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A good guide to thinking through your plan for your senior discount years
on May 23, 2006
What I most appreciate about this book is that it is uplifting in its sensibility. It isn't trying to provide us aging baby-boomers with some magic pill or breakthrough way of living that will defy the calendar. It is written for practical people who want to look at their whole life as they prepare for the decades when they can enjoy their senior discounts. The book begins by recounting the story of a retired executive who took on another high-powered job because he didn't like the way the retirees he knew drifted into wearing pink pants. He swore he would never wear pink pants and the authors encourage us to make the same commitment.
The authors start with a sensible and moderate approach to the care of body. While we all get new aches and pains and many have to cope with new conditions and illnesses, there are sensible ways to manage them and to give yourself the best shot at not contributing to new limitations. Moderate exercise, a sensible moderate approach to diet, and keeping an active, engaged, and curious mind are all important factors in keeping yourself active and able to enjoy your life. The only extreme they want you to take is lowering stress (without becoming slack).
The second focus is on your "soul" (in the current squishy way of referring to your emotional well-being). This is about staying engaged with other people, finding a purpose (being engaged with a community organization, a job, or something to keep you outside yourself), and enjoying your life.
The last section focuses on practical finance. It is absolutely important to stay focused on maintaining the means to support yourself as you age. While one can remain aggressive with their money, the later decades are no time to take such huge risks that you will not have to make a recovery from a devastating loss. The guide is for sensible investments and to understand clearly what you have available and arranging your expenditures to be in line with your inflow while retaining the ability to cover emergencies.
A good book with sensible, if general, advice.