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Retirement Group

Dumbarton Retirement   Enjoying the Golden Years

Retired? Close to retirement? Wish you could retire? Then, Dumbarton's Retirement Group (also called The Retreads) may be just for you.

Format: The group meets once every two months to go over a topic of choice and to share experiences about it. A potluck dinner is held at one member's home, usually on Saturday or Sunday night.

Some Topics: What are you doing in retirement and how is it working? How to write instructions to withhold life support when incapacitated. Senior Communities. Co-Housing. Financial Planning, Getting Rid of Clutter.

De-Cluttering Your Life

What are we going to do with all of that junk in our houses? Some members of Dumbarton’s Retirement Group have lived in the same home for 40 years or more. How do we know what to toss out and what to keep? And how do we get motivated to sort it out?

Victoria Robinson, who runs Clutterbucks, a professional organizing company, had an exercise for people to set their priorities at the Doan/Craddock house on Oct. 30.

She said to imagine what they would remove if they knew a bomb was to go off in their houses in eight minutes and their families and essential records were already offsite. Among priorities the 19 participants set: Family portraits, photos, memorabilia, computers, medications, jewelry and valuable silverware.

Robinson said people may want to keep things of sentimental value especially. She noted that many things we use daily can be replaced. In deciding what to keep, she said, ask yourself: 1. Do I like it? 2 Does it have personal meaning? 3. Does it have specific immediate use? 4. Can someone else benefit from it? 5. Can I find the same thing online or in a library if I decide I need it later? 5. Can I replace it? 6. What does it cost to keep it? 7. Have I used it in the last year? 8. Are there legal reasons to keep it? 9. What is the worst that could happen if I don’t keep it?






Title Dates Description
Retirement Group Saturday, November 13, 2010 - 6:30pm - 9:30pm

Retirement group to discuss finances with an adviser from AXA Financial.

Retirement Group Friday, May 20, 2011 - 6:30pm

Home of the Wallaces

Get Rid of the Clutter: Retirement Group Sunday, October 30, 2011 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Got too much junk? Want to downsize? Then you will want to come to the Dumbarton Retirement Group meeting Sunday Oct. 30 at 6 p.m. in Arlington.

We'll be hearing from a friend, Victoria...

Retirement Group Saturday, February 25, 2012 - 7:00pm

The next Retrement Group meeting will be at Ginny Finch's apartment on Saturday, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m. The topic: "Retirement--One Year (More or Less) Later." What have been the "highs" and "lows" of...

Retirement Group Friday, May 11, 2012 - 7:00pm

The Retirement Group will next meet May 11, at 7 p.m. at the Pequet/ Wallace home in Rockville, across from White Flint mall. The group will discuss Creative Aging: Rethinking Retirement and Non-...

Retirement Group Saturday, June 30, 2012 - 6:30pm

At the Cooks'

Retirement Group Saturday, October 6, 2012 - 6:00pm

Dumbarton's Retirement Group will meet at the Cooks' home on Saturday, Oct. 6, at 6 p.m. to discuss chapters in the book, Creative Aging. All are welcomed, even if you are not retired or close to...

Retirement Group Saturday, May 18, 2013 - 6:30pm

Topic: Memory Loss

At the home of Mike Doan and Pickett Craddock

Don't forget!

Retirement Group Talk on Downsizing Saturday, October 26, 2013 - 6:30pm