Keeping your brain alive in retirement - what do you do?

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Re: Keeping your brain alive in retirement - what do you do?

Postby Audax67 » 25 Aug 2019, 9:13am

! = factorial operator, * = multiply - it avoids confusion with x the letter.

As to what use it is, what use is music?
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Re: Keeping your brain alive in retirement - what do you do?

Postby Cyril Haearn » 3 Nov 2019, 3:09pm

rmurphy195 wrote:This is inspired by the Sudoku thread!

For me its

Sudoku/killer sudoku - until I get fed up of the game, then I leave it for a while, then do them for a while, rinse and repeat
..
Learning stuff - I no longer have to learn stuff for professional reasons, so I learn stuff that looks interesting. Much more fun that way! Go round library, pick up random books
..

Just realised, stopped doing sudoku (used to buy a newspaper every day)
+1 for Too Many Books of course

Latest plan is Upgrade to Fixie to free brain power that was needed to change gear :wink:
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Re: Keeping your brain alive in retirement - what do you do?

Postby Polisman » 8 Nov 2019, 9:12pm

Sudoku on tablet=very addictive!

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Postby Cyril Haearn » 16 Nov 2019, 9:49am

An article about current collectors on electric locomotives defeated me, but I shall try again

Went shopping yesterday, quite relaxed, checked my list
Back home I realised I had forgotten feta cheese, one of my staples. Fortunately I did not realise that while walking home, then I should have had to decide whether to go back
Lessons: keep a list, use and check the list
Keep reserves at home
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Postby Polisman » 16 Nov 2019, 6:24pm

No quite retired, but looking forward to helping my son with his ebike business. Just started last year, and he's doing very well so far.

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Postby Cyril Haearn » 23 Dec 2019, 9:25am

Planning my retirement now, looking forward not back, hoping for a few good years when I am still healthy and can do a lot of cycling, intend to do a 100 km day most weeks (not in summer) and 5200 km a year at least
Got enough books to read already
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Re: Keeping your brain alive in retirement - what do you do?

Postby al_yrpal » 23 Dec 2019, 10:05am

Audax67 wrote:! = factorial operator, * = multiply - it avoids confusion with x the letter.

As to what use it is, what use is music?


Music entertains people, life wouldnt be worth living without music! :D Imagine Star Wars without John Williams' score? Arithmetic obviously entertains you...

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Postby Carlton green » 23 Dec 2019, 1:43pm

al_yrpal wrote:
Audax67 wrote:! = factorial operator, * = multiply - it avoids confusion with x the letter.

As to what use it is, what use is music?


Music entertains people, life wouldnt be worth living without music! :D Imagine Star Wars without John Williams' score? Arithmetic obviously entertains you...

Al


Maths has many uses but as someone who had to use it as part of my work and never found it easy I can’t personally say that I ever found it entertaining, very useful but never entertaining. Very occasionally I would gain some personal satisfaction from cracking some difficult sum or formula, perhaps the more gifted find skilful juggling with maths entertains then. Music is something I couldn’t earn a living by (I’m not even remotely skilled enough) but making music gives me a lot of pleasure and does entertain some listeners.

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Re: Keeping your brain alive in retirement - what do you do?

Postby AgentWayward » 9 Jan 2020, 3:53pm

Don't retire.

I feel it's an outdated concept.

Given that, my work has always been my hobby or else I've enjoyed it. But I plan to just continue to do stuff, as I'm able to. The interaction with people and the use of the brain that goes with any kind of work is vital.

Work less for sure, do something easier, less strenuous, more fun etc. But don't quit and sit in a chair.

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Postby Oldjohnw » 9 Jan 2020, 5:52pm

AgentWayward wrote:Don't retire.

I feel it's an outdated concept.

Given that, my work has always been my hobby or else I've enjoyed it. But I plan to just continue to do stuff, as I'm able to. The interaction with people and the use of the brain that goes with any kind of work is vital.

Work less for sure, do something easier, less strenuous, more fun etc. But don't quit and sit in a chair.

