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  1. ProducerRoyce Shook

    Royce Shook

    22/03/2017
    Paraprosdokian
    ParaprosdokianI had to look up "paraprosdokian". Here is the definition:"Figure of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected; frequently used in a humorous situation." "Where there's a will, I want to be in it," is a type...
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  2. ProducerRoyce Shook

    Royce Shook

    21/03/2017
    Spring Renewal
    Spring RenewalAs we move into Spring, out of the depths of winter I am enjoying the west coast sunshine (read rain) and I am looking forward with joy to Spring with its stunning colours, wildly serrated edges, oceans of emotion, mountains of possibilities, worlds...
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    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    21/03/2017 #1 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    Spring really does bring hope and renewal back, it's my favorite time of the year!
  3. ProducerRoyce Shook

    Royce Shook

    19/03/2017
    Age is a relative concept
    Age is a relative conceptWe were stuck, the workshop we needed to update, the workshop required a new title because we wanted to remove the word  "Elder" from the title. After much discussion and no resolution, we left with the resolve to attack the problem at our next...
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    Chas ✌️ Wyatt
    20/03/2017 #3 Chas ✌️ Wyatt
    "Spiritual age is determined by the acts which make the mornings and evenings of the soul, and not by the motions of the physical globe. The soul should have its own cycles and revolutions, presenting in turn every portion of its existence to the vivifying influence of the great source of light." ~Henry James Slack (1818–1896), "The Ministry of the Beautiful", "Conversation IV: Spring-time on the Western Coast," 1850.
    Ken Boddie
    20/03/2017 #2 Ken Boddie
    Older and bolder, onward and upward,
    Wouldn't be younger for quids,
    I can't abide, those who age-hide,
    Golly gosh heaven forbids,
    If you're still healthy, never mind wealthy,
    Go on and give it a go,
    Now is the time, not later "when I'm ...",
    We can all be GI Joe.

    How about the "Age Freezers", "Geriatric Giants", "Generation Go"?
    Todd Jones
    19/03/2017 #1 Todd Jones
    I have noted the same throughout various stages in my own life. As an eighth grader, I considered myself cock of the foc'sle, per se. Then came ninth grade and a new high school, it was back to square one, as I quickly learned that upper classmen have little patience for a cocky ninth grader. Same thing for the jump from high school senior to college freshman. And then from college senior to working understudy. So goes the cycle of life and new experiences. I suppose the value is found in the constant resurrection of humility.

    My next big jump will be to the ranks of the retired in 15 years or so. I must say that I am really looking forward to being humbled by this experience.

    Perhaps you could call your Elder workshop a Renaissance Workshop.
  4. ProducerRoyce Shook

    Royce Shook

    18/03/2017
     Seniors' perspectives on ageing in the United States
    Seniors' perspectives on ageing in the United StatesI wonder if this ( Two-thirds of seniors believe it to be “very easy” or “somewhat easy” to pay their monthly living expenses more than half are “somewhat” to “very concerned” about whether their savings and income will be sufficient to last...
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  5. ProducerRoyce Shook

    Royce Shook

    17/03/2017
    Depression
    DepressionMy wife suffered an Acquired brain injury because of an Aneurism a few years ago, she has fully recovered. However, as she was recovering she become depressed and had to overcome this additional issue as she recovered. Depression is more prevalent...
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  6. Guddy Vyas

    Guddy Vyas

    16/03/2017
    6 Things You Don't Do for Retirement Planning

    One of the several reasons why people seek advice from a financial planner is to know when they should retire. Moreover, they don’t want to make any deadly mistakes before retiring that will cost them a fortune later.

    #Retirement #Planning
    Guddy Vyas
    6 Things You Don't Do for Retirement Planning | Vyas Infotech
    www.vyasinfotech.com
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  7. ProducerRoyce Shook

    Royce Shook

    16/03/2017
    Success as we age means different things
    Success as we age means different thingsSUCCESS:At age 4 success is… not piddling in your pants.At age 12 success is… having friends.At age 17 success is… having a drivers license.At age 35 success is… having money.At age 50 success is… having money.At age 70 success is… having a driver’s...
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  8. ProducerRoyce Shook

    Royce Shook

    14/03/2017
    With a little help from our friends
    With a little help from our friendsAs the song "With a little help from my friends" played, my mind wandered to an earlier discussion with a friend about helping out in times of crises. Many people don't know how to help or they help on their terms. We were talking about a time when...
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  9. ProducerRoyce Shook

