All too frequently you hear women lament “all he does is watch TV all day!” They’ve retired to their favorite recliner and seem reluctant to doing anything meaningful.
By that point, these women are at their wits end and at a loss as to his withdrawal. This can be a real challenge with what to do with a retired husband with no hobbies or friends.
Never before have we lived in such unsettling times. The entire fabric of society is being shredded with the outbreak of a global pandemic, associated economic meltdown, and social unrest. Entire industries are decimated with massive layoffs. No one predicted such turmoil and how you deal with it, might be the only thing you have control over.Continue Reading
In spite of the media and advertising portraying couples happily retired, not everyone wants or can afford to retire.
In fact, there are numerous reasons why retiring at the same time might not be the best idea. Reasons why you shouldn’t retire when your spouse does include:
1. You enjoying a fulfilling career and aren’t ready to leave….
Resigning from my job was not an easy decision. However, I never thought I would experience the loss of work friends after retirement.
I knew I needed to leave that toxic environment and my bad boss! What made it more manageable was the never-ending support of my wonderful husband. It was extremely scary with so many changes happening so fast.
Dealing with coronavirus and the ensuing lock downs is definitely putting a strain on our partnerships. Improving your relationship during the coronavirus crisis is going to take some definite focus. You need to work at it if it’s to be successful.
We are, usually, separated at least eight hours a day by work or other activities. Now, we are together day in and day out 24/7. In a lot of ways, this is a good dry run for retirement.
Most of our aging parents dread the thought of “getting stuck in an old folks’ home”. With the wildfire spread of COVID throughout senior facilities, never before has it been so important to re-evaluate your options. 10 tips to caring for aging parents at home delves into the many aspects of this thorny issue.Continue Reading
WOW! Our first podcast! You might be wondering what it’s like to participate in one. Up until a few short weeks ago, we did too. Obviously, we wanted Retires Great first podcast to go well. Surprisingly, it was fun, exciting and a little bit nerve wracking. In the end, it was not quite like we expected – it was awesome!Continue Reading
The future of social security (SS) and its viability are threatened by the cascading numbers of retiring baby boomers. Recent findings predict that there will be a financial meltdown by 2029! Already underfunded, the onslaught of COVID-19 has trust funds being gobbled up almost as fast as the space shuttle burns fuel during a launch.Continue Reading
About half the time, our minds slide into darker thoughts. We tend to dwell on problems and the things that bother us. Sometimes, we even get stuck and can’t let something go. Improving and maintaining a positive attitude in retirement becomes critical to improve your overall happiness and health. What is the one thing you have control over?Continue Reading
The coronavirus is first and foremost in everyone’s minds these days. As it continues to wreak havoc with the world, unemployment is soaring to new heights in the US. Last week, claims for benefits skyrocketed to 281,000 first time claims. The jump in claims was a 33% increase, larger than anything that occurred during the Great Recession.Continue Reading