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How to Avoid Boredom in Retirement

July 27th, 2019

By Marie Langworthy, NABBW’s Transforming Retirement Associate You have waited for and anticipated your retirement for most of your working life. Now you’ve arrived, with all the time in the world to do all those things you promised yourself you would accomplish during this newly found life of leisure. Fast forward six months… You’ve reorganized your closet, thereby enriching the Goodwill store with volumes of outdated outfits. You’ve cleaned the garage, finding so many treasures you had once considered lost. You have indexed all your music CD’s and DVD’s into a sophisticated... Read More

Setting Life Goals for Retirement

July 2nd, 2019

By Marie Langworthy, NABBW’s Transforming Retirement Associate “What!?” you exclaim? Goals?  I’m through with goals.  During my entire work career, I needed to be focused on establishing goals – so much so that I determined that my only goal in retirement would be to not have any goals!  Perhaps you need to rethink your strategy. McLain & Lovejoy, in their March 2015 article, “The Importance of Goal Setting for Retirees,” remark, “The first step to goal setting as a retiree is to think about what matters most in your life, so that you can live with purpose.”  In... Read More

How to Have Fun in Retirement

June 28th, 2019

By Marie Langworthy, NABBW’s Transforming Retirement Associate “Let’s have fun!” I’ve been told that this is the mission statement for Disneyworld. And having fun is one of the many fantasies and expectations we have about life after retirement. In my family, the embodiment of that “have fun” mandate was our retired Aunt Hannah. Whether playing bridge, or baking her coveted chocolate nut squares, or treating one of her nieces or nephews to the latest Broadway play, Aunt Hannah would smile and say, “When did I ever have time to work?” In fact, it became the family joke that,... Read More

You’re Retired! Now What?!

January 7th, 2019

By Marie Langworthy, NABBW’s Transforming Retirement Associate Nowhere to go on Monday morning! No colleagues to meet for lunch! No money to pay for lunch! Guess what? News Flash! You are not alone. On a daily basis, thousands of boomers are grappling with these same three bogus realities. Jamie Chamberlin, in her January 2014 article, “Retiring Minds Want To Know,” observes that “Too few people consider the psychological adjustments that accompany this life stage, which can include coping with the loss of your career identity, replacing support networks you had through work, … and... Read More

Shifting Gears To Your Life and Work After Retirement: A Roadmap to Transform Retirement into the Best Time of Your Life – Second Edition

October 25th, 2018

Print Edition (Soft Cover) Authors: Dr. Carolee Duckworth & Dr. Marie Langworthy Website: https://www.lifeandworkafterretirement.com  Reviewed for the NABBW by: Anne Holmes Note: This is a revised and updated soft cover edition of the original book, which we reviewed in 2013. Thirty years with lots of time and not so much money makes for a VERY long vacation.  So… what’s a 55+ Baby Boomer to do?  Work? Play? Travel? Volunteer? Or what about developing your own scenario which is a combination of all these?  Will you choose to work here at home or abroad? Alone or with a partner? In... Read More

Boomers: AARP Offers a Treasure-Trove Website You Can Easily Mine

September 6th, 2018

By Marie Langworthy, NABBW’s Transforming Retirement Associate Sure, most of us are familiar with the more popular, standard offerings of the AARP Web site (https://www.aarp.org), such as auto and health insurance and political advocacy, but have you recently spent time exploring its wealth of information and opportunity, other than the traditional “retirement services.” AARP Travel extends to car rentals, hotel/motel accommodations, cruises, international flight and vacation packages, restaurants, and entertainment venues. For example, did you know that members can receive a 15% discount... Read More

Three Things You Need to Know Before You Travel in France

March 2nd, 2015

By Carolee Cameron NABBW’s Associate for Independent Travel   Before you travel to France, it is important, even essential, to know at least three things. First, be aware that French culture is different from American, but equally, if not more, genteel. French people are quintessentially polite and considerate. Before you interpret their behaviors, be fully aware of what these behaviors communicate in France. These meanings are not the same as they would be in the United States. For example, a delay in giving you your check at the end of a meal is certainly not indicative of poor service... Read More

Stunning Vistas: Your Great Trip to the Swiss & Italian Lakes & Alps

December 22nd, 2014

By Carolee Cameron NABBW’s Associate for Independent Travel   Are you ready for another “Trip of a Lifetime”? For now, sit back in your favorite chair and imagine yourself on this trip, breathing clean mountain air and taking local ferries back and forth across stunning lakes, with mountains as their backdrop. You will journey southward across the Alps from Switzerland into Italy on the William Tell Express, then northward back across the Alps into Switzerland on the Bernina Express, then westward through the Alps on the Glacier Express. Prepare yourself to gaze upon some of the most... Read More

The French Connection: Five Ways to Engage and Interact with the Locals

September 11th, 2014

By Carolee Cameron NABBW’s Associate for Independent Travel The adage holds. “To travel is to visit people.” Think about your trips as a child, traveling to Tarpon Springs to visit your Aunt Sadie and Uncle Bob. Then put yourself back in that frame of mind.As you pull up their driveway, you know what to expect. First everyone will greet each other happily. Then, before you even come inside to sit down, Uncle Bob will eagerly lead you out to his back shed to see and admire his dozens of multicolored parakeets. Next he will invite you out for a ride around the bay in his motor boat.... Read More

Grandparents As the Voice of Reason: Let\’s Hear It for the Concept of Giving Our Grandchildren Meaningful, Sustainable Gifts — The Good Kind That Keep on Giving

March 12th, 2014

Grandparents As the Voice of Reason: Let\’s Hear It for the Concept of Giving Our Grandchildren Meaningful, Sustainable Gifts — The Good Kind That Keep on Giving By Marie Langworthy, Ph.D. For the NABBW So much is written about the luxury that grandparents have in their ability to spoil their grandchildren. Ironically, that tradition been compounded in contemporary society because of our high divorce rate, which, arguably, has reached epidemic proportions. One of the by-products of America’s high rate of fractured families is the fact that now, instead of having two sets of grandparents... Read More