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They say you don’t stop playing when you get old, you get old when you stop playing. And now that you’re retired that couldn’t be more true. But what are you going to do? What adventures would you want to set out on? What did you always want to do, but couldn’t take the time off work? Well if you haven’t written out your own bucket list, here are three ideas to get you started.

Set Up Shop

This is your chance to finally open that antique shop. All those records you’ve been holding onto despite your record player breaking years ago will fill those shelves nicely. But you’ll need more than that. Start by fishing out that typewriter, the old landscape painting and anything else you think might be of value. And be sure to get your items appraised before you slap a price tag on them. There are a host of resources for antique dealers and collectors alike, but it’s important to do your homework. A wonderful resource is the famous Antique Road Show. There are also antique malls all over the country. All you need to do is start asking questions to be welcomed into the community.

If you’re more of a book person, why not open a used bookstore? To find your initial inventory of books check out estate sales and liquidations. Many liquidations sell books by the penny and estate sales can land you some rare and valuable books at a low price.

The Hunting Adventure

No matter the time of year, being outdoors is where some people find their callings. If you’re one of these people it’s time to pack up your equipment and head off to Montana. However, it can be cold out in the woods, so don’t forget to pick up any winter camouflage clothing you might need.

If traveling to remote Montana is out of the question, look to “best of” lists that feature fishing and hunting locations. And remember, good old fashioned word-of-mouth is a great way to find the perfect hunting spot.

Russell, Kansas which has pheasants, quail, doves, turkeys, waterfowl, and deer in the heart of the Smoky Hills, or Goldendale, Washington where hunting starts just at the edge of town, are two other options to consider. Wherever you end up hunting, it’s important to research the regulations and get the right permits and licenses for your activities.

The Trip of a Lifetime

Have you always wanted to see the world but couldn’t until now? Well here’s your chance. From backpacking Europe or South America, to Caribbean cruises it’s important to have the correct equipment. From backpacks, money belts and phrase books, travel expert Rick Steves has you covered. Most of the resources on the Rick Steves website are for traveling Europe, but the travel advice you can find there is invaluable whether you’re walking the Great Wall of China, exploring the ruins of Machu Picchu, or admiring the Sistine Chapel.

If you’re looking for a more relaxed adventure a cruise may be the right fit. Spend your days lounging in the sun, going to movies, dinning out and spending the days in famous cities such as Venice, Maui, or Melbourne. Of course everyone will have a different idea of which cruise is right for them, that’s why it’s important to research the cruise you might want to take and understand what might fit your budget.

AARP sends News Releases that are of great interest to quite a few people of the Baby Boomer Generation. We will post any releases that we think are pertinent to our readers.





January 20, 2015


Monique O’Grady, 202.434.2563
Quinn Daly, 323.800.1925

New AARP Survey Highlights Need for Holistic Approach to Staying Sharp

WASHINGTON (January 20, 2015) – AARP Staying Sharp, an AARP membership option that focuses on a holistic approach to brain health, announced today new survey results indicating adults know the importance of brain health but are not as aware of the recommended holistic approach to improve it.  All respondents believe it is important to improve or maintain brain health – with 93% noting it is very or extremely important. When asked how specifically to maintain a healthy brain, a startling low 18% cited socializing with friends or family, 34% cited low stress, 44% cited physical exercise and only half (50%) of survey respondents cited brain games, which is one way to have fun while exercising your brain.  AARP Staying Sharp is working to educate members about how a well-rounded healthy living approach can help improve overall brain health.

“We have found that brain health is not just a key concern for our members, but a concern for all Americans,” said AARP Vice President of Membership Lynn Mento. “AARP Staying Sharp isn’t just about brain exercises, but about promoting healthier living as a holistic way to support brain health, by keeping physically fit, learning more by challenging your brain, managing your stress, eating right, and connecting with others.”  

The Five Ways to Support Brain Health

AARP Staying Sharp recognizes that many people are proactively working to keep their minds sharp so that they can continue to live active, fulfilling and independent lives. AARP’s analysis of current research suggests that people interested in maintaining and improving their brain health should focus on five areas:

  • Keeping Fit:  Studies show that even small amounts of regular exercise like walking can positively impact brain health.
  • Learning More:  Everything from learning a new language or skill to participating in online exercises designed to challenge and test the brain.
  • Managing Stress:  Several studies  indicate sleep and stress management improve brain health.  
  • Eating Right:  Scientific research shows that certain elements in food – from omega-3 fatty acids to vitamin E – can positively impact brain health. 
  • Being Social:  Research shows that staying socially connected to other people supports a healthy brain. 

