Van Dyck Law - Quarter 1 2019


The Best Way to Stay Active in Retirement

TRY SOMETHING NEW Don’t know where to start when looking for a group to join? Start online! Try searching “groups for retirees” and see what comes up. You might discover a travel group and start planning your trip to Asia. Or maybe you’ll have more fun mentoring young people in your professional field. Don’t be afraid to spend your retirement doing something new! There’s nothing wrong with enjoying your alone time, but don’t let your alone time turn into a lonely retirement. Joining a group can help you broaden your social circle, stay active, and maybe even learn something new about yourself.

While it’s great not having your nose to the grindstone nine-to-five, leaving work also means leaving behind a lot of daily activities and social interaction. Eventually, having nothing but free time goes from relaxing to isolating, and that can be dangerous to your physical and mental health. When planning for retirement, it’s important to plan ways to stay active and engaged. Joining a new organization or club can be a huge benefit. Here are a few suggestions to help you stay active in retirement. ENJOY YOUR HOBBIES Did you spend years dreaming about hitting the golf course every day? While it can be nice to spend some time alone on the green, consider joining a golfers club if you want to mix things up. Enjoy scrapbooking? Check for get-togethers at the craft shop. If you’ve always wanted to try pottery, look for a class at the rec center. It’s easy to find groups dedicated to just about any activity. GET INVOLVED Think of the causes you’re passionate about and get involved! Animal shelters and soup kitchens are always looking for volunteer help. Book lovers of all ages can join their local Friends of Libraries chapter. To make a difference through politics, help with fundraisers or join an active campaign. If you want to stay closer to home, check out your local homeowners association. There are plenty of ways to engage with like-minded people while making a difference. Do you or a loved one have questions about topics regarding aging and disabilities? Do you feel like you’re by yourself in your search for answers? Starting in May, Van Dyck Law has developed a space to help clients, families, and financial and health professionals with that search. The Education Center at Van Dyck Law is a place where clients and other interested parties can get informational materials and listen to monthly presentations from experienced speakers. There are already presentations, guest speakers, workshops, and much more on the schedule for 2019. The first guest speaker, Mary Anne Ross from Alzheimer’s New Jersey, will be speaking on May 8 on coping with behavioral changes. Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia can manifest in a number of different ways, from memory loss and confusion to anxiety and depression. These symptoms can fluctuate over time as well. If you are struggling to care for a loved one with Alzheimer’s, we hope you can find some of the answers you’re looking for at this presentation. The next guest speaker, Christina Canitano of Senior Bridge, will come by the practice on June 5 to speak on loneliness among seniors. According to recent studies, more than 40 percent of seniors experience feelings of loneliness, and it often goes undiagnosed. Loneliness can increase the risk of cognitive decline among seniors, What ’s Coming Up


as well as extract a financial toll on the health care system. Socially isolated seniors influenced, on average, $130 more per person per month in Medicare spending. We hope that Christina’s presentation can be the start of the fight against senior loneliness in our community. In addition to the presentations, Fiona Van Dyck will be giving Legal Seminars for the community throughout the year, so keep an ear out for when and where those seminars will be held. We hope that you will find the presentation topics helpful to your situation and that you would email Sheli Monacchio at sheli@vandykfirm.

com if you have an idea for a presentation topic that is not already scheduled.



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