HOBBIES ARE GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH

Do you have a hobby? Hobbies can give meaning and purpose to your life in retirement. As Robert Putnam points out in his book, Bowling Alone, it’s easy to discount the importance of hobbies and social engagements. Putnam details the widespread decline in civic engagement, from PTA memberships to neighborhood potlucks and bowling leagues. Over a couple of generations, Americans have misplaced the concept of free time.

SPECIAL PLANS FOR YOUR SPECIAL PEOPLE

Lily is a beautiful, active and full of personality toddler who happens to have Down syndrome. Lily’s parents and I have been friends for years and I have the continuing pleasure of watching Lily and her siblings grow up. While Lily is becoming a physical therapy rock star and hitting all her milestones in a timely fashion, her parents have started planning for the future.

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WHY WE ENJOY OUR HOBBIES

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines a hobby as “a pursuit outside one’s regular occupation, engaged in especially for relaxation.” Hobbies include anything from playing a musical instrument to gardening, bird watching or sewing. A hobby is a way of focusing on something you enjoy just for the sake of that enjoyment. It may also be a way to clear your mental palette. You could be stressed out by a situation at work or the challenges of raising children and need an escape.

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Thanksgiving is a wonderful time when families get together to laugh, share, reminisce – and eat. But sometimes all the planning, preparing and cooking can feel overwhelming. Don’t stress out about creating a picture-perfect holiday meal straight out of a Norman Rockwell painting. Remember what the day is truly about – giving thanks for all your blessings. Here are five tips to help you take some of the hassle and stress out of Turkey Day.


Idea 1: Make some dishes ahead of time.


Stuffing, casseroles, salads, cold sides such as cranberry sauce and desserts can be prepared and refrigerated up to a week in advance of the big day.


Idea 2: Delegate, delegate, delegate.


Assign different dishes to different members of the family, be it vegetables or desserts or bread.


Idea 3: Prepackaged items can be a big help.


Don’t get hung up on making every single dish from scratch. Buying already prepared side items or entrees will give you more time to spend with your friends and family.

5 IDEAS FOR MAKING THANKSGIVING EASIER

Idea 4: Plan your menu


.In early November, start making your menu, listing everything you will need and gathering your recipes. Shop a week ahead of the big day.


Idea 5: Keep it simple.


Why not try serving a turkey breast and only a couple of side dishes that you know everyone will enjoy? You won’t be stuck in the kitchen while everyone else is enjoying one another’s company. Simple is good.

TANYA J. TYLER

Tanya J. Tyler is the Editor of Living Well 60+ Magazine

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