    Royce Shook

    13/03/2017
    Friendship is a mysterious thing
    Friendship is a mysterious thingFriendship is a mysterious thing. Some say you can't plan it, nor can friendship be forced. It happens. Or not. I was delivering a workshop to a group of men on a health topic of interest to the group. I had delivered another workshop to the same...
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  10. ProducerRoyce Shook

    Royce Shook

    12/03/2017
    Voluntary grandparenting program
    Voluntary grandparenting programOne idea can enrich the world if it is acted on. Back in 1973, Volunteer Grandparents Society was founded by Marjorie Anderson, who was a working as a social worker in Vancouver. While manning the phone lines in the Crisis Centre, she received calls...
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  11. ProducerRoyce Shook

    Royce Shook

    11/03/2017
    A list of top 50 ageing blogs for 2016.
    A list of top 50 ageing blogs for 2016.This list is published by an Alabama public school health teacher. As you review the list you will see that the majority of the list target professionals in ageing services and businesses rather than seniors. Still, you might find some of them...
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  12. ProducerRoyce Shook

    Royce Shook

    10/03/2017
    Life Review
    Life ReviewA life review should lead toward reconciliation between the good and the bad we have experienced in our life. Representing the past in a life review is a matter quite different from floundering in nostalgic reverie. Making a decision to pursue this...
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  13. ProducerRoyce Shook

    Royce Shook

    09/03/2017
    How many of you believe in telekinesis?
    How many of you believe in telekinesis?A small attempt at humour, on a rainy, stormy March Day. Enjoy It's hard to make a comeback when you haven't been anywhere42.7 percent of all statistics are made up on the spot. A clear...
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  14. ProducerRoyce Shook

    Royce Shook

    08/03/2017
    Change the world - one kindness at a time!
    Change the world - one kindness at a time!"I believe that if you show people the problems and you show them the solutions they will be moved to act."Bill Gatese Think about it and I know you’ll agree that Bill’s statement is true. Today there is too much angry talk, too much negativity,...
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    Yogesh Sukal
    13/03/2017 #1 Yogesh Sukal
    As someone said " be the change you want to see "
  15. ProducerRoyce Shook

    Royce Shook

    07/03/2017
    When I retire, I will...
    When I retire, I will...Travel...If you ask a representative sample of people who are approaching their retirement years what they are looking forward to the most about retirement, the most common answer that comes back is, “travel”.  There is something about the romance...
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  16. ProducerRoyce Shook

    Royce Shook

    05/03/2017
    Facing the Reality of Ageing and Dying
    Facing the Reality of Ageing and DyingAs we age, we face the prospect of our own death, and while some see ageing as a mere passing of time until death others do not. We can choose to see ageing is an important period of time during which we begin to make peace with ourselves and those...
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  17. ProducerRoyce Shook

    Royce Shook

    04/03/2017
    The Actor Inside You
    The Actor Inside YouMost of my friends love the theatre, with good reason. The theatre has always been an art form that teaches the love of culture and values that were important to Boomers when they were enjoying those explosive years of youth during the 50s and 60s....
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    Royce Shook
    04/03/2017 #2 Royce Shook
    #1 Chas, I have been on stage, both in high school and at college, but I like you found my calling to be working behind the scenes. I admire those that have the gift and the skill to take an author's words and bring them to life.
    Chas ✌️ Wyatt
    04/03/2017 #1 Chas ✌️ Wyatt
    @Royce Shook, my brief encounters with theatrical ventures taught me that I am not an actor, but, gave me a respect for the craft. When I was only around 5 or 6 years old, my parents belonged to The Grange organization and I was more, or less forced into a play where I was to portray a carnival 'strong man' using a flag pole and two of the flag stands on both ends as a prop representing a barbell. I believe I flubbed my lines and definitely had 'stage fright'; as I lifted the 'barbell' up, one of the stands fell off and I remember a girl ad-libbing, "See, he doesn't know his own strength".
    In High School, my art teacher's wife ran the theatre department and the parents of an African-American student wouldn't allow him to participate in the play, "Up the Down Staircase", so she convinced me to participate and re-wrote the part as a "hippie"~ not much of a stretch for me and I only had a couple of lines.
    A brief encounter with theatre class in college, although I was an Archival Assistant for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival- I am more adept behind the scenes than on the stage.
  18. ProducerRoyce Shook

