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Carpe Diem -- Seize the Day!

A basic requirement of a real lively retirement as far as we are concerned is to have some fun every single day.   Don't waste a minute being bored.  Enjoyment and laughter are good for you.  And so is doing good things for other people.  You can read all the suggestions we have for more retiree fun starting with number one here.

7.  Become a Guitar Hero.  Who says that computer games are just for nerdy teenagers.  There are many computer games now that are fun and non-violent and a growing number of retired seniors are getting in on the action.  You will need to buy a game player, such as the Wii or PlayStation.  Before you buy one, check out the games that interest you; not all games run on all  game-playing systems.  And then -- hey, you may become a "Guitar Hero" like my son and his friends--all entertainment industry executives in their mid-forties.

8.  Discover your inner scientist.  An organization called Earthwatch sponsors and provides volunteers for scientific field research around the globe.  Even if you have no scientific background you can participate in field work such as protecting hatching turtles in Central America or digging up Roman ruins in Central Europe.  A bit of trivia: EarthWatch is one of the original supporters of Meerkat research in Africa. 

9. Volunteer at a VA Hospital.  Some veterans now confined long term at VA hospitals around the country rarely have visitors.  You can make a huge difference in their lives by becoming a volunteer "friend".   Weekly or monthly conversations with you would really brighten the day of veterans of all ages.  To find out more, click here.

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NOTE:  All names on this site have been changed to protect individual privacy.  The stories are real, the names are not. 

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