Finding a hobby (a new one?) just right for you can give you a lifetime of enjoyment, far into your retirement years. The main thing to consider is what do you really like? Not what your family tree or best friend thinks you should like – It is for you!

Do you think you’re not very good at anything? If that sounds like you, here are questions to ask yourself about what you’ve really wanted to do.

If you’re still working, now is the time to develop a hobby and to plan for future senior activities.

It’s also a great idea to have several different hobbies, because things change as we age. That sure happened to Dad. And he didn’t have much to fall back on.

Working with our hands at any age is particularly valuable. It promotes brain and physical coordination. P.S. – If you’re looking particularly for easy craft ideas be sure to visit our specialized page.

Dad’s Issue – When my father became very elderly and moved in with me, I became his full-time caregiver. His main hobbies had been golf and reading. But because of his vision and hearing loss, he had to give those up and there wasn’t much he could do. Or, that is, was willing to do.

It taught me the importance of cultivating a variety of hobbies and interests including working with one’s hands, because you just never know.

First Ask Yourself:

To get started with finding a hobby, first take some notes and let yourself brainstorm. And keep in mind that some may be good extra income ideas and actually provide ways to do a little work after retirement if you’re interested in that.

  • Make a list of the top 5 hobbies or activities you like to do now.
  • Now make a list of the top 5 new activities you would like to learn. This is brainstorming — don’t limit yourself, financially or otherwise.

Idea List – for Finding a Hobby

Finding a hobby can be a really fun exercise and will give you ideas on how you can expand the list.

  • photography – including nature, weddings, babies, children
  • home renovation
  • do-it-yourself activities such as a tile backsplash, creative cement work, etc.
  • interior decorating
  • woodworking
  • build and decorate a dollhouse – perhaps elaborate
  • furniture making
  • painting on furniture
  • furniture restoration
  • scrapbooking
  • going to or participating in flea markets
  • metal detecting – you can find amazing treasures!
  • making trash to treasure projects
  • starting a collection – perhaps heirloom quality
  • studying antiques and antiquing
  • join a theater group and be in a play
  • or work with costumes and props
  • learn a new sport – biking, tennis, golf, swimming
  • take up chess; join a group
  • painting – on canvas; or paint on glass or wood
  • murals
  • candle making
  • hand-painted ceramic sinks
  • hand-painted ceramic tiles
  • pottery and ceramics
  • mosaics (including tables, chairs, trays)
  • making crafts – there are many crafts for seniors to explore
  • scale modeling (see link at the bottom of this page)
  • small appliance or mechanical repair
  • rug making (easy rug hooking, braided rugs, etc.)
  • learning or enhancing computer skills
  • making a web site regarding your hobby or interest (you can make money too – really)
  • needlework such as cross-stitching or embroidery
  • knitting or crocheting
  • quilting – start small like a pillow or wallhanging
  • be a volunteer or professional clown
  • making puppets and puppeteering
  • clock and watch repair
  • crossword puzzles
  • jewelry making
  • stained glass
  • specialized cooking
  • cake decorating
  • gardening – perhaps a specialty such as roses or exotic plants
  • flower pressing
  • sewing
  • upholstery
  • decorative pillows
  • journalism – articles for newspapers, magazines, organizations
  • creative writing – perhaps memoirs or a novel
  • write and/or illustrate a children’s book
  • record your memoirs (and help others) and transfer to a CD
  • making videos and movies
  • dancing – salsa, tap, ballroom, jazz, square dancing, contemporary; don’t limit yourself
  • singing
  • playing musical instruments – (our guest writer talks about a super easy way of playing chimes, without having to read music or practice. Perfect for kids and families too).
  • floral arrangement
  • bird watching
  • fishing
  • card games
  • crafts – there are tons of easy craft ideas and crafts for seniors
  • make or study wines
  • beer making
  • getting a pet
  • public speaking
  • wedding officient
  • learn another language – and take a trip!
  • sailing and boating

When finding a hobby, remember, there may be a craft store, home improvement store, community resources or a senior center that can teach many of these activities. And don’t forget the library – most of them have or can get videos and books on a favorite topic. Or do you have a friend or family member who can teach you? Groups are always fun.

Do you have limitations?
If you have physical or other challenges and are unable to do your activity of choice now, finding a hobby can be modified. (For instance, did you know there are special easy-to-grip garden tools, and even wheelchair accessible elevated gardens for the elderly, window gardens, and more).

See our page about elderly activities to get ideas for those with limitations that we experience as we age. Also consider reading books, watching movies or TV programs, attending seminars or conferences on the subject, or helping others.

Find out what other related senior activity ideas and groups are available. There are also many special crafts for elderly to consider – ask a local senior center or even a church group.

After finding a hobby (or two) dedicate a room or area in your home to your special activities. Make a list of the supplies you will need, and find out how to get discounts.

A special note:
If you are a writer, visit your library or bookstore and look at the current “Writer’s Market.” This is an excellent yearly publication that tells what book and magazine publishers are looking for in that year. There are hundreds of listings. As you may guess, topics for baby boomers and elders are popular at this time.

You can also very easily self-publish a book by using Amazon’s system for Kindle books. With a for-print book check www.createspace.com — it’s very inexpensive because it’s print on demand. If you want to try electronic publishing, Amazon will also help your put your book into Kindle reader format.

If you are an artist, there is a similar book called “The Artist’s and Graphic Designer’s Market.” It lists hundreds of publishing and licensing companies to submit your artwork to, and what they are looking for. Even tips to go through the process. You can also pursue finding a licensing agent to represent your work to manufacturers, like I have.

And don’t forget to give back, if you can – teach someone what you know. Pass it on to family members, youth, and the elderly.

Do you like crafts?
Finding a hobby with crafts couldn’t be easier. We also do have lots of crafts in many places on our web site, but why hunt all over? Our crafts  are all consolidated and organized, along with dozens of NEW never-seen-before projects in our e-book! You get over 120 projects, with plenty of tips on different ways to make them! PLUS a FREE book of pattern templates! Click here for a sneak peak.

And check out this great hobby web site! An online guidebook to all forms of modeling from ships to planes and from trains to race cars. It’s your ultimate guide to the best in scale modeling.

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Learning and volunteer ideas go hand in hand. Either makes a great retirement activity too – even if you don’t retire. 

Would you like to learn something new and volunteer at the same time? Or just do one or the other? To keep our memories and mental faculties in top shape, we need to keep learning. As centenarian Maurice Eisman says, “If I could leave any message, never stop learning. Period.”

