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Joshua Tree’s Desert Species – Earthwatch Adventure II

On a pleasant day, in the lower elevation Colorado Desert section of the park, we began our reptile transect in an area of palo verde trees and ocotillos near a rocky outcrop.  As we lined up to walk the first segment of the survey I immediately spotted a whiptail lizard scurrying under a creosote bush!  […]

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Arenas for Retirement Activities: Play, Work, or Volunteer

Retirement activities are applied to different arenas. The arenas for retirement activities are leisure, work which includes starting a business, volunteering. Learning is also an important arena, but isn’t included within the clusters and arenas. For example, you may have a passion for gardening. As a leisure activity, you grow your own fruits and vegetable, […]

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Retirement Activities with Law, Politics, and Advocacy

For many, the retirement years are a time to get involved in the political process. Seniors are considered an important voting block, and retirement affords the time to contribute to the governing and legal process. While many of these activities are done on a volunteer basis, there is opportunity to earn money in retirement in […]

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Retirement Activities with Social Services

I have a neighbor who is always there to help a friend or family member in need. As a volunteer in retirement, she looks for ways to be of service to her community and beyond. At one time or another, most of us need assistance from others. Economic or social insecurities can happen with old […]

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Retirement Activities with Education

One of my favorite elder stories came out of the 2004 tsunami. As most of southern Asia reeled from the effects of the devastation, CBS News ran a story of the Moken, an ancient people who have lived on or near the SE Asian waters for thousands of years. They spend up to seven or […]

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Retirement Activities with Medicine and Healthcare

The medical and healthcare world provides many opportunities for people in retirement. While many occupations in healthcare require years of advanced education, there are growing opportunities to get a job with a certificate or other short-term training. In addition, there are numerous opportunities to volunteer within the healthcare arena. In addition to these stories, also […]

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Green Living Ideas Then and Now

Do you ever think about whether green living ideas are new or recycled (pun intended) habits from the past? There’s a big push to take your own bags to the store. I’ve done this for a few years and feel like I’m making my small contribution to living a greener life. My grandmother didn’t have choice between […]

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Retirement Activities with Social Sciences

Social science is a field of study that is interested in human societies and behaviors. This includes anthropology, archeology, economics, geography, history, psychology, philosophy, and sociology. (Other social science topics are covered elsewhere in the Retirement Activity Guides: education, law, and communication.) Like many of the activities in the Investigative section, advanced degrees are usually […]

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Retirement Activities with Animals

The empty nest no longer remains vacant for long as new retirees fill the space with every type of animal. Pets provide a wonderful addition to life. For seniors who are alone, pets can provide a sense of meaning and companionship. They also help us get physically active, such as, a dog you have to […]

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Retirement Activities in Public Safety

Baby Boomers grew up playing cops and robbers. If you liked being the good guy, helping others in distress, or being involved in public safety there are many activities to get involved in retirement. People who enjoy the Public Safety sub-category often have a strong sense of justice, enjoy the structure of the military environment […]

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