Retirement a ‘full-time job’? What’s that about?

I was browsing the book Retirement Maze when I came across this comment: ‘Retirement is a full-time job’. That made me pause. Don’t we retire to get away from work, the job? Is it to go to another?

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What will you actually do in retirement?

What will you do in retirement? For many, the lure of travel, spending time with family and friends, and exploring new activities and events are at the top of their ‘to do’ retirement list.

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You are who you are: plan your retirement your way

You are who you are, which means that when it comes to retirement you shouldn’t try to live someone else’s retirement. You need to remember who you are.

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Podcast: Some realities about cognitive decline and ageing

The good news is that forgetting is not a sign of dementia. Joanne Earl, an associate professor and retirement researcher at Macquarie University talks about this and much more about dementia and Alzheimer’s. She looks at the real signs of dementia and where to go for resources (dementia.org.au) and hopes the future includes brain checks. […]

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Understanding the rules around granny flats and the aged pension

For Centrelink, a ‘granny flat agreement’ starts when an Age Pensioner transfers assets to another person in exchange for future accommodation. ‘Granny flat accommodation’ comes in various forms: from a self-contained building; an apartment in a larger building; or simply the spare bedroom of a family home with use of the family bathroom.  A formal, […]

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What do you want retirement to be for you?

Have you seriously thought about what you will do in retirement? Sometimes it seems as if too many spend more time planning a two-week holiday than their retirement. Your retirement needs more thought than that.

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Your brain needs you to have friends for retirement

People need people. That’s true in all types of situations. And the evidence is that when it comes to brain health, we do need people—social connections.

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A moving story about retirement

Many people look forward to moving to an idyllic retirement spot, others to build or renovate their dream home. Much planning goes into their new home, but sometimes a few things are overlooked.

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Yes, you can fail at retirement, but that’s OK

It’s true. You can fail at retirement. On the negative side, ‘it seems that the rate of failure in retirement is escalating,’ reports Robert Laura.  On the positive side: ‘In a weird way, it’s portrayed as a good thing. There are no red faces or bowed heads when people say, “I tried retirement but it […]

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Following your retirement dream can be a challenge

Agnes, Howard, and James all had dreams for their retirement. Agnes wanted to breed puppies; Howard wanted to take up acting; James wanted to sail the seven oceans. None of it happened. They arrived at the time of life when they were able to follow their dreams but allowed them to die.

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