I’m a member of the club women hate to join — the Widows Club.
When my husband died, it felt like a big part of me died, too. I lost the love of my life and the dreams we shared for our future. All gone in an instant and right after my 60th birthday.
I always thought that owning a retirement property in a warm country would be paradise. So, when my son invited me to visit him in Brazil, several years ago, I was tempted to stay for longer than just a few weeks. Out of curiosity, I tracked down a local real estate agent and set out to find out what the local market was like.
The stigma of nursing homes is gradually ebbing away. People are no longer satisfied with moving into a community that provides only the basic level of care.
Your husband may be out of the picture, but his Social Security could still be a part of your life. Whether you’re widowed or divorced, U.S. law may allow you to collect benefits based upon your former spouse’s work history.
If you listen to the media, getting ready for life after retirement is all about how much money you can stash away. So, like squirrels, we run around, burying nuts all over the garden, hoping that they will last us through the winter. Then, when we reach retirement (or semi-retirement), we realize that money isn’t everything.
The choices you make today will affect your Social Security payment amount later on. This is true, even if you are in your 60s and are rapidly approaching retirement age. It’s especially true for our daughters and granddaughters, who still have several years, or even decades, to go before retirement age.
At first reading, this post may seem less about quality aging and more about not aging at all (meaning dying), but it’s not a bummer. I promise. Since money and financial issues can cause us all so much stress, this is a stress-buster to offer some extra peace of mind.
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?