When we went to school as kids, it’s often because we had to. Maybe we enjoyed it and maybe we didn’t. Now is the time for you to learn something because you really want to, or pass along what you know. What would it be?

If you or a loved one lives in a retirement community, assisted living, or even a nursing home community, there still are many ways to put all that good knowledge and experience to use! It just takes a little creative thinking, and asking staff to help carry out your learning and volunteer ideas.

Sharing even in a small way helps keep the mind sharp, gives something to look forward to, and provides a sense of purpose and contribution.

Learning & Volunteer Ideas

Even if you don’t retire or if you just work part time, there are so many ways to help and to continue learning. Here are some volunteer ideas, and also a few for ongoing learning.

  • Jot down what you know about that you can share.
  • Next, jot down what you’d like to learn more about – perhaps to enhance what you can share.
  • Do you have a college or community college in your town? Call and have them send you a brochure. Many classes can be audited and taken for no grade or tests. Many can also be taken via the computer.
  • Ask if they have special senior education programs.
  • Also ask if they have volunteer ideas or programs to help students, if you are interested in education.
  • Many colleges offer an “elder collegium” curriculum, specifically for seniors.
  • Consider teaching (or performing) yourself, including at your senior center, nursing homes, etc. Sharing your expertise is one of the most rewarding things you can do.
  • Speaking of performing, there are theater groups in most towns that need help with anything from props to costumes to acting.
  • And, if you’re a real performer, a wonderful opportunity is to become a performer or volunteer clown with an organization that visits hospitals and nursing homes, as well as schools.
  • If you are good with sewing (costumes perhaps) or building and constructing things, you may be able to help make the actual props and items for the theater — from where you live.
  • Do you like politics? This is an area full of possible learning and volunteer ideas. Retirement is a time to more fully participate, perhaps work on political campaign or get involved with voters organizations. Also see if there is anything you can do from home, if you prefer.
  • You may even consider running for office yourself. Start locally – many of these positions are volunteer or semi-volunteer.
  • Or become your organization’s expert in current legislation.
  • You could also begin a forum or group around a specific issue in your community. Others with many different backgrounds and experiences will join, creating not only a great civic activity, but also a learning opportunity for all. Who knows what volunteer ideas you may be creating as well.
  • Perhaps you’d like to volunteer with the League of Women’s Voters.
  • Speaking of organizations, take a look at Rotary, Toastmasters, help with the Jaycees (Junior Chamber), Feeding America, Best Buddies (who work with developmentally disabled), Senior Corps (working within communities in many capacities), Foster Grandparents. All of these provide volunteer and civic opportunities. Plus a good platform to learn something new. If you or your loved one lives on a campus, is it possible to start a civic group on site? Or hold meetings there?
  • If you are or were a business person, consider volunteer ideas at SCORE (Service Corps Of Retired Executives) which is in conjunction with the Small Business Administration. You can provide invaluable assistance and learning to others in business.
  • Participate in your local Chamber of Commerce.
  • Some towns, counties and cities have similar small business mentorship programs – consider joining a local organization. Pass on what you know.
  • If you’re physically active, how about joining in with Habitat For Humanity and help build an affordable house. It’s almost guaranteed you’ll learn some new skills too.
  • If you’re interested in the environment, check if your community has a highway or park clean-up program.
  • Your local senior center is most likely full of volunteer ideas. As we age elderly issues can become overwhelming, sometimes necessitating community help. But senior centers also offer many fun senior activity ideas and chances to make new friends.
  • An excellent way to combine learning and volunteer ideas is to help those in need. Almost every community has a local food shelf and other types of community resources. If you have experience in food, health, social services, emergency assistance, communications, financial services, law, they especially need you!
  • A local long term care facility or nursing home may have an activities director that could really use help with crafts, field trips, and other activities for their residents.
  • If you have a legal background, consider assisting with Legal Aid.
  • Every state has an organization for vision and hearing impaired. And many of the positions are volunteer work or close to it. They may also need help with fund raising!
  • Volunteer ideas are plentiful in the outdoors too. Many park and recreational facilities, botanical gardens, and conservatories utilize volunteers and also teach classes (to teach yourself, assist with, or take). If you live in a community campus, offer to share what you know with small or larger groups. Ask staff to assist with putting a slide show together, or pass around books with pictures.
  • If you have experience with gardening, look into starting a community garden – either with flowers and plants, or a vegetable garden in which others can work a plot of their own. Or just plant flowers in an area of town that needs a little beautifying. Or, if you live in a community setting, offer to do a little gardening for them. I know a lady that daily takes a walk out to the outdoor patio with her walker. Then weeds and maintains the elevated gardens there. Others take care of the indoor planter and garden areas.
  • For pet lovers, your local animal shelter may need help. Or an animal hospital. Or perhaps you’d like to do a little volunteer dog walking or pet sitting for someone. If you live on a campus, maybe the activites director has or would like to have a program for bringing animals to the residents — and you could help.
  • Does your local library have a Friends of the Library group? Many such groups not only fund raise and work in the library itself, but also bring books to those who are homebound. They may also include a program to reading to those recipients, or are in connection with another volunteer group who does read to others.
  • Jot down a list of books you’ve always wanted to read (maybe you already have one – in fact, you’ve been making it for years and it’s now three feet long). What is your plan – library, bookstore, or possibly books on tape. Are any of these books that you would like to share with others?
  • Join a book or movie club. None around? Start one with a few friends. Such clubs can provide a large range of fulfilling elderly activities. And develop into years of camaraderie and enjoyment.

As you know, it’s important to exercise the brain as well as the body.

I have seen many seniors, especially in community living, ease into their own world and even become selfish and complaining. They may lose perspective. But there ways people of all ages can learn and help, even if donating to a charitable garage sale, craft fair or holiday effort. Perhaps knitting, sewing, help with baking, crafting or making items for them.

Seniors of almost any age can give hope and companionship to others, including in a facility in which they may live, or to kids. Volunteer ideas abound. These simple efforts can bring a turn-around in attitude and provide positive goals in life.

Pages with more retirement ideas:
Finding A Hobby — Finding a hobby that is just right for you will give you a lifetime of enjoyment. Here’s the top list of hobby ideas, alone or in a group.
Senior Citizen Travel — More detailed information on planning your trip, things to be aware of, and what questions to ask your travel agent.
Senior Activity Ideas — Lots of very cool senior activity ideas, some great to do alone, or some in groups.

