Cantissimo Senior Living Blog

Cantissimo Senior Living blog - an educational resource for older adults in lifestyle, wellness, and more.

Posts about Retirement:

Continuing Education Opportunities for Seniors in Each State

Continuing Education Opportunities for Seniors in Each State

Older adults often face boredom with the extra time on their hands after retirement. Continuing education is a great way to fill time, activate the brain, and develop new interests or hobbies. Some websites provide online courses to seniors, and many colleges throughout the United States offer affordable or free courses to seniors.

10 Winter Bucket List Ideas to Cross Off This Season

10 Winter Bucket List Ideas to Cross Off This Season

There's something magical about winter. It's a time of the year filled with joy and excitement. Friends and family meet, and the holiday spirit fills the air. While there are tons of fun activities to do, some of them are harder to keep up with age.

That's why we've compiled a winter bucket list of ideas for seniors. It's an opportunity to take advantage of the cold season with fun and engaging winter activities. What's more, these activities can also done with the entire family. Therefore, everyone will be able to join in and have some fun.

7 Tips to Find Purpose in Retirement

7 Tips to Find Purpose in Retirement

Life during retirement is different and depends on the plans of the retiree. To some, it's time to live their life to the fullest. That means engaging in memorable and fun adventures by visiting the places they've never been before. To others, it's a time of relaxation, enjoying a flexible schedule, and not having to worry about reporting to work.

However, this new lifestyle during retirement doesn't satisfy everyone. Some retirees find this period full of insecurity and boredom. The new flexible schedule and missing socialization can take a toll. The lack of predictability during nights and days makes the situation even more challenging. And the situation gets even worse when one feels like he/she doesn't have a purpose to fulfill during retirement. As a senior in this position, here are tips to help you in finding purpose in retirement!

Risking the Nest Egg: Using Retirement Savings for Long-Term Care

Risking the Nest Egg: Using Retirement Savings for Long-Term Care

As noted in a previous Cantissimo Senor Living blog post, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimated that 70% of those now turning 65 will eventually need some level of long-term care.

Yet, few people include a long-term care component in their retirement planning. It seems like more plan for their children's college education than for the very costly and highly probable reality of long-term care. Assumptions that typically drive this lack of planning are:

The Pros and Cons of Working in Retirement

The Pros and Cons of Working in Retirement

Finally, you've reached retirement. It's time to enjoy your savings and live comfortably somewhere for the rest of your life. Unfortunately, for many, the dream isn't quite as they may have imagined it. Perhaps your social circle is shrinking, you find yourself bored during the week, or your bank account appears to be shrinking faster than expected. At this point, you are left with a puzzle. Is going back to work in retirement right for you? To help you out with this, we've compiled several pros and cons of going back to work in retirement for you to consider.

Not Your Typical Pre-Retirement Checklist [Video]

Not Your Typical Pre-Retirement Checklist [Video]

 

Retirement checklists abound across the internet. Most provide wisdom on planning for a secure financial future. Saving enough, choosing appropriate investments, and eliminating debt are common recommendations. However, there is more to retirement than pure pocketbook considerations. Listed below are some retirement planning ideas that most checklists don't mention.

Downsizing: What Can I Do With My Old Stuff?

Downsizing: What Can I Do With My Old Stuff?

"I am moving, and I need to downsize. Where can I sell or donate my old stuff?" This is a common question for people who are downsizing their homes. The process of downsizing a home can be overwhelming for anyone. The best way to do it is to take your time and plan ahead so that you don't make any mistakes or regret decisions later on. When downsizing, you will need to address what to do with all the "stuff" in your house - from clothes, books, furniture, kitchenware, collectibles, and everything else! If you have been looking on the internet, you might have found that there are many places where you can find help with your move.

Where Can I Make New Friends in Retirement?

Where Can I Make New Friends in Retirement?

Retirement often has the effect of separating us from the community we know or that we have spent a lifetime building. The community we once had may no longer be in our lives, for whatever reason. And, as we age, many people experience a lessening desire to get out and meet people. If this is something you've experienced, you're not alone. You're also not alone in the feelings of loneliness and the awkward feeling that comes along with the realization that you need to find some friends. This can be a difficult proposition for some.

With that said, retirement can also be a time when we finally begin to take on new roles that our careers and families previously pushed to the backburner. There are some really fun and easy ways to find community at any age. For many, retirement presents an opportunity to spend time how you have always wanted. If you're looking to make new friends and find new communities now that you are retired, consider the following ideas!

10 MORE Great Hobby Ideas for Older Adults

10 MORE Great Hobby Ideas for Older Adults

As we age, it is essential to do something that keeps us engaged and entertained. One way of doing this is through hobbies. There are certain activities that are always linked to older adults, like playing bingo or sitting in front of the television. In reality, there is a wide variety of hobby ideas that can be enjoyed by people who are above the age of 55. We've compiled a list of ten awesome hobbies for the older adult - from knitting to home modeling and everything in between! This is Part 2 - to read the first 22 ideas - click here!

Great Expectations: Retirement and Committed Relationships

Great Expectations: Retirement and Committed Relationships

 

I'll never forget the look on my wife's face.

I had just returned from a September business trip to headquarters, where I told my boss I was retiring. Over the prior twelve months, my wife and I talked about the best time for me to retire after a 40 year career.

In my mind, the conversation had gone from "maybe" to "for sure" and from "later" to "sooner." Yet, when I casually said, "Well, I pulled the trigger. I'm officially done on December 31!" my wife was stunned. "What?! Are you kidding?" she sputtered. "I had no idea you were going to do it now!".

It was a classic example of a couple with differing retirement expectations. Unless properly addressed, such differences can make a retirement dream into a nightmare.