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September 17, 2019 — A special Retirement supplement in the New York Times was filled with sage advice about baby boomer retirements. The Sept. 12 section had articles on topics like finances, the new retirement, finding purpose, etc. ( See link at end, you might also find it in your library). The experts and retired people interviewed there (some quoted below) sparked a whole raft of new thoughts about retirement. Particularly, it made us realize how retirement is such a different experience from any other phase of life. Retirement might even be harder, mainly because it requires a great deal of self-initiative to do it right. Here are some of our new thoughts on the retirement process.
No ritual. The founder of consulting company Age Wave, Ken Dychtwald, points out that there is a ritual associated with most of the events in our lives, but not retirement. When you started school your mother probably took you out to buy clothes, and the whole family waited for the bus to pick you up. The process of going to college meant you took tests, visited campuses, got counseling, and if lucky, had parents who gave plenty of advice. Graduations were fraught with ceremony. But on the day you retire, you might be lucky to go out for drinks with colleagues. The next day all the trappings and structure of 40 years of working disappear.
“In retirement you are in a class of one; it’s a life test with no text and no teacher”Topretirements.com
What it's Like to Retire in Middlebury
Located in western Vermont near the New York border, Middlebury, Vermont is home to one of America's top liberal arts colleges, Middlebury College. It has to be one of the top settings for a college town of anywhere, and has attracted many baby boomers who are making it their retirement community. The population is about 6,600. Two of the big attractions of Middlebury are it writers conferences and summer language programs... more >>
What it's Like to Retire in Frederica
Frederica is a very small (less than 800) Delaware town just south of Dover and fairly near the Delaware River Bay. Formerly agricultural, the area is transitioning into suburbs and active adult communities are being built here as well. Picture of Barretts Chapel courtesy of Wikipedia; picture of Frederica Town Hall courtesy of Wikipedia and Smallbones... more >>
What it's Like to Retire in Vancouver
Vancouver is the largest city in British Columbia, Canada, and one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the Americas. This exciting city is located on Canada's west coast. The setting of high rise buildings rising from the harbor creates a striking environment. Vancouver is home to 2 major universities: the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University. It has a vibrant economy and strong cultural presence... more >>
What it's Like to Retire in Millville
Millville, New Jersey, in Cumberland County, with a population of 28,400 (2010 census), was built around the Maurice River in the late 1700’s. The town was named for the many mills and factories that sprung up due to its location on the river, among the many surrounding forests. Another natural resource, silica sand, was abundant and led to the beginning of the glass industry here, of which the town is still proud of and celebrates today... more >>
State: New Jersey
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