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Looking for great retirement ideas and activities?
(We have retirement activities for everyone – even if you really don’t retire!)

There are all kinds of possibilities and things to do out there. Here are a few fun ideas for any budget, with links pointing to even more options, below.

When Dad came to live with me he’d been retired already for a long time. He had serious hearing and vision loss and could not participate in much without help. That really started me searching for new retirement ideas not only for him… but it also gave me pause to consider myself. And many of my friends had started retiring too.

What would I want to do when I retired. Perhaps because I stayed at home as his full-time caregiver, in a way I had already “retired” — from the workforce, anyway. I did work from home and still wanted to work after retirement, so found many different ways to do that.

Here are a few things I’ve learned  along the way…

Choose senior activity ideas that keep you busy, the mind active, are of service even in small ways, or provide ongoing learning.

Don’t Get Stuck – Be willing to try something new!
(Dad certainly had to do this as his hearing and vision went).  Or have a special goal to strive for too. There’s nothing like a goal, even a small one, to trigger the imagination.

The type of retirement ideas you choose may depend on factors such as interests, physical health, mobility, mental health, budget. But no matter what the circumstances, there are plenty of retirement activities to choose from.

Outdoor Retirement Ideas

Turn off the TV and get outside! You may say, “I’m just not that outdoorsy.” Not an excuse! Get out and get some fresh air! It’s easy to simply take a favorite activity or club meeting outside — make a special area in your yard or patio. And ask yourself some questions about retirement ideas vs. outdoor living.

  • What climate do you live in now?
  • Are you able to participate in the usual outdoor activities for your climate? (Where I live in the northern climate, this is no longer much of an option for me!)
  • Are you finding your climate to be restricting? (I do).
  • Have you thought about moving to a different climate? Or at least get away for part of the colder months?
  • What outdoor programs are offered by your senior center?
  • Does a local community center offer outdoor programs?
  • Join an outdoor sports team — there are teams available just for seniors. Inquire with your Parks and Rec Dept. or senior center. Or maybe you’re qualified to coach younger people, if you can no longer play, yourself.
  • If you don’t have a garden or patio available, you can set up an attractive area right in front of a favorite window – a garden style table and a couple of chairs; potted plants or hanging plants, a mobile, garden statues and décor. Your indoor “garden” has many uses, and it brings the look of the outdoors inside! And provides all kinds of interesting retirement ideas.
  • If you do have a yard or patio, create a showplace garden, however small. Or even on your windowsill. Your local nursery can help you choose a variety of easy-to-maintain plants and flowers. Perhaps a bonsai?
  • Join a club – outdoor retirement activities are more fun with other seniors and people of all ages. And you’re more likely to continue. Garden, walking or biking clubs are ideal. Either something you enjoyed before, or something brand new.
  • Take up fishing. Or boating. Or both. Or water skiing. My Dad actually water skiid when he was 84 years old!
  • Exercise for seniors offer loads of retirement ideas, and of course important to keep joints limber and bones and heart strong. How about a bicycle – there are paths and programs ideal for this popular elderly activity. Find them through your city parks division, your senior center, or even a local college.
  • Or maybe just plain walking. Many medical experts believe this is the best overall elderly exercise. DAd’s doctor encouraged him to walk daily, even when he was in his late 90s. Ask about local walking events and walking clubs.
  • If you are an outdoor sports enthusiast, check into the National Senior Games Association, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting a healthy lifestyle and options for senior exercise. They have a variety of state and national competitions seniors can participate in and can even help you find a partner or team to join.
  • Check into special travel trips that emphasize an outdoor activity or another climate, including adventure travel. A local travel agency may have information about this. There are several senior tour and cruise options available.
  • Plan picnics and parties outdoors — you can combine them with other celebrations, biking, walking, hiking, gardening, as well as group meetings.
  • If you don’t have a pet, arrange to help walk someone else’s pet outdoors.

Now also take a look at our related page on more specifics at:
Outdoor Elderly Activities.

Pet Retirement Ideas

Do you love animals? Perhaps when you worked it was not practical for you to have a pet. But during retirement, caring for pets makes great activities for seniors.

  • If you are able to volunteer, animal shelters are a wonderful option.
  • Or perhaps take home a pet who needs special care yourself. Experts know that caring for a pet has great benefits to our well-being of the elderly and baby boomers too. And they can provide very loyal companionship. I have friend who was a “foster family” to a needy pet from a shelter, until a permanent family was found.
  • If you live in a housing complex that does not allow pets, how about pet sitting in someone else’s home? Many working folks would love to have someone come in and walk and feed their pet, and give it some play time. (This also could provide additional income). I had a work associate who gave up her busy management career to do this new career, and was very successful! Another close friend did have someone come in to provide such a service for her and her pet – it really freed up her life.
  • If you don’t want to make an ongoing commitment, perhaps just offer to walk or play with your neighbor’s pet from time to time.
  • Are you interested in more exotic pets, including fish, birds, reptiles – even tarantulas? Visit a pet store and take a look around. Ask questions. Read. Just do your research and make sure you thoroughly know what you’re getting into first.
  • What about working at a local pet store. For those who are not able to have a pet at home, this is a satisfying alternative. And again, extra income.

More Retirement Ideas

We have too many ideas to all fit on this page, so we’ve broken it down into further categories. Be sure to check these out too…

Retirement HobbiesFinding A Hobby — Finding a hobby that is just right for you will give you a lifetime of enjoyment. Here’s the coolest list of hobby ideas (for all ages) either to do alone or in a group.

TravelingSenior Citizen Travel — Traveling is the top retirement activity after work life no matter what your budget; or even if you don’t retire. I’ve traveled all over and have lots of valuable tips.

VolunteeringLearning and Volunteer Ideas — Learning and volunteer work can go hand in hand. Either are excellent retirement ideas – whether you’re actually retired or not.

Fun ActivitiesSenior Activity Ideas — Check out this variety of  senior activities for baby boomers, or those “of a certain age.” We include things for both indoors and outdoors. Easy to modify to fit special needs.

CraftsEasy Craft Ideas — Maybe you’ve been toying with the idea of learning a new craft during retirement. (And maybe even to do for profit.)

More….

Cool Quote & Retirement Message Ideas –  Need a cool quote or retirement message? Well we have dozens of all kinds here. Big array of quotes for all occasions.

