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20 Ways To Help Your Neighbors

I have found one of the benefits from living in an active retirement community, is that residents can share help and support to and from neighbors in their community.

In a regular subdivision, most of your neighbors work, are busy with their kids and may be too busy to help. You can build your own help and support group but it’s hard to do with friends living all over and some still working.

Not so in a retirement community. Friends are living right in the community and have a mindset that we are all in this together. We need each others help and glad to offer our help and assistance when we can.

A single person or a couple can really benefit, especially as they get older, from having neighbors that will pitch in when needed with various types of help. This is a very helpful arrangement which solves a problem we all face as we get older. Heck, no matter what age you are, this is a good arrangement, to help others and they help you. Kind of like a support network.

We have only been living in our Del Webb Community for one year and I have seen these examples of help and support many times. You don’t have to be an expert to help, most of the help needed can be done by anyone.

  1. Drive to Doctors Appointments
  2. Pick up after leaving car for repair
  3. When you are not home, someone to get your mail, look out for package delivery, meet repairmen.
  4. Come to the rescue when there is a medical emergency.
  5. Help move, unload or pickup stuff. Moving a TV, unload a Costco purchase from your vehicle are two examples.
  6. Take to hospital for cataract surgery.
  7. Comfort after loss of spouse.
  8. Someone to talk and socialize with. Just pick up the phone, walk down to the clubhouse, or attend any activity.
  9. Share adult living tips like where to get prescriptions filled, where senior discounts are given, good local doctors.
  10. Neighbors borrowing at no cost temporary medical equipment like a walker, wheelchair, crutches, shower seat, etc.
  11. Traveling together either with neighbors taking a cruise or a group trip organized by the HOA or sometimes a neighbor.
  12. Going out for lunch or dinner with neighbors is a fun socializing event at it’s best. Helps get you and an friend out of the house! Also sharing tips about great restaurants in the area.
  13. Taking a food dish over to someone recuperating.
  14. Sharing Repair and Maintenance Vendors info. Since we all live in homes built by the same builder, and many times the same appliances, this is really helpful. Also info about how you can solve home problems.
  15. Walking on our neighborhood streets and parkway, sharing a hello and maybe conversation for a while is an uplifting way to start your day.
  16. Playing pick up sports like pickleball or bocce with a same day email asking if anyone wants to play today at 7pm?
  17. Help with technical issues like a computer mouse not working, a smart TV not getting the internet, or how to use wireless head phones. There is usually a neighbor who can help.
  18. Searching for a lost cat or dog.
  19. Also related, feeding and talking care of your cat or dog while you are away.
  20. Keeping an eye open for home security, especially when you are gone. The neighbors will notice when someone new is around.

These are some of the ways neighbors help each other, that I have seen in my community this year. I could keep going. There are many, many other forms of helping each other through friendships, sharing activities and events and in intellectual, artistic and even physical ways.

So when you visit a retirement community and look at all the facilities and amenities, just remember that the thing that may be most beneficial is something you cannot see: the help and support we provide each other as good neighbors.

 

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Thoughts on Turning 70 Years Old

This year I am turning 70 years old. So far it is interesting to experience some events that were in the far off future, not long ago. A few of the events that start finally when you turn age 70 are:

Events That Happen When You Turn Age 70

1. I start to receive my full social security benefit. Yes, I am one of those who waited until age 70 to claim my social security, in order to get the increased amount. A lifetime annuity has begun and if I die first, Mary Ann will receive my larger amount, hers being smaller because she started at age 62 getting her benefits.

2. RMDs or required minimal distributions from my IRA account is required when I turn age 70 and a half. I had IRAs at several institutions but last year transferred them all to Fidelity so that when this time comes, the RMD can be calculated easily. My RMD for the year will show on my Fidelity account summary. If you turn 70 after July 1st, then you won’t have to take your RMD until the next year.

3. Senior school tax exemptions start in some counties. In Hall county Georgia, there is a senior school tax exemption to those of us who are 70 that is not based on income, everyone can get it. This is a huge benefit. But you have to be 70 at the first of the year, so it won’t kick in until next year.

4. Jury Duty is exempted when you turn 70 in Hall County. I just served on a Hall county jury and was the oldest person on the jury. The next time I get a jury summons, I could just send the form back exempting myself from serving if I wanted. We will see, I just may go anyway.

