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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LISA M. PETSCHE




Lisa M. Petsche is a social worker and a freelance writer specializing in boomer and senior health matters. She has personal and professional experience with eldercare.

As we advance in age, there’s a good chance that eventually our home will no longer suit our lifestyle and our needs.


Common reasons for relocating include simplifying home ownership responsibilities, reducing living expenses, maximizing accessibility and safety and increasing personal security, community access or opportunities for activities and socializing.


There are many options for boomer and senior home ownership, including moving to a comparable-sized home with a different design, downsizing to a smaller house or an apartment- style condominium or moving to an adult-lifestyle community containing detached homes or townhouses.


If you or a loved one are planning to relocate, it’s important to consider not only your current needs and preferences but also potential future needs. By doing so, you will maximize your chances of being able to age in place.


Here are some questions you may want to consider when checking out properties.


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