Posts Tagged ‘ productive retirement ’

DOING WHAT YOU DIDN’T KNOW YOU COULD

Feb 21st, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

In retirement, during those days when you are somewhat cast adrift, bored or otherwise feel useless, how do you find something in which to invest yourself that gives your life meaning and purpose and satisfaction?

One of the admirable qualities of many who have retired is discovering something uniquely special and creatively enterprising that they can do. Some of the things include: doing wood working, making toys for children, repairing bicycles and giving them away to children who wouldn’t otherwise have them. Or having been somewhat proficient at mechanics, repair an old car and help a young man or woman learn how to keep it running. Or build backyard playgrounds or identify city land on which safe structures can be built and maintained available for neighborhood children.



Seniors: The Happiest Ones I Know

Sep 9th, 2010 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

The happiest seniors I know are those who are still gainfully active. Now, here, “gainfully” does not necessarily imply recieving income, being on some kind of wage or salary. It is being regularly occupied at tasks or undertakings from which the gain received is the pure joy and satisfaction of being productive. Some of the people I know are heavily invested in their business, profession or occupation, and are now past 70. They have committed themselves to continue to find ways to occupy their mind, their skills, their life long dedication to an enterprise or calling that they continue to gain reward from day to day investment.

Some have declared they do not intend to retire. Some of my high school graduating classmates are still deeply involved in their life long careers. Some are attorneys, others are in businesses they have operated for 40 years and more; some sustain family operations that have been passed down to them, others have found occupations which give them income