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PAGE 4B HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MAY 19, 2017 ! Nita Rizzo, gardener Roger McDonald, judge Joel Rubin, lecturer Catherine Jensen, knitting Roberta Lerman, art in- Alice Dexter, head of Se- Archie Ossin, new Matcha Javier Caballero, volunteer structor and writer nior Advocates product for Hospice of the Comforter By Myrna Ossin Retirement years can be challenging, especially, if at 65. you quit your job, lose your support group at your work, empty your daily activity schedule, and don't have something to look for- ward to do when you awake. Isolation, inactivity, and loss of social connections can be a big blow. There are many ways to meet these challenges. Some people just continue to do their work even after retirement age. They may volunteer or still get paid doing what they love, maybe on a reduced work schedule or on their We are gour source for: Brochures Letterheads Envelopes Business Cards Programs F-lgers Post Cards Forms -Invitations Digital Photographg Labels Direct Mail Menus & More terms. Roger McDonald, was a lawyer, then a judge for many years. He now works only a few days a month judg- ing special cases. Roberta Lerman always did art. She recently combined her art with writing children's books and still teaches art at the Maitland Senior Center on Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m. for a minimal fee of just $5 a class. Archie Ossin declared that when he retired he could go to the gym, but the gym didn't have any bar bells for his brain. He now works with a daughter and a son, both business brokers, selling ongoing businesses. Just recently they launched a business selling Healing Butterfly products, includ- ing a specialty blend of Matcha tea on Amazon.com. Others may decide to change their lifestyle com- pletely. They may want to learn a new language with the free Spanish or Italian lessons offered by the Uni- versity Club of Winter Park, which also offers conver- sation groups in Italian, Spanish, French, and Ger- man. Others may want to learn tennis, golf, bridge, Mahjong, canasta, acting, singing, sewing, painting, pickle ball, aerobics, Zumba, writing, computer, recorder, chorus, photography or other skills offered around the city. Lack of funds needn't be a problem. Many free classes abound. Florida Blue, in the Winter Park Village, offers free classes of Zumba on Wednesdays at 6 p.m., as well as, chair exercise or tai chi at different times. Several libraries offer knitting groups and begin- ning knitting classes. They also have cooking demos, art projects, and many lectures on diverse topics. You can even find writing groups, contemporary movies, and book discussions, as well as walking groups and yoga. If you want to sharpen your computer skills, the libraries have free classes in different areas of the city. They will show you how to access many books and current editions of magazines online, do social media, andeven apply for jobs online, all free. If you want to work, check out www.retire- ment.com or the AARP.com website which has a section on jobs for those over 50. The Jewish Community Centers and other exercise centers are free for certain insurances. Check your social groups, church or synagogue groups, libraries and senior centers around the city including Beardall, Maitland, Marks, and Cas- selberry senior centers for:a listing of activities. Federa' tion@jfgo:org has a weekly newsletter li~ting activities in the Jewish community. Uclubwp.org publishes the Club Times online. Activi- ties are free. They request a small donation if you at- tend an activity regularly. Orlandoatplay.com, events. corn, myOrlando.com, and the Heritage Florida Jewish News are just a few places that you can find senior activities listed. Rollins Life Enrichment has classes and Life at UCF both have special lecture series for seniors for a nominal fee. If you lack funds, seniors 65 and older can enroll for any college or junior college class free. You don't get college credit, but you don't need to take any exams .either. If you lack transportation, there are countless online courses~ available. You may want to start your own Internet business through eBay.com, Etsy. com for crafts sales, Pinter- est.com, myblogspot.com 'or Amazon.com providing a servifie as did one of the seniors I lectured who devel- oped a secretarial service on the Internet because she was physically impaired. She told me a few months later that she earned enough money to make avisit to her daughter. Another person said she began volunteering for a charity and it had enhanced her life. Now may be the time for you to write a memoir for future generations or do your genealogy with info@ jgsgo.org, Jewish Geneal- ogy Society that offers free workshops or do the "Online Workshop" for free. Ocoee Library has a very extensive genealogy department. Many local theaters have volunteer positions that al- low you to view their produc- tions free. If you can't leave your house, you can start a "dining in" group, a Netflix movie and discussion group, a book group, a card or board game group. The key is to find your passion and connect with others. What have you always wanted to do, but never had the time? What causes have you wanted to support that you could now give your time? How do you want to leave a legacy to others, a garden, a book, a new charity project, a home for Habitat for Humanity, a child or an adult who you taught: to read?: ' The possibilities are as diverse as your dreams. Becom!ng engaged with life will leave you humming the lyrics to the contemporary song, "I Love My Life.": I am powerful. I'm beautiful. Iam free. I'm wonderful. I'm magical and I am me .... ' For some, you may relate more to "I Did It My Way." If you know a senior who you think should be men- tioned in an article or you yourself are doing some- thing that others would find interesting or inspirational, let me know and maybe we'll do another article. You can find many resources in the "Personal Enrichment, "Vol- unteer Activities," and even in the "What to Do on a Date" chapters in "Lists for Living, Lists for Life" by Myrna Ossin on Amazon. com. 11 www. elegantprinting, net 205 North Street Longwood, FL 32750 Mention This Ad ond Receive Qn 18% Discount Join.the Stone Family Assisted Living providing rate. Please contact our Community Liaison for further information. A HOT FOR Pit.Of IT I::A(ILITY 5