Many leaders. One team.
uncertainty, even guilt.
Other dreamed-of comforts (which
may increasingly turn into necessities),
such as an uncluttered condo where
someone else performs maintenance
— safer for older people with mobility issues — entice. Buying our house
15 years ago, we based our decision
largely on proximity to my workplace,
not anticipating remaining here after
retirement; thus, we did not adequately
consider the desirability of a single-story home or a full bathroom on the
lower floor. Such concerns are driving another trend, as retiring boomers
who choose not to relocate are adapting their homes to their current needs
(Ann Carrns, “Boomers Near Retirement Changing Housing Trends,” The
Seattle Times, March 15, 2015).
Time may tell whether we decided
right. A decision right in some respects
(financial) may turn out wrong in others
(emotional). Sometimes I wonder if the
abruptness of retiring early sentenced
us to staying, when more time might
have produced a different, perhaps more
satisfactory, long-term result.
The Body Matters
In retirement, exercise, diet, and other
health issues predominate, consuming
ever-increasing time and energy. After retirement, development of various
medical problems led my doctor to recommend additional exercise and supplements, and going on the “Paleo diet.”
Although I lost weight, my blood work
improved immensely, and my reflux disappeared, the diet is pricey and limited.
“Keep still!” parents and teachers
admonished in childhood. Now the
mantra has changed to “Keep on moving!” which my chiropractor and the
media exhort. I do, walking briskly
daily, rain or shine. I also started lifting
weights and do other medically recommended exercises.
Admittedly, I feel better than I have
in years, much as I did at 25. However,
maintenance requires constant vigi-
lance, often feeling like an unpaid job.
My retirement health issues appear
partly due to long-term stress and the
sedentary, increasingly technology-
based nature of my law jobs, espe-
cially in later years when computers
decreased the need to move (and for
me, increased stress), while squeezing
walks and fruit snacks into work breaks
Retirement can contribute to declin-
ing mental and physical health (Sarah
Cooke, “ 6 Reasons Not to Retire Early,”
USA Today, March 15, 2015.) Early re-
tirement may harm health more or bring
problems on sooner.
According to the Newsweek article, a
study in Work, Aging & Retirement found
that jumping ship at 60 increased de-
mentia risk by 15 percent. About Health ,
March 8, 2015, cites a 2008 study in a
multinational European Prospective
Investigation into Career and Nutrition
(EPIC), finding that waiting an extra five
years to retire coincided with a 10 per-
cent drop in mortality.
Apparently, I have so far bucked that
trend. Recently, my doctor congratulated