Retirement – it’s not for the old, it’s for the tough, and the RAP is a Retirement Activity Plan. Remember, No Surprises Retirement is about helping you avoid bad retirement surprises.
Fight Cognitive Decline!
The abstract of the Mental Retirement study in the Journal of Economic Perspectives noted, ““Some studies suggest that people can maintain their cognitive abilities through “mental exercise.”… In this paper, we propose two mechanisms how retirement may lead to cognitive decline. For many people retirement leads to a less stimulating daily environment. In addition, the prospect of retirement reduces the incentive to engage in mentally stimulating activities on the job.” A RAP can help you minimize cognitive and physical declines, maximize your retirement satisfaction and avoid bad retirement surprises.
Finding a Plan
Many of you probably have some type of retirement savings or retirement income plan (I hope!). I looked around and I was able to download a number of sample plans from different financial planners but they were all financial. I could not find any sample Retirement Activity Plans, and I think that’s a big gap in ‘real’ retirement planning, so I started researching and outlining a plan for us.
Retirement Activity Planning – the Retirement Activity Compass
Take a look at our Retirement Activity Compass:
The Retirement Activity Compass shows that people have key points for which to plan:
-Activity, for physical health
-Creativity, for mental stimulation
-Social, for connectedness, with community, family and friendship
-Personal, for solitude and personal time.
We’ll talk about planning in each area in future posts. For now, don’t run out and start frantically exercising, especially without getting clearance from your medical professional first, but do start thinking about what you want out of retirement and where those wants line up on the Retirement Activity Compass.
Actions you can take include:
-Think about each point of the Retirement Activity Compass; Activity, Creativity, Personal, and Social. Consider what you want to do (or are doing) in retirement and what you need to do to start.
-Next, look at your gaps on the Retirement Activity Compass. Are there areas in which you do not have activities or plans? If there are gaps, consider what you might do. ( I did start up an activity plan, after physician clearance, which includes exercycle or walking, situps, and pushup, er… pushups. (Get down and give me two, pre-retiree!)
-Find a place to get physically active. If you’re on Medicare, you might be eligible for a ‘free’ Silver Sneakers health club membership. If you’re retired Military, you might find a gym on base/post. I use my basement floor (it’s carpeted!)
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