Retirement Wisdom Blog Posts

We created this retirement blog because the concept of retirement has changed so much. Retirement used to be an easily understood, uniform and defined phase of life. Today, it means very different things to different people. There are numerous retirement options and retirement strategies to achieve them. Many people aspire to achieve financial independence and retire early (FIRE). Some people want to reinvent themselves a with a new portfolio of activities. Others are interested in finding greater purpose in a second career or encore career. Some people want to find ways to work longer. And yes, others still are ready to transition to retirement the old-fashioned way.

If you want to retire smarter today, you’ll need to explore your options and design the path that’s right for you. As with any path, there are obstacles to navigate along the way. Our retirement planning blog highlights the key problems on the non-financial side you can expect to encounter.  We explain what we think should be on your radar in planning for retirement and offer our recommendations on proactive solutions to consider.

Decluttering has multiple benefits. A clean and organized space with everything in its place promoted calm, helps you focus and saves time.

Seven Practical and Emotional Benefits of Decluttering

By Bev Bachel A stack of handwritten letters and dozens of unsent postcards. Six water bottles. My high school yearbooks. Three plastic bins full of receipts. A still-in-the box bike helmet. This is just some of the clutter I can see from where I sit at my computer. All of it used to be neatly stored in my basement … until I decided it was time to finally face the boxes and cabinets of stuff I’ve accumulated during the 30+ years I’ve lived in my house. Unfortunately, my clutter-clearing attention span lasts about a nanosecond. So, for motivation, I reached […]
Coronavirus has led to many people on lockdown and working from home out of their normal routine

Make the Most of Social Distancing

By Joe Casey Resilience. Adaptability. Resourcefulness. Ingenuity. These are words to keep in mind during these difficult times. We’re facing a serious health situation with a great deal of uncertainty, anxiety and stress. There are real economic consequences. The routines of daily life have been disrupted and many people have been ordered to stay at home. Social distancing is likely to last for a significant period of time, at least in certain parts of the world. Resilience building and adaptability to change are keep skills for the rest of your life. So what’s the best way to handle this period […]
Retirement gifts can be very meaninful if selected thoughtfully.

How to Give a Retirement Gift That’s Meaningful

By Joe Casey At some point in your career, you’ll be faced with choosing a retirement gift for your boss or one of your employees. Or maybe you’ll want to  come up with some gift ideas for retiring co-worker. Many people assume they’ll be able to find the perfect gift, only to discover that it’s quite a unique challenge. Here are some simple tips to keep in mind the next time you’re looking for a retirement gift, including some of our top retirement gift ideas.   1. What Are The Best Options for Retirement Gifts?   First and foremost, it’s […]
Mindfulness creates a sense of calm and a multitude of physical and mental health benefits.

Three Mindfulness Practices to Try Before You Retire

By Bev Bachel   According to Jacquelyn Fletcher Johnson, the founder of Heartwood Healing and my favorite self-mastery guru, mindfulness is the practice of paying attention—intentionally and without judgment—to our thoughts, emotions and body states in the present moment. Not rehashing the past or fretting about the future. However, staying in the “now” is often easier said than done, especially when it comes to thinking ahead to retirement.   “Retirement is a major milestone that can be a lot more stressful than people imagine,” explains Fletcher Johnson who says she’s seen several individuals get sideswiped by their body’s “fight, flight […]
Volunteering is doing good - and its good for you as well.

Find the Volunteer Opportunity That’s Right for You

By Joe Casey Retirement offers ample opportunities to volunteer. And once they’ve earned the freedom to retire, it’s no surprise that so many retirees choose to volunteer in their community. Volunteering offers tangible opportunities to make a difference in your community and the world at large, in ways both small and large. For some, it’s a part of a portfolio of activities, while for others it’s a mission-driven focal point.  While it’s primarily about the impact you can have, volunteer service is also an excellent way to form new relationships and cultivate a new purpose in retirement. But how do […]
Baby Boomers often plan to work past retirement age

Hiring Older Workers: Reasons To Close The Gap

By Susan Williams We are currently experiencing a labour shortage in North America. In the US, there are now more jobs than people looking for work and this situation is no different in Canada. If you think this is a good thing unfortunately this isn’t necessarily the case. If left unchecked for too long, this situation could have a significant impact on the economy. This is because labour shortages can drive up wages as businesses compete to try and fill their vacancies. When the wages are increased, this also then increases the cost of products and services which then can turn […]
find your purpose in retirement

Power Up Your Purpose: Now’s The Time

By Bev Bachel Over the past few months, I’ve been asking people 50+ a simple question: How do you find purpose in retirement? Here are a handful of their answers:   “I’m spreading the word about phone scams so other people don’t lose their money the way I did.”   “Caring for my wife. She just had a stroke.”   “Fighting against pharma greed so people can afford their prescriptions.”   “I’m developing a program that benefits both kids and older adults.”   “Sharing my mental health journey to help de-stigmatize the issue.”   “Making my community better for all […]
NBA game featuring the LA Lakers and Kobe Bryant

Lessons from Kobe Bryant’s Life After Retirement

By Joe Casey Remember Kobe Bryant’s retirement? It didn’t take long, but he was thriving in life after retirement. He was passionate about his second career in retirement. And he had already won an Oscar. You’ll always remember where you were when you heard the news. And again later when you heard that his 13-year-old daughter was aboard the helicopter as well. Kobe Bryant dead at 41. Nine lives were lost and many families devastated. We were in Boston, my hometown, visiting our oldest daughter who lives there now and with our son on a college visit. (Yes, I am […]
Depiction of neutral, happy and sad emotional states on a blackboard

Your Greatest Retirement Asset Could Be Your Attitude

By Bev Bachel Just eight weeks before Maery Rose retired from her 30-year career as a business-process analyst, she went curling as part of a company teambuilding event. The result was a broken shoulder and torn rotator cuff.   While such injuries would be upsetting to anyone at any time, they were devastating to Rose, who planned to spend the first six months of retirement traveling, biking and gardening, activities that were now off limits while her body healed.   When life gives you lemons, make miso soup Retirement is a time of big changes, ones we all hope will […]
Knowing key retirement facts can help your retirement planning and retirement happiness

Retirement Facts You Need to Know

Retirement planning is more multi-dimensional than some people think. Creating a strong financial foundation is critical. But once you’ve achieved financial independence, other non-financial factors come into the picture. It becomes less about how you’re going to invest your money and more about how you plan to invest your time.   Retirement Happiness is Multi-Dimensional What will create retirement happiness for you and how will you create that? While it’s different for everyone, it will probably come from  a  number of things. Family. Wellness and fitness. An engagement in meaningful activities. Giving back. Lifelong learning. A new sense of purpose. […]
Retire smarter. Envsion your life in retirement. Plan beyond your 401k.

