As you reach the end of your career, it is imperative that you begin to look into the next steps of life, especially if you are single and retired. However, many overlook the simple fact that retirement does not look the same for everybody — especially those who are single.
A stereotypical American life can often be defined as growing up, getting an education, pursuing your career, and more often than not, getting married. But for those who are perhaps divorced, or have made the choice to remain single, this path of life is not the one they chose. (more…)
Of the many decisions people make going into retirement, the choice of one’s “retirement tribe” is often the most neglected. Lots of thought may be given to issues like finances (do we have enough?), health (will I have energy for the journey?), residence (where are we going to hang our hats?), and so forth.
So, what do I mean by “retirement tribe”? Simply the people that you will see or talk to on a regular basis for the purposes of support or recreation. (more…)
Approximately one-fourth of Americans over the age of 65 live alone. By the time they reach age 85, this will increase to around one-half of senior citizens who are living alone. What most of them do not realize is that living alone increases their risk of an early death by 32 percent, regardless of any other health issues they may have. Loneliness is as deadly as smoking 15 cigarettes a day or being obese.(more…)
A supportive community is one of the five pillars of a great retirement or other next phase of life. And even if you have the other four pillars – health, purpose, adequate finances and a positive mindset – your life will be diminished without the right people to share good times and not-so-good times. I read recently that one in five seniors can go a week without having a meaningful conversation. (more…)
At one time or another, most of us are faced with the prospect of living away from people we really care about. This can include family members, cherished friends, or esteemed coworkers. They move away, you move away, or you both end up in new locations. (more…)