International Women’s Day 2018 - What are you doing to #pressforprogress?

Think only younger women need to #pressforprogress in achieving gender parity, or that you’re too old to champion this movement as you age? Think again! There has never been such a positive global movement of advocacy, activism and support for women as in 2018 and those approaching, or in, retirement have an equally vital role to play.

It is so important to #pressforprogress at every age.

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To retire or re-wire? How to reframe your retirement

Retirement is a gloomy word. It is derived from the French words ‘re’ and ‘tirer’, meaning to draw back and suggests that the best part of our lives is over once we are no longer working. It insinuates that retirement is simply a time to sit back and wait for the inevitable.

But what if we framed it differently?

Growing research in the field of neuroplasticity demonstrates that the brain is not static. It continues to evolve and adapt, i.e. rewire, as we age. What would you rather do – retire or rewire?

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The essential thing you need to do in your first year of retirement

It is great to have principles to live by such as ‘take each day as it comes’ and ‘focus on the good’ but what do they actually mean and what do they look like on a day-to-day basis in retirement? How do they help you to fill your days purposefully?

The challenge with relying on principles alone is that you run the risk of simply drifting through retirement. There is no impetus to jump out of bed each day. Your goals do not need to be all-consuming, after all freedom is what you seek in retirement, but they will provide you with something to work towards and thus give meaning to your days or weeks. It may be finishing that watercolour painting, collecting funds for your chosen charity, taking the 4X4 to the tip of Cape York or recovering from a hip replacement. What is it that motivates and interests you?

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Life in Retirement: Make Each Day Count

The trouble with life is that you never know when your time is up.  You just never know what might be around the corner. Too often we hear stories like ‘my wife and I were planning a big trip around the world…and then she was diagnosed with terminal cancer’ or ‘we were so looking forward to spending more time together in retirement but after just one month, my husband dropped dead’. There are many tales of unfulfilled retirement dreams and grieving families.

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Retirement planning: my wife has it sorted, what am I going to do?

One advantage that men have when it comes to retirement is that they are typically in a stronger financial position when compared with women. Without the expectation to take time out of their careers to raise a family or care for others, more often than not they have done all of the 'right' things; worked hard, looked after their family and have a healthy superannuation balance. They have the financial side of retirement planning sorted, but often haven't stopped to think about the non-financial aspects. For example what are they going to actually do with their days? There is only so much golf one can play, and what if you don't enjoy golf?!

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Retirement Questions for the New Year

If you are retired or have spoken with friends who have retired, you quickly learn that there is more to retirement planning than just your superannuation balance. Without a doubt good, robust financial planning is critical to positioning yourself for greatest flexibility in deciding how and when you will retire, but the health and wellbeing elements are just as vital.

So why not take a few moments at the beginning of the year (now!) to focus on what will be important to you and what you’d like to change or improve in the coming year. From a wellbeing perspective, what will enable you to look back in twelve months and confidently say you enjoyed a year that was fulfilling and meaningful to you?

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I’m not so sure about this… making sense of the transition into retirement

Often when we think about change we think about going from state ‘A’ to state ‘B’, e.g. from working to retirement. The shift into retirement should be simple, right?! So why is it that some of us struggle to navigate the change, especially in the first few months?

The first thing to know is that if you are feeling a little lost, overwhelmed or unsure, you are not alone! The transition into retirement can be a tricky thing to navigate.

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It’s not just about the Super, it’s about having a super life!

When we think about retirement, our thoughts tend to go immediately to superannuation and financial planning. But are they the only things we need to consider? What about our day-to-day experience - how our retirement plays out? How do we ensure that is ‘super’? For all of you out there, chances are that life is already pretty sweet (if not somewhat hectic) – you are highly valued at work or in your industry, you are surrounded by amazing family and friends, and there’s plenty going on around you to fill your days. Why should a super lifestyle not continue as we approach the retirement age?

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Health Focus: How your GP can help as you prepare for life in retirement

We all know that it’s important to see your GP for regular check-ups and I’m pretty sure that there are plenty of us out there who think ‘I’ll make that appointment next week’ and suddenly six months passes before you realise that you still haven’t visited your GP. As the adage goes, prevention is better than cure and in this week’s blog Sunshine Coast GP Dr Ruth Nash shares her insight and tips into healthcare and ageing, along with some great services which you may not know your GP offers (often for free!).

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Health Focus: Why yoga is for everyone – especially those approaching retirement!

 This week’s blog continues the focus on health and well-being and following the insights from personal trainer Gemma Cuskelly last week, I am thrilled to introduce Marita Nicholson, Tullamore yoga instructor.

Marita not only attended a yoga class for the first time in her mid-forties, but went even further and enacted a career change, becoming a yoga instructor. She proves that it’s true – you can make a successful career change at any stage in life! Marita shares her advice and learnings, debunking the myth that yoga is a young person’s pursuit only!

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Focus: Health & Well-Being in Retirement - Top Tips from Personal Trainer Gemma Cuskelly

"What if I lose my health and can't enjoy my retirement"

This is a theme that comes up in a number of the conversations I have and in response to this, I have created a Focus Series on Health and Well-Being. For three consecutive weeks, this blog will focus on key elements of staying healthy and active.

I am teaming up with three inspiring women to provide expert advice and insights as guests of the blog.

To kick off the Health & Wellbeing Focus Series, I have the pleasure of introducing Gemma Cuskelly, Owner and Director at F1rst Class Fitness. She share her insights and advice for women planning for retirement and wanting to improve their fitness level but might be hesitant about joining a gym (aren't they all full of body-building gorillas?!?!).

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5 tips to looking after yourself if you are part of the ‘sandwich generation’

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.

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