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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Come find your perfect vacation spot at a Kentucky state park.


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STATE PARKS IN KENTUCKY

Another popular park is Natural Bridge State Resort Park in Slade. This park is close to Red River Gorge. Accommodations include cabin rentals or the Hemlock Lodge, which is open year round. All 35 rooms at Hemlock Lodge have private balconies. A meeting center can accommodate up to 200 guests.


Trails abound at Natural Bridge. One of the oldest was built in the 1890s by the Lexington and Eastern Railroad. The popular hiking trail begins near the gift shop and climbs 25 miles to the trailhead behind the Hemlock Lodge. There are five trail shelters along this trail. It meanders through a forest of tulip trees, white pines and thickets of rhododendron.


Many of Kentucky’s state and resort parks are touted as a perfect place to spend family time surrounded by nature’s beauty. Travelers of all ages will find something to enjoy. Many of the parks feature water sports and historic sites and some have an array of events you could only wish for in an ideal family vacation.


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JEAN JEFFERS

Jean is an RN and a freelance writer. She is a staff writer for Living Well 60 Plus and Health & Wellness magazines. Her Web site is at

www.normajean.naiwe.com

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Looking for a great getaway vacation spot or just a place for a few days of rest and relaxation?


Whether you want a relaxing site or an adventure, you can have it all at Kentucky state parks. You don’t have to go far; there are several state parks close by, both around the Lexington area and sprinkled throughout the Commonwealth.


There are 49 Kentucky state parks. They offer some of the most striking landscapes in Kentucky and a number of outdoor activities, nature programs and special events, all served in an atmosphere of scenic beauty. You can play on nationally recognized golf courses and find lakes that stretch far and wide. You can stay at a lodge that combines historic charm with convenience or spread out in a cabin on a pristine property.


General Butler State Park, located in Carrolton, about 50 miles from Lexington, boasts a lodge that has breathtaking views. A cabin stay is possible. There is a campground as well as a lake for swimming and boating. A golf course and conference center complete the accommodations. The lodge’s restaurant serves delectable regional dishes bespeaking the culinary heritage of the state, as do most of the restaurants in the state park system. Pick up a culinary passport on your visit to a state park and get it stamped at each location you visit. Once it’s full, you will receive a gift.