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Jobs for Retirees: Retirement Blogging

Kathy Merlino

Meet Kathy. She retired a few years ago, but it wasn’t an easy process. So to help other people in her shoes cope, she started a blog.

Now, you might think we’ve invented Kathy as a way to illustrate this week’s topic, but she’s a real person. You can follow her at Kathy’s Retirement Blog, where she offers tips on the emotional side of transitioning from working life to retirement.

“Retirement takes more than financial preparation,” she writes. “It is more of a journey than an arrival at a life destination. And, it is not an end but a beginning. People are living longer, are more productive than ever. That said, getting to my happy place in retirement was a challenge. But, I learned, as I meandered through this life transition, I am far from alone.”

Kathy is definitely not alone. In fact, she’s one of many seniors who have turned to blogging in retirement. There are a number of benefits to starting a blog, but first, let’s look at how you can begin retirement blogging.

Getting started

Portrait of smiling man using tablet computer while cooking food in kitchen at home

Begin by asking yourself “What do I want to write about?” Think about the classic advice for writers – “Write what you know!” – and go from there:

  • If you’ve always loved to cook, you could start a blog where you share recipes and tips for making healthy, delicious meals.
  • If you’re devoting your retirement years to travel, your blog can document your journey.
  • If you’re done with your old job but are still interested in your former career, you could write about trends in your industry and offer your perspective.
  • If you’ve lived an interesting life or had an unusual job, you can turn your blog into a memoir.

From there, find your platform. We use WordPress, which is simple and intuitive, but there are plenty of free – or at least low-cost – options for retirement blogging.

You may also want to read blogs by other people in your chosen field to help hone your writing skills. But don’t copy their style. Choose your own voice.

And then finally, head to social media to promote your blog. Platforms like Twitter and Facebook can help you share your words with the world…or at least with your family and friends.

The benefits of retirement blogging

Why should you start a blog after you retire? There are several good reasons blogging is becoming a popular choice among jobs for retirees.

Senior woman blogging while sitting in her garden1. It keeps you plugged in

After retirement, it’s easy to feel isolated. Studies show the value of senior citizens staying active and engaged. Blogging can help on both fronts. It’s like going back to work, but rather than going after any of the traditional jobs for retirees, you’re working on your own schedule and according to your own terms.

In addition, blogging can help you reach others. You can create a community based around whatever you’re writing about, whether it’s books, cooking, travel or finance.

2. You’ll keep your mind sharp

Blogging means researching the things you want to write about, organizing your thoughts and coming up with the right turns of phrase, all of which helps sharpen your mind.

Retired couple happy with their finances3. You might make some money

We’re not saying you should expect to get rich – or even earn a living – from your retirement blogging efforts, but some bloggers can make money through ads on their website or by contributing writing to other sites.

If you’re writing about products that people are selling, you might get paid to offer up reviews. And if you blog for long enough – and have enough interesting things to say – you might be able to someday turn your blog into a book.

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We recognize how important it is for senior citizens to age in place, which is why we’re committed to providing only the best accessibility features like stair lifts and platform lifts.

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Starting a New Career in Retirement

Senior man working as a barista at a s coffee shop

There are a lot of reasons people might want to go back to work after retirement.

Maybe their savings and Social Security don’t cover their cost of living. Maybe they need to earn some extra money so they can travel or help out a family member.

Or maybe they’re just bored. After a lifetime of eight (or more) hour days, you might have trouble filling your time. Starting a new career in retirement might be the perfect solution.

With that in mind, here are a few post-retirement career options you might want to pursue.

Senior Woman Working In Home Office1. Working for a non-profit

After spending thirty or forty years in the high-pressure, profit-focused corporate environment, you might want a change. Why not try the non-profit sector?

Non-profits could still use the skills you honed at your corporate job but will be able offer you goals that are a bit loftier than just meeting quarterly profit expectations.

Man workin as a driver for Uber2. Getting behind the wheel

Sometimes starting a new career in retirement is as easy as getting behind the wheel. Services like Uber and Lyft have offered seniors new opportunities to work as ride-hailing drivers, provided they have a clean record and reliable transportation.

Alternatively, you might enjoy getting an opportunity to drive the latest model cars. New car dealerships sometimes hire retired seniors to transport cars between dealerships. If you enjoy driving this could be the gig for you.

According to U.S. News and World report, nearly six percent of people over 65 have transportation and material-moving jobs, for services like Uber, as delivery drivers, or in public transit.

Senior man using computer at library3. Head to the library

Another popular position among seniors – 5.2 percent according to U.S. News – library work allows older people to work part-time and can be a good fit for people who like to read and learn new things.

