The Association of Retiring Dentists (ARD) began in the upstairs conference room of a Seacoast New Hampshire dental office. Several dentists of retirement age gathered in the Spring of 2008 to discuss the unique needs and potential of dentists facing retirement. The exchange of information, questions and ideas made it clear that there was a need for an organization of this sort. Doctors Neil Hiltunen and Don Johnson carried the ball forward, organizing regular meetings often devoted to a specific topic.

It quickly became clear that the knowledge and ideas being exchanged would be helpful to any dentist, not just ones attending our local meetings, and that a website would be the best way to disseminate the information and experiences as well as get others involved.

In addition to the website, the ARD sponsors an annual meeting, usually in the Fall, with nationally known speakers. The first meeting was held in Portsmouth, NH in September 2009 and hosted John Nelson. Fall 2010 found us in Manchester, NH hosting Steve Vernon   We were also privileged to have several ARD members speak to the group as well.

Nationally recognized speakers and consultants are taking notice of our organization. Bud Ham is one of our website contributors and sends informative and entertaining articles for our members. Please contact us if you are interested in writing an article or even a regular column for our contributors section!

Don and Neil continue to be students of the retirement process and have listed on the ARD site several books that have been helpful in developing their visions for the future. We hope dentists from around the country can join us!

RATIONALE

Pic of lakeSharing experiences. Exploring opportunities.

The increasing number of retiring dentists has begun. With greater time availability more and more of us will seek ways to enhance our lives and the lives of others as we envision and create a new future.

Countless opportunities await, and enormous resources exist in our population of transitioning dentists.

We have been blessed by a profession that has provided freedom, experiences, and skills unique in the world. We also are particularly qualified to provide a significant health service.

How do we make the most of these next years? What’s the best way to live with joy and enrichment? How do we balance leisure, travel, finances, health, and hobbies or other interests? Can we make a difference in the world? These questions are answered differently by each of us.

By utilizing the skills and experience of mature dentists we have the potential for creating a future for ourselves and others far beyond that which we could do individually.

This involves an organization and network that can connect members to each other and opportunities local and world-wide.