Lessons from one couple’s journey to a successful retirement

Being part of a couple adds complexity to retirement planning. And this complexity needs to be worked through. I was reminded of that recently when John and Beverley were in my office for their regular review.

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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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Shifting in retirement: Is tasmania the new temptation?

Would you, should you retire interstate? In Australia, it seemed that in the 1970s there were many ‘southerners’ (particularly from Victoria) travelling up the Newell Highway in record numbers to live in Queensland. Now Tasmania may become the ‘Florida’ of Australia. The Apple Isle is likely to attract many who want to retire there.

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Five ways retirement can put pressure on marriage

I’m no expert on marriage, but I’ve been talking to some marriage counsellors about the pressures retirement puts on marriage. I’ve learned a few things about the problems retirement can bring.

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Retirement and the high cost of divorce

The happily ever after isn’t happening for many couples approaching retirement, and it may seem that the easy thing to do is give up. But couples should count the cost before making that decision.

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How couples can create a satisfying relationship for retirement

You don’t do retirement alone if you’re part of a couple. I spoke to marriage therapist Bryan Craig about couples preparing for retirement and he suggested there are three areas that can be worked on to help create a satisfying, happy relationship.

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We don’t talk about sex in retirement, do we?

By far the most-commented-on chapter in my book Retirement Ready? is ‘Let’s talk about sex’. I’ve been surprised by this response. It seems like it was an unexpected topic. And yet sex is a normal, natural and healthy part of a couple’s relationship—at whatever age.

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5 things you need to know about marriage and retirement

When couples approach retirement they’re not doing it alone. Unless they’re both marching to the same beat on this, it could be difficult making it work. Here are 5 things that could help you negotiate this.

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Podcast: Suddenly single and preparing for retirement

You will cope if you find yourself suddenly single—through death or divorce. In this podcast, we look at the issue and offer some suggestions that may help you work your way through this difficult time.

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Couples need to be serious about getting retirement right

I received what could be the ultimate compliment for a writer yesterday. I was preparing to conduct a preparing-for-retirement workshop when one of the participants pulled me aside to thank me for my book Retirement Ready? Yes, that’s a compliment, but it’s what came next that took it to another level.

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