    Royce Shook

    02/03/2017
    Choices
    ChoicesI wondered if as we age, we approach change as we did when we were younger. When I was younger I pushed the boundaries. In doing so, I brought about positive change to my work and personal life. Recently I was asked to make a decision that would...
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    Pascal Derrien
    03/03/2017 #4 Pascal Derrien
    ''I finally made the same decision I would have made in my youth'' is my take away :-)
    Robin Barton
    02/03/2017 #3 Robin Barton
    #2 aging gracefully for sure with as little broken bones as possible! :)
    Royce Shook
    02/03/2017 #2 Royce Shook
    #1 Robin, thank you, I am also thinking of skiing again, to keep up with my grandson but I draw the line at roller derby. But I hope you do follow through and take roller derby up. The goal I think, is to enjoy life as we redefine what it means to age gracefully.
    Robin Barton
    02/03/2017 #1 Robin Barton
    I guess sometimes it's a conflict inside of us-we are older and wiser so we tend to make careful decisions than when we were younger. I still challenge myself and try to push certain boundaries. Especially physically! For instance, I recently said something to a friend about wanting to take up skiing again, and she said I was too old! LOL Wait until she hears that I want to try roller derby! Great, thoughtful article!
  19. ProducerAndrew Books

    Andrew Books

    01/03/2017
    Please, God...Don't Let My Final Words Be "Welcome To Wal-Mart"​
    Please, God...Don't Let My Final Words Be "Welcome To Wal-Mart"​Pharmaceuticals to the left, sir....bathrooms to the right, Ma'am. Thanks for coming in, folks. Clearance items are all in the seasonal items area, straight ahead. Here's a sticker, kid....Have a nice day."                                           ...
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    Robert Cormack
    03/03/2017 #36 Robert Cormack
    That's very good.#35
    Andrew Books
    03/03/2017 #35 Andrew Books
    "My friend's a greeter at Home Depot. He likes to send rude people to the wrong aisles. They wander for hours, sometimes coming back, with my friend sending them to another wrong aisle."

    LOL....makes me think about another Wal Mart story.. It's not mine, but I can see elderly old men doing this....

    "So I finally landed a job as a Wal-Mart greeter, and about two hours into my first day on the job a loud, mean, and unattractive woman enters the store with her two children, yelling obscenities at them the whole way.
    Per my greeter instructions, I pleasantly said, "Good Morning and welcome to Wal-Mart. Nice children you have there, are they twins?"
    Agitated, the women sharply fires back, "Hell no, they ain't twins. This one here's 7, and this one here's 10. Why would you think they're twins? Are you blind, stupid, or both?"
    To which I replied, "Ma'am, I am neither blind nor stupid. I just couldn't believe that someone slept with you twice."

    Thanks for the comment @Robert Cormack!
    Andrew Books
    03/03/2017 #34 Andrew Books
    #31 I agree @Todd Jones. Idle hands are the devil's work, perhaps? I can't see myself sitting home and doing nothing. Maybe once in a while, but not on a regular basis. I need to stay sharp. Even if it's doing volunteer work at something like a food pantry. Just seems to be the right thing to do.
    Andrew Books
    03/03/2017 #33 Andrew Books
    #30 It's like a museum volunteer, like a tour guide in some ways. Dad loved it and did it with his best friend.
    Robert Cormack
    02/03/2017 #32 Robert Cormack
    Boy, I think about this a lot @Andrew Books, especially every time I walk through the Walmart doors. My friend's a greeter at Home Depot. He likes to send rude people to the wrong aisles. They wander for hours, sometimes coming back, with my friend sending them to another wrong aisle. The definition of rudeness: "Never finding the right aisle at Walmart." The definition of hell: "Never finding the right aisle at Walmart." Thanks for the post. If I end up a greeter at Walmart, I'll let you know. I hope I'm a commercial fisherman instead, but I don't know anything about fishing (commercially, anyway." Thanks again.
    Todd Jones
    02/03/2017 #31 Todd Jones
    I thank my lucky stars every day that I work for one of the few remaining companies that offer a defined pension in addition to a retirement savings plan.

    However, here is another thought on the subject... We recently had the windows in our house replaced by a company owned by Mennonites. The owner / lead carpenter was in his 70's, and when I asked him whether he had plans to retire anytime soon, he replied "God gave us two hands with which to work. I will work until my hands no longer allow me to."

