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Page 6Senior Times - January 2019RETIRE OR JUST SWITCH GEARS?By: Glin Winsor, Community Business LeaderDuring the average lifetime a person will change jobs about every four years, that’s five to seven career changes. Approximately 10,000 baby boomers will retire each year for the next 20 years. What steps should you take when you're thinking about switching careers? When should you actual- ly retire? These are tough questions. But here are some answers that can help make your dream a reality.Changing careers is scary. You're going to feel afraid, confused and you're going to second guess yourself. After all, this is one of the biggest chal- lenges you might ever undertake.So here are some steps to take before consid- ering your next career change: but ask yourself, “What do I truly love doing?” Why does it ener- gize you and what skills, abilities, and experienc- es do you have to make this a successful career switch?• Set goals for yourself, but be prepared for set- backs. Remain flexible. Setbacks are going to happen. Realize it’s going to take time. But make sure whenever you get derailed, you get back on track.Not only can switching careers be reward- ing, but it can also go a long way in building confidence in yourself. So don't forget along the way to celebrate every little achievement in your personal growth. You can do anything you put your mind to, so stay positive.According to the Gallup Poll, the average age of retirement in America is 62. While this has risen steadily over the past few decades, so has our life expectancy; we are living longer, healthier lives. This means it's more important than ever to make sure you have a plan in place for your Be sure to ask yourself these• What’s it going to take? Do you need to go back to college and finish up some classes? Do you need to start building relationships and network- ing? Do you need to set aside some money for your career change? Chances are your new career change will come with a smaller paycheck. Are you and your family ready to take the economic hit?questions.• Can you afford it? Knowing when to retire is a• Take your time, but don’t procrastinate. As the saying goes, “Procrastination is the thief of time.” Do your homework and take action. Don’t wait for opportunities to come to you. Once you have a plan in place, stick to it.• Get health insurance. As you know, taking care of your health is important. So make sure you talk to human resources about any post-job health benefits you may be eligible for. Otherwise, start searching for a plan that fits your new life.• Talk to a career counselor and your friends. With a quick Google search, you can find a career counselor near you who can tell you the educa- tion, training, certification, and skills you will need for your new career. They might even rec- ommend job shadowing. Also, don’t forget to ask your friends and family. They’ve known you for- ever and could prove to be your best barometer. It also helps to have their support.Here are some steps to help you get started: • Do you want to retire? Is it just your current• So what are you going to do now? Without work a lot of stress is going to disappear and life is going to seem a lot easier. But don’t get too comfortable. A lot of people who retire worry about having nothing to do. So join a gym, enjoy spending time with friends and family, take up a new hobby, maybe even consider volunteering, or consulting. And, of course, get plenty of sleep. Not only can it help you lower your blood pres- sure, but it also helps boost your immune system.job that has you considering retirement? Would switching jobs make you happier? What about switching to a part-time position at your current• Enjoy it. You’ve worked hard your entire life.difficult decision because there are so many fac- tors. The biggest of all is the economic impact. So take some time and meet with a financial planner. You can also get a quick snapshot of what your retirement will look like financially with a retirement calculator.CITYHastings WoodlandAlbion Battle Creek Battle Creek Homer MarshallJackson Jackson Napoleon Spring ArborLOCATIONCOA Building Eagles ClubFACILITATORMary Cook Kristy EstepPHONE(269) 948-4856(269) 367-4041DAYS TIMEM-F 10am-2pmM,W,F 10:30am-1pmSENIOR DINING CENTERSBARRY COUNTYDeltonFaith United MethodistAngela Soya(269) 579-3918M,W,T11am-1pmNashvilleMain St. BanqetsJenny Burlison(517) 213-9212M-F10:30am-1pmMeals provided by Barry County Commission on Aging. A program sponsored by Barry County United Way.BRANCH COUNTYColdwaterColdwater Church of ChristAlisha Carr(517) 279-8249M,T,Th,F9am-1pmLunch Served at 12pmMeals provided by Community Action Food and Nutritional Services. Funding sources AAA 3C, Branch County United Way, USDA and private donations.CALHOUN COUNTYAlbionAlbion Forks Senior Dining CenterCynthia Rose(866) 200-8877M,T,W,F10:30am-1pmLunch served at 12pmClarence Township Dining Center Cherryhill Manor Senior Center Springview Towers Dining Center Homer Presbyterian Church Marshall House Dining CenterCrouch Senior CenterKing Rec Center, Food with Friends Napoleon Township HallSpring Arbor Senior CenterMark RiceConstance Siegel Eileen Worthington Senior Health Partners Deb TrescottLaurie Mead Laurie Mead Gail JamiesonShimone Glaspie(866) 200-8877 (866) 200-8877 (866) 200-8877 (866) 200-8877 (866) 200-8877(517) 788-4364 (517) 788-4364 (517) 788-4364(517) 750-1010M,T,W M,T,W,Th,F M,T,W,FTM,W,FM,T,W,Th,F M,T,W,Th,F T, Th M,T,W,Th,F10:30am-1pm 10:30am-1pm 10:30am-1pm 10:30am 10:30am-1pm8am-4pm 10:30am-1:30pm 10:30am-1:30pm9:45am-1:45pmLunch served at 11:45am Lunch served at 11:30am Lunch served at 11:30am Senior Fit & FunLunch served at 12pmLunch served at 12pm Lunch served at 12pm Lunch served at 12pmLunch served at 12pmBattle CreekBedford Manor Dining CenterBilly Castle(866) 200-8877M,T,W,Th,F10:30am-1pmLunch served at 11:30amBattle CreekLakeview 890 Territorial Dining CenterKarl Hoard(866) 200-8877M,W,F10:30am-1pmLunch served at 11:30amBattle CreekWestbrook Place Dining CenterMichelle Dove(866) 200-8877M,T,W,Th,F10:30am-1pmLunch served at 11:30amMarshallHeritage CommonsKitty Knoll(269) 558-6150T, Th12-1pmTekonshaTekonsha Community HallSenior Health Partners(866) 200-8877T10amSenior Fit & FunAll sites have hot and cold meals. Meals provided by Senior Services. Funding by Calhoun County Senior Services, AAA 3B, USDA and private donations.JACKSON COUNTYGrass LakeGrass Lake Food With FriendsAnnie Lavergne(517) 788-4364T, Th10am-3:30pmLunch served at 12pmJacksonPark ForestLaurie Mead(517) 788-4364M,T,W,Th,F10:30am-1:30pmLunch served at 12pmMichigan CenterSt. Aidan’s Episcopal ChurchLaurie Mead(517) 788-4364M,W,F10am-2pmLunch served at 12pmNorvellNorvell/Township HallGail Jamieson(517) 788-4364M,W,F10:30am-1:30pmLunch served at 12pmTo have your senior dining center added or changes to your listing, Call Sherii at (269) 979-1412 ext. 302 or Email:

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