BEST RETIREMENT WEBSITES
TO THE RETIREMENT
101 Retirement-Related Websites, Blogs, and Articles to Help You Retire
Richer, Smarter, and Happier
This is a retirement directory of the 101 best retirement websites, the best retirement
blogs, and the best retirement articles that provide retirement information which will help retirees retire
richer, smarter, and happier.
1. US Government Retirement Website for
Seniors: Official information and services from the U.S. government for the retired
and soon-to-be retired including money and financial issues.
2. US Government Website: Home page of the US Government's
Official Web Portal for all government transactions, services, and information including links to Social
Security and Retiree Benefits.
3. Retirement Income
Calculator: Take an educated guess at how much money you will have to spend in
retirement by estimating your retirement benefits at this U.S. Government website.If you currently
have enough Social Security credits to qualify for benefits, you can use the Retirement Estimator for a
retirement estimate based on current law and real time access to your earnings record. The
estimator provides an estimate of your retirement benefits comparable to the estimate you
receive on your Social Security Statement each year, and lets you create additional "what if" retirement
4. How to Retire
Happy: Your true nature is to retire happy, wild, and free. Never lose
touch with it. You will, however, if you are not careful. The way to ensure that you have a happy
retirement is to have a copy of The
World's Best Retirement Book by Ernie Zelinski
available at your fingertips. This webpage shows you why you should retire before you
5. Retirement Quotes for Smart People: Part of the
Sensational Quotes for Smart People Website which also has Funny, Inpsirational, and Motivational
Quotations in the areas of Artists, Business, Cars, Creativity, Dancing, Dating, Education, Fame, Gambling,
Hockey. Laughter, Life, Marriage, Opportunity, Single Life, Success, Travel, Work, and Writers.
6. Victory Lap Retirement: — Work
While You Play. Play While You Work. The Joy of Financial Independence . . . At Any Age: This website/blog
is an extension to Mike Drak's and Johnathan Chevrea's book Victory Lap Retirement. It is
"A Retirement Book about Not Retiring".
7. 10 Great
Retirement Books: US NEWS in an article about 10 Great Retirement
Books by Steven Holbrook listed How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free
in the Number 1 Position. "Retirement has long been seen as a time to settle down, grab a hot beverage and
read a book or 10. Whether you’re already retired or preparing for it, these books are must-reads you’re
looking to make the most of your golden years."
6 Retirement Books You Should Read Now: In September 2014 the AARP
(American Association of Retired People) posted this article on their website. How to Retire Happy,
Wild, and Free was in the Number 6 Position.
9. Washington Post's The Best Websites for Boomers and Retirees by Rodney Brooks: Note that The Retirement Cafe is in the top-three after
NextAvenue.org and the US News World Report's On Retirement".
10. Best Personal Finance
Books for 2017: It's nice to see bloggers — even financial advisors at that —
mention How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free even though it was first
self-published 13 years ago. Financial writer Joseph Hogue mentions several really interesting financial
books that I have never heard of. I will buy at least two of them even though my finances are in great
shape. I like Hogue's comment about himself: "After taking control of my finances and learning how to make
money in a job I love, I found a level of financial freedom that just has to be shared."
11. Ditch The Retirement Bucket List And Honey Do List For This: A curious list
is better than the bucket list. "Don’t be cliché or old fashioned, ditch the retirement bucket list and honey
do list for a new and more profound curious list. A good curious retirement list will support a balanced
retirement that incorporates mental and physical health, social activities, financial well-being, and spiritual
growth. It will also go a long way in helping you fill your time and replace our work identity."
Top 5 Regrets of The Dying: When people realise that their life
is almost over and look back clearly on it, it is easy to see how many dreams have gone unfulfilled. A
palliative nurse recorded the most common regrets of the dying and put her findings into a book called
The Top Five Regrets of The Dying. This was the most common regret of all: “I wish I’d had the
courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.”
13 A Better Retirement Life:
Health and Medical News. From USA Today, this blog features
all the latest news on health and wellness.
14. NPR Planet Money for
Retirement. NPR Radio's Money Blog. Keep up with the global economy with news from
this blog. Categories include, Asia's Financial Crisis, Currencies, Economic Scene, Europe's Financial
Crisis, Fun With Economics, Standard of Living, Understanding The Crisis, Wall Street.