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Other web sites with retirement ideas:

Fashion After 50 – This is the most fabulous web site I’ve seen on fashion and accessories for the mature woman. Both elegant and practical – a must-see!

It’s never too late to learn how to build kites. This site starts with a few very simple designs. Quick to make and proven to fly well in light winds. However, if the kite bug bites, you could spend years building and flying the more advanced designs found here!

Helping Seniors In Transition – A one stop shop program designed to take the stress out of managing the transition from family home to nursing home residential living of a senior family member or loved one.

Are you planning a retirement celebration?…For gracious, yet great goodbyes and free farewell speeches see Retirement Speeches at find-the-words.com.

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Autumn is a favorite season for many, and perfect for fall senior activities, games, parties. It’s an excellent time for crafts too, and art supplies are easy to get. The interesting items from nature, the pumpkins, gourds, apples, and bright colors.

Also opportunities for all kinds of outings, and maybe new retirement ideas. Plus we have loads of scrumptious recipes. In fact, many of the days in fall are special commemorative days just for celebrating foods. Like apples, chocolate, hot dogs, popcorn, cookies, even ice cream!

So see sections below for fun links to various fall senior activities and recipes..

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September Senior Activities
October Senior Activities
November Senior Activities

General Fall Senior Activities

Easy fall centerpiece craft

Here are ideas that can be used throughout fall…
Do be sure to add a craft or two to each month. To get started, here’s an easy one that can be done throughout the season…

Fall Centerpiece Craft — Fall is a great time to get outside in nature, gather some natural items, and make something special. Like an easy centerpiece, which are great fall senior activities.

In the example, we simply filled a vase with pebbles from outside, topped with a little potpourri. Then inserted several stems of the dried plants we gathered.

Lastly, we tied a couple strands of raffia around the vase for a final touch.

General Fall Themes – Favorite themes to use in crafts and other fall senior activities…
Squirrels, pumpkins, gourds, grapes, apples, leaves (See our leaf template page), corn, the full moon, bats, wheat, hay bales, cornucopias, ducks and geese, scarecrows, crows and ravens. (You’ll see free templates for many as you follow our various links).

squirrel template

Also see pages for:
Outdoor Elderly Activities
Fall Crafts for the Elderly
Easy Halloween Crafts
Halloween Treats for Seniors

Outings — A fabulous time to add outings to your fall senior activities. You may be familiar with many: taking strolls through parks and gardens, visiting arboretums, and drives to see fall colors,

Also collect items from nature to use later in centerpieces and crafts (We have lots of ideas coming up. Also, if you spray cattails and milkweed pods with fixative, they won’t as easily “shed”). Visiting pumpkin and gourd patches are favorites, and the nostalgic apple orchard. Some offer hay rides, apple picking, treats to buy, and have cafes too. 

It’s also football season, so you may have many in your group interested in taking in a game, pro or not. Plus outdoor picnics and barbeques, complete with a hay bale or two.

And if you did some straw bale gardening this year (whether vegetables, herbs, or flowers), it’s time to go out and harvest! Your edibles will be fantastic to use in autumn recipes. If you didn’t make a straw bale garden (yet) click the link and see how easy it is for next year, from a national expert who wrote a special article for us. A perfect way for seniors to garden.

Take a pet for a walk (either yours or someone else’s) and/or play with them outdoors in the crispy colorful leaves. Animals can be a real mood picker-up! So maybe even have a fall pet day.

pumpkins with dog

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Pressing Flowers and Leaves – As you have outings to gather foliage and flowers, you can also press them between the pages of stacks of heavy books (using paper towels under and over them to prevent stains), or iron them between wax paper and newspaper, the old fashioned way. Then arrange in picture frames or decoupage in a variety of crafts. Leaves can be decoupaged onto vases; or canvas board that has been painted with a colorful base coat of acrylics.

Parties! – Themed parties are perfect for fall senior activities. There is always football, Halloween and Thanksgiving. But what about trying something new. We have lots of suggestions on our perfect party theme ideas page!

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Gift Baskets – The abundance of autumn offers a special opportunity for giving in your fall senior activities. And not only for Thanksgiving. It’s so easy to create personal gift baskets – for give-aways too, fund raisers, silent auctions, the sick or needy. Or a friend, family member, or occasion like a birthday.

If you know about the recipient’s preferences, hobbies, etc.,  we’ve lots of theme suggestions. Perhaps include homemade items and treats – more fun fall senior activities to do. Check easy ideas to make a gift basket.

Basket Weaving – Learn how using willow, reeds, grasses, raffia, etc. This is an ideal activity to learn either individually or as a group. There are easy directions online, or have a knowledgeable person teach a class; perhaps have a guest teacher come in. There may also be local classes to attend. Use them at home, as gifts, or for centerpieces. It also gives more meaning when creating a gift basket, if you’ve actually made the basket too.

Gift Shawls – One of the most meaningful items Dad and I received was when the parish nurse visited us with prayer shawls handmade by women and men from church, while praying; mine is the one shown. At any rate, shawls are wonderful fall senior activities to do, and you may find men might want to join in. You can do basic knitting, or more advanced, depending on your group. It’s great fun to sit around the table, listen to music, chat, and partake in refreshments (of course!).

Pinecone Crafts – Fall is a great pinecone season, and in most areas you can find them small to very large (like some forests in California). Or craft stores often carry them. With other items from nature and basic supplies, you can turn pinecones into all sorts of things. Use during the winter holidays too. Check out our pinecone crafts.

Relaxation Coloring Group — I know someone who goes to a bi-monthly coloring group, working on gorgeous designs like florals, mandalas, and stained glass. They get sheets sometimes online, and sometimes buy booklets. Plus lots of great conversation and food! It started as a way to spend time indoors when fall came, and has been going ever since. The group just loves it!

Burlap Crafts — Burlap is a fall-ish fabric, and flexible! Use it to decoupage on the tops of wooden boxes, onto bird houses, make flowers from them and sew or glue to projects. Try it as backings for collages, in picture frames, or book covers. Decorate jars (including filled with jams and treats you’ve made) or vases, tied with a little raffia, like the one we found, below.

Leaf Projects — There’s nothing like the color of autumn leaves for fall senior activities. You may remember pressing them between heavy books, or ironing them between pieces of wax paper and newspaper.

Then they’re perfect to use in collages, including on canvas boards. Paint a base coat over the board first as background, then decoupage on a swirl of leaves. When dry, you can add lines of stems and vines with marker or 3D squirt paint, if you’d like. Try decoupaging leaves onto a vase or large glass pillar candle holder. We also have leaf template ideas to use at this link.

