Sunday, February 4, 2018
RETIREMENT? NO. REFIREMENT! "A Parting Message"
There will be a number of readers who have had a complete paradigm-shift regarding retirement; those that had branded it as an inevitability, a winding-down. Our argument, we hope, has been well-researched and has not relied upon empty language. Our aim, as stated, has not been to pump you up with short lived optimism and then rush you out the door, so-to-speak.
It should seem like a solid fact now that retirement is not what it once was; we have more freedom than anyone who has come before us.
It is our hope that we have inspired in you some openness, bravery and bluntness over this journey; or at least spelled out the dangers of living without them.
And if you need a final push, here it is:
Go out there and surprise us. Start something now. Do the thing you were always built for.
Go out there and live, because only you set the rules.
Section 11 Aging and Longevity
In its March 2017 bulletin, the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP.org/Bulletin) presented an e-zine version of 50 suggestions for a longer life (http://www.aarp.org/health/healthy-living/info-2017/50-ways-to-live-longer.html) similar to its printed version that same month, which we quote, then summarize here:
Consider extra vitamin D. Check with your doctor.
Cut back on pain pills. Pain pills raise your risk of dying.
Please go to bed. Get at least 6 hours.
But don't always go right to sleep. Sex is healthful, too.
Get (or stay) hitched. Marriage is physically good for your heart.
Ripeness matters. Fully ripened fruit are more nutritious.
Say yes to that extra cup. Of coffee, that is.
Frozen is fine. Freezing preserves nutrients.
Go green. Green tea, many cups a day.
Don't sweeten with sugar. It harms your cholesterol levels.
Eat whole grains. Three or more servings per day.
Spice it up. Hot peppers help!
Drink whole milk. Fat helps prevent diabetes.
Just add water. Stay hydrated to fight cancer and reduce weight.
Be food safe. Food poisoning can kill. Clean and cook.
Eat less. Stop when 80% full.
End the day’s eating at 9 p.m. For your heart’s health.
Eat your veggies. Less meat is better for you.
Eat like the Greeks. Mediterranean: fruits, veggies, olive oil, fish, nuts.
Or live like the Amish. Hard work, little alcohol or tobacco, strong family.
Save your pennies. The rich tend to live healthier lives.
Or move to one of these states. With Seventh Day Adventist vegetarians.
Ponder a ponderosa. View awesome views.
Go nuts. Awesomely good for you.
Find your purpose. Compelling goals can add seven years.
Embrace your faith. Faith adds years, too.
Vacation… or else. The statistics are staggering: take a break!
Consider mountain life. Less oxygen means stronger breathing?
Get a friend with four legs. Dogs are life-preservers.
Keep watching LOL cat videos. Laughter is wonderful medicine.
Get social. Loneliness is toxic. Get face-to-face friends for health.
Watch your grandkids. Caregiving adds purpose and exercise.
Try to stay out of the hospital. Medical mistakes are common.
Monitor yourself. If it is odd, get it checked.
Visit the hardware store. Get monitors for fire and CO2, check radon.
You need to read. Books are best!
Toss that rug. Before that throw rug throws you.
Practice home fire drills. Fires spread with amazing speed. Practice.
Find a woman doctor. Apparently, they stick to guidelines and communicate better.
Make peace with family. Chronic familial stress is a killer. Forgive.
Take the stairs – every day. Good for body and for brain.
Beware the high-tech dash. Don’t drive distractedly.
And drive less. Older drivers tend to be worse drivers, alas.
Better yet, walk. Wonderful exercise and convenient.
Just not in the street. Watch your step!
And go a little faster. Brisk: a meter (or a yard) per second or faster.
Get fidgety. Sit less, for shorter periods.
Read the AARP Bulletin. And other publications with health information.
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Petero Wamala holds a Master of Arts degree in social planning from Makerere University. He Is a certified retirement plan specialist, and a certified NLP master practitioner. He is also a certified 2young2retire facilitator. A businessman, Petero is founder and Director of Mopetro, Ltd. in Uganda.www.mopetroltd.com. He lives in Kampala with his wife, Loy, and son Isaiah.
Douglas Winslow Cooper holds a Ph.D. degree in engineering from Harvard University. He retired after three decades of work in the environmental sciences fields and now is a writer, editor, and writing partner through www.WriteYourBookWithMe.com.
I wish to acknowledge my dear wife Loy, for all her loving support in my life, including writing this small book. My cheerful seven-year-old son Isaiah was ever with me in my study, cheering me on!!
Special thanks are due to my friend and trainer, Michael Beale of Milton Keynes in the UK. Without him there would have been no inspiration.
My NLP trainers, Francois Van Resenberg of Centurion, South Africa, Anthony Beardsell of UK, Sue Knight of France, I thank you all. Terry Elston of NLP World, UK, thanks you.
Finally, without the financial backing of Mopetro, Ltd., www.mopetroltd.com, this book would not exist.