Post Retirement

Physical Wellbeing

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Exercise maintains muscle tone, benefits brain fitness, raises endorphins (feel-good chemicals), and oxygenates the brain. Things which involve co-ordination like dancing, playing games, aqua aerobics help to strengthen the synaptic connections used to work muscles.

The trick is to make exercise something you WANT to do rather than OUGHT TO DO. Find something you enjoy doing. Aerobic exercise raises the pulse rate and helps maintain cardiovascular fitness, 20-30 minute 3-5 times a week is an effective level.

Mental Wellness

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The secret fear about aging is that you are going to lose your mind. In the vast majority of cases, this is needless worry. What tends to happen is that you find your memory is not quite as good as it once was and that you read this as a sign that you are losing your marbles. This is not so. Your retrieval of stored memory – like a computer with overload – becomes less reliable, the information is in there and when people say, ‘It will come to me in a minute’, they are right.

Put Old On Hold

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How many of you would put off having your car serviced indefinitely? Not too many because sooner or later that neglected car will either need expensive repairs or conk out altogether. Yet, when it comes to servicing ourselves to avoid the same fate, we are resistant, perhaps because it is something we think we OUGHT to do rather than something we really WANT to do.

Getting Your Affairs in Order

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Making a will is something many of us put off because it reminds us of death, something we don’t want to think about. But in actual fact it’s far more about making life easier for your family, friends and executors who will have an unenviable task dealing with your affairs if you don’t put them in order. Much better to cope with things like wills and last wishes when you are in full bloom, rather than leaving these things to the eleventh hour.

Should You Move or Stay Put

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Are you going to stay put in the familiar comfort of the family home, opt for the freedom of a lock up and go, choose a reassuring retirement village or move abroad to enjoy a better climate and lifestyle? 

It might be logical to move three times in a lifetime, from starter home to family home and then to downsize. These days though, the ups and downs of the property market and the sheer variety of options once the family are reared and the nine-to-five routine has ended, have changed the picture.

What helps relationships work

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The thing you are most likely to miss about work is social contact with people. Employment acts as the glue which holds co-workers together and when it ceases, those friendships tend to come unstuck. Having friends and being part of a community – with that feeling of belonging and being needed – are top ingredients for a contented retirement.

So it makes sense for you to have a support network and to have emotionally supportive relationships with those nearest and dearest, whether you are married or single.