I recently gave myself permission to retire solo.
I had been spending a lot of time thinking about what the future would look like for me as a single woman and a solo entrepreneur. (I am solo both personally and professionally.)
Retirement has changed. A lot. Today it is more about transitions, rather than endings; more of a journey rather than a milestone.
We urgently need to reinvent how women live in retirement. Here’s how we might do it.
There’s a lifestyle shift in progress as single women are searching for new ways to live in community as they navigate their 60s and beyond.
I love getting older! How many women do you know who feel that way?
Sure, my body is changing, and my eyesight may not be as good as it used to be, but I consider that a gauntlet thrown by Mother Nature to keep me active, eating healthy and working out on a regular basis. I accept the challenge!
There’s no question that having a support system and a sense of community is important as we get older. Face-to-face friendships matter. Study after study report that friendships are vital to longevity, and to our physical and mental health.
A few years ago, I began thinking about how I would choose to live if I could live any way that I wanted to.
Many of us share common fears as we enter retirement. We fear financial challenges, failing health and feelings of disconnectedness as we grow older. The good news is that there is one strategy which can help us effectively face all three – living with roommates.
Friendship matters more than ever as we get older. Friends keep us active and engaged. They keep us connected to the world around us.
Many of us find ourselves living alone as we get older, whether through death, divorce or a lifelong commitment to singleness. Many of us embrace this independence, while others are not as comfortable with it.