How are you spending your retirement? - page 5

I don't mean your money! :lol2: I mean; how do you spend your time? What interests, hobbies etc are you pursuing? And, do you enjoy being retired?... Read More

  1. by   paddlelady
    Hi Grace
    I lasted 41 years in nursing. Share a little of what you are doing with your retirement. It is always nice to hear what us recovering nurses are doing.
    I was just thinking the other day of all my jobs and what energy it took to take care of critically ill patients and dealing with institutional policies and various departments. Then I worked for an insurance company doing utilization review. I wanted to learn what goes on and how decisions are made at the medical insurance level. Wow that was an eye opener . I got very sick working for the evil insurance companies. One day for an MI patient in ICU. It takes more that one day to mend a broken heart. I was appauld .I also thought about all the friendships made and lost over the years. I sometimes think about what would have happened if I made a different choice in careers. The young folks have many more choices and paths that they can follow. That explains the shortage in nursing.
    Warm Regards,
  2. by   safta24
    I retired when I moved to be closer to my daughter & grandkids. i was so happy being a grandmother I never looked for a job. That's how I became retiredd. then I became on Ombudsman (always wanted to do
    that kind of work., loved being one. Had more time on my hands, took a spanish class for seniors, more time gave our local library 4 or more hours a week
    Once a month registered donors to give blood. more time? Volunteered at the local hospital to answer lights.
    It was so great the diversity the pleasures of being a nurse in so many different capacities.
    Hope yu enjoy your retirement as much.

  3. by   Grace Oz
    Great to read what people are doing in retirement.

    I fill my time indulging myself like I never have before in my life!

    My indulgences include; travel, hiking, swimming, beach walks, scrapbooking, card making, reading, cooking, corresponding with family and friend's, pottering on the computer, country drives, long lunches with former colleagues and friend's, Long phone conversations with family and friend's . There's more, but you get the picture!

    DH and I do some of these activities together, and there's things I do solo.

    Now that I've spoilt myself in the 6 years since retirement, and because I now feel more ready for it; I'm looking into where best to avail myself for volunteer work.

    I haven't quite figured out what would be a good fit for me as yet.
    Volunteering at hospice has been suggested to me. I'm considering this option. I do wonder though, if I'd be able to step back in times of great need and remember I'm NOT the nurse! lol
    Old habits and all that

    Then again, do I really want to go back into the healthcare setting, even as a volunteer?
  4. by   Jamesdotter
    My husband retired at 62 after 30 years, then waited more or less patiently for me to reach 30 years and retire. We each have a decent pension plus 403bs and now SS. At first I really missed working--or at least missed the companionship of my colleagues. Now after several years, I do hear from some of them--but at Christmas only. I spend my time "going to the club" for exercise classes, attending TOPS meetings (I succeeded in taking off 30 lbs after retirement) and worrying about my husband's deteriorating health. And loving the grandchildren!
  5. by   Grace Oz
    Congratulations on the weight loss, Jamesdotter! That's my current goal, to lose this weight which I've gained over our winter!

    Could you explain to me please what 403bs is?
    I gather retirement income is somewhat different in America as compared to Australia.
  6. by   paddlelady
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts about retirment and your current activities. I thought about volunteering at a hospital or hospice. However, I have developed a strange condition called panic attacks and they are worse when I enter a medical establishment. Sounds like I need to heal and not go near any medical establishment. I did work hospice for a short time and the volunteers were an intergral part of the patient care. We did depend on them. Some of the patients bonded with a certain volunteer and this was very helpful in the process.
    I noticed that you are in Austrailia. I am in the USA in the state of Wa. It is so wonderful to be able to share nursing thoughts across the miles. I appreciate this forum.
    Warm regards
  7. by   Jamesdotter
    Quote from Grace Oz
    Congratulations on the weight loss, Jamesdotter! That's my current goal, to lose this weight which I've gained over our winter!

