Your retirement is fast approaching. It should be a time of celebration, but you have more questions than answers.
Will you struggle to fill your days with meaningful activities? Will you lose your sense of identity and purpose? Will you outlive your money?
The combination of longer life expectancies, declining government support, and a reduction in job security means you need to completely rethink your approach to this phase of life.
Fortunately, there is hope.
In End of the Retirement Age, David Kennedy presents an optimistic exploration of the forces shaping the retirement landscape, the surprising economic opportunity of an ageing population, and the inspiring ways a generation is redefining retirement in pursuit of meaning, purpose and prosperity.
- Why retirement in its current form is redundant.
- How you can adapt to the changing retirement landscape, including tips and strategies to help you prepare.
- Why older Australians hold the key to Australia’s economic prosperity.
- Inspiring stories from a broad cross-section of retirees.
If you are serious about planning for life after work, this book will help you understand the challenges and opportunities of the new retirement playing field, while providing insights, stories and strategies to help you adapt and thrive in this new reality.
The retirement age is over. What takes its place has the potential to be transformational.
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Table of Contents
The end of the retirement age 9
Reinventing the retirement paradigm 12
Revisiting our patriotic duty 13
Four converging realities challenging retirees 16
Finding meaning and purpose 19
Part 1: Contending with longer life expectancies 21
Visualising the future 21
The business of expanding the human life span 22
Exploring a cure for ageing 24
Joining the dots on where the science may go 26
Clues to boost your chances of a longer life 27
Part 2: Surviving without welfare 31
The cost of living longer 31
Unpopular decisions in the national interest 34
A nation buckling under pressure 36
Part 3: Navigating the ever-changing workplace 40
Meaningful work matters 40
Why older Australians are part of the solution 42
The great workplace disconnect 44
Opportunities missed in the workplace 45
Introducing olderworkers.com.au 48
Finding an age-friendly employer 49
How social media can boost your job prospects 50
Part 4: Planning for your financial future in a world obsessed with ‘now’ 53
The retirement planning challenge 53
Why you are increasingly on your own 54
But how much is enough? 55
Instant gratification and the psychology of money 57
The perils of short-termism 58
Retirement trends and transitions 60
Strategy corner 62
Part 5: Inspiring stories as a generation redefines retirement 70
Working longer: A life of service and contribution 70
Connecting online: Life starts at 60 72
Seniorpreneurship: Rise of the retirement coach 74
Globetrotting: The world is your oyster 75
Fundraising: Older but definitely not invisible 77
Volunteering: Combining hobbies and a desire to give back 80
Getting active: Overcoming adversity and taking on new challenges 82
Creative pursuits: Embracing a passion for art 86
The caring conundrum: Hats off to the sandwich generation 87
Part 6: Rethinking retirement in pursuit of meaning, purpose and engagement 90
Protirement: Ageing positively on purpose 90
We all need something to retire to 91
Work, learn and play till you drop 94
A new beginning 98
40 reflections on retiring well 99
About the author 104
Back cover 105
End notes 106