study.

During these five years, participants had to answer, once a year, a series of cognitive skills tests in five different areas. At the same time, they filled out nutrition questionnaires to assess their eating habits, particularly their seafood consumption (frequency and type of food). Then the scientists divided these seniors into two groups: on the one hand, those who ate seafood several times a week, and on the other, those who ate less than once a week.

To reach this conclusion, the American scientists worked with 2,622 volunteers, whose average age at the beginning of the observations was 74 years, between 1992 and 2015. By comparing the numerous health data collected in these individuals, the researchers have noted a particular phenomenon: seniors who regularly consumed seafood had, on average, 24% less risk of “aging badly”, that is to say of suffering from a chronic disease (cardiovascular disorders, diabetes, fibromyalgia…) or early cognitive decline.

A year earlier, a Chinese study had also highlighted the impact of shellfish consumption in the fight against anxiety attacks. It’s clear that these studies remind us of the importance of balance our daily meals by remembering to incorporate seafood regularly.

Eating seafood protects the brain of seniors

Shrimps, oysters, lobsters, and other whelks should not be kept for special occasions or for summer barbecues but enjoyed all year round! Indeed, they are full of particular fatty acids like Omega-3, whose positive impact on the brain was already established. The study, which was published in ‘Neurology’ an American scientific journal, goes even further and reveals a link between increased consumption of omega-3 fatty acids and specific types of cognitive abilities.

For the scientists, it was a question of analyzing the evolution of the mental capacities of the elderly but also their memory, the location in space and time, the speed of perception, or even the visual faculties.

Researchers found that lovers of shellfish, fish, and crustaceans were at lower risk of cognitive deterioration than those who ate small amounts. They exhibited a slower decline in semantic memory (associated with verbal information) and speed of perception. The scientific community was already aware that omega-3 fatty acids were beneficial for the brain, but the results of this study confirmed that consuming them through seafood is even more useful in the long term. The study showed that although cognitive abilities naturally deteriorate with age, it is possible to attenuate this process by regularly eating seafood, such as lobster.

It’s clear that there are so many benefits of seafood for seniors. And the good news is, there is no reason not to eat seafood all year round! In winter, opt for scallops, mussels, oysters, or whelks, and in summer, choose lobsters, langoustines, crayfish, while prawns can be eaten all year round. Respecting the seasonality of seafood not only protects species but also costs you less! Now there are more reasons to enjoy sustainably caught seafood, which is extremely good for you and delicious!

Retired and Happy

Written by Becky Wilcox

You have waited years for this day to come. All your affairs are in order. The kids are grown, and they are pursuing their dreams. You have a 401k, retirement package, and social security. The hard work has paid off. As you walk into the sunset, you are wondering what’s on the horizon?

As you contemplate the future, you think of some things you have wanted to do for some time. You have decided that you are going to invite over some close friends and celebrate your retirement. It doesn’t have to be too large of a gathering. You could serve some cocktails and mocktails made with delicious Monin Flavors, such as Monin Lavender, Monin Desert Pear, or Monin Blackberry. Maybe serve them with some finger foods. That would be simple yet fun.

So what does the future have in store for you? The phone comes out of your pocket. A text editor is opened, and you begin to write the ten best activities after retirement.

Traveling

The world is a big and beautiful place. You dreamed about romantic nights in Paris. You craved the cuisines of Italy. England has the historical sites you want to see. A safari in Africa would be exciting. The Pyramids of Egypt could wake up your soul. Carnivals in the Caribbean can bring joy and memories for years to come.

Gardening

This is one of the most relaxing and fulfilling activities to perform. It’s time to get your hands dirty with the life of the Earth. No more worrying about pesticides and GMO produce. Your mind will be at ease, and your plate will be bright and colorful.

Learn to Play an Instrument

Wouldn’t you like to play the guitar like Prince? You can impress all of your family and friends. The keyboard in your closet is tired of collecting dust. Beethoven is calling you from beyond. You can put on some John Coltrane, and you can play the saxophone along with him.

Start a Business

For some people, making money is what keeps them happy. Why should Bill Gates have all the cash? The restaurant you dreamed of owning can become a reality. That flower shop is just a storefront and rose petal away. The community is wondering when you’re going to build that indie movie theatre.

Help the Homeless

You are content with the money you’ve made over the years. There are people in your community who need your help. Giving to others brings you joy. It is time to make a change. A hot meal can be the difference between hope and despair. Providing the less fortunate with clothes, toiletries, food, and blankets can make happiness go up and crime go down.

Tackle Environmental Issues

Helping the environment is a passionate cause. From the ozone layer to the trash in the oceans, there is a lot of work to do. You can join a group that cleans the beaches. You can join a community that raises awareness about recycling. There is so much work that needs to be done. The Earth will surely appreciate your effort.

Learn to Draw

How cool would it be to put your mental pictures on paper? Drawing is a talent that most people wish they had. Your art can become so good that you will become immortalized. Drawing soothes the nerves. When you pick up that pencil, you will enter new dimensions.

Join a Sports Team

Why do the guys in the NBA, NFL, and MLB get to have all the fun? There are plenty of local teams you can join. After a game, you and your teammates can have a beer and share some war stories. Getting involved in sports is a fun way to stay in shape. If basketball, football, or baseball is too intense, you can enjoy golf, billiards, or bowling.

Learn to Cook

Good food equals good life. It’s time to put the frozen dinners to rest. You have all the time in the world now. Fire up the wok and put the vegetables and meats in the pan. Learn about the different spice blends. Take the time to bring your palate joy. When you are in conflict with others, you can resolve the issues with your new cooking skills.

Help the Youth in the Community

You already made it through the hard part of life. Why don’t you go out there and guide the lost ones trying to find the path? There are so many kids that need wisdom from positive people in the community. You never know; that kid you helped can grow up and be somebody.

Retirement is not the end of the world. This is the time to really enjoy your life. You know who you are and what you want. You have the resources to pursue your dream. Now, all you have to do is push it to the limit.