5. You are in a different age division or group. As you may know I do senior and master sports competition that is grouped into age divisions. I am moving from age division 65 to 69, up to now competing in the 70 to 74 division.

What Happens to You When You Turn Age 70?

So far very little difference. It’s a big yawn. I race walked a 5K yesterday, much like normal and my time was about as expected. I plan on playing pickleball this week and maybe walking with the guys over to the hospital for breakfast. Calendar looks normal.

Medical Issues

Well there in one little thing that just happened and that is I started taking blood pressure medicine. Up until now I have never been on any medicines, ever. But now the Doc says I need to take this one little pill every day for the rest of my life. Well it is working, so good. Overall I am extremely fortunate health wise and to be able to race walk and be active.

Most 70 plus year olds do have some medical issues, but do a great job making the best of it.

Lifestyle plays a major role in maintaining your health and there is no better place to do that than here, at an Active Adult Community.

Inspiring Examples of Life at 70 Plus

70 year olds seem to be the majority group in our 10 year old active adult community and some of them are excellent inspiring examples of how to be active in your 70s. Some of the best players in my pickleball group are in their late 70s. I remember several of the most creative people in the writing group were in their late 70s & beyond. You could say the same no matter what the mental or physical activity, with 70 plus year olds excelling at what they do.

Travel is certainly one of the most favored activities of people in their 70s with popular activities being river cruises, ocean cruises, land tours, day trips, and foreign travel. Many are away for a few weeks or more.

My Calendar Is Full

The age 70 plus mantra continues to be “do it while you can!”. The “it” includes such things as I have observed people doing in my community, such as:

Walking several times a week, going to the gym three times a week, visiting grandkids, traveling, volunteering, doing crafts, square dancing, trying out new restaurants, getting seasons tickets to a community theater, going to Florida for 2 or 3 months during the Winter, starting a club, collecting something, writing a book, singing in a choral group, taking a motorcycle trip, teaching Sunday school class, having neighbors over for dinner, studying trivia while walking on a treadmill, going to the National Senior Games, trying to figure out Medicare, taking in senior discount day at Regal Cinema, going back home for a visit, take a 30 day hike across Northern Spain, having overnight guests stay with you, going to see the Braves play at Spring training in Florida, taking a day trip to a casino or a museum, taking back-to-back cruises, getting involved in a political group, going to a meet-up group, watching a softball game, asking for a senior discount,calling your brother or sister, cleaning up the walking trails in the community, playing putt putt and then going to lunch, developing a meditation practice, go biking, going to a costume party, growing a patio garden, reading books, playing the piano, doing some estate planning, going to a Georgia football game, selling things on Ebay, writing a blog, having family reunions, researching your family tree, having your children over for Holidays, hosting a card party at your home, driving a school bus, hosting a tournament, joining the writers group at the library, setting up a trust fund for your grand kids, going to breakfast with the guys, making a bucket list, redoing your will, trying to improve your sleep to get 8 hours, checking Facebook, going to the Petit LeMans at Road Atlanta, enjoying a glass of wine, discovering a good Netflix series and binge watching all episodes, taking an on-line course, joining the botanical gardens, visting with the medicare nurse, playing pool at the clubhouse, updating your net worth schedule, teaching a class, taking a food tour, hanging around the clubhouse lobby and talking with people, singing karaoke, keeping your calendar updated, listening to a good radio program, recording your weight and blood pressure, taking a trip to be away from home over a month, visiting the history museum, taking an art class, starting a dinner club, taking your spouse for Doctor visits, reminisce about your life, give a eulogy at a friend’s funeral, make travel plans for a big trip, talking with a stranger until they have to go, get a half calf coffee, read the obituaries, going to a class reunion, competing in a sporting event, attend the Kentucky derby, visit your ancestry’s county of origin, have cataract surgery, looking at your fitbit data, using an echo dot and asking for your favorite song every morning, working on the jig saw puzzle at the clubhouse.

Wait a minute, I just noticed I have 1193 words in this post, going way over my 1,000 word limit.

Just remember to have fun, be active, do what you want to do with people you want to do it with and by all means, let’s “do it while we can!”.

Robert Fowler