When someone else judges our retirement

When someone else judges our retirement

“Retirement means the lack of engagement; it is total disengagement,” the 40-something woman declared on the phone. As if that wasn’t off-putting enough, she continued, “People in your world should realize that once you retire, you’re no longer vital.” What? I would...

What’s your plan for retirement housing?

What’s your plan for retirement housing?

Retirement is often the catalyst for figuring out what’s next in terms of housing. I’m a case in point. Around the time I turned 60, my husband—who’s almost 8 years older—and I started talking about downsizing. At the time, we lived in a two-story home with four...

I lost my work friends when I retired

I lost my work friends when I retired

“Once you’ve been retired a couple of years, you realize you’ve lost your ‘work family,’” says a retired buyer for a large medical institution in Rochester, Minnesota. “I think we all intend to keep in touch after retirement, but truth be told, most don’t. Life...

Who supports your decision to retire?

Who supports your decision to retire?

Deciding when to retire is a big decision; in fact, it may be one of the most important ones we make during our lifetime. With our increased longevity over previous generations, many of us will live another 20, 30 or even 40 years after we leave our full-time careers....

What surprised women about retirement

What surprised women about retirement

One of the questions we asked women via our Retirement Voices questionnaire last year was what surprised them about retirement. What surprised us was how many women mentioned time—and how there wasn’t enough of it! So if you fear you’ll be bored or at loose ends with...

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