Showing posts from May, 2019

Dealing with Retirement Challenges

It has been a few weeks since I could sit down and write a post that I felt could be of value. It has been a challenging time.  Several months ago my Mother was diagnosed with colon cancer and is in palliative care.  Her cancer is growing and is making her more tired.  Her attitude is amazing and she is living with cancer, not dying with cancer - but week by week the cancer is growing and affecting her in new ways.  It has been an emotional experience for our entire family. Dealing with that was one complication, then my Father was admitted to hospital with a stroke that has affected his eating and mobility.  He is now facing long term care and rehabilitation. Both situations, combined with day to day living, travel to visit them etc. has taken an emotional and physical toll. Semi-retirement and retirement have their emotional ups and downs. Retirement brings new challenges to face. As I age, my ability to bounce back physically and emotionally is not as agile or flexible. It takes

Four lessons from my parents to making retirement the richest time of your life.

The past couple of weeks have been very hectic. Both of my parents, in their late 80’s are dealing with complex health issues.   Their lives are changing and the demands on myself and my siblings are ramping up.   We have entered into a new chapter.   It is, however, also a time for sharing, celebrating and learning. Watching my parents age provides me with the opportunity to see into my future 20 or so years from now.   It is a wonderful time to learn how to age with grace and hope.   I am (re)learning the wonderful lessons of simplicity, perseverance, love and compassion. As we get older, our lives become simpler.   Our needs become simpler; food, water, rest, sleep… At some point, we will not be able to do the things we used to, or it will take longer and make us tired more quickly.   I watch my parents deal with complexity and need support and guidance to make their lives continue to run simply.   This week, while visiting, the Internet was not working and the router need