I try to be.....
After 40 years of committing to his job and working for the same company since leaving school, my dad decided to hang up his boots and retire in March 2014. Is it out of the ordinary for a daughter to envy their pensioner father? I don’t mean to wish my life away but I do relish the idea of discarding my alarm clock and having a life which revolves around deciding each day what I can do to occupy all my spare time – where week days and weekends all roll in to one.
Four months in to his retirement and my dad is still living the life of 'riley' and often preaches that he still feels like he is on holiday; however, I have made it my duty to ensure that he doesn't sink into the deep depths of some of the negative stereotypes that are out there about retirees: that pensioners get up, eat, read the paper, sleep, watch TV, sleep etc.
Dementia has been in the news recently because future projections suggest that the number of people with dementia will double in the next 40 years, and increasing age is a well-known risk factor. There is some evidence to suggest that rates of the disease are lower in people who remain as mentally, physically and socially active as possible throughout their lives, as well as among those who enjoy a wide range of different activities and hobbies. For this reason, I've always attempted to keep my parents' mind, body and soul stimulated, but particularly my dad during his retirement. The most recent thing I have done is treat him to some golf lessons for his birthday; isn't that the kind of sport old, retired men do (sorry pops)?
|I even tried my hand at a spot of golf too - I won't tell you how many swings it took for me to actually hit the freakin' ball|
|We finished the lesson with a well-deserved drink!|