7th Annual Meeting; :”What Works What Doesn’t” and Dentist Panel

RiverWoods, CCRC:

Retirement, What works, What Doesn’t


Dentist Panelists


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.

What works:

  • 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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