15. 5 Secrets
to a Happy Retirement: In a recent survey of MONEY readers, 48% retirees
reported being happier in retirement than expected; only 7% were disappointed.
16. Planning to Retire
Blog: By U.S. News retirement reporter
Emily Brandon tells you how plan financially for retirement and how to make the best of your retirement
17. This Is the Only Retirement Guide You'll Ever
Need: "Six feet under as a retirement plan?" Who wants to live such a long
time, given the retirement headlines? "The basic value of these types of 'pop psychology' articles is to
increase overall interest in financial literacy and retirement planning. This is the first step in nudging
the general public to start to open a retirement plan at work and then hopefully hire a financial planner,"
said Victor Ricciardi
18. AARP: Health, Travel, Baby Boomers, and Retirement
Travel. AARP is a membership organization leading positive social change and
delivering value to people age 50 and over through information, advocacy and service.
19: AARP The Magazine: The World's Largest
Circulation Magazine for Retirees: serves the interests of people 50 and over. Editorial topics include
money, health, travel, and retiree finances.
20. Alliance for Retired
Americans: ARA is an
activist voice for older Americans and is one of the largest organizations today representing senior
citizens and their families. Created to spearhead the charge to enact a health care program for senior
citizens -- Medicare. Has approximately 3 million members.
21. Retirement Jobs and Retirement Businesses at
The Real Success Resource Center: Retire to a Job You Love Instead of One You Love to Hate! Top-10
Retirement Jobs. Top-15 Cool Retirement Jobs. Retirement Jobs versus Retirement Businesses.
22. Retirement Jobs: helps retirees to
identify companies most-suited to older workers. Whether you are seeking to supplement your income, a new
challenge, a way to get out and meet people, or another reason, this website is your source for finding
part-time retirement jobs or full-time projects that match your lifestyle.
365 REASONS WHY RETIREMENT ROCKS — AND WORK SUCKS!
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23. The Retirement Quotes Café: A
Comprehensive Collection of Retirement Quotes and Retirement Sayings for Any Occasion Including a Retirement
Card or a Retirement Party. Also Retirement Letters, Retirement Speeches, and Retirement Poems to help you
24. National Institute on
Aging: This U.S. government website is of special interest as it
has an easily navigated presentation on diseases like Alzheimer’s, arthritis and
25. How to Keep Earning a Paycheck in Retirement: More Americans aged 65 and older are working than at any time since the turn of the century according to 2016 Pew Research Center. There are many part-time and full time opportunities for older Americans. Figuring out what professional path to pursue is not easy, however. Robert Powell, editor of Retirement Weekly, offers some tips on how to find rewarding work later in life in this USA TODAY article.
26. Redefining the Ideal
Retirement: This article by Dan Kadlec is one of the better articles about
retirement (in fact, one of the top-10 out of hundreds that I have read). He missed just one really
important point, however — being able to afford to drink way too much wine with your
27. Wikipedia: the online encyclopedia that is the work of 6,000
volunteers and covers a huge range of subjects including retirement and finance
to Avoid Choosing the Wrong Retirement Paradise: Make sure your retirement location is
right for you!
29. How a Couple
Managed to Retire in Their Thirties: If you want to travel extensively in retirement, you
should do so while you are still able to enjoy it. Travel requires a high degree of mental and physical
energy. Winnie Tseng and Jeremy Jacobson have been enjoying themselves thoroughly after taking early
retirement when they were both still in their thirties. The couple has been traveling around the world,
using the income derived from their investment portfolio. This July 2015 article on the EJ Insight website
explains how and why Tseng and Jacobson retired so early.
30. Health Canada: Health Canada is
the Canadian Federal Government's department responsible for helping Canadians maintain and improve their
health, while respecting individual choices and circumstances.
31. 5 Things Rich
People Say Beats Having $1 Million [for Retirement: Retired millionaires reveal
their most important financial milestones, and you might be surprised at their answers. Rich retirees think
these five financial milestones are more important than becoming a millionaire: 1. Retiring: 55 percent; 2.
Paying off home mortgage: 43 percent; 3. Having the ability to pay cash for a new car or other special
purchase: 31 percent; 4. Paying for children’s education: 28 percent; 5. Reaching a certain annual income
level: 20 percent.
