It wasn't so long ago that employers could usher you out the door because you had celebrated a birthday that made you "too old to work" in the eyes of some of them. With the passage of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) in 1967, Congress decreed that couldn't happen before age 65, and in 1986, mandatory retirement was eliminated for most occupations.
Isabelle and Robert Shahverdians lived and breathed stress and chaos in Los Angeles. Their lives were filled with long work days and long commutes, all to pay for life in the fast lane.
Most of us say that we want a successful retirement. Unfortunately, too many of us don't think things through, and could end up unprepared for retirement. It's remarkably easy to wreck your retirement years.
Let's face it, dumping your old life and taking off to live -- even part time -- in Ecuador or Belize or any other likely foreign haven is not what most folks do. They may dream about it. But actually doing it is not something most folks seriously consider. It isn't what most people would call "normal."
New to town, eager to meet people and explore new activities in my post-retirement era, I searched the local newspaper for clues to previously unexplored terrain.
We now find life more convenient than it ever was back where we could get 10 brands of anything on the planet. Because we no longer need 10 brands of everything... we just need one, and we've become very used to it being within easy walking distance in excellent weather.
You may have already begun to notice in your own life that the hopes and dreams of today's pre-retirees and retirees are increasingly complicated by three converging family-related trends.
When it comes to health care, we quite honestly don't know what to think. Or rather, we don't know what our health care strategy would be if we ever wanted to or had to go back to the U.S.
I cannot believe how much fun I'm having thinking about where I might like to live, once the kids are gone and my husband and I are in a position to think about retiring. Well, maybe not retiring exactly, but doing something different than the same old thing. We very well may continue working but I'd like to have a new adventure.
Women over 60 have lived through six amazing decades. Throughout our lives, with a curious and adventurous nature, we have challenged the status quo and celebrated our independence and freedom. Many of us have had to build enormous emotional reserves to manage and survive difficult times.
Pizza is essentially comfort food. For many, if not most, U.S. citizens, it carries with it a lifetime of associations with happy times and full stomachs... parties and get togethers, congenial late-night work sessions, relaxing weekends watching sports, special evenings at that favorite little Italian restaurant with family and friends.
Recently, two friends in their late 60s have said wryly, but clearly seriously, that they are trying to figure out what to do when they grow up.
Retirement is becoming real for pre-retirees, and many are concerned about whether they are really "retirement ready". No matter the source - holidays, retirement, work or family - stress can take a heavy toll on your health, mental state and wallet.
Many people step up to act as their parents' (or other loved ones') financial guardians without thinking through the ramifications -- in particular, the serious commitment of time and effort required to manage the finances of a second household.
No matter what you read, no matter what you hear, no matter what you see on TV or YouTube, if you're making a decision as big as moving or retiring abroad, you HAVE to get your boots on the ground in the places you're most interested in and experience them for yourself.