What do you fear about retirement?

Jun 12, 2009

Many Retired Men Not Happy in Retirement

There is a strong emphasis in Western society to plan and save money for retirement but the bigger questions of what the money savings tips are really for and what a person really wants to do when they retire are not considered.

A recent Australian study found that men are better than women at saving money for their retirement - but often have no idea how to spend it. The reason is that they have not developed a passion for leisure.

A person's level of leisure involvement during their working years tends to predict their involvement during retirement.

Indeed, people are less likely to start new leisure activities after retirement.

Getting involved in many active leisure activities and social activities while still working is the way to prepare for retirement.

Here are some retirement quotes relating to the difficulty men have in retirement:

    A retired husband is often a wife's full-time job.
    — Ella Harris

    When men reach their sixties and retire, they go to pieces. Women go right on cooking.
    — Gail Sheehy

    Retired: Too Old to Work — Too Young to Die.
    — Written on a T-shirt

    In this country . . . men seem to live for action as long as they can and sink into apathy when they retire.
    — Charles Francis Adams, Sr.

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