Most people dream of a retirement in which they get to play, pursue hobbies and develop new interests. Finally, they get to be the master of their own fate. And when they reach retirement they do in fact thrive in their new environment. For others, their new-found sense of freedom is overwhelming and having to [...]
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Goals become even more essential to your life once you leave work. So if you are thinking of retiring, or are newly retired, then continue reading. Goals that are personally motivating get us out of bed in the morning and lend structure to our lives as the achievement of such pursuits requires meeting deadlines, fulfilling [...]
Why is it that when faced with life challenges, some of us flounder and others flourish? As a result of mounting scientific evidence, we now know that certain individual and environmental resources lead to greater resilience and guard against depression, morbidity and emotional stress. These resources are essential to a happy life and a successful [...]
Independence is glorified in North American culture as a symbol of strength. As a society, we value individual achievement and extol self-reliance. I wonder however, if our “go at it alone” attitude has led us down a lonely and isolating path? Loneliness is lethal 30% of Americans don't feel close to others at any given [...]
In Zoomer magazine’s September 2017 issue, there was an enlightening article written by Rev. Dr. Sheila Macgregor addressing contemporary issues that have emerged as a result of what’s become known as the longevity revolution. Advancements in health care and technology have resulted in longer lifespans. Milestone events now include encore careers, second and even third marriages, and birthday celebrations [...]
The longevity revolution is here. We are living longer and healthier lives which means that some of us can anticipate living 25 to 30 years in retirement. That’s a very long time! And a 40-year career is not going to sustain a 30-year retirement. So, what to do? The issue of whether working longer leads to [...]
There is no stopping the 75-year-old Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin is once again blazing trails, only this time it’s not as the first female performer to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of fame, nor is it for the most Billboard Hot 100 hits of any female artist, for which she held [...]
Not so long ago financial advisers would use the term the 3- legged retirement stool to refer to a person’s most common sources of retirement income: Employer Pensions Social Security Personal Savings Now, if you have been paying attention to social security reform, changes to employer sponsored pension plans, and the reality that so few [...]
In the most recent Next Avenue newsletter, Author Richard Eisenberg features a story about Elizabeth White, a 55-year-old, Harvard MBA graduate, and former executive of the World. White recently gave a Ted talk and wrote a book called 55, unemployed and faking normal. It’s a powerful account of her life, and the trials and tribulations [...]
I bet you would agree that's a pretty crazy statement, right? Well, those are not my words. They are the words of the U.S. Federal Government who, in 1980, argued before the Supreme Court that the retirement age for railroad workers should be set at 65 because: "it is a commonplace fact that physical ability, [...]