Retire Abroad to Costa Rica With Going Like Sixty

Retire Abroad Like Going Like SixtyGuest Blogger Mark Van Patten author of blog agreed to talk about retiring to Costa Rica

What made you decide to retire to a foreign country?
We thought we never could afford to retire because of the cost of health care in the U.S. When we started looking abroad, we discovered we might be able to make it work living strictly on Social Security. So far, so good. [Read more...]

Do Family Secrets Help or Harm?

Going to the Grave with Family SecretsYesterday, I was sitting in the Doctor’s office waiting with my mother. She has dementia and we were waiting to hear the results of her recent blood panel. The days of conversation with my mom extending beyond how wonderful her cats are and moving back to Texas are few and far between.

Our exchange yesterday started out similar to most. She treasures the memories she has of her childhood in Iowa going to her grandmother’s house for Sunday dinner. She relives what a wonderful family she had and how everyone got along. You know, the typical good old days scenario.

My mom will admit that her memory is limited to her childhood and the years she and my dad lived in Texas, after they retired. It’s frustrating for her not remember raising her family and the time she spent in Denver. [Read more...]

Dealing with Grief and Loss

Retirement Travel to Dominican RepublicI had intended to write more about our trip to the Dominican Republic. I may write further about it later on. This blog is about loss. I’m always intrigued by how the universe likes to teach lessons.

On of the interesting things about getting older are fat fingers. Several years ago, I couldn’t remove my wedding ring, had it cut off and enlarged. The ring consisted of three diamonds. With the new sizing, it flopped to the side when I typed, which I do all day long. So, I stopped wearing it, except when we go on vacation. [Read more...]

Where are Baby Boomers in Overseas Travel?

Since the early 1990’s my husband and I have travelled the world. We’re surprised at how few fellow Americans we encounter. When we do see American travelers, they tend to be either in their twenties or older than 70. With 77 million baby boomers at the beginning of their retirements, why don’t we see them traveling abroad?

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Should Spouses Start a Retirement Business Together?

Starting a business can be a great way to increase retirement income. For a retired couple, a retirement business can provide a way to spend time together. Or maybe not.

Recently, I was talking to a man who felt like his marriage was in trouble and it centered over both he and his wife working together. [Read more...]

Are You Grasshopper or Ant When You Retire?

Recently, I read a blog post by one of the best retirement bloggers about his fear of buying a RV and hitting the road. You can read his blog at  We Are Thinking of A Big Shake Up. Are We Nuts? The fear was based on the additional cost and impact on the couples’ retirement account.

I’m not going to weigh in on whether they should or shouldn’t buy a RV and hit the road. However, the conversation about fear, money and having enough in the future intrigues me. I grapple with these fears often, as do many people in retirement. [Read more...]

Should Retired Couples Over Sixty Get Married or Live Together?

I wonder what I would do if I was alone again. Certainly, I may die first. However, statistics are on the side that I’ll be a single woman over 60. I’m very lucky to be passionately in love and have been for over thirty years. That doesn’t preclude me from falling in love one more time.

Recently, I read a blog by Adam Sheck as he discussed the pros and cons of marriage versus living together. [Read more...]

Retired Couples Search for Togetherness and Space

Recently, I was introduced to the work of Michael Longhurst, an Australian psychologist who studied 200 retirees on issues of their adjustment. Not only did he look at the individual, but also couples. As half of a retired couple, I can attest to the challenge. In talking to my friends, they have all agreed the retirement transition puts a strain on a marriage. [Read more...]

The Daily Battle of a Retired Husband

One of the disadvantages of having a retired husband and still working is it’s hard to go when he wants to go. We had decided to take photographs of the Saguaro blossoms on Memorial Day, but I got sick and spent the day sleeping. Normally, I work every week day from early morning until mid-afternoon. It would have been perfect to work this morning and then take off to photograph the flowers as the sun sets. [Read more...]

Retired Couples: Tips for a Relationship

The retirement transition can be a challenge for married couples.  These newly retired couples are facing an adjustment to retirement individually and as a couple.  These tips may help your marriage when you retire.

Don’t feel you always have to be right. [Read more...]