What is retirement planning? It’s a simple question, right? Doesn’t everyone know that getting ready for retirement is all about putting enough money away so that we can live comfortably on our investments? At least, that’s what we have been told. For decades, our employers have reminded us to max out our 401K.
If you’re looking for unusual retirement gift ideas for women, we have you covered! Of course, the classic idea of a retirement gift is the “gold watch,” given by companies to retiring employees after decades of faithful service. But today, with more women over 60 reaching the end of their full-time careers, what are some more appropriate and thoughtful retirement gifts for women?
When you think of the word “retirement,” what images come into your mind? If we are to believe the movies, retirement is a time of relaxation and recreation. It is our reward for a life of hard work. It is a time for us to “age gracefully.” There’s a problem though – actually several problems.
For years, you have been wondering what to do in retirement, once it finally arrives. Many people put off big life plans and dreams until after they’re finished working. Maybe you have been saying to yourself that you will take a certain trip or have a certain experience or pursue a certain venture after you retire.
Whether you are considering downsizing in retirement or just looking for ways to simplify your life, this episode of the Sixty and Me Show is for you!
In this episode of the show, I speak with Dr. Dale Atkins, a well-known psychologist and relationship expert. Her focus in on families, aging well, managing stress and achieving balance in life.
As I am writing this article in January 2014, the United States and Canada are experiencing freezing weather conditions not seen for decades. So, it’s not surprising that International Living’s list of the world’s best places to retire in 2014 is getting so much attention. After all, the locations that they mention – Panama, Ecuador, Malaysia, Costa Rica and Spain – are bathed in sun for most of the year!
Many women over 60 dream of retiring abroad, and there are many wonderful countries where you can often enjoy a richer retirement lifestyle at a lower cost of living than in your own homeland. But if you want to retire abroad, how do you get started? How do you take the first step to making your retirement dream a reality? Here are a few questions that everyone should ask prior to moving abroad for retirement:
Many women over 60 are getting ready to retire, if we haven’t retired already. But our generation of women is reinventing retirement in a way that would be unrecognizable to our parents’ generation. For many of us, our “golden years” are not going to be spent sitting quietly on rocking chairs watching TV. Instead of being sedentary, silent and shut away from the world, women over 60 are approaching our retirement years with a new spirit of focus, purpose, energy and ambition.
Women over 60 are facing a unique set of challenges as we enter the traditional “retirement” years. We are living longer than ever before, and we have more interests and life goals (and we have more energy and freedom to pursue them) than many previous generations of women had at this age. These are all “good problems” to have. The question is: how are we going to afford to pay for all of it?