Retiring with Purpose: Discovering Your Inner Border Collie


While they make great pets, Border Collies are, first and foremost, workers. They’ll look for jobs to do around the house. Bred to herd sheep, they’ll herd children and other pets. They love solving problems. In other words, they’re happiest when they have a purpose. Sound like someone you know? According to psychiatrist Viktor Frankl, purpose is essential for all of us. During...

Want to Live Longer? Be Positive!


When it comes to longevity, genetics, diet and exercise are the factors we usually think of. But according to a recent study by Boston University School of Medicine and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, our attitude about all of that—and life in general—can have an even greater impact. Researchers found that the most optimistic participants, who were tracked for up to 30 years...

Retired Teacher Turns EMT: A Lesson in Self-Knowledge


Three years ago, Dahti Blanchard retired from teaching at Swan School in Port Townsend, WA. Today, at 67, she’s the oldest resident Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) with East Jefferson Fire Rescue. It all started when she saw a sign calling for volunteer EMTs and acted on a dream she’d had for 30 years. “I was curious as to whether I’d be able to physically do the test, and went for...

Healthy by Association: 80-Year Study Links Longevity and Relationships


We all know that exercise and diet are important contributors to a long and healthy life. But there’s another factor, as or more important: the quality of our relationships. “Good, close relationships appear to buffer us from the problems of getting old,” says Dr. Robert Waldinger, a psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Waldinger directs the Harvard Study of Adult...

Getting off the Hamster Wheel: Retirement Advice for Type A’s


What if we spent all of our days Improving our minds, learning new ways to be lazy —Mary Chapin Carpenter, “What If We Went to Italy” Retirees are often advised to stay busy. We’re expected to volunteer, take classes or travel. And, for the most part, it is a good idea to stay active. However, for many Type A personalities, it can be challenging to slow down enough to actually...

Grandma Moses: Wise Words from a Master Retiree


Anna Mary Robertson Moses didn’t pick up a brush until she was well into her 70s. While she’s known as the quintessential late bloomer, fame and fortune isn’t the point. Here are a few quotes from her and how they relate to a fulfilling retirement, regardless of whether you end up in Wikipedia: “If I hadn’t started painting, I would have raised chickens.” How...

A Teacher’s Heart Never Retires: Many Find Meaning Through New Opportunities


Once a teacher… After years of serving in a public school, retirement can be bittersweet. There are things you probably won’t miss: lack of supplies, weekends spent grading, the 1952 coffee maker in the teacher’s lounge…the list goes on. Maybe you were able to find some comic relief by doing your best Rodney Dangerfield: “I don’t get no respect!” But then...

Top Volunteer Organizations for Retirees


If retirement is a challenging transition for you, you’re not alone. Volunteering is a great way to maintain a sense of purpose and belonging. You’ll meet new people, learn new skills, and perhaps uncover talents and interests you never knew you had. Who knows, it could be the most rewarding work of your life. Plus, you get to set your own schedule, participating as much or as little...

Retirement Block Party Makes A Life-Long Dream Come True


Recently, after 34 years of delivering mail in Marietta, Georgia, Floyd Martin decided to retire. At the end of his last day, the neighborhood surprised him with a block party of more than 300 people. This included kids he gave lollipops, dogs he gave biscuits, and everyone for whom he always had a smile and a wave. “When we met Floyd,” recalls one neighbor, “it was like he was an old...

A Bucket List Guaranteed to Keep Your Retirement Interesting


Climbing Mount Everest or swimming the English Channel might be a bit much for most of us.  On the other hand, completing a million-piece jigsaw puzzle or rebuilding a car engine might not be all that exciting. In his book, The Great Bucket List: 3,000 things To Do Before You Die,Tal Gur’s suggestions range from ambitious to just plain fun. Here’s a sampling (try them at...

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