Next Chapter Insights is a series of brief articles providing insights and guidance for life in retirement. The articles are written by Director, Cary Sweeney, informed by knowledge and expertise gained through support provided to retirees at the Retirement Center.We hope you find these insights helpful, no matter what stage you are at in your "Next Chapter."
Recently we received a copy of the poem “Youth and Age” by Kahlil Gibran from emerita Caroline Kane. She shared that it gave her joy and reflection and thought that maybe it would do so with others. I’ve shared it below for you to read and reflect...Read more about Perspective on Living a Long Life
Recently I came across a booklet I picked up in 2016 from an AARP exhibit booth at a Gerontological Conference called “...Read more about Disrupt aging: living to 100 may take a change in perspective
At the bus stop this week, a gentleman and I struck up a conversation. I was glad I put my phone down from emailing to connect for a bit. Our conversation eventually lead to where might be best to live in retirement. He shared that he would be retiring abroad...Read more about Retiring Internationally
My grandmother was an artist who started honing her craft later in life. In her 60’s she began going to the local community college for a degree in art, took up pottery and entered into juried art shows. I remember watching her in her...Read more about Art as a way to connect, heal and rediscover in Retirement
Several times this week, I encountered challenges with technology that were frustrating though I didn’t get upset. When trying to figure out a new parking app I drove around to three parking lots with no success, I finally asked a young man...Read more about Surviving the Ups and Downs of Technology
About 5 weeks ago I had an accident forcing me to be relatively sedentary while I recovered. I’m on the mend, but now that I’m moving around more I’m noticing my strength and stamina is zapped. A walk to the corner store and...Read more about Muscle Mass Can Decline 25% In As Little As 2 Weeks ... But We Can Get It Back!
I’ve been spending time with friends I haven't see in a while and they share a noticeable change in their health since the pandemic. Activities like travel, that normally are exciting and fun, are exhausting...Read more about Pandemic Haze All Around - Don't Know if I'm Coming Up or Down
Like many things disrupted by the pandemic, call centers and customer service operations were impacted greatly. The Retirement Center receives calls and emails daily from retirees and their families overwhelmed and unable to get in touch with...Read more about Tips for Accessing Retirement Benefit Resources During the Pandemic Shift
Pets are proven to improve your health. Decades of research show that human-animal interaction (HAI) can help improve diseases and...Read more about Considering a pet in retirement, dedicated to our loving, motopup, Schnitzel
Cultivating a circle of support when we need help can take time, especially when calling on family may not be an option. I’ve been working remotely for the last several months in Virginia where I grew up most of my young adulthood, to help...Read more about Building a Circle of Support
The pandemic has put a pause on many of our beloved activities. One in particular is volunteering. Volunteer activity was interrupted for many as organizations scrambled to put safety protocols in place or figure out how to shift to virtual...Read more about Discovering and Rediscovering in Retirement - Volunteering