Boomers Moving Forward - page 6

THE GARDEN CITY TELEGRAM
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SATURDAY, August 31, 2013
to go back to work to find some-
thing they enjoy.
“If it works for you, and you
enjoy it, go for it. Do something
that is lower stress,” she said.
Kramer enjoys keeping up
with the regular customers at
Walgreens.
“It’s like an extended family,”
she said.
Some retirees retire and then
return to the same career.
Such is the case for Janet
Shoup, kindergarten teacher
at Florence Wilson Elementary
School.
Shoup taught in St. Louis
County, Mo., for 27 years. She
grew up in Dodge City and had
always intended to return west.
She and her husband wanted to
retire in Colorado, but didn’t want
to winter there.
So Shoup and her husband
decided to live in Garden City. She
was considering subbing for the
school district. USD 457 had just
implemented full-day kindergar-
ten, and officials were looking for
experienced kindergarten teach-
ers.
Shoup interviewed for the job
and has been teaching ever since.
“This is my sixth year back,
and it’s a lovely place to be,” she
said.
Shoup said she couldn’t have
worked much more in St. Louis
and continued to get an increase
in pay. So she retired from that
state and moved to Kansas, then
found work.
“Some teachers can do that.
But you have to be ready to do
it. Some teachers get burned out
after 25 to 30 years,” she said.
Shoup, like many others, rec-
ommends retirees do something
they love.
“Find something, think of
something you might do — volun-
teer, go back to work someplace
else, live someplace else or spend
more time traveling. Find some-
thing,” Shoup said.
For some, navigating the
paperwork and preparation
for retirement can be dif-
ficult. Southwest Kansas has
a few agencies that can help
ease that transition, such as
the SouthWest Area Agency
on Aging in Dodge City or the
Senior Center of Finney County,
907 N. 10th St. in Garden City.
Barbara Jensen, executive
director for the senior center, has
helped people who are consider-
ing retirement.
“One of the most important
things is to make sure they under-
stand health insurance for senior
citizens. Leaving a job with health
insurance — they’ll have to have
everything ready to go when the
insurance with their employer
ends,” she said.
Jensen said one of the common
misconceptions is that people who
retire early, who are taking Social
Security, are eligible for Medicare.
The minimum age for Medicare is
65, unless the person has medical
reasons for taking it, Jensen said.
“You cannot sign up for
Medicare at 62 unless of a dis-
ability. Medicare kicks in at 65,”
she said.
Jensen also recommends seek-
ing outside resources to help get
finances in order prior to retire-
ment.
“They just need to have every-
thing ready,” she said.
Retirement:
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Rachael Sebastian/Special to The Telegram
Shirley Price, who works full-time as a janitor for Greeley County
Public Schools and part-time for Gee WilLiquors Liquore Store in
Tribune, is looking forward to retirement.
(State Point) While it’s difficult to
encapsulate the moods of tens of millions of
people born between 1946 and 1964, one thing
has often been said about boomers — they
share a determination to stay forever young.
Next to improving diet and shunning
tobacco, nothing a person does increases life
expectancy more than exercising, according
to the National Institute on Aging. But while
exercise is great for body and mind, it doesn’t
come without risk. And an injury can derail
a routine quickly. Here are ways boomers can
ensure they’re staying safe while exercising:
• Know your limitations: Don’t increase
the intensity of physical activity too quickly,
especially if you have existing cardiovascu-
lar, joint or muscle problems that could be
aggravated as a result. Work with a licensed
trainer at first, who can assess your strength,
flexibility, balance and endurance, and create
a customworkout program accordingly.
• Try something new: New activities
can keep you motivated and help you avoid
over-working particular joints and muscles.
Consider something totally different, such as
pickleball, a fast-paced court sport combin-
ing elements of tennis, badminton and table
tennis.  
• Take control: Whether gardening, golf-
ing or dancing, it’s inevitable that physical
activity will create occasional muscle pain,
stiffness, swelling and bruising. Pain can be
immobilizing and depressing, so managing it
is important.
“Avoid medications that mask pain com-
ing from strained or damaged tissues,” says
Jyl Steinback, author of “Superfoods:  Cook
Your Way to Health,” and executive direc-
tor of ShapeUpUS.org. “Instead, consider a
homeopathic medicine, such as Arnicare Gel,
that works naturally with the body to help it
heal and won’t interfere with other medica-
tions you’re taking. I bring it with me when-
ever I exercise.”
Unscented and non-greasy, the gel is quick-
ly absorbed by the skin. More information
about natural muscle pain treatment can be
found at
.
• Spice rack resources:  Turmeric, ginger
and cayenne pepper all have anti-inflamma-
tory properties, as well as many other health
benefits. Stick to your good-for-you, energy-
boosting diet by giving your bland foods a
low-calorie kick with spices, roots and herbs.
• Boost your metabolism: As we age, our
metabolism slows down. Avoid compound-
ing this with stress or fatty, heavy meals. To
maintain a healthy weight and avoid insulin
spikes or hypoglycemia, try eating small, bal-
anced meals six times a day, rather than three
big ones. Eating at the same time each day in
a relaxed and convivial atmosphere speeds
up digestion and makes energy more readily
available.
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