Freedom and choices in retirement
by Diane Alter
Originally living in the country and working as a freelance writer and pet-sitter, I'm now in a nursing home (at just 70).
At first, I couldn't adjust because the lifestyle is so different. The activities are craft-oriented and I'm not crafty. So I listed more thought-provoking lectures and classes and submitted them to the therapeutic activities director. She loved them!
I also went back to my original passions- writing, decorating, collecting, reading (avidly), appreciating art, keeping busy on the computer. And-especially- being an advocate for animals. I also developed a love for music.
When I read, it's mostly humor. I order books from a discount book catalog.
I do miss parts of my "old life"- thrift shops and garage sales.