What Age to Retire At? Look Beyond the Money

By Retirement Wisdom Deciding what age to retire at goes beyond your financial planning. To retire smarter, it’s wise to evaluate non-financial factors, such as longevity, part-time work, social connectivity and purpose. Retirement today is often much longer period of time than it used to be. So, you’ll want to factor in how you envision making the most of that time. When you consider what specific age to retire at in your particular case, certainly focus on financial security, but be sure to develop a vision of what your life in retirement will be like.   Here are some data points […]
Early retirement takes more than a good financial plan. You have to evade the traps.

Early Retirement Traps You’re Not Planning For Yet

By Joe Casey Early retirement is a big achievement that’s years in the making. It takes vision, planning, discipline, and sacrifice to reach the point where work becomes a choice and not a financial necessity. But there are some early retirement traps you may not be planning for yet – and they could create challenges that may surprise you. Ten Early Retirement Traps to Avoid As a retirement coach, I see a number of early retirement traps that many of my client’s experience.  Putting them off can impact your experience in retirement and mute the rewards of retiring early. The […]
Hire the right retirement coach

Hiring a Retirement Coach? Here’s What to Look For

By Joe Casey   Who needs a retirement coach?  There will be over 3.6 million people in the US turning 65 each year for the next two decades. [1]  And with many pursuing early retirement, there are more people than ever before navigating the transition to retirement.  And there’s a growing cadre of retirement coaches ready to help. But it’s important to hire the right retirement coach for you.   What’s Driving the Growth in Retirement Coaching? Retirement is a major life transition with a significant emotional component. There’s a growing awareness that retirement is about much more than money. […]
Football is a demanding sport but its tough to retire early and walk away from.

What An Elite Athlete’s Early Retirement Teaches You About How to Retire

by Joe Casey   Can an elite athlete’s early retirement give clues on how to retire?  I woke up extra early on Sunday morning and was surprised to learn that Andrew Luck, the quarterback of the Indianapolis Colts had suddenly announced his retirement the night before. At age 29. News of his retirement leaked on Twitter during the team’s preseason game. Instead of informing his teammates after the game as planned, Luck held a hastily arranged press conference, which was originally targeted for Sunday. His press conference was emotional and heartbreaking at times as he explained what was the “hardest […]
Retirement speeches require tact, sincerity and preparation

How to Give a Great Retirement Speech

by Joe Casey A great retirement speech takes a little preparation. At some point in your life, you may be asked to give retirement speeches for a friend, colleague – or even your boss. Well, you’ll want to be prepared and navigate some of the unique nuances presented by this type of speech. And you’ll want to deliver a sincere retirement speech that strikes the right chord. But, a lot can go wrong if you’re not mindful.   Focus on The Purpose of Your Retirement Speech     Start with Rule #1:   “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, […]
The Rolling Stones are still going strong well into their 70s

What Can The Rolling Stones Teach Us About Working Longer?

by Joe Casey Do you envision working longer after the “traditional” retirement age? I had a great experience this month going to FedEx Field in the Washington, DC area to see The Rolling Stones in concert. It was surreal to see a band that I first saw when I was 18 in the mid-’70s with my son who just turned 18 last month. As we entered the stadium, we passed a truck emblazoned Retire Like a Rock Star by a financial industry association who is sponsoring the tour and promoting annuities.  I was thinking ‘I’m not sure I can learn […]
Freedom is the best part of retirement. But you have to solve the adjustment to retirement first.

Freedom is Just Another Word for … Retirement

by Joe Casey   When you consider the question When can I retire? today it’s less often triggered by a specific date or age – or even a number. It’s more about your readiness. The essence of retirement is freedom. If you’ve earned the freedom to retire, you can taste what it will be like to have the time to do what you want – when you want to.  How to structure your day in retirement becomes an inspiring, creative exercise with tons of possibilities. But when will it be the right time for you to walk away? When you’ve […]
Second act careers

What Story are You Writing? 6 Lessons to Fuel Your Next Chapter

by Joe Casey What will the next chapter be in the story that you’re writing? I had the pleasure of attending a CIRKEL intergenerational networking event in New York City this week with our 21-year-old daughter. It was a great experience – and it was interesting to compare notes on the way home on our different perspectives and takeaways. It’s a terrific idea. Bring generations together for mutually beneficial mentoring. This CIRKEL event featured three New Yorkers from three generations sharing their life stories.  (The fact that all three came to New York from elsewhere – Boston, Texas, and Minnesota […]
Preparing to work in retirement

Is the Real Issue Age or Competence?

