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 August 17, 2016    ~     Vol IX    Issue 27


Finding Retirement Activities, Hobbies, and Interests That Are Fulfilling

For many, retirement is about creating a new life. With so many options and opportunities, many people feel lost and don't know where to start. Here's a simple exercise to help figure out what a "meaningful activity" would look like.

Take eight to twelve pieces of paper and think of activities during which you have felt engaged and was meaningful. These are activities where you lost all sense of time. You enjoyed what your were doing, but felt challenged. You were proud of the results when it was complete. Think back to school, hobbies, extra curricular activities, work, home, community, or church. Write them down, and then answer the following five questions for each activity. Continued at the bottom right....

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In each new issue of Top Active Adult Communities, we bring you new and established active adult communities from across the country.  Not all of these developments are age-restricted - some of them attract singles and families - but many of them offer the amenities and lifestyle sought by retirees and empty-nesters.



Highland Green

7 Evergreen Circle, Topsham, Maine  04086


Single family homes

Priced from low-$300,000s

Age Restriction:  55+       

Web Site

Wooded community, near Bowdin College


Marco Polo Village

Ocala, Florida 34476

(352) 289-0404

Single family homes and condominiums

Priced from low-$200,000s

Age Restriction:  55+

Web Site (Listings)

No amenities but solid, concrete block homes; low HOA fee

Las Vegas Meadows

2900 S. Valley View Blvd., Las Vegas, Nevada 89102

(702) 876-3660

Manufactured homes

Priced from $24,900 (rentals from $895 per month)

Age Restriction: 55+

Web Site

Casual community

The Fairways at Savannah Quarters

101 Kingfisher Cir., Pooler, Georgia  31322 

(912) 450-9876

Single family homes

Priced from high-$200,000s

Age Restricted:  55+

Web Site

Gated community, large clubhouse, walking trails, country club

Sundance at Buckeye

22626 W. Antelope Trail, Buckeye, Arizona  85326

(877) 275-6374

Single family homes

Priced from $161-500

Age Restriction:  55+

Web Site

Golf community


Finding Retirement Activities, Hobbies and Interests That Are Fulfilling, continued...

Jeff recently retired and took on an activity most people wouldn't dream. He's building a plane from scratch. When he answered the following questions, it became clear why this was a perfect choice for him. Your activities may not be as involved, but the important thing is how you felt when you were engaged.

1. What five or six traits did I get to use while engaged in this activity?

For example, Jeff, who listed building a plane as one of his activities, wrote that this activity allowed him to be handy, analytical, methodical, practical, and observant.

2. What passions/interests did the activity meet?

For Jeff, it was working with his hands, risk-taking, being outdoors, solving complex problems, and the feeling of adventure.

3. What skills/talents did you get to use?

Jeff listed hand-eye coordination, physical strength, synthesizing information, visualizing, planning, and organizing.

4. What goals/purpose did the activity have?

Jeff's goal was to build a plane he could fly.

5. What was the goal of the experience?

For Jeff, it was the workmanship of creating a tangible product and creative expression.

Once all of the questions are answered, lay the papers on the floor in front of you and look at what the recurring themes are in the different activities. This should give you some idea about what activities you enjoy. By identifying the traits, skills, interests, and values that matter, retirees will be closer to discovering activities that not only bring them pleasure, but feed their soul as well.

~Cathy Severson, MS helps you make the most of your retirement. Baby boomers understand this isn't your parents' retirement. Find out how to make the rest of your life the best of your life with the complimentary e-book 7 Ingredients for a Satisfying Retirement at http://tinyurl.com/8moymb.  Article Source: Ezines.

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