Passionate Retirees

He Had A Big Heart

If I were to ask you, what was the greatest sporting performance of the last 50 years, what would your answer be? The answer to the question is a subjective opinion. There are many sports that you could consider. There are the great Olympic performances: Michael Phelps, Ian Thorpe or Husain Bolt. There have been great team performances in football,...Read More

What Is A Senior’s Lifestyle?

Many people view the senior years or their “retirement” with some degree of trepidation. When we think back to our parents’ generation when it seemed that there wasn’t a whole lot to look forward to past 65. Life expectancy 40 years ago was 67 for men who were the primary income earners in those days. How times have changed! Today, for men, life ex...Read More

Be Authentic – But with Class

Recently a top news anchorman for a major American network was outed for committing a blatant lie on national TV and then for repeating the lie. At the 2015 Grammy Awards, Madonna was wearing an outfit exposing her butt. A couple of years ago a US congressman took a ‘selfie’ of his private parts, then texted it to some women and repeatedly lied abo...Read More

Listening To Your Gut

Today more than ever we need to pay attention to warning signals that bombard us from the environment. We can detect all sorts of danger signals, some obvious, others less so. Ignoring the signals can put us in danger. Listening to our gut feelings is a mechanism that can alert us to the fact that something untoward is taking place. It is part of o...Read More

What Do I Do Now?

In speaking to various groups and consulting with people either in retirement or approaching retirement, one of the common concerns is what does one do in the future? For many of us, our work or family life defines our identity. When work comes to an end or when the children have all grown up and left home, it can leave a void in our lives.  Most p...Read More

My High Energy Regime Is…

The last few months, a number of people have remarked that I seem to have a lot of energy for my age (70 in less than two years). Or they have asked me, “From where do you get all your energy?” I have always been a high energy person. I don’t know if it’s in the genes, but I do believe that a lot of it has to do with one’s state of mind. There is a...Read More

Black and White

This was sent to me by a colleague from my old college days. BLACK AND WHITE TV “Good night and God bless.” Black and  White? (Under age 40? You won’t understand.) You could hardly see for all the snow, Spread the rabbit ears as far as they go. Pull a chair up to the TV set, ‘Good Night, David. Good Night, Chet.’ My Mom used to cut chicken, chop eg...Read More

Exercise: Use It or Lose It

While reducing our calorie intake and ensuring that what we do consume is healthy, this alone is not enough to improve and maintain good health in our senior years. ”Calories out” is the other half of the equation . Exercise is very important for our health. Not just physical health but mental health. Most of us stopped exercising in our teens or 2...Read More

I Proved Her Wrong

Were you ever told that you did not have what it takes to succeed at school, or perhaps at a sport, or playing a musical instrument?  If you were in school in the 1950s and 60s, it was not uncommon to hear students receiving this sort of negative communication. There was no concern with upsetting a student’s self-esteem by criticizing their perform...Read More

Your Brain…Size Does Matter

The conventional belief has been that as we get older the size of the brain shrinks or atrophies. This has been debunked to a great degree since a 2009 Dutch study at the University of Maastrich. The researchers looked at the cognitive ability of two groups of people––average age 69 years. The one group of participants were found to be healthy in t...Read More

Intimacy and Aging

You’ve probably noticed that if the topic of intimacy and seniors comes up when your children or other young ones are around, that invariably you get a disgusted look appearing on their faces. Or you may get the response, “TMI” (Too Much Information). The fact is that when it comes to sex, “It ain’t over till it’...Read More

These Over 50’s Follow Their Passion: Storm Chasing

While most people try to avoid tornadoes, we seek them out on the Great Plains of America. Each year, with our radar and laptop in hand, we pursue our passion as tornado hunters. During the peak season of April, May and June, these storms—both beautiful and menacing—unleash their power. So how did we ever get into this strange way of having a holid...Read More

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