Good news: Retirement is good for your health

‘We find strong evidence that retirement improves both health and life satisfaction.’ That’s the finding of a US study of 6,000 people who had worked for at least 20 years before reaching retirement age. It found that these retirees immediately felt more satisfied with life right after they retired.

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The importance of having purpose in retirement

‘I’ve got to have something to do,’ said Leo Kellner to a reporter. The comment caught my attention mainly because Kellner is 98 years of age and is still working as a baker. He doesn’t get paid. He gives away what he bakes—to friends, to hospice volunteers and others in need of food and kindness.

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Do you have business in mind for your retirement?

With increased longevity, an active lifestyle, and a ‘new’ view on retirement, many mature people look to engage in different ventures, nevertheless, starting a business can be challenging.

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What do you see as a successful retirement for you?

As you plan your retirement, it could be helpful to think about what you would consider to be a successful retirement. For you. What are your dreams and desires for the likelihood of 20-and-more years of retirement?

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Research finds retirement brings a stronger sense of wellbeing

Retirees have a higher sense of wellbeing compared to the general population. That’s the finding of the latest Australian Unity Wellbeing Index survey checking on Australian’s satisfaction with their lives.

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Podcast: Woody plays his own tune to enhance his retirement

Retired teacher/musician Paul ‘Woody’ Woodward talks about how music has enhanced his life and what it can do for us as we age. And you don’t have to be a great musician or singer to be involved in creating your own music.

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You can change your plans for retirement

We have a dilemma. I write this sitting in our caravan in a caravan park in Merimbula, NSW. The dilemma isn’t Merimbula. We’ve been frequent holiday makers here. It’s a delightful spot on the far south coast of New South Wales. It’s also a major retirement town—a lot of retirees live here. Our dilemma is: do we keep the caravan?

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What to do when retirement goes bad

Not everyone is happy in their retirement, that’s the message from an ABC Radio National program talking to individuals about their retirement. There are lessons to be learned from their experience for both retirees and those preparing for retirement.

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Podcast: What you need to know about self-managed super funds

More than 1 million Australians have a self-managed super fund (SMSF) as part of their financial preparation for retirement with, currently, almost 200 people a day starting an SMSF. 

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Staying focused on the big picture for retirement

In planning your retirement, it’s important to see the big picture. Too often it’s thought that if you get the financial side right everything else will fall into place. That’s not necessarily so.

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