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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the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association and the Kentucky Horse Park Campground. If you are looking to try something new this year, be sure to consider RVing and all that it has to offer. Dedicated RVers declare there’s no other opportunity quite like it for happy campers.

THE LATEST TREND: RVING FOR SENIORS

RVing has come a long way compared to the past. In fact, it actually offers all the amenities you can find in the comfort of your home, such as beds, sleeper sofas, flat-screen TVs, computers and kitchen appliances, including microwaves, refrigerators and freezers. Some RVs also have washers and dryers for your convenience. Just a few years ago, you were forced to disconnect totally from society, but now you can e-mail friends and loved ones about your adventures and even work remotely if you must, thanks to the ever-growing evolution of technology.


Networking with other RVers is always exciting and a good idea for newbies. You can pick up tips and tricks that will help you plan future journeys. Some people even participate in RV clubs with like minded folks who share their interest in exploring new territory.


If you’re wondering if RVing is right for you, you can start by renting or perhaps you can borrow an RV from a friend. One popular rental option is Cruise America, which has a free app that directs you to campsites and lists their amenities so you can determine the best fit for you. Useful places to begin learning more include

JAMIE LOBER

Jamie Lober is a Staff Writer for Living Well 60+ Magazine

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One of latest and greatest passions for seniors in this country is traveling via recreational vehicle, better known as RVing. The Recreational Vehicle Industry Association defines an RV as a vehicle designed to serve as temporary living quarters for recreation, camping, travel or seasonal use.


From a weekend getaway with the grandkids to a cross-country adventure, RVing offers an active and engaging lifestyle for the young at heart. Whether you choose to hit the road and head west in the spring, south in the winter, east in the fall or north in the summer, there is no shortage of destinations with unique scenery that will allow you to take in the sights and sounds of a new place. The overall experience makes for great uninterrupted quality time as a family – and fur babies are welcome, too.


When surveyed, RVers say one of their top reasons for enjoying this hobby is the freedom they feel being on the open road. They say it is enriching and fulfilling to be able to see new places without the expenses of airfares and hotels. It is an escape from the materialism and possible clutter that may take over your home and it’s a way to break free from all the things that can be cumbersome in daily life. Some people choose to embrace this lifestyle full time after downsizing from larger homes. Others get the travel urge several times a year and set off to take a vacation or visit friends, but they still like to maintain a home base.