By Susan Williams I read a really interesting article in the New York Times recently entitled “When Is The Surgeon Too Old To Operate”. The article highlighted that similar to many other professions, the population of physicians is aging. It then went on to raise the question of how to determine whether an aging physician is still able to practice and what is the best way to evaluate and discuss this. Right after I read this article, I noticed another article in Forbes on a different but similar topic. It shared the challenges about talking with your elderly parents about whether they should […]
It's too risky to plan for retirement without a back up plan

Are You Really Planning for Retirement Without a Back Up Plan?

by Joe Casey When it comes to planning for retirement are you an optimist, pessimist or a realist? I consider myself a dyed-in-the-wool Optimist. But there’s no doubt that a lot can go wrong. That’s why we have so much insurance. It’s necessary to protect against the risks we all face in life. Yet there’s another risk that may not be high enough on your radar. What if you have to retire earlier than you’re planning to? You may be thinking I have a solid financial plan for my retirement. I have it all mapped out. Look at my spreadsheets, […]
Phased retirement

When It Comes To Working – Let’s Get Flexible

By Susan Williams There was some interesting research published by Stanford Business School recently. In their post they shared that 40% of American retirees would prefer to be working. For anyone who dreams about retirement, this could be quite a shocking statistic. For many people, counting down the days to retirement is part of a working ritual so to learn that once people retire they wish they had stayed working can throw cold water on their retirement fantasy. However, once you move past this headline and dive a bit further into the research there are some sample parameters that should be noted. […]

Upgrade Your New Year’s Resolutions – 6 Helpful Tools

by Joe Casey Are New Year’s Resolutions passe’? The eye test says Yes. You see the crowd of new people at the gym on January 2nd, only to see them fade away by Valentine’s Day. Data also backs this up. One survey showed that “only 16.3% of people over the age of 50 achieve their resolutions.” (1) Why? Most resolutions are based on only one strategy. Willpower. And what we know about willpower is it tends to fade over time. It gets depleted. Dicey. But resolutions are based on very good intentions and a positive vision of your future. Keep […]
The best retirement gifts are the most meaningful

Looking for a Better Retirement Gift in 2020?

by Joe Casey The best retirement gifts aren’t the most obvious ones. Thinking about the special gifts you’ve personally received over the years just might lead you to find the best retirement gift ever. One of the greatest gifts I ever received came from my mother. My grandfather was the Fire Chief in my hometown north of Boston and I spent a lot of time at the main firehouse. Right across the street was our public library. Since hanging out too long at the firehouse was probably dangerous, my mother took me to the library frequently from a very young age. It opened […]

Are You Staying Ahead of the Fraudsters?

By Joe Casey Are you or your loved ones vulnerable to fraud? It’s worth thinking about. A study by Annamaria Lusardi at George Washington University and her colleagues found that “nearly one-third of respondents reported that someone had used or attempted to use their financial accounts in the past five years.” (1) It takes a lot of work, sacrifice, and discipline to save for retirement today. Once you’ve achieved some level of financial security, a defensive mindset becomes important. Not only do you need to manage your assets intelligently so you do not outlive your money, but you also need to be […]

Are You Heading for a Busy Retirement?

by Joe Casey Finding balance is challenging in your working life. When you transition to retirement, how you structure your days in retirement can be a key factor in how satisfied you are. Remember when you were a kid? A frequent question from adults was “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Do you remember your answers? A favorite of mine was “An astronaut”. (My wife tells me being a space cadet is close enough). Odds are that your answer was not “I want to be really busy when I grow up.” Yet many of us have managed to […]

The Retirement Discussion Dilemma

By Susan Williams You are thinking about retirement and would like to transition into it. Maybe working part-time to start would be great. Or even just having some more flexibility in your hours would be a bonus. Your employer realizes that you’re getting close to retirement and would like to retain your skills or have you mentor some younger colleagues. They would like to know what your plans are so that they can make sure that they have appropriate succession plans in place. Both of you would like to have a conversation about this but neither one of you want […]

Does Money Buy Happiness in Retirement?

by Joe Casey Will  your retirement happiness be soley linked to your bank account? State Street Global Advisors recently released their 2018 Global Retirement Reality Report titled The Happiness Formula. The survey is macro-focused and the formula consists of three factors – Trust in the Savings Systems, Ownership of Retirement Role and (financial) Preparedness. Of eight countries, the US scored highest in Ownership and Preparedness and second in Trust, far behind Sweden. The Netherlands scored the lowest in two of the three categories and the UK was in the bottom three in two of the categories. From the US perspective, […]

Could You Reinvent Yourself as an Entrepreneur in Your Next Act?

By Joe Casey Different things can prompt you to ponder the question of whether or not to become an entrepreneur in the mid-to-late stages of a corporate career. An acquisition. A restructuring. An early-retirement buyout offer. A new boss who wants his or her own people. Have You Seen This Movie Too Many Times? There’s a cyclical nature to life in the corporate world that can be akin to the movie Groundhog Day. It’s easy to feel like you’ve seen all of this before. A commute doesn’t help – it’s only fun the first 500 times. Do you ever find yourself wondering Is […]

Back to School. How About You?

By Joe Casey It’s Back to School season. In our home, our youngest daughter began her junior year in college last week. Our son is starting his junior year of high school this week. It’s a time of transition. The return of the backpacks. How about you? Are you headed back to school? People tend to scoff at that question.  Following considerable laughter, I usually hear “I finished school a long time ago.”  or “I’m retired. I’m too old for that” or “I could never do that”. You’ve Updated Your Software – How About Your Mindset? Look past the laughter and you’ll see […]

Is Your Company Fully Ready for the Aging Workforce?

by Joe Casey There are strong crosscurrents swirling in today’s workplace that significantly impact older workers. People are living longer and many people expect to work longer than previous generations. But some people do not want to just continue to work in the same way forever. The key things they desire are greater flexibility and a pathway to winding down at their own pace. Almost half of workers surveyed plan to transition gradually into retirement, according to a Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies report published in June. A Big Gap Yet, there is a sizeable gap between what aging workers want and what many companies […]
people discussing preparing for retirement and how to retire

Why Are So Many People Unretiring?

By Joe Casey Planning well for retirement takes discipline, vision, and sacrifice and often takes decades. There are critical financial issues to plan for, including health care and long-term care. Once those are reasonably squared away, there are key non-financial issues to plan for as well. The Non-Financial Side of the Street On the other side of the retirement equation, there are some big-picture questions, such as: What will my purpose be when I’m retired? Who will I be in retirement? I’ve always been a lawyer, an accountant, etc.  Now, what will my new identity be? There are also more […]

Why Settle for Happiness?

