Retirement, What works, What Doesn’t
The presentation of Christine Hegarty from the RiverWoods Continuing Care Retirement Community was useful. Working with hundreds of older residents over several years Christine has a unique perspective about what it takes to live successfully as we age.
Retirement is one of life’s major stressors and is best managed with adequate planning. It can be a luxurious, fulfilling, adventure, or a miserable period full of resentment and heartache.
- Make a realistic plan and share it with a spouse.
- Discuss expectations.
- Allow a spouse to have space. Don’t expect to be together 24/7.
- Seek input from your children.
- Pursue what fills the spirit.
- Surround yourself with people who fill you up rather than those who deplete you.
- Try new things, realize it is OK to fail, and be ready to try something else.
- Be prepared for the unexpected, such as illness, death, or a changing financial picture.
What doesn’t work:
- Expecting spouse is in “lock step” with one’s plans if there has been no unexpressed expectations.
- Expecting to work forever.
- Expecting retirement to be a long vacation.
- Not preparing for it.
Notes from Dentist panelists:
- Need a Plan.
- Give back to the community.
- “Know when to hold ‘em, when to fold ‘em, and when to walk away.”
- Be a mentor.
- Be able to emotionally detach.
- Sources of ideas: encore.org and www.meetup.com
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