    I am not a religious person by nature, but this struck a chord. Regardless whether one believes in creation or evolution, the human body is obviously well adapted for utility. I know too many folks that retired to a life of leisure, only to pass away a few years later. Work longer, live longer!
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    02/03/2017 #30 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #29 Great examples of people who did what they loved after retirement. I think there is a lot to be said about that, keeping busy along with a healthy mind/body. What is a docent @Andrew Books View more
    #29 Great examples of people who did what they loved after retirement. I think there is a lot to be said about that, keeping busy along with a healthy mind/body. What is a docent @Andrew Books, I suppose I will look it up before you reply lol. I bet your dad was totally in his element! My step father began going to garage sales after he retired and selling stuff on ebay. He now has an ebay store and TONS of really cool items that he sells. He has more fun searching for the items and organizing them but he makes about 4-5k a year doing this. I used to work part time as a volunteer in a food kitchen and loved it. I was going to go back this year but time keeps getting the best of me. I need to look into it again. Would love to hear your story about the food pantry. Close
    Andrew Books
    02/03/2017 #29 Andrew Books
    @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher I met a gentleman a few years back while I was on vacation in Denver. I took tour of Bronco's Stadium, and I remember the tour guide really well. It was his retirement gig, and he did it part time. He got to be in his favorite sports venue, talked about his team, did a lot of walking so he was getting his exercise, and seemed genuinely happy. That's what I can see myself doing. My Dad was a docent in the EAA air Museum here in Oshkosh...volunteer work, but he was around airplanes in the museum all day. Just twice a week. Kept him sharp and active. Another older gent I know here does a lot of community work with the food pantry (which I had to visit once upon a time - there's a story there) and voting registration. All good gigs!
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    02/03/2017 #28 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #19 @Sarah Elkins once suggested I look into being a tour guide. I sort of scoffed at the idea but you know @Andrew Books, it would be fun if you're doing in a place you really love!! Glad you brought that up again. Reading comments on here sort of lighten the fear and give all of us ideas we may not have thought of :)
    Andrew Books
    02/03/2017 #27 Andrew Books
    #10 To be honest, the money factor doesn't scare me. You know what does? Healthcare. THAT'S a big issue. Others I have talked to say the same thing, which is one of the reasons why I seriously think I won't be able to retire....I need the company health benefits to survive!
    Andrew Books
    02/03/2017 #26 Andrew Books
    You're reading the side hustle, @Sarah Elkins. Well...not all of it, maybe....
    Andrew Books
    02/03/2017 #25 Andrew Books
    #15 Thanks @Jim 🐝 Cody. Only through a series of mistakes did I learn the valuable lesson of eliminating debt . A hard lesson to learn!
    Andrew Books
    02/03/2017 #24 Andrew Books
    #22 Good advice, @Richard Buse. I'm playing catch up, myself.
    Aaron Skogen
    02/03/2017 #23 Aaron Skogen
    #18 not really, the winters have been too short for my taste the last few years. That's not to say I don't love cruising the lake in a kayak, canoe, duck boat, etc., though. Love the seasons, each in thier own way.

    By all means, the more the merrier!
    Richard Buse
    02/03/2017 #22 Richard Buse
    I’m 57 going on 58. Financially, I’m in decent shape and looking at easing into semi-retirement. I’m not sure I’ll ever fully retire as long as I can keep my wits and remain in reasonably good health. I enjoy what I do, and I’m afraid I might get bored out of my skin after a few months if I had absolutely no work to do.

    As others have suggested, talk to a financial planner about money concerns while you’re still in a position to make adjustments in savings and lifestyle.
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    02/03/2017 #21 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    Retirement can be unsettling. I've been retired for 2 1/2 yrs from the insurance industry. I stay busy with blogging and we take frequent road trips. I also make myself exercise so I'm not sitting in front of a computer for long periods of time. I agree with @Jim 🐝 Cody, you have to plan and not live beyond your means. I believe it is most important to stay busy with something you enjoy doing.
    Andrew Books
    02/03/2017 #20 Andrew Books
    #7 Travel is one of the things I would like to do.....take a cruise, go to Europe......but Bali sounds good @Paul Walters!
    Andrew Books
    02/03/2017 #19 Andrew Books
    #3 All great ideas, @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher! Honestly...my dream job once I retire? To be a tour guide at Lambeau Field. THAT I could do. :)
    Andrew Books
    02/03/2017 #18 Andrew Books
    #2 Is there a time when you don't tire from the snow @Aaron Skogen? :) Another fime topic for the Beer Summit. Maybe we should make this a networkng event open to the public, Aaron? Think we could get @Robyn Shulman, @John White, MBA, @Doug Ales and others to come?
    Andrew Books
    02/03/2017 #17 Andrew Books
    #1 Jeff Dunham at his best!
  20. ProducerRoyce Shook

