Over these first three years of my retirement, I’ve come to realize how important it is to keep your retirement evolving. We all have an idea of what we want our retirement to look like, but getting locked into a strict regimen is not the way to a fulfilling retirement. Whether it’s because circumstances change or simply because of boredom, you’ll need to keep your retirement evolving as you do.
Alan Spector and Keith Lawrence share this advice in their book, Your Retirement Quest: 10 Secrets for Creating and Living a Fulfilling Retirement. In my post at U.S. News today,”4 Reasons to Deviate From Your Retirement Plan,” I share their advice about why it’s so important to go with the flow in your retirement.
Co-author Alan Spector has generously agreed to send a copy of the book to one of my lucky readers. If you’d like a little guidance on how to create your own plan for a happy retirement, leave a comment or send me an email, and I’ll draw a name on Tuesday, November 2nd. (But don’t get distracted and forget to vote!)
There was a great article in the New York Times a couple of days ago, “What to Do Now to Feel Better at 100,” that addresses the physical part of this equation. You actually have a significant impact on how well your body will carry you through your retirement years. Make sure you do all that you can to ensure your body keeps up with your plans for an active retirement. My favorite quote from the piece:
“It’s not like we’re prescribing chemotherapy — it’s walking,” Dr. Lachs said. “Even the smallest interventions can produce substantial benefits” and “significantly delay your date with disability.”
Ram recently posted another on-topic article from the Times, “Taking Early Retirement May Retire Memory Too.” It seems continuing to work may aid memory in ways that crossword puzzles and Sudoku just can’t match. My recent foray into the world of part-time work is certainly spicing my life up in new ways, although it seems it’s making it harder for me to remember things, not easier. But I won’t try and argue with scientific studies. Perhaps it’s an impact in the long run that can’t be observed in the short run . . .
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