By Ralph Warner
Warner takes at the monetary provider industry's maxim that to prevent monetary destitution in outdated age, americans have to set aside greater sums of cash that they're at present doing. Warner additionally advises readers on a couple of alternative routes to benefit from the retirement years, together with conserving sturdy health and wellbeing, having neighbors and shut relatives ties, and having fun with assorted pursuits and actions. Illustrations.
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Michelangelo designed St. Peter's cupola at 83. S. Constitution when he was over 80, and Oliver Wendell Holmes served on the Supreme Court into his 90s. Many painters and musicians, including Picasso, Matisse and Casals, continued to create inspirational work well into old age. When, at 93, Georgia O'Keeffe could no longer see well enough to paint, she took up sculpture. May Sarton finished her last book, At Eighty-Two: A Journal, just before she died at age 83. And as I complete the second edition of this book, plans are well under way to send septuagenarian John Glenn into space.
His anticipation of an enthusiastic reception was quickly dashed when several parent volunteers, busy trying to cope with a disorganized equipment room, were barely polite. But Ted persevered, making several phone calls to people who coordinated Little League volunteers. Finally, he was assigned to help coach a ten-and-under baseball team. Unfortunately, on the first day of practice, Ted was shocked and dismayed. The kids who he had eagerly looked forward to coaching for so long simply didn't respond to his heavily structured approach, flocking instead around the other coacha 19-year-old college freshman who wore his clothing three sizes too large, kept his hat on backwards and shouted bits and pieces of popular rap songs as he hit the kids hot grounders.
It's easy to see Betty's wisdom in investing time, energy and even a little money in developing the skills and contacts necessary to work in a field she had felt drawn to all her life. Planning like Betty's is particularly wise for anyone who intends to change fields. But even people who plan to work at an occupation closely related to what they did much of their adult life can usually benefit from careful preparation. For example, assume a successful small business owner plans to sell his business and become a home-based consultant, providing marketing advice to other small business owners in the same field.