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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Advanced Options

Adding a voicemail number to your Android phone may be necessary if you’re switching carriers or modifying the phone in some way. You may also want to edit the default voicemail number to a voicemail service other than your carrier’s, such as Google Voice. You can also create a new number to keep your cell phone number private. Just search for “free voicemail service” or “add free second line to phone.”


To change the voicemail phone number, go to the voicemail option through your phone settings as outlined above. Tap on the voicemail phone number to enter or change the voicemail phone number.


Google Voice provides a phone number for use on any device so you can text, call or check your voicemail through the app on cell phones, computers and tablets. It’s essentially a forwarding service that gives you a free phone number tethered to your Gmail account. You can also forward calls and messages to any of your devices. Visual voicemail reads your voicemails or transcribes them and sends them to you as a text or email if you prefer. To get this service:


HOW TO SET UP YOUR VOICEMAIL


Basic iPhone Set Up

The iPhone comes with Visual Voicemail through Apple. It functions just like Google Voice’s service. Your carrier may also provide voicemail service through its designated voicemail phone number.


To set up voicemail on iPhones 4, 4s, 5, 5c, 5s, 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus, 7, 7 Plus, 8, 8 Plus, X, XS, XS Max or XR, follow these steps:


Voicemail is easy to set up – it’s quite similar to the old-school cassette answering machines of the past. Different phones will have slightly different steps.


Basic Android Set Up

Verify that your carrier is set up as your voicemail phone number. This is the usual default except on the most basic of phones that use standalone SIM cards. Open the Phone app or click on the phone icon. Access the settings menu on the phone. It is usually in the upper right corner and is often represented by three vertical dots.


At call settings, choose the voicemail option. You may see only My Carrier (or a similar phrase) or various options for voicemail phone numbers. When My Carrier is selected, your voicemail is activated and you need only set your password and record your greeting.


Most Android phones have the voicemail phone number set to the number 1 on speed dial. Press and hold the 1 key on the phone dialer keypad and it should call your carrier’s voicemail phone number. Some phones will have a voicemail icon on the dial pad to quickly connect you to the voicemail phone number. Other phones may have a voicemail app icon. Call the voicemail phone number to finish setting up your account by following the prompts. To access your messages after set up, just call the voicemail phone number, enter your password and follow the prompts to play, replay, save or delete messages.   

ANGELA S. HOOVER

Angela S. Hoover is a Staff Writer for Living Well 60+ Magazine

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