32. Retire by 40: Forget about Freedom 55.
That's for amateurs. It's really possible to retire by 40. The Retire By 40 blog by Joe Udo
explores why it is possible to leave your day job much earlier than 65. This can be accomplished by
aggressively saving and investing as soon as you start working. Many financial advisers will tell you to
save 10 percent of your income for retirement. This is an OK model for some, but not for people who don't
love their jobs. For this reason you should be like Joe and his wife who have been saving and investing over
50 percent of their take home income for many years now.
Avenue: Next Avenue is a website launched
for PBS by Twin Cities Public Television (TPT) in St. Paul, MN. It offers news, advice, information, and
stories aimed at seniors and baby boomers in the areas of Health & Well-Being, Money
& Security, Work & Purpose, Living & Learning, and Caregiving.
34. National Seniors Council of
Canada: Takes into account the views of experts, seniors, retirement organizations and
groups that provide seniors programs and services, provincial/territorial advisory bodies on seniors, and
other interested parties and then provides advice to the Minister of Human Resources and Social Development,
the Minister of Health, and the Secretary of State (Seniors).
35. Seniors Canada: Government
of Canada website with Information and Services relating to the areas of Care Facilities, Finances &
Pensions, Health & Wellness, Housing, Legal Matters, Retirement, Seniors Networks, Travel & Leisure,
and Work & Volunteering.
36. U.S. Government Department of Veterans Affairs:
Information on veterans' benefits and other resources for the 25 million American veterans alive today.
37. A Complete Beginner’s Guide to 401(k) Plans: Trent Hamm on The Simple Dollar website offers advice on why people should take advantage of the 401(k) plans offered in their workplace. "It is an incredibly useful tool," says Trent, "for saving money for retirement." In short, A 401(k) plan offers a very simple opportunity for Americans to save for their retirement. "When you’re retired, the money from your 401(k) serves as 'income' on top of your Social Security check. It can easily turn a threadbare existence into a very rich and enjoyable one."
& Savings Tips For Retirees: Financial advice on the right way to change spending
habits and learn why the wrong ways don't work. Budgeting is an important tool to use at any age, although
to many of us it sounds like a four letter word. Practical ideas for budgeting and saving that make managing
39. Is Early Retirement Great? For Some, It’s Hard Work to Have Fun: "While early retirement and a life of leisure may sound like the stuff of daydreams, the reality can be jarring for people who are used to being busy — and important. There can be boredom, a sense of isolation and a lot of awkward social questions," says Joanne Kaufman in the New York Times.
40. Top 10 Ways to Prepare for
Retirement: from the U.S. Department
of Labor: "Know Your Retirement Needs Because Retirement is expensive," according to this website. It goes on
to state that, "Experts estimate that you will need about 70 percent of your preretirement income to maintain
your standard of living."
Planning Strategies for All Ages: A To-Do List for retirement planning.
42. 37 Things You Will
Regret When You Are Older: To this list of 37 Things You Will Regret When You Are
Older I would
* Not having written a book.
* Not having handled money properly so that you have plenty for retirement.
* Not having made a much greater difference in this world.
43. Debt Management Tips for
Seniors: by Aleksandra Todorova Cites five overlooked debt-management strategies that can help
retirees dig themselves out of a financial hole.
44. Retirement: A Full Time
Job: The Unfettered Pursuit of Happiness After four years at a Big 8 accounting firm, and almost eighteen at a venture capital firm, Sydney Lagier is making her career-long fantasy of
retiring in her 40's a reality.
45. Don't Make These Common Retirement Mistakes: Tammy Flanagan in Government Executive magazine regularly gives advice on how to prepare for life after government. In this article Tammy shares three common errors that can cost you more than just your pride after retirement. Tammy also states, "One of my all-time favorite books to prepare for the mental transition to retirement is How to Retire, Happy, Wild and Free by Ernie Zelinski."
46. CARP: Non-government Canadian
organization that claims it is committed to enhancing the quality of life for all Canadians as they
age. Advocates social change that will bring financial security, equitable and timely access to health care
and freedom from discrimination for seniors and retirees.
Blogs That Will Make You Smarter: An Online Universities Blog Entry By Alisa Miller.
Includes popular topics for retirees such as politics, news, sports, higher education, science, and
48. Travel and Recreation for
Seniors: Official U.S. government website includes information on the
Amtrak Senior Citizens Discount, Driving and Older Adults, Parks and Recreation Pass for Seniors and Tips
for Seniors Traveling Abroad.
