Welcome to the Association of Retiring Dentists website
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Responding to a mass email from our Association of Retiring Dentists, Charlie Levy, a periodontist from Cape Cod, and I, a general dentist from New Jersey, traveled to western Kenya to provide care for the Maasai people. The two-week trip included six days of patient care, two days of safari drives, two free days in Nairobi, and some long days of travel.
The 5th Annual Meeting of the ARD went well from many standpoints. We had dentists from 12 states; comments were generally very positive; there was active audience participation, and 14 dentists expressed a desire to start up groups in their local areas.
Jeff asked us, “What does retirement mean to you?” Here are some answers:
Freedom allows us to make choices about what to do with our time, so that we can relax, and have fun. In addition, ARD recognizes that a sense of purpose is also crucial for a fulfilling retirement. We are also finding that many dentists should be slow at relinquishing their licenses after selling their practices because a license allows a dentist to volunteer, practice part time, and earn money if desired.
Another topic Jeff addressed was “How much money do I need to retire?”
Here's a website to check out: www.dentalmissiontrips.org. This site offers a database that allows users to search globally for volunteer opportunities and select by date, location, organization, and cost. Website originator, Dr. William Griffin has selected and follows primarily faith-based organizations and doesn't limit participation to any particular faith. I spoke with Dr. Griffin on the phone and found that he personally takes three or four trips a year to various sites around the world. Many volunteers are student dentists and the participation of experienced older dentists would complement the teams. The site is frequently updated and can be a great resource to our members seeking volunteer opportunities.
Don't Let An Old Person Move Into Your Body
Don't Let an Old Person Move into Your Body, by Jim Donovan, Austin Bay, Upper Black Eddy, PA, 2010. This very easy-to-read book provides inspiration to "make the rest of your life the best of your life." Jim addresses the many facets of creating and achieving goals as we age. The basic idea is that we can start right where we are and create an absolutely wonderful future and retirement. Health, attitude, and finance are key to making this work. The book is simple and informative.
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