The New Retirement Mindscape
I love collecting articles, I have hundreds related to retirement / post 60 living and I’m reviewing them all. It’s fascinating, many publications that influence my thinking. Some are academic, others very popular. One is from Ameriprise Financial and compares results from a survey carried out in 2005 and 2010. in 2010 they identified 6 distinct phases that occur before and during retirement
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I’d like to talk about retirement, some people have no choice but to carry on working beyond 60 or 65 but will it be the same work that they did before? How will you be Getting ready for retirement?
I’m working with one client, lets’ call her Helen and she plans to move away from what she has been doing to something new. She is also going to change locations. So there is going to be a lot of change. I want to support her in getting ready for retirement.
Life is busy I fit a lot in and sometimes try to do too much.In the past week I’ve fallen over three times, once I tripped over the vacuum cleaner cable as I dashed around the house, another time I changed direction on the street, didn’t look where I was going and fell into a man who was also rushing. Then I tripped in my Zumba class. Ive got the legs of a 7 year old various shades of orange, black and blue.
A little exercise to share. You could be 95 and looking back at 75 and thinking about how young you were back then. Here we are, at whatever age we happen to be think 20 years into the future. It seems such a long time away, but lets just imagine we are thinking 20 years ahead from where we are today, and thinking about the life we are having. I think its useful to think about
Moving on from our early 50s and our thoughts probably include what are we going to do after retirement. The lucky few with index linked pensions may have little need for more paid work but for most of us we still need to earn an income, but not necessarily doing what we have been doing previously. You can do career planning at 60+
“Every day I dance for two hours. And I’m still really interesting too. I love politics and literature. I love the sciences. And I’ve got a boyfriend named Alexander. We exchange books. I don’t even know how old he is.”
“I’m ninety but I feel like I’m fifty. I don’t take any medicine. I never complain. I’m just happy to be alive. I…
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It’s not just about the big things – it’s often the smaller things such as reading a story with my grandchild, to read a chapter of my book or just “to be” and sit in my garden.
If we feel a bit stressed or down, what can give us a boost? It’s good for our mental health.
I’ve created a list, and I’m aiming to add to this list to get to 30 or more, and each day to look at the list and choose one thing to do. Then to notice the difference this makes.
Life isn’t about the big things, but the small things that make a difference
It’s changed – no longer the clean break with a gold watch! Now most will be fit and healthy into our 80s. Do we want to retire?
I talk about the phase called Pre-tirement. Maybe when your work pension kicks in you can do something that you want – another job, a different job, volunteering. You can stay and work on your terms, 3 days a week.
It’s not fixed you can reduce hours, combine with volunteering. It can be what you want.
What sort of retirement do you want? Retirement is not just lazing around the house – people do get bored and want something else. It’s good to start thinking around this in advance so you don’t end up lazing and watching day time TV.
I think pre-retirement planning is worth considering in your 40s and 50s. Don’t drift what do you want to do?
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