Mak­ing the most of your golden years

No mat­ter how hard we try or how much money we spend on try­ing to de­lay the process, the sim­ple fact of the mat­ter is we all get old.

Central Otago Mirror - - PROFILE -

How­ever, be­fore you de­cide that time has fi­nally caught up with you and the only thing left to do is ac­cept the in­evitable, one can main­tain a rea­son­able level of fit­ness and health long af­ter they have re­tired from the work­force. It’s all a mat­ter of per­spec­tive and in that re­gard - adopt­ing a pos­i­tive, can-do at­ti­tude. Many older folk find gar­den­ing both re­me­dial and ther­a­peu­tic. Al­though win­ter is still hov­er­ing, there have been some nice days of late, pro­vid­ing the ideal time to per­haps tackle some of those less ar­du­ous out­door ac­tiv­i­ties around the home. An hour or two in the gar­den, whether it be prun­ing the rose gar­den or pre­par­ing the vege plot, not only gets you out in the fresh air the end re­sult can be quite stim­u­lat­ing es­pe­cially if you de­cide to give your sec­tion a real makeover. It’s amaz­ing how quickly you can trans­form what used to be a rather un­sightly mess into a gar­den to be proud of and at a min­i­mal cost too, save for your labour. It’s a fair bet that you have a cir­cle of friends who you could swap plants with and if you en­ter­tain ideas of a larger gar­den pro­ject like build­ing a sun deck, gar­den trel­lis or re­sow­ing a lawn then chances are you will be able to call on their ser­vices to get the job done once win­ter ends. If this is the case, you can al­ways re­turn the favour at a later date if re­quired. Get­ting to­gether with friends on a reg­u­lar ba­sis is good for the soul and also keeps you up to speed with what’s go­ing on in the neigh­bour­hood. Un­for­tu­nately, some peo­ple lose con­tact with old work col­leagues or long­time friends for a va­ri­ety of rea­sons and it’s up to the in­di­vid­ual to main­tain those re­la­tions. That’s not too say that you have to call or visit on a daily ba­sis but a weekly or fort­nightly get to­gether pro­vides the op­por­tu­nity to ex­change views on this and that in a re­lax­ing, en­joy­able at­mos­phere that re­ally lifts the spir­its. And it’s with that in mind that a large num­ber of re­tired folk en­joy play­ing lawn or in­door bowls, join walk­ing clubs, at­tend Se­nior Net classes or of­fer their ser­vices on a vol­un­tary ba­sis to var­i­ous sports clubs or char­i­ta­ble or­gan­i­sa­tions. Not only does the above of­fer the op­por­tu­nity to meet oth­ers with sim­i­lar in­ter­ests it also gives you a rea­son for stay­ing on top of things health­wise.

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