Emotions in Retirement

by Lois Etienne on February 27, 2012

in Lifestyle,Senior Health and Safety

Today, Dave Bernard from US News & World reported on the “Grey tsunami” (approximately 10,000 people daily reaching the age of 65) that will continue for the next twenty years. Retirement can generate a variety of conflicting emotions and new challenges to deal with. Here’s a look at some of the emotions that can be part of the retirement mindset:

Anger – Baby boomers may experience frustration because they may be forced to continue working beyond their original plans. In addition, many perpetually active baby boomers will need to face their diminishing physical and mental capabilities. It can be frustrating to finally have time to do what you want to do, but not the energy or ability to do it.

Fear – Baby boomers have witnessed their parents aging and know there is no avoiding their own journey down that path. They will be forced to deal with health issues and dependency on others. They may also have to struggle with finding a new purpose in life, avoiding boredom, and staying mentally sharp.

Expectation – Interestingly enough, over half of baby boomers (54 percent) view retirement as an opportunity to reinvent themselves. Whether experimenting with a new career or pursuing a life-long passion, retirement affords baby boomers the time they need to try something new. Most baby boomers can expect to live long and productive lives.

Spokane-Seattle-Caregiver-with-SeniorsOpportunity – Demanding careers prevented many driven baby boomers from spending quality time with family. Although they cannot make up for missed opportunities, seniors now have a second chance to renew family ties and build stronger relationships.

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