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Sixty Five: What retirement means today
Examining the opportunities and challenges of life in retirement
The concept of retirement is changing before our eyes. It’s no longer an end, it’s a beginning. That’s the philosophy of the Sixty Five section.
It’s about inspiring Canadians to dream big and aim high. To live their best life, confidently and securely.
Mark Andrew set up a home gym in the corner of his downtown Vancouver condo to stay fit during and after the pandemic.
Most people have a blind spot when it comes to their own demise, says Winnipeg-based funeral home operator Kevin Sweryd.
When world markets took a nosedive in the early days of the COVID-19 crisis, many investors worried about the hit they saw on their returns in monthly statements.
Most Canadians spend their working lives socking away as much money as they can in their registered retirement savings plans (RRSPs) — often feeling guilty if they’re not maxing out the contribution limits set by the federal government.
Besides fighting through traffic snarls to get there, the family cottage by the lake has typically been viewed as a place of tranquility with a lifetime of fond memories.
The cost of extended health and dental insurance can shock retirees who have cruised through working life with an employer benefit plan. Even for those who didn’t have work plans, mounting drug and dental bills are a heads up to reconsider the insurance question.
Elizabeth Sakac and her husband Zlatko are having a retirement that’s quite different from their friends. Their son Paul, now 44, lives with them in a midtown Toronto house that they share with Zlatko’s sister.
Getting a good night’s sleep can be a challenge for many seniors like Bev Szandtner. “I sleep erratically,” says Ms. Szandtner, 78. “Some nights are really good, and other nights are not so good; I will wake up at 2 or 3 or 4 a.m. and I won’t be able to get back to sleep.”
The income from rental properties is called passive. To retirees Peter and Thérèse Campbell, it’s anything but.
This spring Patti Douglas loaded the necessities, a digital archive of family photos, an inherited antique bowl and her 14-year-old cat into her new travel trailer and hit the road.
Bill VanGorder likes to say that it only took him 43 years to find his calling. After a long career in the not-for-profit world, Mr. VanGorder founded Nordic Walking Nova Scotia in 2009, at the age of 67, and immediately realized what he’d been missing all for all those years.
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