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Old 08-05-2007, 03:45 PM
Location: CA Coast
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You cannot find a place that will make you happy. Happy comes within.
If an older mother is finding it difficult to maintain her home and grounds, help her. If she likes where she is, then she should stay there. If she can only stay with help, help.

It will be a heck of a lot cheaper than assisted living.

What to do when retired? Bus trips with other seniors,, go to Branson, see New England's fall colors, go gambling in Las Vegas etc.

Join the local historical society and be a volunteer docent.

Buy a sailboat, a motorcycle, get a pilots license, buy a horse. go hiking, go camping.
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Old 08-06-2007, 02:38 PM
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You have to be mentally prepared for retirement. Some people can retire early and do fine while others get bored and look for part-time work and get paid a fraction of what they were earning. My wife says that she can't retire and handle all that free time. She is not a person who can watch TV, she has to be doing something all the time. She also can't see retiring and then looking for a part-time job. When she is off on the weekend she always goes window shopping even if she doesn't buy a thing. I tell her that she will retire when she gets sick of the people she encounters at work. She is 64 now, but has to work to 66 for full SS benefits
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Old 08-06-2007, 04:14 PM
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I tell her that she will retire when she gets sick of the people she encounters at work.

Based on that, I should have retired in my 40s or so.
I seem to do "nothing" extremely well. Slow down. Walk to the library, don't drive. Walk with the dogs instead of putting them in the yard. Read more. Go to some meetings of interest groups that I'm too tired to attend with full-time night work. Look into the Unitarian church in the next town.
As a single person who never had kids in the local schools, I think it's hard to have a social life. Most people are in couples, it seems. No family relations. I worry about isolation, and realize that my job has become my community (if not a great big dysfunctional family) but not enough to keep working when I don't have to.
And there's always volunteer work, stuff I can't afford to do or don't have the energy for while working. I hope to teach English to refugees and immigrants through local organizations, or do literacy tutoring. The local excellent music school has many free concerts. Adult Ed in Cambridge has weekday morning classes, ideal for a retired person.
Oh, and yes, I could consider more exercise. (Could hardly consider less).
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