As the careers that supported us for decades come to an end, many of us are starting to think about jobs for retirees. It’s not just the money that we care about, although this is certainly important! It’s also the sense of purpose that comes from contributing to society in a tangible way.
When it comes to retirement wishes, there are plenty of positive things that you can say. You can talk about the amazing contribution that your friend or coworker has made. You can focus on their passions. You can simply wish them all the best for their next great adventure. At the same time, there are certain retirement wishes that do more harm than good.
If, like me, you are a single woman in your 60s, you may be thinking about the best places to retire.
Perhaps you are looking for a country with a lower cost of living so that you can make your retirement income stretch farther. Or, maybe you want to find a place that provides opportunities to pursue the passions that you left on the back-burner during other stages of your life.
Every year, magazines like Forbes, publish lists of the “best places to retire.” These publications typically look at important factors like the cost of living, safety and climate of each location. But, when you think about it, the question “what is the best place to retire?” isn’t really fair. Why?
As we reach our 60s, many of us are asking “what’s next for me?” It’s a great question! Unfortunately, it’s also incredibly broad. It represents the general feeling of angst that many of us feel about the future, but, it isn’t terribly actionable.
If you are thinking about retiring abroad, you probably have a pretty good picture in your mind of what life in another country will be like. You’ve done your homework, scouring the Internet for information about healthcare costs, climate and culture.
Many women in the Sixty and Me community dream of buying property abroad. Perhaps you imagine spending the best decades of your life on a vineyard in the south of Italy. Or, maybe you would prefer to own a small apartment in a high-rise building in Panama City.
Why would you even consider working in retirement? After all, most people think about retirement as being a time to take a well-deserved break. After decades of hard work, we look forward to pursuing our passions, spending time with our family and, if we can afford it, traveling.
Many women over 60 are working after retirement. There is often a financial reason for continuing to work after the traditional retirement age, whether it’s to pay medical bills, to make retirement savings last longer, or to adjust to life after a divorce. Working after retirement “just because we need the money” often creates a sense of regret that something is being missed.