Painting Pumpkins – Fall senior activities often involve pumpkin themes, but not everyone can carve them. So pull out the paints instead! From floral motifs, to leaves, to comical characters, there are lots of projects to try. Make them as easy as you’d like. Perfect to use in centerpieces, for parties, add to gift baskets, and as give-aways. Find out what to do at painting pumpkins and gourds.

…And pumpkins can be used as planters too. Just slice off the top and hollow them out as usual, then insert a pot with plants, a vase of fresh flowers, or artificial flowers and foliage. If you’re using real plants, be sure your container has a draining tray underneath it.

Painting on Apples or Oranges — We have many ideas for on our apple craft page about how to “paint” or draw designs on them with a simple opaque white marker. (And see lots more apple projects too). Also try the same idea using black marker on oranges. Stand fruit in a row and create a continuous type of design. as shown with the oranges below.

paint oranges with markers

Gourd Crafts – This is a favorite for fall senior activities, and our memory care patients also used it, with a little extra help.

Gourds come in all kinds of colors and odd shapes, inspiring whimsical characters. Like a gourd goose, or gourd ghouls, ghosts, and grannies too. Pumpkins are a type of gourd and can come in fun little sizes. See projects at gourd craft ideas.

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vintage pumpkin patch

Also see:

Halloween Treats for Seniors – whimsical and delicious!

Fun Elderly Activities – Get lots of activities for those who may need a little extra help or have limitations.

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Gourd Craft Ideas

Soon there will be gourds galore in the grocery store. All different kinds, some rather fun and quirky. When I see them I immediately get ideas for creating unique characters and crafts. Great for all ages and abilities – we have even used this project with dementia patients. So check out this page, and doubtless you will get your own inspirations too!

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Fun Fall Senior Activities

I can hardly believe I’m talking about Fall. But it’s on the way and always a good idea to have a few plans in advance. General autumn activities are presented here which you could mix and match in any month during the season. You’ll also find the links to the specifics for each of the months of September, October, and November. On each month’s page will be the special monthly commemorations and calendar dates. Lots of fun ahead, and we give loads of activities to try.

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Flower Templates

Summer is in full swing and floral themes are popular throughout the season. In case you’ve missed it, we have a page with free flower templates that you can use with your crafts and projects. Just save them to your computer and print them out. You can also modify them to make them simpler, or combine several together for a fancier look. This page also has links to other themed templates you can use.

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Fun 4th of July Crafts

Lots of patriotic themed ideas on this page! (And it’s also great for any patriotic day throughout the year). We use the red, white and blue theme. But you can also think about other special colors for perhaps more local celebrations. See centerpieces, painting on pots, painting on glass, wreaths, wood projects, decorating candles, special picture frames and even ornaments. Plus plenty of treat ideas!

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Sizzling Summer Activities

June is just around the corner, and I can hardly believe we’re talking about summer again. This page will give you all kinds of general activities to do throughout any of the summer months. It will also link you to our specific pages for June, July, and August. And all that goes with them for special calendar dates and monthly commemorations. Along with all that, we offer, as usual, plenty of activity ideas to make your planning easy.

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Creative Planter Ideas

Depending on where you live and your climate, you may or may not have started planting already. April is a great time to start planning creative planters. You can make a planter from just about anything that will hold a container. Like an upside-down hat or a fancy purse. An old leather boot (which can also be hand painted), or a rain boot. How about an old bicycle, barrel or even a bathtub. All of these (and more) can be painted and enhanced, and you have charming planters for your home or campus. Indoors or out.

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Spring Senior Activities

Well today is the first day of Spring, and we wanted to share our page all about general activities for the season. General things to do in any of the spring months. Besides March, this page also links you to the specific months of April and May, where you’ll find all the particular monthly commemorations and special dates for each. See what we have to help you plan!

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March Senior Activities

Most of us are familiar with St. Patrick’s Day activities, but March has much more. It’s Natl Craft Month, Natl Women’s History Month, Natl Nutrition Month, Poetry Month, and Optimism Month (and who doesn’t need that)! Looking for specific Days? How about Natl Chocolate Cheesecake Day on March 5. Or March 6 is Farmer’s Day (we have a free art template); March 13 is Uncle Sam’s Bday; March 20 is of course the first day of Spring; March 23 is Liberty Day. And let’s not forget Natl Hot Dog Day on March 30. Check out all our suggestions too.

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Fabulous February Activities

Besides Valentine’s Day, there’s the rest of February to think about. And as usual, it’s full of special Days and commemorations. Like American Heart Month, International Friendship Month, Natl. Bird Feeding Month (another good time to do bird crafts), and Natl Snack Month. Special Days: Feb. 1 is Natl Freedom Day; Feb. 7 is Charles Dicken’s Bday; Feb. 9 Hershey’s Chocolate was founded; Feb. 17 is World Human Spirit Day; Feb. 27 is International Polar Bear Day (you could have a whole party theme around this one, and we have a free template too). Need activities to go with it all? We’ve got them!

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Valentine Crafts

If you’re planning Valentine’s Day crafts, activities, or treats, it’s never too early to plan. Go to our crafts page that provides loads of creative ideas, plus links to other related pages (i.e. food)! Almost everything can be modified to fit your group. (And many of our projects can also be modified in color and details, to use for other holidays and events).

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Cool January Activities

If you’re specifically looking for something to do in January now that the holidays are over, see this fun page full of commemorative ideas and dates: National Hobby Month, Natl. Mentoring Month, Natl. Soup Month (yum!). January 5 is Natl. Bird Day (and we have free templates and ideas). Jan. 11 is Natl. Milk Day; Jan. 15 is Martin Luther King Day, AND Wear A Hat Day; Jan. 27 is Mozart’s Bday; Jan. 31 is Inspire Your Heart with Art Day. And of course we have activity ideas galore!

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Winter Senior Activities

December is very much about holidays (but we have lots more too). And then what? See our page that is sure to snap you out of any winter doldrums. We provide loads of ideas both General for any time in the season; and also for each of the separate months of December, January, and February. You can mix and match them, even though December is almost over. See what fits for you!

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Simple Christmas Crafts

Thinking ahead? Smart idea! So be sure to check in on our easy crafts for Christmas. See our burlap cardinal collage, cookie cutter ornament stuffed with nature items, Santa and snowman crafts (including with golf balls!), candy wreath, various ornaments, and festive treats too! Among many others. We also like to give FREE templates. And a link to our holiday treats!

