From the moment we are born, we begin to age. Getting older is inevitable. The years come with predictability and regularity that cannot be altered. It is only after we reach a certain age that we begin to wonder, if we’ve done all the right things. We can’t stop the aging process, but we can influence how well we age. You are not defined by your age. And, acting old now, well that’s just optional. Aging is natural and should be embraced. Aging well is our responsibility and what we should strive for. Aging well is a choice for most people. The decisions you make, your habits, and your lifestyle all affect how you live your retired years.
In life, the first act is always exciting. But, in life’s second act, that is where the depth comes in. If you are a boomer thinking about your second act. Odds are that two things rightfully and understandably are on your mind, money and health. But do not ignore the importance of purpose and meaning. Embracing your true self radiates natural beauty that cannot be diluted or ignored. Confident, powerful, and untamable, this is the very essence of who you are. In truth, how could it be otherwise? You are a part of a generation that reversed centuries of discrimination. For without you, where would we women be today? So, when you think that life has given you all that it can. Think Again!
Do you remember when you thought 60 was old? And, the word retirement conjured up images of aimless hours spent doing nothing with the notion that life as you knew it was over? Yet today’s baby boomers often look, feel, and play like old is the last thing you would ever call them. Today boomers, those over the age of 60, look and feel younger than their preceding generation did at that age. And, for a good reason. Many are embarking on new adventures, and trying all sorts of new things. Today’s retirees are made up of boomers who are redefining the retirement culture, and at the same time, are redefining aging.
The holiday season is almost always synonymous with food, and you know what that means. It is the time of the year when we indulge. And left unchecked, indulging can have you adding weight loss to your New Year’s resolutions. But, regardless of what we do over the holidays, achieving our best levels of fitness after fifty shouldn’t be an afterthought. That’s because, retirement can be the best time of your life, but only if you do it right.
Living, thriving, and having fun is what life after retirement should be like. Yet few of us take the time to stop and think what retirement actually is, let alone what it means personally. One of the most common misconceptions about life after retirement is that it must go according to a plan. But, life moves fast. And, if you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. Whether your goal is to embrace a simpler lifestyle or create a more adventurous one. Rarely does life after retirement unfold according to plan.
Like many at Chateau La Jolla, Marjorie is a widow. However, she has an extensive family: two sons, a daughter, an adopted daughter, ten grandchildren, (ranging in age from thirteen to thirty five years) sixteen nieces and nephews, four stepchildren and six step grandchildren!
Joan has had an impressive career. For years, she was the owner of 4 clothing stores called The Caribbean Shops. They were located in Palm Springs, Scottsdale, Laguna Beach, and La Jolla. The La Jolla shop was located in the “Green Dragon Colony” and later relocated to Girard Avenue and renamed the Nutmeg Tree.
We often visualize a retired life as happy, stress-free, and relaxing. While getting a little R&R is important, there is a limit to how much napping and puttering around one can do. Without a plan for life after retirement, many retirees may find themselves feeling vaguely restless and unfulfilled. As a result, it leaves you feeling like you are craving something more. But, you have no idea what that something might be.
The San Diego Jewish Journal is the pioneer Jewish lifestyles magazine on the West Coast. It is our honor to have one of our residents stories featured in the October 2018 issue. Life Stories from Chateau La Jolla, tells the story of one of our most treasured residents, Vera.
Active 55 + communities also called active adult communities are designed for retirees who want to live an independent and active lifestyle. For anyone who wants to stay healthy and active in retirement, it’s important to look for places that encourage healthy active independent living. Keep in mind; you will come across many retirement communities offering an active adult lifestyle. However, their meaning many not necessarily matches yours. For this reason, defining what an active adult lifestyle is can mean the difference between finding the right retirement destination quickly or not.