March 28, 2016 By: Sandi Argo
They say that things happen in “3’s” but for the county, the lucky number this month was 4. Four of the county employees announced earlier in the month that they would be moving into that time we all look forward to…retirement. County Commissioners, Judges, the Sheriff and many others gathered to celebrate along side three of the retirees-to-be, Jan Robinson, Nolan Dunlap and Howard Weaver. Billy Estes was unable to attend the send off.
When asked what they planned to do with their spare time, answers of travel, gardening and sleeping late were the most popular. We dug around to find out what the retirees might expect… (from U.S. News)
Moving can be difficult. As attractive as it sounds to move to the Sunbelt, most retirees don’t relocate for retirement. Only 5.7 percent of Americans age 65 and older moved to a new residence between 2009 and 2013, and the people who do move most often relocate to the same state and even the same county, the Census Bureau found. Only 1 percent of retirees moved to a new state, and just 0.3 percent went overseas. Relocating to a new community in retirement often means leaving behind family and a support system that can be difficult to rebuild in a new place.
You will need help from others. While the act of aging is an expected part of retirement, the loss of independence typically isn’t as welcome. There may come a time when you can’t drive, shovel your own walkway or climb on a chair to change a light bulb. You may even eventually need help with meals and bathing. Although the beginning of retirement is often full of fun and adventures, it’s also a good time to make contingency plans for later down the road when you might not be able to care for yourself.
Retirees watch a lot of TV. Retirees spend over half of their leisure time watching TV. Seniors ages 65 to 74 tune in for 3.92 hours on weekdays, and those 75 and older watch TV for an average of 4.15 hours each day, according to the 2013 American Time Use Survey by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
You won’t need to hurry. Compared to the overall population, retirees ages 65 to 74 spend extra time lingering over meals, working on home improvement or garden projects and shopping, the American Time Use Survey found. Retirees also spend more time reading, relaxing and volunteering than younger folks.
Whether its travel or gardening, these retirees know they have put in long days and hard work to make the county a great place, and are greatly appreciated. Congratulations to all. March 31st will be the last day on the job for those celebrated today.