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Easy Apple Craft Ideas

Autumn is a perfect time for apples (but they are of course available all year). So don’t forget the Fall fun for using them in crafts! See our aromatic dried apple wreaths, cute apple frog, “painted” apples (great in centerpieces), apple candle holders, and much more! (Plus links to delicious natural apple desserts).

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Bird Crafts!

Birds are a really popular theme for arts and crafts no matter what the season, so we made a special page. Ideas suitable for both men and women. Try collages, using burlap, making a money gift, easy watercolors, painting clay pots, a golf ball owl, things for fall, and of course I had to include chocolate covered strawberry birds. Plus much more. And Free templates too. We’ve got a variety, so be sure to check them out!

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Awesome Senior Gardening Activities

We had so many gardening activity ideas all over our web site that we consolidated them into one page. And it includes things to do indoors as well as out. Some quite simple yet uplifting. And many for any kind of weather. You can even enjoy plants and little planting projects in winter. Gardening activities are great for the mood. Plus we’ve added in a few related arts and crafts ideas.

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Crafts For Men!

We’ve had several inquiries about crafts to do with men. Some folks may be living at home, with family, or at senior living and care campuses. Some may need more assistance and some may be independent. And abilities and dexterity may differ too. So we’ve created a page with lots of ideas that we hope can appeal to many, and that could also be modified according to needs of participants. They may give you more ideas of your own too. And as always, do let us know if you’ve had a successful project!

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Field Trip Activities – for Elderly and Seniors

Have you seen our new page all about field trips yet? We timed launching it for the onset of spring. But since there are outings for both indoors and outdoors, this is a page to visit any time of year. We have dozens and dozens and dozens of things to do – we’ve found some really unique ideas out there! No matter what your interests, capability or mobility, there is sure to be something for you or your group.

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New – Fresh Strawberry Desserts

We’ve added and updated our Fresh Strawberry Desserts page, since it’s the season! Lots of new photos too. Plus desserty type “crafts” you can do to add to the fun. Use these as activities, and make for special dinners and lunches, for parties, etc. Many are easy to modify and change out for holidays.

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BY THE MONTH – Senior Activities

We have so many seasonal and monthly activities, that we’ve re-organized! Now there’s this Master Page to link you to each of the 12 individual months. Each month has its specific monthly commemorations AND actual calendar dates, unique ones besides the traditionals. And we give activity ideas to do for all of it! (In case you don’t want to have to think of something). PLUS special pages for each of the 4 seasons, with General activities to do throughout that season. See what we mean, and check it out! (And we’re still working on it further).

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NEW – Chocolate Covered Strawberries

I’ve been on a real roll, almost a frenzy, making lots of new chocolate covered strawberries and decorating them. In all kinds of colors (not just brown chocolate or white). Like a frog, bunny, chick, bluebird, flowers, and mice of all colors. With new and easy instructions. They make great senior activities. Use them for desserts, party favors, gifts, give-aways and prizes, and on salads too.

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Perfect Party Theme Ideas

Now that winter is in full swing, at least in the northern climates, it’s time to distract ourselves with a few fun parties. You may have some favorites. But why not try new ideas! Take a peek at our party page – you can modify many of them for just about any purpose, with a few changes to color, decorations, treats and other food. Such as for Valentine’s Day, even St. Patrick’s Day or Mardi Gras.

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Pinecone Ideas

Did you see our page all about pinecones yet? They’re perfect for fall and winter activities alike, and certainly in abundance. And they come in all shapes and sizes, so we’ve got lots of possibilities. And if you don’t live in a pinecone area, try visiting a craft store. They’re usually inexpensive and tons of fun to use.

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New Apple Craft Ideas!

We’ve got a really fun and funky apple frog on our apple craft page now, and have gotten great feedback! And we include an easy template you can print out for the legs and face if you’d like one. Don’t miss him – his funny smile (inspired by one of my son’s cartoon drawings) is sure to put a smile on your face!

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Cute Marshmallow Crafts

Marshmallows are always “in season” any time of year. And now we have a really cute collection of marshmallow crafts that will be lots of fun for seniors (and kids), submitted by one of our readers in our Share Crafts forum. And these go way beyond the basic marshmallow snowman (which you probably have seen before). So if you want some new ideas, be sure to see these!

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Straw Bale Gardening For Seniors

Have you heard of straw bale gardening? It’s almost like magic. We contacted the now-famous (and local) professional who developed this amazing method. He personally gave us tips on what to do for seniors. The straw bale is both the container, and makes its own soil! So it can be done even if your area has lousy soil. Or an extreme climate (whether arctic or desert). Plus, no bending, digging, weeding, bugs, chemicals. It’s easy gardening with an old-fashioned country flair!

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Activities For Elderly With Vision Loss

As you probably know, vision loss, including from macular degeneration like with my Dad, is very common in our elderly. Along with it comes challenges to find activities for fun and also that are useful. In the years of caring for my Dad and working with others, I’ve developed a lot of ideas that may work for you too. The severity and type of vision loss differs with everyone, but many of these activities can be modified to suit your needs. So have a look!

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More Elderly Activities – with Kids

Many of the activities and craft ideas on our web site can be done with kids. But we’ve had several questions about specific things to do, whether at home with a loved one, or when visiting older family members or friends. Sometimes children might not know the person all that well. Maybe concerns about what to do or say. And they especially may have trepidation about visiting a nursing home. So we’ve assembled a page with some easy ideas to do with kids, and will point you to other specific pages around our site.

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Share YOUR Extra Income Ideas!

We’ve had some great feedback for our page on work after retirement, so we’ve started a new SHARE Forum. Be sure to see the ideas our readers are sharing so far. And we’d all LOVE to hear from you too! So if you have an idea for earning extra income, either that you’ve done or know someone else who has, be sure to post. People are also interested in ways of getting started and getting the word out. So be sure to share what you know…

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Work After Retirement – Creative Options

There are various reasons people are interested in work after retirement. And many folks are interested in working from home but hardly know where to start or how to get ideas. This page gives all kinds of (real life) creative options based on skills and knowledge that you already have. We also refer to a resource with specific steps to take to bring in extra cash in 30 days. Plus considerations about online work from home.

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Make Fun, Affordable Centerpieces!

