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August 30, 1996 The Message m for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana V I I I II II II I I I I Retirement opens seniors to a life of new possibilities 60 50 40 30 20 10 IS YOUR LIFE EXCITING? People in their 40's find life less exciting, perhaps, b the fun r in their fifties. -:ii00t i! N BBH N 3OhM 35639 40t044 45649 50t054 55t059 60t064 65 and 01der0 (percent of adults say their life is exciting, by age, 1994) Source: 1994 Gqtml Social Survey 996 CN$ GrslYI how to take best advantage of new opportunities which allow growth on a personal level, a re- turn to long forgotten dreams, and a chance to give back to one's community. The first step during those first days of retirement is accepting the fact that the transition into making everyday changes is not always easy, and may require even greater amount of energy than one's work schedule. Seek out the support of those close to you to make that transi- tion smoother. Talk to family members and friends and to peo- ple who are ah'eady retired to dis- cuss your feelings and/or to share strategies for meeting the chal- lenges of retirement. Ta.p into resources to enable you to make informed decisions about the future. A trip to the nearest library or book store would provide a great deal of in- formation focused on senior liv- ing, as well as information about special interests. Make contact with organizations serving seniors, such as the American Association of Retired Persons, and other locally based groups. Actively explore the pos- sibilities before you. Se- niors are rediscovering past interests, relocating to retirement communities, volunteering and enjoying recreational activities. In fact, growing numbers are choosing to work part time or full time in their field, or are venturing out into a new career. Many colleges offer classes and courses of study designed for seniors through which retirees can get a de- gree in a different field and start a new career. Commu- nity centers offer a wide va- riety of classes from needle- point to wood shop to dance lessons, and these classes are usually offered at reasonable prices. Health and fitness clubs now cater to this age group and offer aerobics, swimming, tennis and alternative exercise programs for seniors. Publications are rich with in- formation about opportunities for travel, advice on financial plan- ning and medical issues and fea- tures describing activities of their peers and opportunities for vol- unteer service. A fringe benefit of reaching re- tirement age is the wide range of discounts available, including restaurants, travel companies and retail establishments. These discounts are quit helpful be- cause most retirees live on less money than when they were em- ployed. Volunteering is a way for se- niors to give back to the commu- nity as well as receive back a By MARY T. CARTY Catholic News Service The first day of retirement is filled with a whole spectrum of emotions: joy of being rewarded for so many years of work; sad- ,, ness of leaving a place ofproduc- "l"tivity and a part of self behind; and excitement at having the free time and the freedom to face new opportunities. Retirement also may carry with it a sense of loss connected to job, status, prestige, income, i work relationships and life pat- terns. The retiree may feel alien- ation, isolation and low self- Worth. Like maintaining a job in the I workplace, creating new living patterns requires energy, plan- ning, patience, the ability to get I along with others, commitment I and a positive attitude. . A period of adjustment is nec- essary after retirement as the se- nior examines and then chooses I i 1-HOLIC (;i00,METERX/ LAUSOLEUM ::i ; Since 1871 The Catholic Church surrounds the sacred rites with the most beautiful of prayers and the most consoling of anointings and blessings. Therefore, it is most fitting that the bodily remains of our loved ones, made sacred by the sacraments, should be placed in peaceful surroundings. St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery 2500 Mesker Park Dr. Evansville, IN 47720 Phone (812) 423-1356 sense of worth. Opportunities for volunteering range from reading. at a children's story hour at the local library to hospice work or cooking in a homeless shelter. The church encourages the use of one's special gifts and talents in creative ways to build the body of Christ. Parish communities offer such volunteering opportu- nities as visiting the sick, singing in the choir, serving as a eu- charistic minister or lector and teaching religious education. After working for many years and experiencing a wide variety of situations, retirees are in a po- sition to make new contributions to their families, friends and com- munities. Through spending the time to research, reflect and re- spond to the challenges and op- portunities available, seniors can experience retirement as the most exciting, productive time of their lives. Good Life Retirement provides much more time for favorite activities. Rediscover past interests, look into volunteer work or take an interesting class. -- CNS photo from Cteo D .9 .... O. T PL.&X {)S RE P]R,.8 B'ITHOI[' A SOLID RETIRE3IE300T PLAN For advice concerning the financial aspect of your retirement, call Hilliard Lyons. Whether you plan on retiring in two years or twenty- five,.we can hdp you find ways to make the best of what you have. Receiving a lump sum distribution from your company's pension plan? Let the retirement planning specialists at Hilliard Lyons show you how to invest to preserve capital, defer taxes, and aim for growth to help you enjoy the kind of retirement you desev;e. It is never too early to start planning for your retirement; call today. (812) 426-1481 " (888) 426-1481 HI[HARD LYOI00