Like most people, I spent a lot of time at work thinking about retirement. But I’m glad I actually did something about it.

I didn’t realise just how important it was to have a plan until the moment arrived. Getting my finances in order was just one piece of the puzzle. Having a plan meant I could actually enjoy the moment when it arrived. My wife and I spent plenty of time mapping out what we wanted to do and exactly when we wanted to do it.

We left on our dream trip in the van around Australia the very next morning after I left the office for the final time!

I’m a 72 year old mother of two and grandmother of five. A few years ago, my eldest son and his family moved from our home town Albany, Western Australia, to Geelong, Victoria.

I can no longer fly which means I don’t see family as much as I would like. But thanks to Skype, I can log on and catch up with my three grandchildren whenever I like!

Every Sunday night, I jump on the computer, open up Skype and call the kids. They used to love watching and helping me knit, so now we do just that – knit!!

It’s never too late to learn something new and you’ll be surprised… Skype is a lot easier than I thought!

One thing I’ve learned over the last few years is that there is life after the kids move out. And the trick is to stop them moving back in!

Here’s my tip. You really need to reclaim their room and make it your own. Just pack up the stuff they leave behind, old school projects, sporting trophies and the like…and store it all in the shed. Then sell the bed online and get started on setting up the room the way you want it.

We wanted a bit of study and reading room, so we gave it a coat of paint, replaced the old dinosaur curtains with a some plantation shutters, bought a couple of book shelves, a small desk and a nice comfy reading chair.

Just in case they come to stay over for a night or two, it’s a good idea to invest in a decent sofa bed. But not too comfy…you don’t want to make them too welcome!

 

The older I get, the worse my eyesight is. I bet that happens to a lot of you, yes?

Well my grandson has blown me away with the below tricks – I can now use my phone without putting on my glasses! Check them out below.

Magnifier

This helps for reading small prints.

The magnifier can be found on your phone by going to:

Settings > General > Accessibility > Magnifier > and set it to on.

Once enabled, triple click the home button to open your magnifier.

Larger Text

Change the font size on your iPhone to make it more user friendly and easier to navigate.

To make the screen text larger on your iPhone go to:

General > Settings > Accessibility > Larger Text.

You’ll see there is a slider to choose the best size of font.

Voice Texting

If you struggle typing on these small phones, try Voice Texting. Just be sure to speak clearly so your phone can capture exactly what you want to say. Then press send!

To turn on voice text:

Open the text conversation > Click on the text box to bring up your keyboard > Click the microphone icon > Speak your message.

As a senior, I don’t have as many opportunities to get out of the house.

But last year, one of my friends introduced me to a yoga class specifically for those a little older (and a little fragile!).

It’s made a huge difference not only with my flexibility and strength, but it has also boosted my confidence. We work with the chair instead of getting up and down off the floor and this makes yoga less intimidating for people – meaning people are more likely to join the class.

The class doesn’t end there either. We usually head out for coffee after which is almost the best part!

The last thing I wanted to be doing in retirement was more work!

But I knew that’s what I’d be in for at home with our big backyard and that pesky tree out the front dropping gumnuts all over the driveway.

So we sold the family house, the memories will always be there, and downsized to something far more easy to maintain.

And that extra cash we got from the sale means we can travel in style when we head to Europe next year!

I never considered how much of an impact my work life actually had on my social life.

Once I’d retired, I quickly realised I was missing out on all that work site banter with the boys I took for granted each day.

I might have retired, but I still make sure I pop down to the pub after they knock off every Friday to find out what mischief the young lads have been up to.

They certainly keep me young at heart!

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