The dark side of retirement only the brave talk about

As a teen in the mid-60s, I remember singing along with The Who’s ‘My Generation’ with its line, ‘I hope I die before I get old’. It’s probably too late for me to fulfil that rather naive wish.

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5 lessons from Frank Lowy’s ‘frightening’ retirement

Westfield founder, 87-year-old Frank Lowy, recently retired and found that the thought of retiring was a ‘frightening thing’. That’s quite a statement from a Holocaust survivor who became an international property tycoon. From a news report about his retirement, there are five things we can learn.

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Learning from the ‘Blue Zones’ for life and retirement

A few years back, Dan Buettner found four areas on our planet where people live long (think centenarians) and active lives. What he found, he says, helps provide ‘the best, most credible information available for adding years to your life and life to your years’.

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Ikigai: The art of staying young while growing old

In their book, Ikigai, Hector Garcia and Francesc Miralles reveal that the Japanese don’t have a word for ‘leaving the workforce for good’ (retirement). In fact, ‘having a purpose for life is so important in Japanese culture that our idea of retirement simply doesn’t exist.’

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Podcast: Help with handling regret

When you retire, you get the time to look back and reflect on the things that have happened throughout your life so far. You’ll think about the good things, but there’ll also be those uncomfortable moments where you wish you’d said or done something differently. This podcast takes a look at regret and what you can do to turn your regrets into a more positive experience.

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Podcast: Living the flourishing life in retirement

Back in 2002, psychologist Martin Seligman wrote about authentic happiness (the title of his book. A couple of years ago he wrote saying happiness was not enough. The best life is one that flourishes. This podcast discusses what he says makes a flourishing life, but then expands it further.

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Preparing yourself for the unexpected in retirement

A reminder of surprises individuals may face when entering retirement comes from a recent study in Canada. The CIBC (Canada Imperial Bank of Commerce) Poll found that among the biggest surprises were unexpected costs and health issues.

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Imagineering a retirement that fits who you are

Retirement is quite an adjustment, but the exciting thing is that you are in control of it. This may be the first time that you have full control of your life since you started school. How do you imagine it?

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Senior hip-hop crew provides lessons about attitude

There’s something quite delightful about the New Zealand hip-hop crew Hip Op-eration. Their average age is 80, but their thinking is so much younger. They came to international fame when they entered the annual hip-hop competition in Las Vegas in 2013.

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