What would your 18-year-old self say to you about retirement?

If your 18-year-old self could see you now, what would he/she think? Would your 18-year-old-self recognise you? Be proud of you? See him/her self in you—or not recognise you at all?

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The retired life is there to live to the full

In their book, Refire! Don’t Retire, Ken Blanchard (best known for his books about management—including The One Minute Manager) and Morton Shaevitz define ‘refiring’ as: ‘Adopting an attitude of embracing the years ahead with enthusiasm rather than apathy.’

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5 things to do to help you transition into retirement

Retirement can be one of the most difficult of life’s transitions because it’s a step back (or down) compared to other transitions. The change from school to work, from single to married, even job changes can mean more responsibilities. In contrast, retirement is a letting go. The transition may be difficult, but there are ways to minimise the issues.

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How laughter can help your memory and your 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.

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5 things money can’t buy that are important in retirement

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.

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Easter eggs don’t have to be a health trap

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.

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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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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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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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The makings of a successful life

Being successful at our life is important. I was reminded of this a couple of weeks ago at a funeral of a friend— Steve. He was only 40 years old.

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