Deciding when to retire: a financial decision or not?

When are you thinking of retiring? I assume that if you’re reading this there’s the thought that somewhere down the road, maybe soon, you will retire. But have you really thought through the when? What would have to happen before you could?

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Recognising the big changes retirement can bring—Part 1

When considering the mental and emotional issues that retirement brings, researchers recently reported that professionals who retire tend to go through processes of life restructuring and identity bridging.

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Why retirees are avoiding ‘cliff edge’ retirement

Cliff edge retirement? That’s getting to the edge of the retirement cliff and jumping off—into retirement. It’s sudden. Work is finished. Retirement begins. But not everybody wants to do it that way.

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The party that became a funeral for my career

People approaching retirement should consider how they will feel when putting their career in the rearview mirror. Even if you do a good job maintaining contact with your career friends, your career is over and you may have a period of mourning to go through.

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Lessons from the Leonard Cohen school of retirement

When Leonard Cohen died in 2016, aged 82, he had lived well past retirement age. Although he never actually retired—or set up a school of retirement—there are valuable lessons we can learn from his life.

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Robert Redford’s yes, no, maybe to retirement at age 82

Most people have their retirement sorted by the time they reach 82. And, if you’re able, working on is an option. Maybe at a more relaxed pace. For many, that’s a great way to spend their retirement years.

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Retirement trends have lessons for our own retirement

‘Twenty years ago, retirement was still a fixed point in time—you fully retired and went on a cruise to begin a life of leisure for your vision of retirement. It’s very different now.’

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The other reason people go back to work after retirement

Stanley had retired early, at the age of 55. He didn’t like being retired so he decided to go back to work. He’s now 70-ish, still working and loving it.

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What if you find you have to un-retire?

‘Many people completely fail at retirement.’ That’s what Hyrum W Smith reckons in his book Purposeful Retirement. So what can you do if you sense you have to un-retire?

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Skills, experience and wisdom: An asset for the olderpreneurs

Call them what you like: Olderpreneurs; Laterpreneurs; Silverpreneurs; or those people over certain ages who have a go! One study in the UK mentioned that olderpreneurs ‘create jobs at a rate more than seven times faster than the UK economic average’.

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