5 Skills You Will Need in Retirement

Just because you make it to your second act does not mean you will necessarily enjoy smooth sailing ahead. Sure you have worked your butt off for years and years but the work is not over. Get ready to face plenty of challenges over the coming decades including numerous bumps in the road and a fair share of sudden detours not foreseen when you meticulously planned your future.

As with many facets of life, a happy retirement is best insured when certain skills exist and can be called upon as needed. You cannot prepare for every contingency but it never hurts to be armed and ready.

Here are 5 important skills/talents to add to your retirement arsenal.


Not as found at the circus but rather the handy ability to manage multiple distractions at once. Although living the life of a retiree removes the need to balance the vicissitudes of the job there will be plenty new scenarios that leave your running around like a chicken with its head cut off. The fact is more often than not retirees find themselves busier in retirement than before. With only 24 hours in the day how do you fit in all those wonderful activities and interests you have postponed until now? I admit one of my biggest fears prior to retiring was running out of things to keep me busy and engaged. While I do occasionally have a slow day more often I can be found late in the afternoon wondering where the time went. Getting everything in – workouts, hikes, gardening, reading, playing ball with the dog (at least 5 times a day or he is perturbed), piano time, miscellaneous odd jobs, an afternoon nap, etc. – truly can feel like a three ring circus.

Discoverer of Creative Outlets

Without a job to monopolize your hours you become responsible for filling your daily dance card with activities and meaningful moments. Those most successful are able to step outside of previously restrictive comfort zones. The fact you have not tried something new in the past ten years need not taint your future. Now that you can why not give it a try? Experiment with a bit of this, try your hand at a little that. Don’t let preconceived notions and self-imposed limitations hold you back. Living the retirement you dream is all about doing what you want with your enviable free time.

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Once retired, even if with your spouse, you will find you have time alone. This can be difficult if you thirst for social interaction but rather nice if you are fine with a little solitude. Knowing a bit about you – likes, dislikes, passions, never-in-this-life to be avoided situations, dreams, ambitions – can make the transition easier. Take time to feel your way around. You might discover you like those quiet moments alone with your own thoughts free from distraction or time constraints.

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Living on a budget is generally a reality of retirement. If you cannot increase the money coming in you need to manage what goes out. Successfully managing this ongoing balancing act helps keep you financially liquid through the coming decades. Beware big dollar investments in unnecessary items. Shop around for the best price. I rarely make a purchase online without comparing prices on Amazon.com. With competitive prices and free shipping Mr. Bezos is hard to beat. When paying for a service such as cable it helps to put in a call every six months or so to see if you can get a better deal. And don’t forget neighbors and friends who are happy to share their experiences and advice regarding cost saving strategies.

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One of the best parts of retirement is no longer waiting for weekends to have fun. Since you can now pursue your passions during the week a whole new world of deals is available. Hotel room rates are typically best Sunday through Thursdays – keep your eyes open for buy one get one night free or similar specials. Plane fares can be whittled down when you have the freedom to depart and arrive on the most economical dates offered. Early dinner fares are much more reasonable and since you control the calendar why not take advantage. It really pays off to shop around. Here is a helpful site I discovered specializing in various savings vehicles including a recent Retail Savings Guide for Baby Boomers.

Explorer of Passions

Not everyone retiring has a passion(s) to pursue. Or maybe it is more like they have not yet discovered what truly lights their fire. It could be they have just not had sufficient free time to think about what they really want to be doing. It’s difficult to find one’s passion when every waking moment is focused on climbing the corporate ladder or just keeping your head above water. But wouldn’t it be nice to have a passion to pursue when you retire? Now that you can wouldn’t you like to spend your time doing what really matters to you, what really lights your fire?

The secret is to find that inspiration. I don’t think there is any simple recipe to uncover what you are most passionate about. Each of us has to pursue our own path. For me it was a matter of trial and error. I tried out a few interesting avenues, quickly abandoning a bunch, giving up on others a little later. But in the end I identified a handful of activities/pursuits that bring meaning and happiness to my retirement. Armed with those I look forward to each day. And who says I am limited to what excites me today? I am free to try my hand at whatever may intrigue me as I continue my journey.


Just How Important Are My Teeth In Retirement?

Written by Anthony Pistolese

Today, braces are making a profound difference in people’s lives – regardless of their life stage. In fact, more and more mature adults are choosing to correct their teeth with adult braces at a later age.  Some older adults now wear braces at the same time as their grandchildren!  After all, retirement years bring with it the time to do things you never had the time or money for when you were younger.  Since teeth can be corrected at any age and seniors are living long and full lives, it is more important than ever to take proper care of your teeth.

Why are Seniors Choosing Adult Braces?

Increase Self Confidence and Quality of Life

A good looking smile can help increase self-confidence and a study conducted by the American Association of Orthodontics discovered that adults who underwent orthodontic treatments reported that these treatments significantly improved both their personal and professional lives. Specifically, 75 percent of adults reported of improvements to their career or personal relationships as a direct result of their new and improved smiles. Further, they stated that their new smile boosted their self-confidence, and over 90 percent of these survey respondents said that they recommend adult braces and related orthodontic treatments to other adults.

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Improve Overall Health

While some people may opt to get braces for cosmetic reasons alone, it is important to remember that overlapping and/or crowded teeth can be more difficult to clean.  As a result, tooth decay and gingivitis are more likely to occur and these conditions can unfortunately also lead to cardiac issues. Further, people with teeth that do not line up properly can have problems swallowing and chewing food.  Poor alignment of teeth can also put stress on facial muscles which can result in pain.  Lastly, teeth misalignment can make it difficult to pronounce some words and sounds.Staying healthy should be at the forefront of your retirement years – you worked hard to get here, so you want to make sure you are maximizing the time you have to enjoy this time!

Improvements in Adult Brace Technology

More people are also choosing adult braces as there has been a significant improvement in orthodontic treatments in the past few decades.  As many adults and seniors were concerned about how awkward metal braces may impact their appearance, adult braces now come in a variety of different forms and materials that include the popular clear Invisalign retainers and white ceramic braces.  Another good option for adult braces is lingual braces which are attached to the inside of teeth.  Many seniors opt for these types of braces as they are essentially invisible to any onlookers, though take a little extra maintenance.

Overall, more and more seniors are choosing to wear adult braces.  Adult braces can improve your appearance, boost your self-confidence and improve your overall health to boot, making the decision to get adult braces at a later age makes complete sense. What’s stopping you?

Hi I’m Anthony Pistolese, and I’ve been an Orthodontist for almost 25 years! I love my work and spend most of my time helping to achieve the best results for patients in Sydney, Australia. I love golf, but rarely get to play. The only other male in my household is Buddy the King Charles Spaniel and he thinks I’m special! Occasionally, I escape for a boy’s week out on the water deep-sea fishing in the sunshine and the salt but my latest craze is making pizza’s in our wood fired oven.