    Could you explain to me please what 403bs is?
    I gather retirement income is somewhat different in America as compared to Australia.
    I'm having a little trouble explaining "403b", but anyway it's an amount of money (the amount one can set aside is dictated by law) that we can have our employer withdraw from our net income and set aside for our retirement. When and how we can withdraw it is also a part of the law. 403b is the number of the paragraph in the law that sets it up, and refers to public employees. People who work for private employers have a similar setup--that paragraph number is 401k.

    I hope that makes sense. Any additions or corrections from my colleagues?
  8. by   Grace Oz
    Thanks for the explanation, James.
    It sounds similar to our superannuation here in Australia. The employer contributes a certain percentage, don't quote me, but I think it's currently about 9% or so to a fund and the employee can contribute whatever they choose in addition.
    Here in Oz we can withdraw after age 55 if retired or semi-retired.
  9. by   TopazLover
    I have done some volunteer teaching at a center for volunteers. I have also taught some at the university, for free. I would like to be paid for this but am glad to share if it will assist others to learn about dementia and stop treating our elders like children or trying to use reality on them.
    My retirement came too soon for me. I kind of flamed out after taking a job that turned into many. I thought about volunteering there, perhaps in the gift shop but like another person said, caused too much anxiety and I was concerned that some people still see me as a resource. I did not want to fall into a trap of my own making.

    For now I'll just play with my dog and enjoy DH.
  10. by   Grace Oz
    As much as I'm considering volunteer work, I also think too much is made about retired people doing volunteer work.
    I mean, for heavens sake, most of us have worked since we were in our teens.
    Surely we've already contributed to society?
    Why should any retiree have to do volunteer work at all, unless it's their choice to do so.
    I've seen considerable pressure placed on people to volunteer after retirement, indeed, they are almost shamed into it. That's wrong and unfair in my book.
    Volunteering should be because one desires to do so and obtains joy from it. It is not, and should never be, mandatory!
    Afterall, retirement is supposed to be a time for US!
    Time to spoil ourselves and relax and be our own boss.

    My advice to retiree's is; do not feel guilty or be made to feel shame if you choose not to be a volunteer. It's not for everyone.
  11. by   NICUQueen
    I just retired, at the end of Oct., from working in an NICU for 20 years and being an RN for over 25 years. Since my husband is working in the state of New York and we live in Louisiana, I am now able to be with him in NY.

    The problem is that his job is short term and I do not know anyone. I have been going to Curves, but just met some of the other ladies, not gotten to really "know" them. I know that this is not going to last too much longer, but it makes for long days when he is working and I am just on the computer. Not that I mind that too much!

    When we get back home, there will be lots for us to do, alone and together, such as working our way thru years and years of photos. I am looking forward to doing that, plus many other projects.

    In the meantime, we are looking for our daughter, granddaughter and son-in-law coming here and spending some time in NYC during the week of Thanksgiving. How fun will that be? Lots of things to see and do.

    All in all, I am still getting used to being retired. So far, it has been pretty fun, but I do miss the comaraderie of my co-workers. Thank goodness for cell phones and email!

    Linda <><
  12. by   Grace Oz
    Hello Linda, BEST WISHES for a long and happy retirement.

    It can take some adjusting to, but once you've settled into it, you'll wonder how you ever had time to hold down a job! LOL

  13. by   paddlelady
    I also thought about volunteering . I feel that I did alot volunteering in the hosipital and clinics when I was a younger. I also tudored children when I was in nursing school. I think nurses give and give and it just may be time for us to receive the joys of retirement and life. I find myself busier than ever. We have been building our home for 18 years and I am finanlly getting a chance to paint ,finish the woodworking and work on the yard. Pl I have small business, a dog, excercise and play my guitar. Once in a while I will have time to knit and read a book. Life is so full of wonderful things to enjoy and it may sound selfish to decide that we are not going to go out and volunteer. Nurses are the most giving group of humans I have had the pleasure to work with. :bowingpurI bow to us all. We are divas!