In Tales from the Golden Age, retirees discuss their spending, financial savings and whether or not life after work is what they anticipated.
Kathryn Brookfield, 69, Winchester, Ont.
I retired about 11 years in the past, at age 58, after a profession as a high-school trainer and later as a supervisor at a federal public service union in Ottawa. I suffered from despair, and the job was very aggravating. I had an excellent pension and determined it was time to cease working to give attention to my psychological and bodily well being. It was an enormous aid to have the ability to try this for myself.
My late husband, who was six years older than me, owned an promoting company in Ottawa and began to wind down his work across the similar time. In 2011, as soon as we had been each retired, we moved to Wellington, Ont., in Prince Edward Nation, the place we lived for 10 years. We had a terrific time there however then determined to maneuver to Winchester – a few 30-minute drive south of Ottawa – which was extra accessible for our households and made it simpler to get specialty well being care companies.
Sadly, my husband handed away in Might, 2021, earlier than we moved to our new residence. He was identified with pancreatic most cancers in April and died just a few weeks later. It was very surprising. It additionally brought on me to rethink my retirement plans.
I made a decision to promote our residence, which I moved into in November, and can be relocating to a rental residence in Ottawa this fall. It’s a stunning place that overlooks the Ottawa River. I made a decision to lease any longer so I’m not tying up my capital. I’m investing and plan to journey much more now that pandemic restrictions are easing. My bucket listing contains cruises on the Nile and Danube rivers, and I’ve booked a visit to Paris subsequent June.
My recommendation to others is that, in case you’re wholesome sufficient and have the funds, go travelling as quickly as doable. And luxuriate in spending time along with your accomplice, since you by no means know what would possibly occur.
I additionally advocate getting concerned in your neighborhood to remain lively and engaged in retirement. Personally, I like volunteering the place I can use my mind and spend time outdoor. Through the years I’ve volunteered at native gardens and as an English-language tutor. I’ve additionally completed fundraising for numerous non-profit organizations. It’s very satisfying to have the ability to assist others.
My recommendation: Take into consideration what you want about life after which see in case you can switch it into one thing the place you’ll be able to meet new individuals, become involved in your neighborhood and discover a true sense of belonging.
As informed to Brenda Bouw
This interview has been edited and condensed.
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