For many people the thought of retirement can create a level of anxiety because they don’t know what to expect – what life will look like when work no longer consumes the majority of their waking hours and how they will define themselves when their job is no longer a key part of their identity. There are also the worries of what should retirement look like and how they should be spending their time. Rather than worry too much about the unknown, I thought it would be beneficial to learn a little more about the reflections of those who have trodden the path before us. In particular I was interested to know what retirees would do differently if they had their chance again.
I’ve spent time this week exploring retiree’s reflections online and so in this blog I am sharing the most common reflections that I have come across. Read More
Is it possible to spend too much time together in retirement and can this have a negative impact on our wellbeing? This is a topic that came up in a recent discussion with a good friend and Financial Planner, Christie Spence and rather than let the discussion slide, I switched into interview mode to understand her perspective having worked with clients preparing for retirement for over 15 years. In this article we explore a challenge that many couples experience when embarking on retirement – working out how to be together in life after work, and Christie shares her suggestions for navigating this transition successfully. Read More
The ‘sandwich generation’ is a term that was first coined by Dorothy Miller in the 1980s to refer to the group of people, and most commonly women, who find themselves responsible both for bringing up their own children (or caring for grandchildren) and caring for ageing parents.
The sandwich generation have parents who require assistance for going about their daily activities and typically don’t want ‘outside’ help (as this is seen as a slippery slope towards losing independence). Concurrently they may have children who have not yet left the family home or grandchildren for whom there is an expectation that regular baby-sitting will be provided. Read More