When retirement has a negative impact on your mental health...

There are a number of reports which indicate that retirement can have a negative impact on your mental health. That the loss of status, connection, identity and drive can lead to depression, and that this is particularly prevalent amongst men. This is not surprising given that retirement represents a significant life change and can result in much upheaval to life as we know it. It does, however, beg the question is the transition into retirement the sole catalyst for poorer mental health or is there something else at play?

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Competitive by nature? Get ready for a rocky road into retirement...

You’re great at what you do, and that is a fabulous attribute to possess. Your organisation is privileged to have you. The challenge, however, is that research has found that people who are naturally competitive and assertive during their career can experience greater difficulty in adjusting to the workplace. The very attributes that made them successful during their career are the same ones that can work against them in retirement...

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What you need to do one month before you retire

Retirement is only a matter of weeks away. It is no longer something that will happen ‘one day’ but rather it is upon you! Before saying ‘adios’ to your job and transitioning into this next chapter of your life, take a moment to reflect and plan your departure.

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I'm thinking about studying in retirement...

Ongoing learning is important to many in retirement. Not only as a means of keeping the mind active and in good health, but for ensuring that they’re able to continue to contribute meaningfully to conversations with the people around them. The concept is great, but how to actually get started on that journey?

I know that for many people retirement provides a wonderful opportunity to return to formal study. I also know that the thought of returning to a university lecture theatre can be quite a daunting prospect.

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Women and Retirement – Letting go of Professional Identity

Given that Baby Boomer women are the first generation, as a whole, to be experiencing retirement directly rather than indirectly through their husband or partner, it should not be surprising that there is a lack of research into women’s experience of retirement. Disappointing - yes, but not surprising. I know that there is an Australian research project underway seeking to understand how women are coping with retirement and what it means for their identity, but rather than wait I wanted to see what information and data was out there right now.

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Thinking differently about volunteering in retirement

It’s not uncommon to wonder about how to contribute to the people and community around them in a way that is meaningful to us as we prepare for retirement. It’s about being community-minded and having the opportunity to impart knowledge and expertise to those who may benefit from it.

One of the first things that come to mind when we think about serving our community is volunteering. So what does (and can!) volunteering look like?

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What If Retirement Isn't For Me...?

It may or may not be a surprise to you but not everyone approaching the age of retirement is actually planning to retire in the true sense of the word. Without a doubt there are many out there who can’t wait to hand in their swipe card and farewell their colleagues (or slip out as quietly as they can!), but there is an equal portion out there who don’t want to.  These people enjoy work – the structure, the camaraderie, the opportunity to utilise their skills and experience, the ability to keep learning, and even the challenges! There is no right or wrong and what works for one person will not necessarily create an exciting or satisfying reality for another. Key is knowing what is important to you as you approach the age of retirement.

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