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i am a family physician who was diagnosed with
early mild cognitive impairment(mci) amnestic type on december 21, 2010
this is a precursor to alzheimers disease
because of this diagnosis i have opted to stop practicing medicine
this blog will be about my journey with this disease
please feel free to follow me along this path
i will continue blogging on organic gardening, green living,
solar power, rainwater collection, and healthy living
i will blog on these plus other things noted to be interesting

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

how to successfully retire

i have been retired now for going on six years
it has gone fast
wonder what the next 6 years will bring
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so my thoughts on a successful retirement
the kiss one
keep it simply simple

you must have money
you have to have been prepared years before
if you wait well
you arent going to have a successful retirement

for us
years before retirement
downsized our house
downsized our expenses
downsized our expectations for retirement
downsized our travel
to doing those things that were important to us

the end result was
we have a budget we can live with
without depleting our monies
my goal is to have 99 cents left in my estate
when we both die
odds are my wife she will outlive me for a few years
we have to be ready for her to be alone for that time

so money may be the most important

we have that covered as long as we live like we are now
we do what we enjoy
travel as much as we want to

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you gotta be busy
mentally physically socially spiritually
doing all these i think are the secret to a successful retirement
you need some moments to yourself

for me
now my wife she isnt retired yet
but when she does she needs to read this blog also
i use my volunteer efforts to fill up those areas above
i use our property with its maintenance and garden to
help fulfill those needs

i do pause a lot to meditate inside
sometimes people may see me in the garden
staring out down towards the river
whats he looking at so long
oh it must be a deer or a turkey

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im meditating
letting my mind wonder jump around from topic to topic
i move forward with what im doing
sometimes youll hear me talking
maybe youll wonder whos he talking to
myself i would say
yes i answer myself also

you have to share retirement with someone
that someone of course for me
is my wife she

so i see folks heading into retirement
without these things above
not being prepared
my guess is they arent going to last long

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the one thing that you need to do also
is volunteer
ive chosen meals on wheels habitat for humanity alzheimers texas
and school gardens to be my focus of volunteering
the end result is the folks on the receiving end are better off
so am i
inside that is

so i talk to folks about going into retirement
some i can tell arent ready
theyre going to struggle and not do well im afraid
they are going to do good
for themselves

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so far i feel like my retirement is successful
the profits arent monetary though

the organicgreen doctor

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