Couple’s counsellor Paul Bogacs talks about the kind of things couples should talk about concerning their retirement. It ranges from dreaming out loud together to what you need to talk about and how to talk about it. The big message is couples need to talk.
We’re in the middle of an extraordinary transition that few of us are prepared for. That’s what Lynda Gratton and Andrew Scott reckon in their book, The 100-Year Life. We’re living longer and ‘whoever you are, wherever you live and however old you are, you need to start thinking now about the decisions you will make in order to make the most of this longer life.’
There’s natural memory loss as we age—or perhaps we should call it memory recall loss because we often know we know, but can’t remember what we know we know. Laughing can help.
Looking in the rear-view mirror can help you plan your retirement. That’s looking back at what you’ve done in the past to help plan your future. What I’m suggesting here isn’t about looking back at the negatives, though. It’s mostly about positive life experiences to help plan your retirement.
Joe Bartley of Devon (UK) was retired, but found himself ‘dying of boredom’. Aged 89, he had been fine until his wife died a couple of years back. He decided to look for a job.
Clinical psychologist Deanna Pitchford looks at the problems we may have when we lose connections with people. She notes that the problem is so severe that the UK now has a Minister for Loneliness. But this is a worldwide problem as we lose a sense of community.
Most of the important things money can’t buy are obvious, but worth reflecting on. They’re a reminder of life priorities—and retirement priorities.
It’s so easy to forget about your healthy diet over Easter. But we’re here to help you stay on track with your health goals, despite the temptations the Easter Bunny has in store this year.
‘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.
‘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.