By Joe Casey The pursuit of happiness. It’s one of the three “unalienable rights” highlighted in the Declaration of Independence. Happiness has also become an industry. Odds are that you’ve read a least one, and probably more, of the countless books or articles published on happiness in recent years. And it seems that it may be harder to achieve these days – at least around these parts. Among countries, Canada ranks 9th and the U.S. slipped from third to 19th in the 2017 World Happiness Report. But if you’re “chronologically advanced”, as I heard the comedian Sarah Jones describe it last week, there’s good news. […]

Who Will You Be in Retirement?

By Joe Casey “When you are 20, you care about what people think about you, when you are 40 you stop caring about what people think about you, and when you are 60, you realize nobody cared in the first place.” – Winston Churchill   Have you ever asked someone “How was your weekend?” –  and regret it when, five minutes later, they’re still breaking down Saturday morning blow by blow? Let’s face it. You were really expecting “Fine” or “Wonderful” or “Awesome” – or even “Not bad. How was yours?” Any answer would do. And you’d both pleasantly move on with your days. Well, […]

What’s On Your Retirement Mind?

by Denis Wuestman This year we started a series of seminars on the non-financial aspects of retirement with groups of people preparing for this transition as well as those in their early years of retirement. Since everyone’s experience is different, it was insightful to see how people felt about this new part of their lives, sharing their principles, fears and successes.  We asked them what their most important concerns are when thinking about the non-financial aspects of a retirement transition.  Here are the Top 5 with some tips on how to deal with them: Fear of Loneliness. This was a […]

Should I Stay or Should I Go? What’s the Right Move?

By Joe Casey It’s inevitable that you will approach a crossroads in your career in mid to later life. Questions bubble up. Sometimes from within. Sometimes from others. Or both. The questions are around your path.             Should I Stay With What I’m Doing?           Or Should I Pursue a Different Direction?   A Chorus Of Voices It’s an invitation to tune in to that little voice inside that’s easy to mute in the hustle and bustle of daily life. Practical considerations quickly come to the fore. Stability. Financial security. And then […]

Why Do We Need Reminders to Focus on What Matters Most?

By Joe Casey A colleague, executive coaching client, and friend died two weeks ago. He was suddenly stricken with an illness, fought valiantly, but, sadly, died three months later. One week before his retirement date. One month before his 69th birthday. His brother delivered the eulogy at his funeral and spoke about how he had been looking forward to being able to spend the whole summer at his beach house, for the first time in his life. He had bought a new convertible, parked right outside, to make the most of it. He had put his retirement off, several times. […]

Is Your Attitude in Shape for Retirement?

By Joe Casey There’s a lot of uncertainty we face in planning for retirement. On the financial side, we can’t control the direction of the markets, interest rates or unexpected events (Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!). On the non-financial side, there are important questions to resolve (Where will we live? What will we do?) and many things we can’t fully control, like our health and longevity. There is one thing we can control in retirement – our attitude. In my HR career, I  remember meeting with an internal client who prominently displayed a sign on his desk that […]

Who’s Your Retirement Role Model?

by Joe Casey Retirement today is drastically different than it was in earlier generations. You know the drill. Pensions are a relic of the distant past, for most of us. We’ve heard about them and there’s probably a compelling museum exhibit somewhere on them –  but they are not part of our reality. Longer Lives, Longer Retirements There’s also greater longevity. This one cuts both ways. Saving for retirement today requires investing more – and earlier – to fund what is likely to be a far longer time in retirement. But it’s also a great potential opportunity. Rather than retreating […]

Millennials & Baby Boomers. Can We Talk (about Retirement)?

By Joe Casey There’s a lot of ongoing chatter about Millennials & Baby Boomers. A [email protected] article last week posed the question Can Baby Boomers Succeed in a Millennial World? It noted that next year Millennials will become a larger share of the US population than the Boomers. It also pointed out that in today’s workplace there are many unhealthy stereotypes about each generation. Another recent article noted that there is “Millennial fatigue” and highlighted that the cohort is more diverse than is often thought. I’m skeptical about sweeping characterizations about generational cohorts. My education tells me that there are common experiences and […]

Older Workers Watch Your Head – Breaking Through the Gray Ceiling

By Susan Williams The other day the Washington Post published an article on some of the challenges that older workers may experience if they were planning on working in retirement. In their post they cited a term that I hadn’t heard of before – “the gray ceiling“. I’m very familiar with the term glass ceiling – specifically as it relates to women and their career advancement but the term gray ceiling was new for me. As much as we don’t like to admit it, ageism exists in the workplace. This situation has begun to improve slightly given the supply and demand situation for skilled […]

Are There Outdated Principles About Retirement on Your Belief Window?

By Joe Casey They say when the student is ready, the teacher appears. But sometimes the teacher shows up early and plants a seed. Twenty-five years ago, I was introduced to a concept that I wasn’t ready to grasp. I was in my mid-thirties, a mid-level HR manager on the way up, with two kids and a long To Do list. Big plans. Busy schedule. Many irons in the fire. Getting lots of things done. A whirling dervish. You know the type. Are You Open to a New Idea? One day, my manager and her manager asked if I’d meet […]

Is This Worry on Your Radar in Retirement?

By Joe Casey While I tend to focus on the optimistic aspects of retirement, there are many legitimate areas of concern. Will I outlive my money? What will my health be? What about health care? How about long-term care? But there’s another big concern that I was unaware of. Liberty. Good Intentions Exploited Guardianship is intended to protect people who are assessed as incapable of making decisions in their own best interest. Despite this worthy intention, the laws are currently fraught with loopholes that can be exploited, leading to fraud and elder abuse. In this compelling piece in The New […]

Aging: Preparing For Both Quantity and Quality of Life

By Susan Williams There was an article a while back about the death of a man who had claimed to be 146 years old. This made me start to wonder. Had he been healthy? Had he been able to spend time with people he cared about? Was he able to do the things he liked to do? All the things that we think would contribute to living a good life. Once I moved past the amazement that he supposedly lived 146 years, I started to ask myself – how do make sure that we have a good quality of life versus strictly quantity of […]

Are You Headed for a Zombie Retirement?

