HOBBIES ARE GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH

Do you have a hobby? Hobbies can give meaning and purpose to your life in retirement. As Robert Putnam points out in his book, Bowling Alone, it’s easy to discount the importance of hobbies and social engagements. Putnam details the widespread decline in civic engagement, from PTA memberships to neighborhood potlucks and bowling leagues. Over a couple of generations, Americans have misplaced the concept of free time.

SPECIAL PLANS FOR YOUR SPECIAL PEOPLE

Lily is a beautiful, active and full of personality toddler who happens to have Down syndrome. Lily’s parents and I have been friends for years and I have the continuing pleasure of watching Lily and her siblings grow up. While Lily is becoming a physical therapy rock star and hitting all her milestones in a timely fashion, her parents have started planning for the future.

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WHY WE ENJOY OUR HOBBIES

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines a hobby as “a pursuit outside one’s regular occupation, engaged in especially for relaxation.” Hobbies include anything from playing a musical instrument to gardening, bird watching or sewing. A hobby is a way of focusing on something you enjoy just for the sake of that enjoyment. It may also be a way to clear your mental palette. You could be stressed out by a situation at work or the challenges of raising children and need an escape.

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your activity); Friends of Friends; Specific Friends; and Only Me (no one will see any of your Facebook activity).


You can make your first post from your Timeline or Profile page. A fun first post is a selfie, a photo with someone else or a picture of something special to you. Write about the photo and indicate this is your first post on Facebook. It will open a whole new sphere of opportunity for you.

FUN WITH FACEBOOK

On your Profile page, you will see the headings Timeline, About, Friends, Photos, Archive and More. The Timeline, also called your News Feed, is what you see when you sign into Facebook. It shows all the activity of all your friends and other pages you have chosen to follow. In the About section, you can fill out information about yourself. You can add workplaces, schools, your current city, your hometown, other places you’ve lived, details about yourself and life events.


In the Search bar in the upper left, you can search for friends, groups, associations, schools, business, areas or topics of interest and hobbies. In the left panel you can Explore Groups, Pages and Events.


The black icon of two people is Friend Requests. The icon that looks like a lightning bolt is Messages. The bell icon is for Notifications; it shows activity on posts and pages you’re connected with. The question mark icon is the Help drop-down menu. In Settings you can access your privacy settings by selecting Privacy on the left side. You’ll see how each activity is set. If you wish to change the setting, click Edit and then click on the down arrow in the text box to choose the option you want: Public (anyone, even if you’re not friends with them, can see your activity), Friends; Friends Except (here you can select those on your friends list you don’t want to see

Facebook is a fun, convenient way to stay in touch with friends and family. Whether they live around the corner or in a distant corner of the world, Facebook lets you keep up with their daily activity. You can also find old friends and colleagues or make new friends with shared interests. About one quarter of the world’s population is on Facebook – that’s 1.8 billion users.


To open a Facebook account, you just need an email address or a cell phone number. Go to www.facebook.com, click Create a New Account and fill in the fields. After you click Sign Up, you will receive a text or email, depending on which you used to sign up, to finalize the creation of your account. You can also create a Facebook account for a business by clicking the blue text that reads “Create a Page for a celebrity, band or business” below the green Sign-Up button.


Next you’ll be prompted to import your email contacts to help build your friend list. On the screen that reads “Step 1: Find Your Friends,” follow the instructions or click Next on the lower right side. You’ll now see a message: “Welcome to Facebook, [Your First Name].” Upload a photo that will be your profile picture. It appears next to your name on Facebook. Step 2 on this page allows you to manually add people, searching either for their name or email address. Be sure to try Step 3: Take a Privacy Tour. On any of these pages, click the blue hyperlink to learn more and adjust certain settings.

ANGELA S. HOOVER

Angela S. Hoover is a Staff Writer for Living Well 60+ Magazine

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