For most of us, our work defines us. Work provides an income, arranges our schedules, provides us with an identity, and much--if not most--of our social connections. The transition from work to retirement is a significant change. The prevailing advice we receive, from the first professional job onwards, is to make a financial plan for retirement. However, few have been encouraged to develop a plan for the non-financial realities of retirement. We seem to believe that if we have the financial means to retire, the rest will take care of itself. Financial security alone will not guarantee a successful or fulfilling retirement.
omeone is in a severe medical emergency. Vital signs are also used as general measures of health, a quick “snapshot” of how the body is doing. While vital signs are not the complete health picture, they can give a quick sense of physical wellbeing.
Retirement is a life changing transition, rather a series of transitions. To navigate these changes well, a couple needs to be connected on the plans for retirement and jointly monitor the transitions. It is essential to discuss retirement as a couple. Couples who have jointly explored and planned their retirement transitions report greater satisfaction with retirement.
single in retirement presents a unique set of benefits and challenges. The primary benefit is that the single person is in charge of all aspects of their life. The primary challenge is that the single person, alone, is in charge of all aspect of their life.