Have You Considered an Encore Career?

It may have started when that ‘big one’ arrived. You know—your 50th birthday. That’s often the point when we start thinking about the finality of time. That’s also the point where many of us started thinking about the future in more concrete terms. Did we want to keep working our tails off for another fifteen to seventeen years? Could we ever afford to really retire? What if we needed to keep working well beyond retirement age just to survive? What if we could afford to retire at some point and ended up living for 20, 30, or more years? What…

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From One Encore Career to Another

I am now using weekly themes for blogs on this website. This week’s theme is “Encore Living.” I read about encore living long before I officially retired from my career teaching at a community college. At first, I thought ‘encore’ simply meant taking on a new lifestyle after retirement. After more reading, I learned that the word ‘encore’ in retirement is often associated with encore careers—something generally thought of as doing meaningful work that we create or find during a distinct period of our life. That distinct period often begins as we enter our fifties. Encore work may include a…

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Closing the Generation Gap Doesn’t Have to Be Complicated

As a professional in my thirties, I didn't want someone my mother's age tagging along with me. Yet that was exactly what happened. It was also one of the best things that happened at the time. Before establishing a career in higher education, I spent a few years in the insurance industry as a senior marketing consultant. My responsibilities involved serving and retaining larger business accounts. At the time, I had a lot of confidence in myself. I believed I could pick up new information quickly. I could also communicate complex information in a way others could understand—certainly a plus…

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Want Personal or Professional Growth? Lifelong Learning Opportunities Are Plentiful for Those Over 50

In 2015, Doreetha Daniels received her associate degree in social sciences from the College of the Canyons at the age of 99 years old. She earned her degree because she wanted to fulfill a dream of getting an education and to “better herself.” Gone are the days when learning was often thought of as something young people were obliged to do. Now we know that lifelong learning can be enjoyable and increase our sense of confidence and well-being. Further, it can potentially help keep us sharp and engaged as we age. Amazing Free Learning Opportunities Fortunately, we are living in…

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How Did We Do It All When Working? We Didn’t!

I hear other retirees say that they have no idea how they managed to do everything when they were still working. I know the feeling, but I suspect they didn't do everything, and I didn't either. What Did I Let Go While Working? Unless it was a quick fix, we usually hired someone to take care of repairs. I usually took care of things that were obvious - picking up around the house and doing some routine cleaning, etc. But I didn't have or make time to take care of the "out of sight, out of mind" cleaning. Some of…

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A Cautionary Tale about Retirement and Some Useful Resources for Your Best Future

Richard was a businessman who usually started work before daylight. Eventually, he was able to buy the things he really wanted including a nice home with a swimming pool and a big boat. Then in his sixties, he had a quadruple bypass. Realizing life was short, he sold his business, retired, and got remarried. At first, Richard and his new bride did a little traveling. But soon he was spending much of his time in an easy chair watching TV. His health deteriorated. He also started running out of money, so he set up a reverse mortgage on his home.…

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What Happened to TGIF?

A couple of years ago, a friend of mine retired from her full-time position as a VP for a large corporation. Now free from her demanding position, she is exploring all kinds of latent interests—music, cooking classes, working out, volunteering, and spending more time reading among other activities. The list goes on. Even though she keeps very busy, she shared that her sense of time felt out of whack because days still go quickly, and sometimes they merge together in a big blur. Deeply Engrained Rhythms from the Past Unlike my friend, I did have some fairly decent breaks throughout…

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Finding the Right Amount of Structure in Retirement

Having a set structure is something many people struggle with after leaving full-time work for a life of their own making. Because I had basically created my own schedule at work for the past several years, I was surprised that dealing with a lack of a workplace structure would be a problem for me. At first, I over-organized my life. I created a fairly rigid weekly schedule with certain days/times to do certain things. I was determined not to feel like I was drifting through my days with no sense of accountability. But with all the structure I'd created, I…

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Two Boomer Workplace Challenges That Employers Can Turn Into Opportunities

A huge demographic shift is underway, and it is already affecting the workplace. Baby boomers in the U.S. are reaching full retirement age at a rate of 10,000 per day. Without preparation, a mass exit could create lost expertise and organizational knowledge. Yet not all boomers are eying the exit door. According to research conducted in 2014 by Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies, 65% of boomers were at least planning to work beyond age 65. Delayed Retirement a Concern Results from a 2018 Willis Towers Watson Survey found that nearly half of the employers involved in their study were concerned…

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Like an Unexpected Storm, Retirement Can Challenge Us in Unexpected Ways

Last week our local weather service projected that our area would experience from one to five inches of snow. We ended up with about a foot of wet snow throughout our county. Trees and power lines were down throughout our area. We lost part of our tall, Moon Glow Juniper hedge. I tried to save some of them by knocking off some of the extra snow with a heavy, industrial broom. Unwisely, I stood on a plastic chair while it was snowing to reach some of the juniper branches. It only took an instant to fall and bang up my…

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