49. Seniors Discounts: SeniorDiscounts.com
is an online directory of US businesses that offer age related discounts to people 50 years of age and
older. The website lists over 150,000 business locations offering discounts. Includes the contact
information, discount information and other information necessary to receive each discount.
50. The School of Life: Great for retirees
who live in London, The School of Life is a new social enterprise offering good ideas for everyday
retirement living. Based in a small shop in Central London this private educational institution offers a
variety of programs and services on how to live wisely and well.
51. Retirement Living TV: RLTV is the website of the American
cable network dedicated to serving the needs of adults 50+ with information and entertainment that inspires
and changes the perception of aging. The network addresses a variety of subjects including health, finance,
travel, reality, comedy and drama.
52. Where to Retire Magazine: The website of
the magazine with more than 500,000 American and Canadian readers each issue. Where to
Retire magazine covers all topics related to retirement relocation. Now in its 15th year in
publication, the magazine may help you discover the ideal setting for a happy and fulfilling retirement.
53. UK Government Retirement
and Pensions Webpage: The Pension Tracing Service can help you find the contact
details of a personal or company pension scheme that you've lost touch with.
Best (and Worst) Places in the World to Retire: Are you planning a fruitful
retirement? If so, you may want to consider emigrating to another country. Mercer’s annual Global Pension
Index assesses the retirement income systems of 25 countries based on 40 categories that include savings,
tax support, demography, regulation and communication.
55. Suddenly Senior by Frank
Kaiser: Cited as “a place for everyone who's become a senior before their time.” Frank Kaiser
specializes in senior jokes as well as useful information and poignant true stories for retirees. This
top-ranked website now has over 4,450 pages of humor, nostalgia, senior advocacy and useful information for
56. SeniorNet: America's leading nonprofit
technology educator of older adults 50+ headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. Besides teaching retirees how to
use computers, SeniorNet works toward raising awareness throughout the legislative community of the need for
technology access and education for the nation’s older adult population.
57. The Joy of Not
Working Website: Features The World's Best Retirement
World's Second Best Retirement Book. Real life success stories about people
not working, 25 reasons to retire early, and retirement quotes, letters, jokes, and poems from an author
whose books have sold over 1,000,000 copies worldwide. The two retirement books mentioned above
have together sold over 700,000 copies.
Retirees Doing Very Well by Living on a Mere 66 Percent of
Preretirement Income: Two major financial institutions — JPMorgan
Chase & Co. and T. Rowe Price — provided studies in 2014 that most retirees are doing well with
less income than they had while they were working. Both studies found that until Americans hit the
latter retirement years, when health care expenses tend to scale up, they’re spending far less than 85
percent of their pre-retirement income, on average. Even the 70 percent number can look
59. The Joy of Being Retired: Besides
featuring the retirement gift book The Joy of Being Retired: 365 Reasons
Why Retirement Rocks — and Work Sucks!, this website also includes retirement resources
such as retirement quotes, retirement poems, and snappy retirement cake
sayings. Also, a collection of retirement poems
to compliment and compete with the collection on The Retirement Poems
Cafe by Ernie Zelinski.
60. The Fun at Work
Cafe : For the soon-to-be retired who want to have fun at work
before they retire. This website has a webpage totally devoted to the soon-to-be
61. Mastering Midlife and Beyond: Why We're Flunking Retirement:Retirement today has become a “a depressing image,” according to Forbes and Mark S. Walton, a Peabody Award-Winning Journalist. Walton talks about how Horace Deets, who left his job at age 63 as Executive Director of AARP, was at one time the giant of the retirement industry but concluded that the very concept of retirement was absurd. Walton suggests that you, "Take some time off to rest and recharge between phases of your life’s work. Then, set your brain free to ponder what’s next. Let it chew on what fascinates you, what you’d really love doing and how you might go about it."
Retirees Are Doing Better Than Expected: Many baby boomers who retired within the last
five years are surprisingly satisfied. Ninety percent of these recently-retired baby boomer households
claim that they are "somewhat satisfied" or "very satisfied" with
Loneliness Can Be Hazardous To Your
Health: A new research study from the
University of Chicago shows that loneliness poses a significant health risk for older adults. The
report looked at over 2,000 people over the age of 50 and looked at whether they were lonely or not. What
they found is those who were lonely are at increased risk for all sorts of health problems. In fact,
loneliness may be twice as unhealthy as obesity for older people.
Unconventional Retirement Communities: Not anywhere that I would like to live in
my retirement but some of these may appeal to other retirees.
