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Retirement is not one-size-fits-all. There are many ways to envision how you’ll spend your retirement years.

Identifying your retirement personality type can help you gain clarity about what you want your retirement to be like on a day-to-day basis. You might see yourself in more than one of these categories, and the categories you fit into may change as your retirement progresses.

If you are coupled, it’s important to compare your retirement personality type with that of your partner in order to ensure that you both have compatible visions for how you want to enjoy your retirement. If your personality types differ significantly, you will need to make some adjustments and compromises.

Your retirement personality type will influence many of the factors that go into planning your retirement, such as how much money you’ll need and where you’ll live.

Which one or ones describe you?

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When you retire from work, you retire from pressure, stress, deadlines, performance reviews, boring meetings, and that annoying guy down the aisle who spends all day making personal phone calls that everyone can hear.

But you will also leave behind something that is more important than you may realize: human contact. While most of your colleagues probably aren’t close personal friends, just being around people provides a certain level of socialization that you will miss once you retire.

A recent study by the University of California at San Francisco revealed that 43% of the people they surveyed who were over 60 years old reported feeling lonely on a regular basis. Two-thirds of the adults who said they were lonely live with a spouse or other partner, which indicates that you shouldn’t rely upon your spouse to be your sole source of companionship.

While you work, social contact happens easily and automatically. After you retire, you can still find plenty of ways to stay socially engaged, but it requires a little more initiative on your part.

Here are seven ways to stay socially active and prevent loneliness after you retire.

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If you dream of retiring to Europe, Portugal is well worth your consideration. It is the least expensive country in Western Europe, its immigration requirements can be satisfied by most retirees, and the country enjoys mild, sunny weather.

Portugal has long been a favorite of expats from Great Britain and other European countries, but it has only recently begun to attract more attention in the U.S. and Canada.

Low cost of living is not the only benefit Portugal offers. It also offers beautiful landscapes and architecture. The Algarve region at the southern end of Portugal boasts some of the best beaches in Europe. High-speed internet is available in 90% of the country and 4G service in 95%. Portugal has been rated the 17th safest country in the world.

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A couple weeks ago, I reported that this website had been nominated for a Best Senior Living Award for Best Retirement Blog. I asked readers to vote for RetireFabulously!, and many of you did!

My most profuse thanks to everyone who voted! I was truly gratified and humbled by the response.

The results were announced today, and RetireFabulously! has been awarded the 2017 Best Senior Living Award in both the people's choice and the judge's selection categories - the only website to place in both categories.

Thanks to the judge, Dave Singleton, for his kind remarks about this website.

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Hopefully, you are looking forward to retirement with eagerness and anticipation. You envision retirement as a well-deserved reward that you have earned with years of hard work. You are imagining all sorts of ways to fill your days once you are free from the constraints of work and your life is truly your own.

But what if you are unsure about what retirement will be like? Perhaps you’re uncertain about whether you will be happy after you stop working. If you aren’t entirely sure what to expect, this list will give you more things to look forward to. It will help you envision retirement more positively and with greater anticipation. Most items on this list are common experiences shared by most retirees, but your mileage may vary. Here are twelve reasons you will love being retired.

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As you get older, doesn’t it seem as though time passes faster and faster? That’s the perception most of us have, although intellectually we know that time passes at exactly the same speed.

But perception counts for a lot. And based on that perception, twenty years of retirement will seem to pass much more quickly than the first twenty years of your life or any twenty-year period of your working career.

Why does time seem to pass at an ever-accelerating rate?

...continue reading "How to Slow Down Time and Maximize Your Retirement"

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During the course of your working career, many factors such as technology and globalization have changed the work environment in countless ways. Many societal changes have impacted your personal life as well. It should come as no surprise that many of these same factors have also changed the retirement landscape. Some changes are positive, some are unwelcome and some are simply different. But viewed as a whole, your retirement will be significantly different from your parents’ and your grandparents’ retirement.

Here are six trends that are reshaping retirement.

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I was happy to contribute to this new article about the current state of LGBT senior housing by Dave Singleton on Caring.Com. It's a worthwhile read about an issue few people are attuned to.

"There is a great need for LGBT senior services and housing options, which have gained steam in the last decade, led by the rise of older LGBT baby boomers. But there’s still work to do. Is it getting better for LGBT seniors who need help and a place to live? How can we make sure none of them takes a backward step into a senior living closet?"

Read the full article on Caring.com.

[Also see 21 Retirement Communities for LGBT Seniors]

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Your retirement presents you with the opportunity to truly live your life on your own terms. You are no longer bound by the constraints of your job. You are now free to do the things you have wanted to do for years, limited only by your available resources and your mobility. It would be unfortunate to reach the end of your retirement journey, only to have regrets for the things you could have done, but didn’t.

With a little thoughtfulness and planning, you can avoid these twelve regrets during your retirement.

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It’s not uncommon for two-career couples to retire at different times. This may happen when there is a significant age difference or if one spouse retires sooner than planned due to an unexpected layoff or an irresistible early retirement incentive package. In other cases, one spouse may feel burnt out and ready to throw in the towel while the other spouse is at the peak of his or her career and wants to keep going for a few more years.

Whatever the circumstances, mixed-retirement marriages are situations ripe for resentment and stress. For a time, you and your spouse will have to coexist in different realities, something for which you may be ill-prepared. Here are seven tips that will help you and your spouse adjust to having one spouse work while the other is retired.

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