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Over 60 ... And Getting Younger: October 27, 2011

The Retirement Years

When I retired from dentistry on November 4, 1994 (but who’s counting?) I was positive that some whiz-bang American company would pick me up and hire me for a position that I would enjoy.

Here it is, 17 years later, and that wonderful offer has not shown up yet. After all, I consider myself talented and interesting and I ran a successful dental practice for 48 years. What is the matter with these tycoons and industrialists?

While I was waiting for this invitation, I have strolled down many paths. Some were rewarding, and some were less than prize-winning. I occupied my time and never once said “I am bored!”

I started taking adult education courses at Queens College. They were quite interesting and the professors and senior students were formidable. However, the exhausting trip from Jericho on the LIE and the terrible parking situation got the best of me and I stopped my scholarship there.

Next, I took a wonderful writing course at Nassau Community College, which consisted of reading four books and writing memoirs. The students and teachers had much to admire about them, but again, I quit and I really don’t know why.

All the while, I found a job writing a column for the Syosset-Jericho Tribune. I have been an essayist for about 12 years. I also self-published a book entitled Over 60 And Getting Younger.

For six years I volunteered to travel to Brooklyn to teach English to Russian immigrants. It was truly rewarding. I have also taught dental residents at Jamaica hospital for 43 years.

Fortunately, my wife Lorraine has been a speech pathologist and rehab manager for the New York Visiting Nurse System. She is an angel of mercy and has helped hundreds of patients.

At present I am auditing three courses at SUNY-Old Westbury, which is six minutes from my home. The short trip is a blessing. The professors are quite good, and I am broadening myself in many ways. This year, I am taking a criminology course, a course in U.S. literature where I have begun reading Moby Dick by Herman Melville and a course in “Foundations of English Literature” with my favorite professor, Dr. Narayan Hegde.

To keep physically active as well, my weekly exercise is tennis and walking. I am not disappointed with myself for retiring at age 60. My knowledge has been expanded and I am quite content with myself all around.