There are so many times throughout the year that call for a festive setting, whether it be a party, fund raiser, silent auction, or holiday occasion. Making easy yet attractive centerpieces (many which can become give-away items, and many which are edible) provides a great project for seniors — and all the various activities the centerpiece(s) can be used for. On this page we organize the many projects that we have all over our web site, into a sort of “centerpiece central,” if you will. So check it out!

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Free Animal Template Ideas

Check out our new page with some fun animal templates that you can use for your projects. And if you couple these with our flower or leaf templates too (those links provided on the animal page), you can come up with some very creative ideas! You will see how they can be used for various seasons or holidays.

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Elderly Assistance and Public Benefits

Are you aware of free elderly assistance and public benefits available? We can help. Check out these valuable tips.

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Creative Elderly Stress Activities

Although Dad had incredible patience with his issues of being almost blind and deaf and hardly able to socialize, he did have his times of stress and worry. So I had to make it a top priority to find him activities to relax. Here are some of our favorites, plus those of my associates, friends, family, and community resources. Since most seniors and elderly (baby-boomers too) have all kinds of concerns and stresses, these may be of interest to you too.

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When Senior Women Travel Alone

You may be one of the thousands of women who are considering traveling alone. Or maybe you already have. Or perhaps you know someone who plans to. This mode of travel has become increasingly popular. But as you are probably aware, there are some special considerations involved. Read what our guest travel expert from London advises.

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Most every web site has a very special About Us story. So here is ours.

My friend and consultant, Marsha, and I both experienced challenges with care for elderly parents at the same time. We’d both had many years of experience working with seniors in various ways.

I was the manager and activities director of a luxury apartment complex whose population was predominantly over 50, and several folks in their 90s. Over the years I’ve also worked with seniors in assisted living, nursing homes, and memory care. I’m currently on the Board of Directors and Activity Committee of a senior housing complex.

But when things happened in our own families, it was very, very different. My family had to suddenly rush Dad, who was a 93-year-old widower, from his retirement home in Arizona of 25 years, back up to his home state to live by me, in a really nice assisted living facility.

In Dad’s situation, he had total sudden hearing loss in one ear with only 50% hearing in the other. He was almost deaf. Then he lost almost total sight in one eye from macular degeneration, and had serious vision loss in the other.

It culminated and hit over night. He woke up one day and couldn’t see to drive, read labels (or anything for that matter), shop, etc.

What hit him hardest was the impact on his activities. What was he going to do to entertain himself and fill all those hours.

When Dad arrived back here, he first lived in a wonderful assisted living facility about four blocks from me, for almost a year. I was over there every single day, sometimes two or three times.

He was almost deaf and blind and thus could not socialize or do much with activities. He knew no one, couldn’t see who was talking with him, had no way of recognizing anybody the next time, and couldn’t hear what they said anyway.

With only 40% hearing in just one ear, he could only hear certain frequencies as well. A new hearing aid helped a little, but we all had to learn to communicate with, and relate to him differently. He was so lonely and disoriented at assisted living, that we then decided he’d move in with me, since I worked from home.

Dad has always had a positive attitude. And despite everything, he tells me all the time that “a person should wake up cheerful and satisfied.” Now he’s 97+, still doing really well and still living with me.

Lack of hearing and vision are his main issues. (Finding a variety of fun activities for him became a challenge). Other than that, he is still in very good health, is ambulatory, and can do almost everything for himself except cooking, entertainment, etc.

I had to review what I knew about activities for the elderly and what could work for him.

Both my friend Marsha and I have experienced a very intense flurry of activity, decisions, and talking to various experts and consultants we know in related fields. We certainly have acquired lots of new learning.

We worked with our families and talked to other friends who had different experiences and knowledge — a certified financial planner, a CPA, a Medicare expert, and an RN who works in geriatrics.

Marsha and I then pooled our expertise and learning together to help each other deal. And then decided to share what we knew and learned in this web site, covering a wide range of elderly issues. 

There is no universal “recipe” or To-Do list to help our elderly loved ones. Because everybody’s situation is different. But it helps to make a plan. These pages hopefully will offer some insight, tips, and also senior activity ideas and fun.

We can’t forget the fun – it can always be found. And that is what this web site focuses on — keeping busy with fun things to do (and eat). Even with my Dad’s dilemma, we did find solutions to help him have a quality life. He is comforted and encouraged.

We continue to learn and grow. And so does our web site. Please feel free to share your story too. And feel free to Contact Us with any comments or things you’d like to see on our site. Now you know About Us. And we’d love to learn About You!

The best to you,

Mary


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Get a cool quote or retirement message — Lots of categories!

Retirement is full of new activities, experiences and anticipations! And it may mean something different for everyone. 

So if you’re planning a retirement party of giving a retirement gift or retirement card with a special message, we have dozens of quotes of all kinds.

How about… happiness, success, experience, aging, imagination, change, humor, health … and lots more. You can use these for meaningful or humorous retirement advice, or something uplifting for elderly issues loved ones may be experiencing.

We’ve assembled a nice collection of retirement message quotes, as well as for inspirational, birthday, anniversary. They’ll be especially great for making your own greeting cards, posters, flyers, or to use with special art work and gifts. Perhaps you may want to include something personal and extra in a card you already have.

Or if you need a retirement message for a speech or party, take a look at this variety. (And you might like to check out our page on party theme ideas — you can have a party theme within a party!)

You will see many famous people represented, and some you may not know, in this page of fun quotes and retirement message ideas. So use your own imagination to put them to use!


Retirement Message Categories…

Retirement & Work – Retirement Message or Quote

Musicians don’t retire; they stop when there’s no more music in them.
Louis Armstrong

Planning to retire? Before you do find your hidden passion, do the thing that you have always wanted to do.
Catherine Pulsifer

Retirement means no pressure, no stress, no heartache… unless you play golf.
Gene Perret

If hard work were such a wonderful thing, surely the rich would have kept it all to themselves.
Lane Kirkland

People forget how fast you did a job – but they remember how well you did it.
Howard Newton

A retired husband is often a wife’s full-time job.
Ella Harris

Retirement at sixty-five is ridiculous. When I was sixty-five I still had pimples.
George Burns

There are an enormous number of managers who have retired on the job.
Peter Drucker

People may live as much retired from the world as they like, but sooner or later they find themselves debtor or creditor to someone.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

When men reach their sixties and retire, they go to pieces. Women go right on cooking.
Gail Sheehy

