How To Become A Happy RetireeSubmitted by S. F. Ehrlich Associates, Inc. on May 15th, 2017
May 15, 2017
Writing in MONEY.com, Nancy K. Schlossberg, a professor emerita of counseling and personnel services at the University of Maryland, reiterates the words of Coughlin: “Succeeding in retirement is about more than money.”1 As part of her new book: Too Young to Be Old: Love, Learn, Work and Play as You Age, Schlossberg groups retirees into six paths. “Any of these routes can be right for you (with one exception), and thinking about retirement this way can help you get comfortable with your new identity.”
- “Continuers modify their activities while continuing along a similar path. For instance, a retired museum director occasionally curates an art show.
- “Adventurers see retirement as an opportunity to pursue an unrealized dream or try something new, such as a retired teacher who turns her hobby of raising goats into her new life.
- “Easy gliders see retirement as a time to relax, and they take each day as it comes.
- “Involved spectators still care deeply about their previous work and receive satisfaction from following developments in their field.
- “Searchers are retirees who are looking for their niche. We might retire, then venture onto a new path, and then when that has played out, we might search again.
- “Retreaters come in two versions. After stepping back and disengaging from their previous routine, some get depressed and become couch potatoes. That’s the exception – the retiree you don’t want to be. Other retreaters use a moratorium to figure out what’s next."
Adds Schlossberg: “You can follow any path or a combination of paths, and you can change course over time.”
1 Schlossberg, Nancy K. “How to Become a Happy Retiree.” Money, May 2017.