Having a real retirement sea-change—on the sea

From Geraldton to Gerroa and from Bowen to Blackmans Bay, the idea of living on the coast is attractive for many retirees. But what about living on the water—on a ship?

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Is retirement bad for your health?

Your retirement may have an impact on your health. That’s the findings of three research projects in different countries.

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Why it matters that you matter in retirement—Part 1

Knowing that you ‘matter’ is important at any stage of life, but at retirement, some of the things that have given you a sense that you matter—particularly your job—are gone. On things that matter, one Swiss research paper concluded: ‘Mattering implies that people are not only connected to others, but that they feel that they are important to others.’

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Is fasting an effective weight-loss strategy?

Many people eat from the moment they wake up until the time they go to bed. But is this the best dietary pattern for our health?

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What if your best years are still ahead of you?

If your best years are ahead of you, what would they look like? When you’re in the retirement zone—planning for or in retirement—there’s a tendency to look back at life. To reminisce about the past. Reflect.

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The inaugural grey nomad awards celebrate excellence

The inaugural Grey Nomad awards were recently held on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland. Established to recognise regional excellence for travellers over the age of 55 years—through communities, tourism operators and events—the awards created quite a buzz.

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5 questions to ask to help you prepare for retirement

When you retire you have much more control over what you’re going to do. What’s it going to look like for you? Have you thought it through yet? Here are five starter questions that can help you with your planning.

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Is your personality linked to your retirement spending?

How quickly you spend your retirement savings may be related to your personality. And your personality may impact more than if you have debt or a plan to leave an inheritance. That’s the finding of recent research by the American Psychological Association.

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Stop acting your age to help prepare for your retirement

In 1981, Ellen Langer, a young psychologist, ran an experiment involving eight men in their 70s being sent into a time-warp situation where they were to attempt to be the person they were 22 years earlier. The results were amazing.

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Podcast: The impact of low interest rates on retirement planning

Low interest rates can have a real impact on those who are planning their retirement and those in retirement. Financial planner Anne Graham talks about the issues it can raise and suggests how to handle what can be a difficult time for investing. 

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