The trouble with retirement is that you never get a day off.
Abe Lemons

Work is love made visible.
Kahlil Gibran

Retirement kills more people than hard work ever did.
Malcolm Forbes

If I choose to devote myself to certain labors which yield more real profit, though but little money, they may be inclined to look on me as an idler.
Henry David Thoreau

Success & Experience – Retirement Message or Quote

Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get.
Dale Carnegie

How can they say my life is not a success? Have I not for more than sixty years got enough to eat and escaped being eaten?
Logan P. Smith

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Then quit. There’s no point in being a damn fool about it.
W. C. Fields

Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.
Winston Churchill

I couldn’t wait for success, so I went ahead without it.
Jonathan Winters

Success has a simple formula: do your best, and people may like it.
Sam Ewing

A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.
David Brinkley

Formula for success: rise early, work hard, strike oil.
J. Paul Getty

An expert is a person who has made all the mistakes that can be made in a very narrow field.
Niels Bohr, physicist

Experience is not what happens to a man; it is what a man does with what happens to him.
Aldous Huxley

Enjoyment & Happiness – Retirement Message or Quote

Man is so made that he can only find relaxation from one kind of labor by taking up another.
Anatole France

We’ve put more effort into helping folks reach old age than into helping them enjoy it.
Frank Howard Clark

For in the dew of little things, the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.
Kahlil Gibran

Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action.
Benjamin Disraeli

An optimist is the human personification of spring.
Susan J. Bissonette

Health – Retirement Message or Quote

So many people spend their health gaining wealth, and then have to spend their wealth to regain their health.
A.J. Reb Materi

The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don’t want, drink what you don’t like, and do what you’d rather not.
Mark Twain

Eat few suppers, and you’ll need few medicines.
Ben Franklin

The greatest wealth is health.
Virgil

Aging – Retirement Message or Quote

The great secret that all old people share is that you really haven’t changed in seventy or eighty years. Your body changes, but you don’t change at all. And that, of course, causes great confusion.
Doris Lessing

True terror is to wake up one morning and discover that your high school class is running the country.
Kurt Vonnegut

I don’t believe one grows older. I think that what happens early on in life is that at a certain age one stands still and stagnates.
T. S. Eliot

Growing old is no more than a bad habit which a busy person has no time to form.
Andre Maurois

Advice in old age is foolish; for what can be more absurd than to increase our provisions for the road the nearer we approach to our journey’s end.
Marcus Tullius Cicero

It’s a poor sort of memory that only works backwards.
Lewis Carroll

Grandmas are moms with lots of frosting.
Author Unknown

It takes a long time to become young.
Pablo Picasso

I don’t feel old. I don’t feel anything until noon. Then it’s time for my nap.
Bob Hope

How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?
Satchel Paige

Like many women my age, I am 28 years old.
Mary Schmich

Old age, believe me, is a good and pleasant thing. It is true you are gently shouldered off the stage, but then you are given such a comfortable front stall as spectator.
Confucius

The great thing about getting older is that you don’t lose all the other ages you’ve been.
Madeleine L’Engle

Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.
Mark Twain

Attitude & Character – Retirement Message or Quote

The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds; and the pessimist fears this is true.
James Branch Cabell

What you are will show in what you do.
Thomas Edison

Men show their characters in nothing more clearly than in what they think laughable.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Reputation is what other people know about you. Honor is what you know about yourself.
Lois McMaster Bujold

A person reveals his character by nothing so clearly as the joke he resents.
Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.
Abraham Lincoln

I think your whole life shows in your face and you should be proud of that.
Lauren Bacall

The better part of one’s life consists of his friendships.
Abraham Lincoln

Education is the progressive discovery of our ignorance.
Will Durant

Life is too short to do anything for oneself that one can pay others to do for one.
W. Somerset Maugham

Be yourself, everyone else is already taken.
Oscar Wilde

Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.
Henry Ford

Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not one bit simpler.
Albert Einstein

Events in the past may be roughly divided into those which probably never happened and those which do not matter.
William Ralph Inge

Money & Wealth – Retirement Message or Quote

I’m living so far beyond my income that we may almost be said to be living apart.
e e cummings

There are people who have money and people who are rich.
Coco Chanel

It’s better to live rich than to die rich.
Henry David Thoreau

We can tell our values by looking at our checkbook stubs.
Gloria Steinem

Inflation is when you pay fifteen dollars for the ten-dollar haircut you used to get for five dollars when you had hair.
Sam Ewing

That man is richest whose pleasures are cheapest.
Henry David Thoreau

I am opposed to millionaires, but it would be dangerous to offer me the position.
Mark Twain

Our true wealth is the good we do in this world. None of us has faith unless we desire for our neighbors what we desire for ourselves.
Mohammed

The real measure of your wealth is how much you’d be worth if you lost all your money.
Author Unknown

Change & Opportunity – Retirement Message or Quote

When you’re finished changing, you’re finished.
Benjamin Franklin

Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature…. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.
Helen Keller

Too many people are thinking of security instead of opportunity. They seem more afraid of life than death.
James F. Byrnes

They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.
Andy Warhol

There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.
Nelson Mandela

To keep our faces toward change and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable.
Helen Keller

A great wind is blowing and that gives you either imagination or a headache.
Catherine the Great

All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind is part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter into another.
Anatole France

Not knowing when the dawn will come, I open every door.
Emily Dickinson

Opportunity dances with those who are ready on the dance floor.
H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Life is not anything, but an opportunity for something.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

We are told that talent creates its own opportunities. But it sometimes seems that intense desire creates not only its own opportunities, but its own talents.
Eric Hoffer

Imagination & Thinking – Retirement Message or Quote

Imagination is more important than Knowledge.
Albert Einstein

To imagine is everything, to know is nothing at all.
Anatole France

Imagination rules the world.
Napoleon Bonaparte

It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.
Henry David Thoreau

If you limit your choices only to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnect yourself from what you truly want, and all that is left is a compromise.
Robert Fritz

All men who have achieved great things have been great dreamers.
Orison Swett Marden

The greater danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it,but that it is too low and we reach it.
Michelangelo

Change your thoughts and you change your world.
Norman Vincent Peale

You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, “Why not?”
George Bernard Shaw

The first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: Decide what you want.
Ben Stein

Trust that little voice in your head that says “Wouldn’t it be interesting if…”; And then do it.
Duane Michals

Beware what you set your heart upon. For it shall surely be yours.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

…yesterday is but today’s memory and tomorrow is today’s dream.
Kahlil Gibran

A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery

I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.
Michelangelo

If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking.
George S. Patton

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