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Most people anticipate a retirement filled with travel, fulfilling leisure activities and fun times with friends. But for some retirees, especially those who are older and less able to participate in an active lifestyle, retirement can become a time of isolation and loneliness. Fortunately, a growing body research suggests that owning a pet can be a delightful solution to many of these issues.

There are at least five benefits to owning a pet.

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One of the greatest benefits that retirement provides is the opportunity to choose where you want to live. You no longer need to be concerned about living close to where you work. Instead, you can choose to live in a place that offers the climate and surroundings that will enable you to enjoy your retirement to its fullest.

Many of the criteria you will use to select your ideal retirement location are obvious, such as the cost of living, taxes, safety and climate. However, there are many other important criteria to consider that might be less apparent.

Here are ten important qualities you should evaluate when you are looking at potential retirement destinations.

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I am honored and humbled (and thrilled!) to be named to Next Avenue's annual list of 50 Top Influencers in Aging.

I have great respect and admiration for Next Avenue. In just five years, they have become one of the top sources for retirement-related information in the world. I read their articles regularly.

Next Avenue, public media’s first and only digital publication dedicated to covering issues for older Americans, has named its 2017 Influencers in Aging. The list recognizes 50 advocates, researchers, thought leaders, innovators, writers and experts at the forefront of changing how we age and think about aging.

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You probably know some people who have Type A personalities. They are driven, goal-oriented,  rigid, competitive, and edgy. They thrive on being over-committed and they like to take charge. They’re perfectionists who have low tolerance for incompetence. Type A people thrive in a fast-paced, demanding work environment.

While these qualities may be desirable for career advancement, people with Type A personalities are twice as likely to suffer from stress-related illnesses and heart attacks as their more relaxed counterparts.

Perhaps this describes you.

If you have a Type A personality, transitioning to retirement may be especially difficult. After you retire, you will no longer have an impressive job title or management responsibilities. Job status will no longer matter. You will be on the same level as any other retiree. You are more likely to feel lost or adrift due to a lack of purpose, structure, and responsibility.

Here are ten ways that people with Type A personalities can adapt in order to enjoy a happy retirement.

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Regardless of whether you’ve been single for most of your life or you’re newly single following a divorce or the death of your spouse, there’s no need to give up on your dreams of traveling after you retire.

The hardest step will probably be to convince yourself to go. Once you do, you will discover that traveling solo is one of the most rewarding experiences you can have in your lifetime.

...continue reading "How to Enjoy the Adventure of Traveling Solo"

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When you retire, a wide array of new possibilities becomes available to you. You have the opportunity to create a life that’s determined by your interests, desires and priorities, unencumbered by the constraint of having to earn a living.

Yet many people don’t take advantage of the possibilities that retirement offers. They just continue with their daily routine, minus the job.

Here are nine suggestions for how to get the most out of your retirement years. Most of them cost little or no money; they just require some effort, new habits and positive attitude adjustment.

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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.

...continue reading "Fabulous Places to Retire: Portugal"

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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