    Royce Shook

    01/03/2017
    Boomers: Defining Marriage All Over Again
    Boomers: Defining Marriage All Over AgainThere are many issues that face couples when men retire. By retiring without discussing the effect the retirement can have on a relationship, can put their marriage out of sync. Couples dealing with, or facing an out-of-sync retirement can take a...
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    Harvey Lloyd
    01/03/2017 #2 Harvey Lloyd
    I believe you nailed this one on the head. For us it all started at empty nest. We had fought long and hard to raise our two girls and get them through the education system while running a small business. I was the father of our children and she was the mother. When they left i realized i had not married the mother of my children but the hope of my life. We got reaquainted by her taking me to a marriage conference. I called it the wife fixing:) I heard a man tell me that we spend more time picking a car or designing our next home than time working on our marriage. Up to that point i thought marriage was something you rode on and it didn't need maintenance.

    Working on your marriage was akin to fishing with your belt or suspenders. But over the next few years we became intentionally married with purpose. Retirement is at the front now, the next phase i guess. So far neither wants to retire from creating things but do want less responsibility.

    Good thoughts and thanks for writing.
    Robin Barton
    01/03/2017 #1 Robin Barton
    love the article! I've seen a lot of marriages break up after both people retire. We've thought about that too.
  21. ProducerRoyce Shook

    Royce Shook

    28/02/2017
    There is no "i" in team but there are 3 in "narcissistic"
    There is no "i" in team but there are 3 in "narcissistic"A bit of humour for the first day of March, which is the first day of Fall if you are in Australia.  My thanks to Wally for these gems: A tough old Cowboy from Texas counselled his granddaughter that if she wanted to live a long life, the Secret was...
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    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    01/03/2017 #5 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    Fun post. Thanks for the laugh!
    Donna-Luisa Eversley
    01/03/2017 #4 Donna-Luisa Eversley
    Hahaha... Love it.. 😂😂😂😂
    Jean-Yves Piton, MBA 🐝
    01/03/2017 #3 Jean-Yves Piton, MBA 🐝
    I have never seen this phrase before Royce, but I like it. Because it is so true. Thanks for sharing mate.
    Royce Shook
    01/03/2017 #2 Royce Shook
    #1 @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher I am not from Australia, but my extended family, live there so I adopt their view of the world, from time to time
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    28/02/2017 #1 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    ha ha @Royce Shook, these were great. We all need to laugh more!! 1984, back to reality, couples... and more... they all made me laugh! I didn't know you are from Australia, happy March 1st!
  22. ProducerRoyce Shook

    Royce Shook

    25/02/2017
    All work and no play, make Jack a dull boy!
    All work and no play, make Jack a dull boy!As I listened to the participant in my workshop talk about how important it was for us as we retire to pass on our wisdom to younger workers, I remembered this saying, All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. When I went home, I looked up some...
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  23. ProducerRoyce Shook

    Royce Shook

    24/02/2017
    Retirement what does it mean to you?
    Retirement what does it mean to you?We can use the dictionary definition of Retirement and we see many different views but the main thrust of the definition is the withdrawal from work due to age.  If one is older and in poor health, the reasons for withdrawing from work is not seen...
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    Royce Shook

    20/02/2017
    Laughter is contagious, don't you think?
    Laughter is contagious, don't you think?If you have not seen this youtube video, please take a look. It is a reminder that laughing is contagious. Try not to laugh or smile as you watch it, I am betting that you can not. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1veWbLpGa78 Published on 28 Sep...
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    Royce Shook

    19/02/2017
    Dealing with stress as we age
    Dealing with stress as we ageMy wife and I have been watching the events in the US as they unfold and we both feel for our American friends who must be very stressed as they move along a path that is bringing change to their country. Change is part of life, but when change...
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    Royce Shook
    19/02/2017 #2 Royce Shook
    @Kevin Baker The ability to have no reaction, is a wonderful gift, I wish I had it
    Kevin Baker
    19/02/2017 #1 Kevin Baker
    Stress is the tax you pay for not taking 100% responsibility for your life. That is a home run. I could not agree more with " How we perceive a stress-provoking event and how we react to it determines its impact on our health " . Myself I try to keep the boundaries clear between what I can influence and that which I cannot combined with the ability to have no reaction.
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