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How to stay mentally fit
You may not want to hear this: retirement is a new opportunity for work. There is a strong argument for abolishing the concept of retirement and thinking instead of finding a different kind of work to keep ourselves mentally and physically fit. So what do we need to do to stay mentally fit and keep our minds nimble?

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Brain drain

Relying on tech to “do it for you” can make us mentally lazy. 

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