Just my opinion...


It's possible to retire and still not merely sit in a chair. There is something in between those extremes.
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Postby Carlton green » 10 Jan 2020, 10:59am

AgentWayward wrote:Don't retire.

I feel it's an outdated concept.

Given that, my work has always been my hobby or else I've enjoyed it. But I plan to just continue to do stuff, as I'm able to. The interaction with people and the use of the brain that goes with any kind of work is vital.

Work less for sure, do something easier, less strenuous, more fun etc. But don't quit and sit in a chair.

Just my opinion...


I find that an interesting concept although it is one that might not lend itself readily to the professions of many people. Whatever, I’m certainly not disagreeing with you but rather would like you to expand your idea here with examples and avenues of enquiry to follow. Most retired people that I know wonder how they found time to go to work. However I feel sure that there are folk who would really benefit from a little paid employment too, so (for them) let’s have some more of your thoughts, please.

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Postby Cyril Haearn » 10 Jan 2020, 11:50am

'One should start planning for retirement a couple of years in advance', said an expert

Better ten years in advance, I think
Plan to sleep and rest plenty so I am never tired, read and cycle a lot
Still healthy, it really should be the best part of my life
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Postby AgentWayward » 10 Jan 2020, 3:32pm

Carlton green wrote:
AgentWayward wrote:Don't retire.

I feel it's an outdated concept.

Given that, my work has always been my hobby or else I've enjoyed it. But I plan to just continue to do stuff, as I'm able to. The interaction with people and the use of the brain that goes with any kind of work is vital.

Work less for sure, do something easier, less strenuous, more fun etc. But don't quit and sit in a chair.

Just my opinion...


I find that an interesting concept although it is one that might not lend itself readily to the professions of many people. Whatever, I’m certainly not disagreeing with you but rather would like you to expand your idea here with examples and avenues of enquiry to follow. Most retired people that I know wonder how they found time to go to work. However I feel sure that there are folk who would really benefit from a little paid employment too, so (for them) let’s have some more of your thoughts, please.


No reason why a person should not choose a different type or way of working beyond retirement age. In fact, that's probably a good thing.
I was an engineer, I designed and built motorcycle sidecars in my business. I now don't do that, I write books about sidecars. I'll likely write about other things now too. I've also done some gardening type work and am open to all possibilities and ideas. I fix things for people, I might design and make new stuff as well. I'm interested in expanding my knowledge. It's more "real" for me than doing puzzles etc. I like to feel that I'm contributing.

The other side of this is that the state pension in the UK is pitiful, so unless you have a private pension or other funding, continued work of some kind will help there too. In a few years I doubt the state pension will exist for many.

I choose what I do and when I do it, it's doesn't have to be a chore. But it's more rewarding than just doing odd jobs around the house and "keeping busy".

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Re: Keeping your brain alive in retirement - what do you do?

Postby Cyril Haearn » 10 Jan 2020, 4:12pm

I have a state pension plus a contracted-out pension from a well-known financial services company, now defunct
I shall get much more from the former, not drawing it yet, can add contributions to get even more :wink: for as long as I live!
The contracted-out pension I took out in the years of the major regime should produce enough for a packet of chocolate biscuits a day :?
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Postby Carlton green » 10 Jan 2020, 4:54pm

Cyril Haearn wrote:I have a state pension plus a contracted-out pension from a well-known financial services company, now defunct
I shall get much more from the former, not drawing it yet, can add contributions to get even more :wink: for as long as I live!
The contracted-out pension I took out in the years of the major regime should produce enough for a packet of chocolate biscuits a day :?


I’d be interested to know how you can ‘up’ your state pension prior to starting to receive it, if it’s not to dear I’d consider doing it so any details that you have would be appreciated.

For the younger generations I (too) am concerned that the state pension will be progressively sidelined. Successive Governments, of all colours, simply fail to manage the State Pension liability and trust that it will be met by future tax revenue’s. So it is one enormous calamity waiting to happen.