Podcast: Brenda and Anne approach retirement in different ways

Two stories tell of different approaches to retirement. In this podcast we talk about Brenda who refuses to retire and Anne who retired and has become busy volunteering. What will your retirement look like?

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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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Nicky retired early and created a new life as an artist

Nicky Shelton retired early—at the age of 53—because she wanted to and could. ‘But I hadn’t thought about what I was going to do next,’ she says. ‘I didn’t have a clue.’ That was three-and-a-half years ago. In that time, she has been developing as an artist.

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Being ready to roam in your retirement

When winter arrives in southern Australia, senior travellers (often referred to as ‘Grey Nomads’) tend to hit the road in search of warmth. From Broome to Birdsville and Noosa to Norseman, you’ll often find them in motor homes or towing their caravans taking in the sights and the warmer weather.

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A right royal retirement

Retiring 30 years after the age at which most people retire is quite an achievement. While most people’s lives are not royal, there are a few similarities worth considering.

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Robert Redford talks about retirement—at 80

In a 2015 interview, Robert Redford said, ‘You make the most of what you’ve been given—that’s how I see it.’ Then he added this thought about retirement. ‘And you keep pushing to make more of it. I don’t see any reason to stop. I think retirement can lead to death, and that’s not for me.’

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Remembering Christmas—planning retirement

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. And there’s a reason for that. It’s almost here and you can’t avoid reminders at any shopping centre. How do you remember your Christmases as a child?

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Thinking outside the square—creativity in retirement

When we—my husband, Owen and I—wrote the first edition of Where To Retire In Australia, one of the questions we asked in the various places was, ‘If you moved here, could you get full or part-time work, or establish a business or a profitable hobby?’ This led to another of our books, Retire Bizzi, which has 101 case studies of people around Australia who had retired and not liked it, or who had retired but wanted to do something different.

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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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The danger of sacrificing wellbeing for financial gain

There’s a trend among the middle-aged to focus on work and income at the expense of their personal wellbeing. It’s often done with the hope that they can work on wellbeing later—in retirement, perhaps.

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