You probably don’t know it, but if you are between the ages of about 45 and 65, you’re living atop the proverbial hill.
Arnie calls her home “my accordion house” and laughs.
It’s a huge Victorian building in the center of Concord, New Hampshire. Arnie inherited it from an aunt who lived on the second floor until her death. When her husband died at an early age, she was suddenly a widow of very limited means.
For many people, “retirement” is seen as the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow; it is a reward for a lifetime of hard work and an opportunity to relax and take it easy. Well, that’s the idea at least!
In reality, the concept of retirement, in a traditional sense, is both unrealistic and unhealthy. Now, before you accuse me of being out of touch with reality, let me explain. Then, I’ll tell you how this all relates to two words that Judi Dench refuses to let into her house.
My new phase of retirement is going to be a challenge. Can I do it? We’ll see.
The challenge begins in five weeks when my husband retires from his job as an airline pilot. He is used to traveling, having jet lag and doing his own thing.
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.)
When a friend or coworker is facing retirement, it can be difficult to know what to say to them.
On the one hand, you know that they are embarking on a new adventure. On the other hand, you have probably heard that retirement is not always what it is cracked up to be.
Retirement for most Boomers does not mean taking it easy in a rocking chair. They aren’t looking for another job but many recognize a calling to find a way to give back to their community. One way is to serve as a board member for a not for profit organization.
Whether caravanning across the outback or floating along in a houseboat, Baby Boomers are finding new and innovative ways to live out their better years. When it comes to senior housing options, the current ‘one size fits all’ model is far from satisfactory for this diverse and active group of Boomers.
No matter how much you plan, retiring abroad is a shock to the system. I still remember arriving in Switzerland. Pink suitcase in hand, I weaved my way through the airport, my head spinning with unfamiliar sights and sounds. I was completely overwhelmed with emotions – excitement, fear, curiosity and many others.