By Joe Casey If your purpose in life part of your retirement planning? When people think of retirement planning, most focus on the financial side. It’s critical. But retirement is not just about money. It’s also about time. In my work, I see smart people who nail the financial side, yet put off the non-financial side. They’re financially flying first-class in retirement – but they find themselves living in the equivalent of a middle seat in the last row of coach. Why? Because getting it right – on both sides – can appear deceptively simple, but it can be easily […]

Retiring This Year? 6 Tips to Help Your Journey

by Denis Wuestman For many people, starting a new year is often accompanied by resolutions to do something different. The areas that seem to get the most attention focus on health or work as evidenced by increases in gym memberships, new diets or job searches.  In many cases, this will require creating new habits and searching for the personal incentive to sustain a new path. As someone who has spent many years helping companies transform the way they work, I see strong parallels between work processes and the more personal aspects of one’s life.  One thing is very clear – change is a […]
Retirees celebrating is a good thing, but it can be too much sometimes.

Why a Longer Happy Hour in Retirement is Not A Good Thing

By Susan Williams Alcohol. When something good happens we may drink to celebrate. When something bad happens we may drink to drown our sorrows. And for many baby boomers, drinking alcohol has been considered a normal part of their lives for a very long time. But it seems that baby boomers are hitting the bottle harder than ever before and this is creating some significant risks. From baby boomers liberal acceptance of drinking, to feelings of loneliness or boredom, whatever the reasons it’s becoming a very dangerous situation. And this is a global problem. A recent article published in The Guardian cited some research […]

Why the Language We Use for Aging Matters

By Susan Williams Recently there was a media buzz around the fact that Allure Magazine was no longer going to use the term “anti-aging”. In their announcement about this change the magazine made an excellent point on why they made the shift – “language matters”. And it really does. So much of what we say and think both to ourselves and others can have an enormous impact on how we feel and behave. For example, think about the last time someone suggested you look tired. It may have been an innocent enough comment but how did that make you feel? Did you possibly […]

Aging in the Suburbs – Is This Realistic or Risky?

 By Susan Williams     The suburbs. Where homes were built outside city limits so young families could enjoy home ownership and having their own backyard.   Suburban life really started to boom after World War II when many war vets returned home and wanted to settle down. At that time the suburbs were ideal. They were typically located just outside the major cities. Given the increased capabilities to commute to the city because of the infrastructure to support cars and trains, it became a great place to get a larger home and space and raise a family. However today the suburbs are […]

5 Tips On How A Structure Can Help Your Retirement Transition

by Denis Wuestman If you are thinking of retiring from full time work and are not sure what it will be like, you are in for one certain thing– an adjustment. Two main things I hear from people who have transitioned are: 1) dealing with a change in their identity from worker to retiree and, 2) that their days are less structured and they are not sure if they like that or not. In the short term these may not feel like big issues but once you have spent some time in retirement, not preparing for these changes can lead […]

Will You Outlive Your Money? There Are Other Risks to Manage, Too.

By Joe Casey You’ve seen the brochures on retirement. Sailboats. Walks on the beach, Golf. Beautiful sunsets. ‘Seashells and balloons’ as the late, great Al McGuire once quipped. They paint an appealing picture of retirement.  It looks awesome! It’s important to have an aspirational vision of your life in retirement. And it’s critical to have a sound financial plan and invest wisely for your future. If you don’t, you’ll risk outliving your money, advisors and journalists prudently warn. It’s a primary concern. But there’s another side of retirement that’s not in the brochures. The non-financial side. It also carries serious […]

Thinking of Moving In Retirement? Be Sure To Do Your Research

By Susan Williams Are you thinking about moving in retirement? Whether it’s to downsize, reduce your costs, cash in on your home equity or move closer to family – making a move can be both a challenging and exciting time. However, before you make the leap be sure to do your research. The following video from CNBC provides some good tips for you to consider before you pack up your home and lives and head for another location. Here are some of the highlights; Research, research, research Moving homes can be a stressful and exhausting activity and the last thing you want to […]

A Thank You to Sir Paul – “When I’m 75”!

by Denis Wuestman Going back 50 years when the Beatles released the song When I’m 64 I recall thinking that my parents at the time weren’t even that age. It’s hard to identify with something so far away.Yet this little ditty was enjoyable back then as it is now – only the number 64 is rapidly approaching on me. But hey – I think the person that wrote and sang it, Sir Paul McCartney, has shown us what is possible as we age. One story I read said that he wrote it when he was 16 years of age and […]

How a Concert Helped Me Learn About Second Act Careers

By Joe Casey “Turn it up. It’s the Beach Boys…”   “I’ve heard that before But I want to hear it again (I wanna hear it over and over)”  – from Weezer’s new single   The signs are everywhere. Kids toting backpacks. Football. Pumpkin Spice Lattes. Fall is here. But technically we’re still in summer for a few more days. While I love fall, summer goes too fast and I look for any way to keep it alive as long as possible. One surefire way is The Beach Boys. Each year in late summer, they hold a concert in Ocean Grove, […]

Grandparenting – How Different Is It From Being a Parent?

by Denis Wuestman Today, September 10th, is GRANDPARENTS DAY! As a relatively new Grandparent, when I talk to others about this experience – they all say the same thing: best thing in the world.   Now I know what they mean – yep agreed! I decided to look at some statistics about grandparents in the United States as I think about the kind of grandparent I want to be. So, thanks to [i]here are some things that jumped out at me: There are 70 Million grandparents in the nation today and they lead 37% of all households in this country. […]

The Demographics of Aging – What Does This Really Mean?

By Susan Williams We have all heard the cries – the aging demographic, the silver tsunami, the graying of America. But what does this really mean? We know that changes will have to be made in society to support this new reality but exactly what needs to change? The following video entitled The Big Idea in 4 Minutes – Coming of Age In Aging America does an excellent job of capturing what some of the challenges are and what is required in order to move forward in this new world of an aging population; Here are some of the highlights from the […]

Which One Are You Feeding Most in Retirement?

By Joe Casey Why is a positive mindset so important? You may have heard the parable about the Two Wolves.  A grandfather is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy. “It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.” He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. “ “The same fight […]

What Will Your Life in Retirement Be About? Your Outlook Matters.