Retirement Planning for
Academics: This is an interesting and
well-written article about retirement planning for academics.
Retirement planning: it’s about more than
66. Retiring at 27: Ambitious,
Lazy or Crazy? Here is a guy who decided (when he was 21) to retire at 27 - and
did it! He walked the talk, in other words. Some people will despise the
guy, and want to take his money away, to give to the people who failed to save for
retirement. But I admire him, and wish that I myself had been able to achieve
what he did by the time I was 27.
67. Retirement Planning Terms on
Investopedia: Refer to this webpage on Investopedia if you don't know what a financial
term relating to retirement means. Incidentally, this website was started by three young men in my home
town of Edmonton and was sold to Forbes about three years. These young me likely don't have to worry about
the financial aspects of retirement; my guess is that they received at least $10 million
form Forbes. In fact, someone told me it was much higher.
68. Retirement E-book: The 237 Best Things Ever
Said about Retirement: Few things spice up an article, a book, a
conversation, or a speech more than a great quotation. From a collection amassed over many years, this is a
wonderful assortment of some of the most unpredictable, ridiculous, outrageous, humorous, motivational, and
inspirational quotations about RETIREMENT.
69. The Money
Café: Where Money Talks with a Conscience: This website gives you free financial
advice on how to make money, how to save money, and how to spend money wisely. Hopefully, this financial
advice will help you put money in proper perspective so that you achieve prosperity beyond your wildest
Government Retirement Health and Well-Being Webpage:
Health services; Doctors, Managing your healthcare; Accidents and emergencies Healthy Living; Healthy
71. Choose to Save: A public education and outreach program that
is dedicated to raising awareness about the need for Americans to plan and save not only for
retirement also for long-term personal financial security.
72. Get Smarter about Money: This
Canadian website is run by The Investor Education Fund (IEF), which develops and promotes unbiased,
independent financial information, programs and tools to help consumers make better financial and investing
decisions, including saving for their retirement. The Investor Education Fund was established as a
non-profit organization by the Ontario Government run OSC (Ontario Securities Commission) and
is funded by settlements and fines from OSC enforcement proceedings.
73. My Retirement
Paycheck: Developed by the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) in
partnership with many leading retirement experts. (NEFE is a national nonprofit foundation working to
improve the financial well-being of all Americans.) This retirement website separates retirement
into eight topics that can have a major impact on how much money is available for retirement. The eight
topics are Social Security, work, debt, fraud, insurance, pensions, home & mortgage,
and retirement assets. Each major retirement issue is explained in detail and related to the
other respective categories.
74. Retirement Home Exchange: The premier
international home exchange and home swap service. Home Exchange
is the vacation alternative where two families agree to swap homes for a vacation. "You stay in my house
while I stay in yours." Price Is $99.95 per year.
75: The Retirement Planning Association of Canada:
(RPAC) provides a multitude of resources to its members via a variety of education programs.Their members
also assist corporations and unions in delivering effective retirement education programs for their
employees and members. A source of relevant information on the changes in retirement planning in Canada for the general public.
76: Relax: These 15 Things Are Cheaper Once You Retire: "Yes, your available income might decrease during retirement, but your ability to live frugally also gets much easier." Here are 15 things that get a lot cheaper once you retire according to cheatsheet.com's Lauren Hamar.
77. Road Scholar
Adventures in Lifelong
Learning® Inspiring instructors, spirited conversations, new friends, new experiences — being a Road Scholar encompasses the best of the university experience. Educational Travel and Learning Vacations for Retirees Offers group educational travel adventures especially designed for grandparents (over age 55) and their grandchildren. Discover nearly 8,000 educational tours in all 50 states and more than 90 countries with Elderhostel, the not-for-profit leader in educational travel since 1975.
Alongside local and renowned experts, experience in-depth and behind-the-scenes learning opportunities, from cultural tours and study cruises to walking, biking and more.
78. Money Guru Suze Orman: Author of the books
The 9 Steps to Financial Freedom: Practical and
Spiritual Steps So You Can Stop Worrying and Suze Orman's 2009 Action Plan. Quotes
from Suze Orman: "Invest in the known before the
79. Don't Retire, Rewire: Emphasizes
the new retirement model that includes life planning and financial planning. Using this model, you can
still claim your dreams, achieve life balance, continue to work, to contribute, to have meaning and purpose
and to enjoy good times and relationships.
