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10 — A Times Newspapers Supplement, October 2015 www.times.co.nz RETIREMENT – LIVING THE DREAM ILS Botany, your home equipment and mobility store with a wide range of: Mobility scooters, lift chairs, kitchen aids, bathroom safety and daily living aids 308 Te Irirangi Drive Botany South Shopping Centre Open 7 days Mon-Sat: 9am-5pm Sunday: 10am-4pm Independent Living Service is a charitable trust, serving Auckland for 34 years and partly funded by the Ministry of Health to provide disability information and advice. Phone 09 281 5027 • www.ilsnz.org JE0295 We offer: • Advocacy for seniors’ needs • Access to cheaper power through Grey Power Electricity • Free $2,000 accidental death and dismemberment insurance cover • Discount book for members • Quarterly Association newsletter and Federation magazine • Public meetings quarterly feature various speakers Grey Power The Voice of New Zealand Seniors JH10283 JOIN NOW Don’t wait till you need us! For further details, phone Sandy Feringa (Secretary) 534 9409 or email email@example.com JE10373 Have you made a will? If you have, is it up to date? Have you made enduring powers of attorney? If the answer to any of these questions is ‘no’, contact us at Galbraiths. Conveniently located with ample free client parking right outside the door Units 1-3 Fencible Chambers, Cnr Fencible Dr & Moore St, Howick Village Phone 535 4190 www.galbraiths.co.nz Galbraiths offer a full range of legal services to clients, including buying and selling properties, commercial and civil litigation, court work, sale and purchase of businesses, franchising, family and employment law, wills and estate planning and advice regarding setting up and administering of family trusts. 17 William Roberts Rd, Pakuranga. Ph 950 7351 www.pakurangamedical.co.nz Opening Hours: Monday-Thursday 8am-7pm, Friday 8am-6pm, Saturday 8.30am-12.30pm Dedicated Medical Professionals Caring For All Your Healthcare Needs • Barbara Schafer • Bushra Kadhim • Teresa Booth • Lorraine McKinstry • Paul Beveridge Richard Mercer • Simon Russell • Ken Chin • Eileen Sables • Denis Lee • Wan Yee Yeoh Podiatry and Clinical Psychologist services available Physiotherapy, Pharmacy & Lab Onsite JH10333 By Sharon O’Brien With all the talk—and concern— about dwindling retirement funds and the shaky economy, many retirees and soon-to-be-retired boomers are concerned about the financial aspects of retirement planning. But what about retirement living? In other words, what would you like to do with the rest of your life? Financial issues aside, there’s a lot you can do to make retirement living a great time of life. “When I was younger, I thought retirement living would be boring,” says John Handler, 76. “But I’m taking a watercolour class, meeting new people, and I have a part-time job I like. My days have a variety I never had before.” Here are a few retirement living tips, from suggestions by Joan Carter, cofounder of Life Options Institute. As you read these tips, think about how they apply to your life. 1. Retirement living is about more than money – Financial planners tell us to start thinking about retirement living decades before we’re ready to retire, and it’s good to make a retirement planning checklist about five years before your retirement date. While you’re thinking about how much money you’ll need in retirement, think about what you want your life to look like, and how you want to feel. 2. Make life plans – It’s important to plan for the non-financial aspect of retirement living by considering what will make you happy. Maybe you’ll climb Mt Cook, go sailing in the Pacific, make time to write that novel you’ve been thinking about, or even continue to work part-time. Make a life plan and tick off your experiences as you move ahead. (And no, I’m not talking about a bucket list”). 3. Find a purpose – When making your retirement living plan, look for things you can do on an ongoing basis that bring you joy and add structure to your life. This can include travel, hobbies or even training for a new career. 4. Keep your mind sharp – “Use it or lose it” applies to your brain. If you feel the need to replace the intellectual stimulation you found at work, try learning a foreign language or a musical instrument, or join a book club. Lifelong learning offers many opportunities to keep your mind sharp. How about checking out the lifelong learning classes offered by your local community centre or college? 5. Volunteer – Getting involved in your community is a great way to give back, and it’s a wonderful opportunity to interact with people and make new friends. Many organisations offer volunteer opportunities tailored for older adults. 6. Develop new friendships – A measurement of whether people are successful at retirement living is the strength of their social network—that includes family and friends. Check out groups that help you meet new people or join community or religious organisations that have members who share your interests. It’s possible to meet people and make new friends even if it’s difficult to get around. Did you know that friendship helps to increase longevity? 7. Ask your spouse or partner – If you live with someone or have a close partner, retirement living becomes a shared experience. It’s important to make time for you and your partner to both share your dreams—you might be pleasantly surprised to learn that your partner wants to join you on that Mt Cook climb, and he or she may have ideas you’ll enjoy. 8 Increase your financial stability – If you can’t afford to retire yet, what about partial retirement? This can include working part-time in your current job or finding a retirement job that’s new and interesting—and will also help you earn money. 9. Keep your spirits up – The life changes that come with retirement living can be very challenging, but your attitude plays a big part in whether you’ll find happiness in retirement living or not. Keep checking in with yourself to assess your mood; if you feel sad or hopeless it’s important to see your doctor or a professional counsellor. Learn the signs of senior depression (or ask a friend or family member to assess your mood) and don’t be afraid to ask for help. 10. Remain healthy – Carter brought up an old adage: A lean horse for a long race. With increasing life spans, retirement living can be a long race, so get yourself in shape. That means eating well, watching your weight and staying active. When you feel good, it’s easier to stay positive and open to new experiences. Handler, who retired at 66, says he’s looking forward to his next decade of retirement living. “I wake up every morning and wonder what I’ll learn today.” Source: seniorliving.about.com 10 tips for happy retirement living living the life: Maybe you’ll climb a mountain, go sailing in the Pacific, make time to write that novel you’ve been thinking about, or even continue to work part-time.
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