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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Service to others really matters—and it makes you happier

I was once dragged along on a week-long community service trip called STORM Co—meaning Service To Others Really Matters. It was organised by my wife for a group of 20 or so local high school students. It wasn’t that I was opposed to the idea of community service, but I say ‘dragged along’ because my […]

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Many expect to need a paid job in retirement

A new report has found that most Australians expect to continue to work in some form of job after they retire. Many believe they’ll need to work to make ends meet.

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Podcast: Research calls for a whole-of-life approach to retirement

The research says that the best retirements come from a holistic approach to life and retirement. That’s according to Joanne Earl, an associate professor and retirement researcher at Macquarie University. She suggests a ‘six-bucket’ approach that involves an emphasis on all the following: Health; Wealth; Social; Cognitive; Emotional; Motivational. Bruce Manners is the author of Retirement […]

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Does kombucha live up to the hype?

Kombucha is one of the newest health crazes to hit the media. As dietitians, we often get asked if it’s a healthy choice or just another food fad. Read on to see what the science says and decide for yourself. What is it? Kombucha is a fermented tea drink that has become popular as part […]

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Learning from those disappointed with their retirement

Retirement doesn’t always work out for everyone. That became obvious in research by Michelle Pannor Silver from the University of Toronto and author of Retirement and Its Discontents. For her research she interviewed dozens of former doctors, professors, CEOs and homemakers who saw themselves as retired. All of them found the transition to retirement challenging. She recently […]

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Why a life portfolio for retirement is important

Just as you should try to develop a financial portfolio for your retirement, you should also have a life portfolio. That’s according to Anna Rappaport who, at 78 years of age, has her own life portfolio.

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5 things to do if you’re forced into an early retirement

Almost a quarter of Australians are forced to retire. There are three main reasons: loss of work, and not being able to find another job; personal health issues; or becoming a personal carer—usually for a family member. So, if this is you, what can you do? Here are 5 strategies that will help you take charge of your situation.

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How getting into nature can lead to a happier life

Natural environments can lift us emotionally in rich and profound ways. This is because they impact positively on our limbic system (the centre of emotions in the brain, which, if stimulated in the right way is our ‘home of happy.’)

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Building relationships is important for retirement

‘Good relationships keep us happier and healthier.’ That’s what Robert Waldinger, the head of the Harvard Study of Adult Development, says their research has discovered.

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