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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ESTATE PLANNING: UNEXPECTEDLY ROMANTIC

Creating a Health Care Power of Attorney and a Living Will allows us or our loved one to ensure that the right medical decisions will be made by a trusted person when the time comes. This provides assurance and support when one of us is at our weakest.


3. To Love and To Cherish


A plan gives you the opportunity to leave a gift to your loved ones. Simple gifts such as a wedding band or Grandma’s antique pie chest are more than physical objects you are passing on. These gifts come with memories and sentimental attachment.


4. Till Death Do Us Part


Death is an unfortunate certainty and our loved one may have to handle the pain, grief and frustration that comes at our death. It may seem obvious, but an actual estate plan helps your loved ones avoid the pain and nuisance of handling a mess after your death. A well-done plan shows we loved enough to try to make things as easy as possible.

Jack Lemmon once said, “Death ends a life, not a relationship.” What better way to carry on that relationship than by showing our deep affection through estate planning.

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Estate planning has a reputation for being depressing. But planning ahead is the ultimate act of love. In traditional wedding vows, a bride and groom promise themselves to one another “for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death do us part.” Although many do not want to plan for the certainty of death, in doing so, we show how much we truly love.


1. For Better, For Worse, For Richer, For Poorer


Love isn’t always wildly adventurous – it is often the smaller conventional things that show true acts of love, whether it is going to the grocery at midnight for milk or starting your loved one’s car on a cold day.


Creating a Financial and Legal Durable Power of Attorney allows us to make sure a trusted person can help or make decisions when needed. This makes it possible to make sure bills are paid and our loved one has a safe home. This allows us to provide comfort and safety.


2. In Sickness and in Health


Life can be easy when we are healthy, but when our loved one is ill, that is when the real tenderness of love is shown. Picking up prescriptions or making soup is not something that is likely to be featured in a romantic movie, but these are acts we do for only those we love.