80. The American Retirement
Initiative: Founded in 2011, the American Retirement Initiative (ARI) strives to
be an important voice in the retirement education discussion. ARI is a non-partisan, non-profit national
forum focused on improving the quality of retirement planning for all Americans.
It shares news and information on the
latest trends in retirement planning and presents a forum for discussion for thought leaders and policy
makers to strategize about how best to address the retirement planning issues that concern average
Americans. Even more important, the American Retirement Initiative strives to give all
Americans the insight needed for them to more effectively plan for the rest of their
81. Taking the Mystery Out of Retirement
Planning: by the U.S. Department of Labor. The online version of Taking The Mystery Out
Of Retirement Planning includes interactive worksheets that you complete as you read each chapter. You
can download the fully illustrated 62-page Adobe
PDF narrative or call toll free 1.866.444.3272 to order copies.
82. Retire and Recharge: by Vance Page deals
with topics such
as The financial affordability concern and how to deal with it; Downshifting from work life, to part-time work,
to an active lifestyle; Looking into Active Lifestyle Community living; and Keeping the body moving and the
83. Early Retirement
Extreme: This is a website and blog by Jacob Lund Fisker who, having saved most
of his income while he was working, found himself financially independent at 30. A couple of years later he
started the blog on and wrote a book Early Retirement Extreme to show others the way to financial
freedom. Jacob says that the key is to save 75% or more of your net income and invest it in income producing
assets (bonds and dividend stocks). Yes, saving 75 percent or more is a little extreme even for me. But
others are doing it besides Jacob. This is done by running your personal finances much like a business,
thinking about assets and inventory and focusing on efficiency and value for money.
84. ThirdAge: Health for Boomers and
Beyond: (Used to be 50+ Woman's Site for a Healthy Body, Mind, &
Spirit) The fastest growing age group on
the internet is senior citizens. More than ever, Baby Boomers and seniors are connecting online with
each other and their families.
This is where ThirdAge comes in. ThirdAge boasts newsletters, groups,
discussion boards, videos, articles, classes, games, and more designed to help females ages 50+ connect and get
85. EscapeArtist.com -
For the Truly Adventurous: Living, working, and buying property overseas. "Living overseas is not a
daunting task; as a matter of fact it is much easier to do than you might expect, and a heck of a lot of
fun. You'll meet new friends, learn about another culture, you may even learn another language. You'll
certainly save money, especially if you pick a nation that has a lower cost of living, and you'll avoid the
and disrespect that has become a sad feature of life today inside the USA and UK." Ebooks about Overseas
Retirement (These aren't priced at 99 cents and they shouldn't be.) Books & eBooks That Tell You How To Live, Retire, & Invest
86. The Rebel
with a Retirement Plan: The article called "The Rebel with a Retirement Plan"
is kinda about me. I particularly like this comment: The new rebel rejects the ordinary in the ways that matter:
* The conformist majority is broke. The new rebel builds wealth.
* The conformist majority is obese. The new rebel takes care of their health.
* The conformist majority toils in a cubicle, endures a long commute, then stares at the TV like a glassy-eyed
zombie. The new rebel maximizes life. And
because I myself am a "Debt-Free Rebel", I like this
comment: "Debt is a synonym for 'self-imposed shackles.' "
TOP 10 REASONS PEOPLE GET BORED IN RETIREMENT: Boredom kicks in after just 10
months of retirement, according to Skipton Building Society research. More than half of those surveyed (54 percent) said the retirement glow wore off
because they missed the camaraderie they had at the office, while around 40 percent felt they weren't
being mentally stimulated enough in retirement. More than a third admitted their days had become repetitive and around 20
percent felt completely useless. A further
19% said daytime television is awful, and 24% complained the great British weather puts a stop to them getting
out and about.
Must-Read Retirement Planning Websites: According to Melissa Hincha-Ownby or Mother
Nature Network, "Whether you're nearing retirement or are decades away, these 5 websites can help you get on
89. Social Security for Retirement: When
should I retire? Can I retire? The three major elements of your retirement portfolio are benefits from
pensions, savings and investments, and Social Security benefits. To help you plan for retirement, this
government website allows you to apply online for your Social Security.