By Joe Casey Our head of HR once told an old story that’s always stuck with me. The story was about a traveler in ancient Rome who was walking up a steep hill where he encountered a group of workers scurrying about. I’m Busy, Man It was a very busy scene and he decided to inquire about what exactly they were doing. The first worker he asked seemed visibly annoyed about being interrupted and barked “I am cutting stones.” It wasn’t clearly audible, but the traveler thought he heard the worker grumble “Idiot.” The worker clearly wanted to return to his tasks […]

Words Matter. Can Just One Change Your Mindset?

By Joe Casey Let’s call him Max — he’s one of my executive coaching clients. His company considers him a high potential leader and they’ve promoted him to a stretch assignment, way outside of his comfort zone, to broaden out his experience. They’ve hired me to help him accelerate his learning process. Right Or Left? Max is a financial whiz. He’s analytically gifted. His numbers always tick and tie. He’s the final word on the financial aspects of his company’s business. His company wants him to learn more about the customer side of the business so they’ve rotated him to run Marketing. […]

Aging Superstars – Do They Promote Inspiration or Inadequacy?

By Susan Williams They are out there. Some amazing older people doing some amazing things. These aging superstars are definitely not sitting around in their rocking chairs reminiscing about the good ol’ days. They are out there actively living them now. Here are just a few examples; There’s a 94 year old woman who just set a new half marathon record by being the oldest woman to complete the distance A man was discovered at the age of 79 on a fashion runway in China and began a whole new career as a fashion model Or how about the two 98 year olds who are the […]

Want to Discover a New Purpose? Take a Look at Your Current and Future Roles

By Joe Casey On my mini-vacation last week, I read two books – one fiction and one non-fiction. To my surprise, I encountered the same quotation in both books:   “The three components of happiness are something to do, someone to love and something to look forward to.”   The universe was trying to tell me something. (It gets rather insistent if it notices I’m not listening). The quote is an excellent summary of the recipe for a satisfying retirement. If you have your health and financial independence, these three are the next critical ingredients. Something to Do Isn’t Enough […]

5 Ways to Keep Things Interesting in Retirement

By Joe Casey Someone sent this to me yesterday (perhaps because I’ve been a Patriots fan since 1970 when they played their home games at Fenway Park). Apparently, it’s a story that everyone on the planet has seen – except me. What Do Retired People Do All Day? “Working people often ask retired people what they do to make their days interesting.  Well, yesterday, my wife and I went into the city and went into a shop. We were only in there five minutes – tops.  As soon as we came out, we saw a cop writing up a parking […]

Retiring Early? Consider 4 Work Benefits You May Miss

by Denis Wuestman Perhaps, you are starting to think about retiring “early” from your career. You likely have reached an inflection point where satisfaction with your current work is diminishing, or you simply want to do other things, or it just feels like it’s time. Like any major transition, an early retirement decision is something that requires thought, time commitment and planning. Beyond the Numbers When considering early retirement, focus is usually on “running the numbers”. Everyone that I know who has elected an early exit has certainly done the math. They seek to understand their financial readiness considering possible […]

Five Ways Vacation Can Jump Start Your Retirement Planning

By Joe Casey I must confess. I suck at vacation. Make no mistake. I love vacations. I look forward to them.  I enjoy them. Unlike many Americans I actually consistently take them. The problem is that I can’t resist trying to do something productive with all that unscheduled time. Last week, my wife surprised us with the news that one of her friends offered to lend us their beach house for the Fourth of July weekend. An unplanned four-day mini vacation. Awesome! But my thoughts immediately went to What can I get done while we’re there? Dumb. Then I made […]

Time for a Retirement “Leisure Audit”?

by Denis Wuestman Retirement is like life itself- it’s full of surprises. You may find yourself thinking, “I wish I knew then what I know now”.   If we had a dime for all the “could haves/ would haves/ should haves” in our life…well, you know the story. Did you enter retirement life with a plan or are you just winging it when it comes to how you will spend your leisure time? Are you risking having multiple “could haves/would haves/should haves” during this part of your life? Taking an “audit” of your leisure life up to this point may be […]

Living a Regret Free Life

By Susan Williams Over the last year or so I have talked with many people who shared with me that how they currently were living was not what they really wanted to do. Whether it was pursuing a different profession that would allow them to be more creative or wanting to help other people more or even a desire to feel that they were making a bigger difference in the world – they all had one thing in common. They were talking about doing something different but were not actually taking steps towards doing anything about it. It made me wonder […]

“Glowing” Lessons from Baseball and Dads

by Denis Wuestman Over 50 Years Ago Flashback – July   1964.   I was just starting to really like baseball as a young kid growing up in Brooklyn, NY. It was July 7, 1964 – the day the All-Star Game was being played at Shea Stadium (home of the NY Mets back then).   I remember parts of that day vividly some 50+ years later. Here’s why… That morning my father woke my brother and I and asked if we wanted to go see the game in person. Well, you can imagine the excitement! Since we had no tickets we had to […]

So, What Do You Do?

By Joe Casey We’ve all heard this question. It’s a simple one. This is not of one of life’s most challenging problems. But it can be an instructive part of your transition to retirement. It’s really about giving yourself time to adjust to – and to own – a new identity. For some it’s even an identity crisis of sorts. Are We What We Do? We tend to answer that question effortlessly. ‘I’m an accountant.’ ‘I’m a carpenter.’  ‘I’m a teacher.’ Or ‘I work at Global Mega Corp.’ We describe ourselves by what we do for a living or where […]

Finding Your Retirement Rhythm

by Denis Wuestman Retirement transitions take some time. What comes to mind when you hear the word rhythm as it applies to aspects of your life or job?   Baseball pitchers would likely express a feeling of command and control of their pitches. Basketball players may look at this as their shooting consistency and accuracy. When they are getting good results, they are in a “groove”, focused and directing their energy in a positive way. Most likely, they are enjoying the moment. Liken this to your personal work or life experiences. Can you remember a time when you were in a […]

Are Distortions Standing Between You and an Awesome Retirement?