Survey Shows Opportunity for Brain Health Education

The survey conducted by AARP and W5 asked 1,200 Americans (age 34 to 75) about healthy living and brain health. While respondents showed some awareness of the five ways to support brain health, there was room to educate many on how to help improve or maintain brain health. 

  • Keeping Fit:  Only 44% noted physical exercise as a key factor to help maintain a healthy brain.  
  • Learning More:  While 50% noted brain games can help maintain brain health, only 9% reported taking classes, 6% said watching educational programs and 5% indicated watching the news.
  • Managing Stress:  While 68% chose getting adequate sleep or rest to help maintain brain health, only 38% identified low stress as a factor (34%).  
  • Eating Right:  For just 58% a healthy diet is considered key to maintaining brain health.  
  • Being Social:  Only 18% noted being social as a key factor to help maintain or improve brain health, the least likely to be noted as a way to help your brain.

AARP understands that people 50+ are active, engaged, and focused on living life to the fullest. AARP is committed to helping members discover “Real Possibilities” in life, by delivering membership options that have evolved to reflect where members are in life today.  The AARP Staying Sharp membership costs $21 a year and provides people with information, tools and resources, and tangible steps to take every day to foster a healthy, holistic lifestyle in support of brain health.  Along with all the benefits of traditional membership, Staying Sharp provides access to experts, tools, and resources, focused on maintaining brain health, including:  

  • Staying Sharp Challenge from Brain HQ:  Access to online brain training exercises selected for Staying Sharp members designed to improve cognitive ability, navigation skills, people skills, memory and more.
  • Staying Sharp eNewsletter Subscription:  Access to up-to-date research and insights around brain health. 
  • Video Insights Series:  Short, web-based video series with science-based tips and suggestions on physical exercise, online and offline activities, food and approaches to support brain health in a holistic way.

To learn more about the brain health Staying Sharp research, visit For more information about the AARP Staying Sharp membership, visit

About AARP

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of more than 37 million, that helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and fights for the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare, employment and income security, retirement planning, affordable utilities and protection from financial abuse. We advocate for individuals in the marketplace by selecting products and services of high quality and value to carry the AARP name as well as help our members obtain discounts on a wide range of products, travel, and services. A trusted source for lifestyle tips, news and educational information, AARP produces AARP The Magazine, the world’s largest circulation magazine; AARP Bulletin;; AARP TV & Radio; AARP Books; and AARP en Español, a Spanish-language website addressing the interests and needs of Hispanics. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to political campaigns or candidates. AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity of AARP that is working to win back opportunity for struggling Americans 50+ by being a force for change on the most serious issues they face today: housing, hunger, income and isolation. AARP has staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Learn more at

 The Saga Continues…

Once in the energency room and upon examination of my left leg it was deemed by the doctors on call that I had to be admitted and examined by a Cardio-Vascular surgeon to determine the extent of the damage to the leg.

Ater being admitted to Delaware County Memorial Hospital and assessment by the surgeon, it was found that a clot in the main artery of the leg was causing all the problems. There was no circulation at all from my calf all the way down to the toes. The doctor told me that the only way to stop the deterioration of the whole leg was to amputate everything from above the knee.

 Of course I said no. The doctor then told me that if it wasn’t done, the leg would basically rot and the poison would keep spreading enough that I would probably die.

After a short discussion with Karen, we made the decision to take the leg the next day. That is when they transferred me to Crozer-Chester Medical Center for the actual operation. Cutting the leg off only took a few hours and when I woke up I thought the pain would be gone. Wrong.

There really is such a thing as “Ghost Pain”. It’s a good thing they put me on strong  pain meds right away because not only did I feel the pain in my leg from before, Now I had the additional pain of the actual wound from the cutting off surgery.

The next update will cover the rehab experience, home recovery and our decision to send Karen to the emergency room to take care of her hernia.

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