Health Is the Most Important Ingredient for a Happy Retirement: New research in
2014 from Merrill Lynch, released in partnership with Age Wave, found that 81 percent of
retirees cite health as the most important ingredient to a happy retirement, followed by financial security (58
percent), loving family and friends (36 percent) and having an important purpose (20
91. Personal Growth from
SelfGrowth.com: SelfGrowth.com is the most complete guide to information about Personal Growth on
Years Are Not So Golden in Australia: A survey by Mercer reveals a
significant gap between expectations and the reality of retirement. Most people are retiring close to the
age of 60, with only 3 percent retiring at 70 or older. That is despite older people saying they want to
work for longer. "Our research shows
uncontrollable triggers can derail the best laid plans for retirement," says David Anderson, Mercer's
Saving Makes One Wealthy and Healthy: People who are actively saving for
retirement are more likely to care of their health than those who aren't salting away money in their nest
egg, according to a study conducted by Lamar Pierce, an associate professor at Washington University, and
doctoral candidate Timothy Gubler. This confirms the old adage, "People who are foolish with
money are foolish in many other ways too."
94. Top 25 Quotes by Ernie Zelinski (of
119): Insofar as being quoted by others, this is a webpage that I
recently discovered. It features quotations, including some about retirement, by yours
truly. I didn't know that I said all of these things — or at least I forgot that I said some of
95. The 5
Dreams of Workers Contemplating Retirement: Be wary of all those articles about
workers dreamingly longingly of second careers in retirement, pursuing the businesses they always wanted to
run, and working for satisfaction other than a paycheck. According to the 16th annual Transamerica
Retirement Survey released in 2015 by Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies, the great majority of
workers have other dreams for retirement than work, regardless of how rewarding work may be.
Americans' Biggest Regret Is Not Saving More for Retirement: American
workers are more likely to regret not saving enough for retirement more than they are to regret not having been
a better human being, said Diane Gallagher, vice president of Defined Contribution Investment Only Practice
Management at American Century Investments. In a study, "Who's In the Driver's Seat? Participants Just
Want to Ride Along,"American Century surveyed 2,031 full-time workers ages 25 to 65 who participate in
their employer's retirement plan. One of the survey's major findings was that participants have a great deal of
regret about their past saving behaviors.
97. Why It’s Risky to Plan to Work in
Retirement: The findings in a study show that half of all retirees leave the workforce
earlier than planned due to a health problem or job loss. Blue collar workers with physically demanding jobs
are most susceptible to early retirement, according to conventional wisdom. New research confirms that, but
it also shows at least one type of early-retirement risk is spread much more widelyacross job types than
Average American Retires at This Age (at 62): The average American retires at age 62,
according to the results of a recent Gallup poll. That's up from age 59 in 2010, but it's four years younger
than the age at which most non-retired Americans presently expect to retire.Gallup's retirement survey
consists of two parts. In the first part, it asks current retirees what age they retired at. In the second
part, it asks non-retired Americans what age they expect to retire at.
Trumps Wealth For A Happy Retirement: According to a 2015 survey done by MassMutual
Retirement Services, health is more important than wealth for America’s retirees when it comes to their
ability to enjoy retirement life. The study which focused on the first 15 years of retirement found that American
retirees in better health are more likely to feel financially secure, enjoy retirement, and feel personally
fulfilled, and are less likely to experience negative emotions than those in poorer health.
The Semi-Retirement Myth: "Welcome to the latest in retirement
porn!," says Helaine Olen. "Don’t buy the tales of meaningful work into your 70's. Your retirement is
inevitable — and bleaker than the last generation’s. Being able to work longer is not a plan. It’s a
Can Retire Sooner than You Think: This is a great interview with Wes Moss about
the content in his book You Can Retire Sooner than You Think. Moss decided to find out what made
America’s happiest retirees so happy; he also wanted to know what pre-retirees were doing to prepare for the
day they stop working full-time. He came up with The 5 Money Secrets of the Happiest
Retirees, which became the subtitle of the book.
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B. Four Money Traps to Avoid in Retirement: In the April 2017 issue of the AARP Bulletin Eileen Ambrose says, "Don't get tripped up if you're retired — or about to be." Eileen explains why being underwater with your home hinders your wealth, why you should save wisely now to prepare for the future, why providing for your children depletes your resources, and why constantly loosing money on mutual funds is like throwing money out the window.