By Joe Casey Across the street from my office is an excellent ice cream shop (that I avoid like the plague). It has an old-fashioned funhouse mirror that distorts your image as soon as you walk in. Beliefs about retirement can have that same effect. By retirement, we’re not talking about the gold watch at age 65 followed by days filled with golf, CNBC and walks on the beach. We’re talking about today’s “retirement” – the time when you’ve achieved enough financial independence to leave ‘the grind’ behind and transition from your primary career to your next chapters. While it’s […]

Why the Silver Tsunami is More Like A Constantly Overflowing Bucket

By Susan Williams You’ve more than likely heard the term “silver tsunami“. This metaphor is frequently used to refer to the very large number of aging baby boomers and the anticipated impacts that this will have on society. It creates quite an interesting image. You can just imagine this massive aging wave starting to build and then being unleashed on the world. But I read a really interesting post the other day by Professor Vernon on the University of Manchester website which made me consider this idea. His post was about how people were aging and the impacts it will have on society. There […]

How A Bridge Job Can Be Your Phased Retirement

By Joe Casey If you’re of a certain age, your thoughts may be turning to retirement. Not tomorrow, mind you, but you can envision a time when you’d like to be doing something else. Lately, you find yourself musing ‘I’m too young to fully retire, but I’ve had just about enough of the grind.’  You’re not ready to ‘hang ‘em up’ yet, but maybe it’s time to scale back on work and enjoy life more. Maybe it’s time to slow down a little, without completely stepping off the carousel (just yet).   Having Too Much Fun? You like the work […]

Is Retirement Another Chance to Change Your Major?

By Joe Casey With graduation season in full swing, you may be wondering What do college and retirement have in common? Okay, probably not.  But there are some interesting parallels that may change how you view retirement. Big Transitions College and retirement are among the most significant life transitions many people will ever navigate. Both involve dealing with uncertainty, exploring options and making decisions that chart a course forward. Undecided is the Default Setting Estimates are that up to 50 percent of students entering college are undecided about their major course of study. For many, the first year or two […]

You’re Not Retired – You’re on Vacation!

by Denis Wuestman Last week I had lunch with a good friend of mine who is between jobs. We talked about his job search and time off and he expressed how much he was enjoying this period of time. He got my attention, when he said that he “could easily get used to being retired”. I couldn’t help but laugh as I said to him: “that’s because you are not retired – you are on a long vacation – don’t confuse the two”. We bantered back and forth on this for a while as he insisted that he could easily […]

Why Knowing Your Ikigai Is So Important in Retirement

By Susan Williams Do you know what your ikigai is? Ikigai is a Japanese term used to refer to reason for being or another interpretation is “the reason to get out of bed in the morning”. Back in 2009, a team of researchers from Japan released the results of a study on the affect that ikigai had on aging. In their research of over 73,000 people, what they discovered is that those that answered “yes” to whether they had ikigai or not had a lower mortality rate years later than those without it. It makes sense. If you feel your life has no […]

Are You Ready for the Gig Economy in Retirement?

By Joe Casey Retirement is clearly changing. For many, it includes part-time work or a second career in the gig economy. For decades in the U.S., it was commonly seen as a period of leisure following a long career. But today, work is playing a larger role in retirement. And it’s for a variety of reasons, some driven by economics and some by the pursuit of satisfaction – or a mix of both. There’s a strong desire for options that provide more flexibility, reduced hours and a gradual transition to an exit from work at some point – a way […]

How Clear is Your Retirement Vision?

by Denis Wuestman If you want to go somewhere it helps to have a plan to get there. Seems to make a lot of sense, as I am sure we have all planned or have been involved in the planning of a trip, celebration, or a work related project. They all have something in common – a destination, maybe not in the physical sense but in the context of achievement. When we approach a retirement transition, planning for our next “destination” can take on a new meaning. Retirement is not something we “complete” but rather a series of destinations or […]

Will You Retire like the Jetsons?

By Joe Casey There’s a lot going on with technology for older adults. It is changing day to day retirement life in many ways. And it’s rapidly becoming another aspect of adjusting to retirement. How high tech will your life in retirement be when you’re ready to retire? If you are of a certain age, like I am, you grew up watching the Jetsons. It was fun to wonder what would become part of real life in the future. Since we’re now in the future, let’s see how things are stacking up – and what you should factor into your […]

Three Things You Can Do to Help Your Relationship in Retirement

by Joe Casey In their article “The Gray Divorce Revolution”, the researchers note that the rate of divorce among older Americans 65 and over, has more than doubled in recent years – in contrast to the divorce rates in younger groups which decreased or remained flat. Multiple factors are contributing to this trend. Life spans have increased and perhaps more time provides more opportunities for conflicts – or more time for partners to feel like they have grown apart. Cultural norms have evolved and divorce is much less stigmatized and more readily accepted today. As shared tasks change over the […]

Mindset – the Path to Growth in Retirement

by Denis Wuestman In helping organizations create better and more efficient work models, one thing that I help them focus on is the mindset shift that has to take place for changes to stick. While this sounds a little “soft” what I am referring to is the fundamental belief that there is always a better way to do your work AND, as a direct result, for people to grow and expand their knowledge and skills. If they think and “act” that way, then will succeed. In the book “Mindset” by Carol S. Dweck, PhD [i] she identifies the benefits of […]

Turn the Page! The Gift of Retirement

by Denis Wuestman Lessons from the Boomlet Generation! Did you ever watch a young child play with a book? I have had the pleasure of watching a one-year-old display tremendous curiosity as he looks through his favorite books over and over again. Watching a young child learn teaches us many lessons. Very young children often have their favorite toys and books that they seem to be able to play with over and over again and experience the same joy as if they saw it for the first time. While I don’t pretend to understand the developmental aspects of a one-year-old […]

5 Strategies That Can Help Older Workers Thrive

by Joe Casey Two realities are on a collision course. A survey by Bankrate found that 70 % of non-retired respondents plan to work into retirement – and to work as long as they can. Financial necessity is a big reason, but 26% of responded that it’s because they really like to work. Another 19% answered that it was a combination of needing to work and wanting to work.[1] Trying to Look Younger – and It’s Not Working That’s one side of the street. Then there’s the other side. Its’s tough out there, people. An article in Bloomberg Businessweek, chronicled […]

