Happiness in Retirement — Fighting Ageism

Ageism, discrimination based on age and usually focused on the elderly, is destructive, patronizing and exclusionary.  It can lead to fear, discrimination, and damaged self-esteem. There is little doubt that older adults living in Western society fall victim to aspects of ageism. Researchers indicate that by age 40, many businesses consider men ‘too old’ to be hired […]

5 Essentials for Aging Successfully

Most postworksavvy folks want to have a long and successful retirement.  We want to age ‘successfully’. But sometimes we sabotage ourselves because we have not developed a strategy for retirement. In my postworksavvy experience there are 5 Essentials to consider in your strategy for aging successfully. Physical Activity.  No retirement will be successful with health problems that hold […]

Why aging does not have to be a losing battle

Everybody wants the benefits of good health in retirement.  Aging is not a losing battle.  Senility, grouchiness, poor memory, body aches and pains don’t necessarily go with aging. Taking care of your health requires a few good habits that are neither costly nor onerous.  Most of these habits become enjoyable as they become part of […]

7 Easy Ways to Maximize Health

Retired people rank health security among their highest priorities for a successful retirement.  Last year, during the weeks and months following hip surgery, I struggled with limited mobility.  I realized how much I had taken my good health for granted. I also realized what every Postworksavvy reader knows — good health is essential for a happy retirement.  You […]

Is your curiosity keeping you mentally sharp?

As I watch my cats explore any new package that enters the house, or inspect visitors before approaching them, I realize that curiosity and careful scrutiny is their method of analyzing new situations.  Ever curious and hopeful for attention, novelty or food, they approach new situations by exploring.  Eventually this natural inquisitiveness is rewarded — […]

Retirement Transitions — Stages of Retirement

Finding a post retirement identity is a process that involves transitions.  I realize that I am slowly making these transitions during this wonderful third stage of life. Just over a year ago when I retired from work, I was gaga with all the new-found time and freedom that was suddenly available.  Now I realize that […]

Scoring your Retirement — How do you measure retirement well-being?

The secret of health for both body and mind is not to mourn for the past, nor to worry about the future but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly –Buddha Well-being most often refers to ideas such as happiness, fulfillment, quality of life or living a good, meaningful life.  Spiritual leaders, psychologists and […]

What are your real retirement needs?

During this week I listened to a CBC radio program on aging in Canada.  Part of the program featured telephone calls from retired people from across the country. Many comments were heart wrenching with stories of arbitrary reductions of company pensions, attempts to live on Old Age Security and Canada Pension Benefits, concerns about failing […]