Retire – Downsize – Golf

Golf putt

Avid golfers who are close to retiring usually look forward to more golfing on retirement. Some ensure there is more “time on the green” by downsizing to a golf community with like-minded retirees. For Canadians, there are at least three variations of this approach that allow for maximum time on the course despite Canadian winters.

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Retire – Downsize – Solitude

autumn-trees-and-cabin

Squeezing many tasks into a tight schedule at retirement can carry over into the post-retirement period. It is not unusual to spend a great a deal of time and energy after a downsizing move to get set up in the next location. Taking a tourist vacation in the middle of this may be a change of scene but it is not always a change of pace. This might be the time to insert a complete break from activity along with some peaceful solitude. Here’s why.

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Retire – Downsize – Teach

Teaching a class

Having a purposeful activity in place at retirement is one of the best ways of ensuring a long and satisfying life. As comedian George Burns used to say – “I’ll show up as long as I’m booked.” George lived to age 100. Of all the activities available to us when retiring, teaching is one of the most stimulating and useful. The possibilities are endless and the opportunities to help others is wide. If this applies to you or a family member, here are some suggestions on where to start.

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Retire – Downsize – Learn

Never Stop Learning

September always feels like “back to school month” regardless of your age. It is usually a time of renewed energy and anticipation of learning something new. Boomers facing retirement often look forward to completing some unfinished education, testing untapped interests and new fields of learning. Here are some suggestions to get you started if this describes you.

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Retire – Downsize – Paint/Draw

Art-water-color

One of the great artistic pleasures of life is painting. However, as anyone who has tried their hand at painting, drawing or sculpting knows, it takes time. If you are close to retirement and had to push your art to the side in the past, you have something exciting to look forward to. Here are six suggestions on how to light a spark in your creativity after you retire.

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How to help your parents downsize

The best way of helping your parents downsize depends on who wants them to do so:  you, them or all of you. Each situation requires a different approach. Here are some suggestions:
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