We've been noticing something intriguing here in our little Andean mountain village in northern Ecuador. More and more single women from the U.S. and Canada are showing up. And they're not coming as tourists. They're settling here...as in, renting and buying apartments, condos, or houses and living here full- or part-time.
Tomorrow in San Diego I'm speaking on "Thriving After 50" at the AARP's annual Ideas@50+ conference, which has me thinking about what retirement means in our culture today. To withdraw, to go away, to retreat: These are the literal definitions of "retire," but, increasingly, they fail to accurately describe the possibilities of modern retirement. If we were choosing a word today for what life looks like as we hit our mid-60s, 70s and 80s, it seems unlikely that we'd land on "retirement." While these years bring many changes, for a growing number of people, this time of life is about anything but withdrawal or retreat. When we talk about retirement, we often use the same rhetoric that dominates our economic debate: how big our deficits are, how little we have to work with, what we can't do. It's time to open up the conversation to include our surpluses and what we can do.
This is a narrative about volunteer surrogate grandparents living among teens (who are not related) in a rural, residential school setting far from the crowds of urban Southern California -- and loving it.
Taking the time to plan what you will do with that extra income would be time well spent. It can mean having a comfortable retirement savings after a demanding career of hard work, allowing you to maintain the lifestyle desired.
With baby boomers following the sun (and a lower cost of living) to increasingly far-flung destinations, it's good to know we have so many options these days for grandparenting from afar.
I was listening to an interview with author Paul Taylor yesterday. In his book, The Next America, he makes a case that the U.S. is in the throes of a ...
Live and Invest Overseashas published its annual Retire Overseas Index, naming the 21 best places to retire overseas in 2014. Number one on the list is the Algarve, Portugal.
When I told my friends and family that I was quitting my marketing job at a well-respected global company to start Sixty and Me, I was greeted with confused looks. After all, at age 64, I was supposed to be 'winding down' and preparing for retirement.
Wouldn't life be great if we could choose the friends in our social circles by their occupations and how useful they would be to us?
They call it sandwich generation stress for a reason - people in their 40s and 50s caught between raising their kids and caring for their aging parent...
It used to be that you would start a job in the workforce (sometimes after graduating college, sometimes not) and stay there for the next 30-40 years. You'd then retire high on the hog with a decent pension and a monthly social security check.
Nine years ago, Jan Karon, the author of the hugely popular Mitford series of novels, announced that Light From Heaven (2005) would be the last Mitford book. Now, she's back with a new Mitford novel.
Those 50 and older have got a lot of catching up to do if they want to have a comfortable quality of life due to their retirement savings.
I have my own theory about why some people retire happily and others get depressed or ill upon retirement, about why some people drive fast and like rollercoaster rides and horror movies, and others-- like me-- absolutely refuse to see anything violent and frightening and have always avoided scary rides in amusement parks.
Before you spend a lot of time and money conceiving a plan for a new life overseas, take a close look at the options for establishing residency in each country on your list. Understanding the various visa options available to you is an important part of making your ultimate where-to-retire-overseas decision.
Money problems are frequently cited as a source of friction in marriages, and there is no doubt that bad finances can put a strain on a marriage. However, you can also turn that around and look at it the other way: A bad marriage can put an awful strain on a couple's finances.