Monday, January 18, 2016

What is Life after retirement?-From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Retirement might coincide with important life changes; a retired worker might move to a new location, for example a retirement community, thereby having less frequent contact with their previous social context and adopting a new lifestyle. 
Often retirees volunteer for charities and other community organizations.

 Tourism is a common marker of retirement and for some becomes a way of life, such as for so-called grey nomads.
 Some retired people even choose to go and live in warmer climates in what is known as retirement migration.
It has been found that Americans have six lifestyle choices as they age: 
continuing to work full-time, continuing to work part-time, retiring from work and becoming engaged in a variety of leisure activities, retiring from work and becoming involved in a variety of recreational and leisure activities, retiring from work and later returning to work part-time, and retiring from work and later returning to work full-time.

 An important note to make from these lifestyle definitions are that four of the six involve working. America is facing an important demographic change in that the Baby Boomer generation is now reaching retirement age. This poses two challenges: whether there will be a sufficient number of skilled workers in the work force, and whether the current pension programs will be sufficient to support the growing number of retired people. 
 The reasons that some people choose to never retire, or to return to work after retiring include not only the difficulty of planning for retirement but also wages and fringe benefits, expenditure of physical and mental energy, production of goods and services, social interaction, and social status may interact to influence an individual’s work force participation decision.



Often retirees are called upon to care for grandchildren and occasionally aged parents. For many it gives them more time to devote to a hobby or sport such as golf or sailing.

 On the other hand, many retirees feel restless and suffer from depression as a result of their new situation. Although it is not scientifically possible to directly show that retirement either causes or contributes to depression, the newly retired are one of the most vulnerable societal groups when it comes to depression most likely due to confluence of increasing age and deteriorating health status.  

Retirement coincides with deterioration of one's health that correlates with increasing age and this likely plays a major role in increased rates of depression in retirees. Longitudinal and cross-sectional studies have shown that healthy elderly and retired people are as happy or happier and have an equal quality of life as they age as compared to younger employed adults, therefore retirement in and of itself is not likely to contribute to development of depression.

Many people in the later years of their lives, due to failing health, require assistance, sometimes in extremely expensive treatments – in some countries – being provided in a nursing home. Those who need care, but are not in need of constant assistance, may choose to live in a retirement home.

My life After Retirement-from Estelle T Barada

It is definitely a life changing experience. I feel I have time now to get to know myself. More time to spend in catering to what my needs are . It may sound selfish, but I spent most of my working life tending to others. I have worked hard ever since I was 15 years of age. 

 Always catering to others from the beginning of the day to the end. 

I do not plan to move from my lovely Victorian style apartment nor down size. I have  prepared my home for the time when I can truly enjoy it. Now I can.

 I can sleep in and get up when the sun comes up., enjoy long hours in the bath, invite family and friends to tea. I can now go for long walks and stop and smell the flowers. 

 I can travel and meet new friends and have more time with my previous social contacts, like my Red Hat Society friends, while adopting to my new lifestyle.

 I will volunteer some of my time to non- prophet organizations, like the historic Hearthside House 

 

and the Rhode Island Historical Society

 

I will enjoy more time to visit my grand children, but I will not become their caretaker. It is important for me to enjoy them on my time and give them the pleasure of my quality time.

I want to enjoy being with them, not them tolerate being with me,.

I have not retired because of bad health and I am grateful for that. I want this time to improve my health and to live a long healthy happy retired life. 


 
Wednesday, January 13, 2016

I have been given what we think is a late Victorian or early Edwardian dress. Not museum quality. But still quite interesting and I will be using it as a display piece for my new program.
It's made of linen and a mesh like material. It was given to me by a dear friend, Jen Cook
It is now on display in my parlor.
Can anyone help me on identifying this piece?.






  I'm thinking it is late 1870s natural form. There was probably an overskirt at one time
The dress form's chest is a bit larger so, I give it a lace collar to cover the opening, somewhat.


The bodice is quite low on the hip so I'm still inclined to think natural form. The beginning of natural form 1876 perhaps


   Accommodation for a small bustle.


 I would say 1876-1878. The militaristic aspect is very 1870's, but they had more of a diamond in the back and a much larger bustle. The more form fitted top is leaning to 1880. So, late 1870's is my guess.

Here is a good example of a similar dress.

Dress Date: 1878 Culture: American Medium: Silk Accession Number: 2009.300.6511a–c

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