Think ahead

Retirement can be a double edged sword. Planned for well, it can be time for a well desired change and rest. Failure to plan and take into account social needs and wants can leave the retiree and partner or spouse distressed, isolated and feeling lost.

Clarify and communicate

Thinking things through and planning is crucial. Understanding your needs and expectations is vital. Understanding your partner’s expectations is also very important. Adult children may also have expectations, for example helping them out with childcare.

Communication, even if uncomfortable, will help prevent misunderstandings with those around you. It will also help you clarify what your own needs and expectations for retirement are.