Yes, Jimmy You Can Retire – If You Really Want To…

by Joe Casey Jimmy from the block. You know him. Or someone like him.  Always a step or two ahead. Smartest person in the room.  (At least according to him. I’ve personally never had that experience. Sometimes I wonder if Jimmy should spend time in some different rooms). Jimmy is well read. He stays on top of things (he’ll tell you). He is convinced that he’ll never retire. The concept of retirement is ‘so 20th century’, he says. It’s pure folly for anyone to even think about ever retiring today. Retirement is over – for all of us. We will […]

Saying ‘No’ is a Key Part of the New Retirement Skill Set

by Joe Casey 4 Steps to Say No Gracefully, but Firmly It’s said that nature abhors a vacuum. You can see that principle at work with the schedules of new retirees. Free space will be filled fast. Sometimes you can become busy with commitments that may not be the right ones for you. One of the surprises new retirees report is that they quickly become much busier than they expected – or wanted – to be. Suddenly, they find themselves as busy as they were before, just with a different mix of activities, but driven too much by other people’s […]

What Are Your Top Priorities in Retirement?

by Denis Wuestman As you get closer to making the transition from your main career to your retirement stage you may wonder what your most important priorities should be. Among the top three things that likely enter your mind are: 1) will I have the financial resources to help me live the life I want to live? 2) will I be able to maintain good health? 3) will my spouse or partner and I be on the same page as to our goals and dreams?   Arguably, these are very important areas to deal with as one contemplates retirement. Let’s assume […]

Will Your Personality Change in Retirement?

By Joe Casey While passing by and seeing this title, my wife commented, “Let’s hope so.” Oh, well. Our personalities were previously thought to develop early in life through childhood, adolescence and early adulthood and then remain fairly static. Now it appears that certain aspects of personality evolve later in life. Does Your True Personality Become More Apparent in Retirement? “As individuals age, they become increasingly like themselves…the personality structure stands more clearly revealed in an old than in a younger person.” (Hooker, 2002). Retirees often reconnect with passions and interests they had earlier in life, and now have time […]

Coaching is Not Just for Sports

by Denis Wuestman How many of us have watched a sports coach, been coached by a sports coach or coached a sports team? I would think that you would fall into one of these categories.   So, in sports, coaches play an important role as they very often are responsible for organizing a team, creating a strategy for how a team executes, adjusting the game plan, running practices and instructing individuals to become better at what they do and how they contribute. it’s the same with a life coach. Sports and Life – Some Parallels Sport mimics life in many ways, […]

My Thinking About Retirement Needed an Adjustment

by Denis Wuestman There was a time not long ago that I had created for myself a picture of what it would be like to stop working – commonly referred to as “retirement”.   I convinced myself that I would find great pleasure in not having to get up early, commute long distances and have little time for relaxation.   In fact, I created a vision of what my days would be like but my vision became fuzzy when I realized that the activities I planned would occupy so little of my time, and it got me thinking.  So I looked to […]

Preparing for Retirement? Strengthen Your Social Network

by Joe Casey As you get closer to retirement, are you thinking more about your health? I know I am. Perhaps you’re focusing more on wellness and fitness lately. Have you seen the flurry of recent articles alerting us that sitting is the new smoking? Indeed, there are real dangers to our health if we aren’t moving enough throughout the day. But this isn’t about smoking or fitness. I’m fairly confident you know about the health implications of both. I want to share with you another risk to our health that researchers have identified, and which doesn’t receive as much press. […]

Are You Ready for a Gap Year?

by Joe Casey Our youngest daughter left for college this fall. Last spring when she was considering her future path, she came home one day excited that one of her friends would be taking a Gap Year. The ensuing conversation turned out to be an eye-opener for me because it changed my whole outlook on what happens during gap years. And surprisingly, this led me to think differently about life at the other end of the career spectrum from my daughter’s: retirement. But before I share my epiphany and how it could affect your retirement plans, I’m going to go back to that initial moment when […]

Time Rich: A Big Investment Opportunity in Retirement

by Joe Casey Just a half a mile to go. I was about to accomplish a goal that was years in the making – finishing the Boston Marathon. Suddenly, I could not take another step. I had fractured my left hip. I was wheeled off the course, taken to the medical tent and then in an ambulance to the emergency room at Mass General Hospital. I had surgery first thing the next morning. Then the verdict: On crutches and restricted to the house for up to 12 weeks. No running for a year. While in the hospital, a client called […]

There’s More to Retirement Than Money

Our retirement lifestyle blog is designed to help you become wiser in planning for retirement. Often people neglect the non-financial aspects - until they actually retire. Retirement Wisdom believes that after you achieve the ability to retire financially, these aspects can determine the level of satisfaction you experience in retirement. While there are many things you cannot control about life in retirement, we believe that you can control your mindset and how you choose to invest your time.

How to Structure Your Day in Retirement

Our writing offers a perspective on how to replace the benefits that work offers beyond a paycheck. Preparing for retirement includes being ready for the emotional side of it and learning to adjust to retirement. We offer ideas on how to structure your day in retirement, how to deal with the loss of identity when leaving work and how to cultivate a new sense of meaning and purpose. Our blog on retirement includes our observations on how retirement affects the key relationships in your life and how vital social connectivity and community are in a satisfying retirement. We share our observations and experiences with topics like considering where to live in retirement, how to maintain fitness and wellness in your retirement years and why you’ll want to become a lifelong learner.

Successful Aging in Retirement

Research shows that even if you’re retiring early, you’re getting older every day. Most blogs about retirement concentrate on saving and investing. We include content on positive aging that helps you prepare well for all the stages of retirement and how to age well.


Balance Your Retirement Planning

While The Retirement Wisdom Blog has a primary author, we have multiple contributors with different points of view – and there are several more who’ll be adding their voices in 2020. We hope that our retirement blog stimulates your thinking about retirement and helps to balance your retirement planning.