C. Retirement Health in National Post: Walking Pace Is a Stronger Predictor of Death Risk than Smoking: Genes are far less important to aging well than exercise and nutrition. Middle-aged people planning to slow down in later life may want to think again after scientists found that walking pace was a better predictor of early death than smoking. A study looking at which lifestyle questions would accurately predict the risk of dying within five years found that slow walkers were at greater risk of death in the timescale than those who just smoked. The researchers believe it is because slow walking indicates serious underlying health conditions such as shortness of breath, heart problems, disability and general ill health.
D. 34 More Enlightening Quotes from 101 Really Important Things You Already Know But Keep Forgetting by Ernie Zelinski: I am not sure who is doing this but it is a little flattering to me.
E. Mr. Money Mustache: Blog: Mr. Money Mustache is the website and blog as well as the pseudonym of 44-year-old, Canadian-born blogger Peter Adeney. Adeney retired from his job as a software engineer in 2005 at age 30 by spending only a small percentage of his annual salary and consistently investing the remainder. Pete Adeney practices an extreme frugality that allowed him to retire at age 30. Avoiding car use, DIYing and investing in stock market index funds are among the tactics he and his fellow F.I.R.E. (Financial Independence Retire Early) devotees espouse.
F. MOVING FROM FINANCIAL INDEPENDENCE TO FINANCIAL FREEDOM: “You need to achieve financial independence before retirement. The reason is simple. You can lose your job at any time, and your retirement account may not be robust enough to support your family at that time. Financial independence and financial freedom are often used interchangeably. They don’t mean the exact same thing. Financial independence has to do with having enough while financial freedom has to do with having more than enough. There is a huge difference, both in mindset required and cash flow involved.”
G. The Best Place to Retire Is Wherever You Want to Be says Ken Morris: “Clearly, there are a multitude of quality retirement destinations,” says Ken Morris, “if that’s what you’re seeking. Based on the experience with my clients, however, most end up living relatively close to their children, at least at some point during their golden years . . . Retirement may take you down many roads, but I suggest you won’t find any more beautiful or enjoyable roads than those that lead to our magnificent national parks.”
H. Don't Make These Common [Retirement] Mistakes
: “One of my all-time favorite books to prepare for the mental transition to retirement is How to Retire, Happy, Wild and Free by Ernie Zelinski,” says Tammy Flanagan in an Article on the Government Executive Magazine.
I. 4 Books Every Retiree Should Read by Julia Hawley - Investopedia: Note that How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free is the third one listed. Julia Hawley says, “In this book, Ernie J. Zelinski reveals that the essential element to enjoying retirement depends on more than having adequate finances. Zelinski suggests that retirees must focus on all aspects of their lives, including free time activities and hobbies, pursuing creative outlets, being socially active, and also maintaining physical and mental health.”
J. My Money Blog — Why Pursue Financial Freedom: Fulfilling Retirement Activity vs. Ideal Job BY JONATHAN PING L - MAY 16, 2018: “How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free by Ernie Zelinski continues to offer smart observations on retirement. For example, when people are working, their idea of leisure is often passive: watching TV, listening to music, shopping, or eating at restaurants. However, in retirement, they need to replace all the intangibles besides money that working provided.”
K. Again, The Simple Dollar is a free resource for all things finance. Learn about budgeting, investing, credit, and more to take control of your financial destiny. Check out the The Simple Dollar Review of How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free by Trent Hamm.
L. The secret to a happy marriage is RETIREMENT: Life has never been so good! A new study of retired Brits revealed that over two thirds of married couples in their golden years claim they are happier now than they EVER have been. A further 65 percent of retired Brits said their marriage or relationship is stronger since retirement because they now have more time to spend with each other. Over half (52 percent) said their relationship had flourished since giving up work as they no longer have to endure the stresses of office life – or the pressures of running a family home.
M. FORBES - TOP 10 REASONS PEOPLE HATE THEIR JOBS:: In a November 2016 Forbes article, the number 3 reason of the top-10 reasons why people hate their jobs was: "Their employer disregards their personal life and has no compassion for their obligations outside of work."
N. A 2014 (updated 2017) Study Reveals The #1 Key To A Happy Retirement: Have you ever heard someone joke that if they knew they’d have lived so long, they would have taken better care of themselves? As it turns out, this is no joke. Today’s retirees tell us in no uncertain terms that the number-one ingredient for a happy retirement is, by no small margin, having your health. Sure, other things are important, like being financially secure and having a loving family and friends, but a new study reveals that health trumps all as the key factor to having a happy and satisfying retirement.
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