4. Parks and museums

According to the AARP, 35 percent of people working as museum curators and conservators are over 55. And if you’d rather work in the great outdoors, check out your local park service. They might be taking on rangers for the summer season.

Seniors running a small franchise business5. Open a franchise

Franchise ownership is becoming a popular second career for Baby Boomers, but it’s not a good job for someone who’s seeking a relaxing retirement. New franchisees should be prepared to invest a significant amount of money and work long hours to get their new business off the ground, but with potentially great financial results.

Senior working as a consultant6. Consulting

“Consultant” is a pretty broad term, but it essentially means “someone who’s cultivated a wealth of knowledge.” And who better to fit that description than someone like you, who spent decades mastering your field.

Now that you’ve retired, you could put what you’ve learned to good use. Many companies will often bring back retired employees as contract workers, but you could also try working as an independent consultant, especially if you’re an expert at something like finance, IT or management.

Senior woman working as a secretary part time7. Your old job

You might be able to stay at your old job, but just work at it part-time, coming in maybe three days a week, half the day, or just for part of the year. For example, some retired accountants pick up work during tax season and then go back to retired life after April 15.

The end of your career doesn’t have to mean The End. Starting a new career in retirement can allow you to meet new people and learn new skills, all while supplementing your bank account. Good luck!

Don’t Get Fooled Again: How to Avoid Scams that Target Seniors

Woman being scammed over phone

It’s a sad fact of life: senior citizens are among the most popular victims of the world’s scam artists.

According to the FBI, this is for a few different reasons.

  • Senior citizens are more likely to own their homes, have money tucked away and have an excellent credit score.
  • Seniors are more interested than younger people in products that can make them healthy. After a lifetime of seeing different diseases cured or eradicated, it doesn’t seem that far-fetched that a con man’s miracle drug can do what’s promised.
  • Older people don’t always make great witnesses. Their memories can be shaky, and they might be reluctant to report fraud because they worry their families will think they can’t be trusted to manage their finances.

If you have elderly parents, it’s important to keep an eye out for some of the most common scams that target seniors.

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Mobility Tips for Aging in Place

aging in placeFor a growing number of aging Americans who are no longer quite as capable as they once were of getting around without assistance, or of completing everyday activities without help, the idea of moving into a senior care facility simply doesn’t sound appealing.

Instead, they would rather remain in the homes in which they’ve spent their adult lives. Homes that are familiar, and where they feel comfortable and safe. Homes, in many instances, with mortgages that have long ago been paid off.

So many older Americans, in fact, have begun choosing to remain in their homes regardless of their ability to adequately look after themselves that a phrase has been coined for the trend. It’s known as “aging in place.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), aging in place is nothing more than “the ability to live in one’s own home and community safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level.”

A senior who chooses to age in place, in other words, is a person who hasn’t yet given up on life. This is a person, you might say, who is confident that he or she can overcome any obstacles that may appear during the quest to continue living a happily fulfilled and well-rounded life.

If that sounds like you, or like someone you love, we have good news: There are any number of simple and affordable home modifications that can make any house a safer and more welcoming place for people with mobility issues, vision problems, or nearly any other impediment that tends to be common in old age.

Here are just a few ideas for transforming a non-accessible home into a place where you or your aging relatives can age in place without constant fear of injury.

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How to Tell If Your Aging Parents Need Help At Home

stairlift rentals NJ for aging parentsAging. Getting older. Growing more frail. They’re all unavoidable facts of life.

And as most of us move from our 40s to our 50s and beyond, we begin to see those changes taking place in our parents. For many of us, the rather unsettling experience of seeing our parents weaken both physically and psychologically, and then taking care of them the way they once took such good care of us, is yet another unavoidable fact of life.

We do it, of course, because we love our parents, and because we can’t bear the idea of anything happening to them. That’s always a possibility as seniors grow older, especially if they’re living alone without a caregiver.

But an unfortunate reality of our senior-aged parents growing older, and perhaps more frail, is that adult children often miss the otherwise obvious signs that our parents need help. There are any number of reasons for that, starting with the fact that most senior parents simply don’t want to admit to their children that they need help. After all, growing weaker and increasingly frail is nothing if not a sign of impending mortality; it’s a difficult thing for anyone to face up to. And no matter how old you may be, your parents will likely always view you as their babies; for some senior parents, asking their children for help doesn’t even occur.

But regardless, it is the responsibility of you and your siblings to pay close attention to the mental and physical well-being of your aging parents. Deducing their state over the phone can be difficult to impossible, but if you’re going to be visiting them in person over the holidays, you’ll have an ideal opportunity to look out for any of the more typical warning signs.

If you or your siblings or other relatives notice any of the following, it could be time to discuss the possibility of bring in a caregiver, or even an eventual move into a senior care facility.

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