- When Can a Widower Start to Date Again?
My wife died six months ago after a three-year illness. Some of my friends say I should start to date. My grown children say it’s too soon to begin to take out other women. I am in my early 80s, in good health, and want to continue to live an active life. What should I do? Douglas
- Can a Divorced Woman Find Love Again in Her Sixties?
I attended my 50th high school reunion this year and went back to my home town for the first time in many years. I met a man I had gone out with a few times in high school and we really hit it off. He asked me to meet him in a few weeks in a city that would be about half way between where we each now live. We are both divorced and have grown children. Even so, I’m feeling a little uneasy about meeting him in a hotel environment in a strange city. But, I would like to see him again. What should I do? Fran
- How Can We Have a Relationship with the Opposite Sex After the Death of a Spouse?
- Am I too Old to Run for Office in This Election Year?
I am in my mid-seventies. I have been very active in politics for many years, and am now thinking about running for office again. If I am going to do it in this election year, I must begin as soon as possible. Do you think I’m too old to get elected? Dan
- To Stay or to Move? That Is the Question.
- I Married Him for Better or for Worse...but Not for Lunch!
I have been retired for a few years and my husband just retired a few months ago. I can’t believe how difficult it is having him home all the time. I can’t get anything done. He’s always in the way. I don’t feel free to go out with my friends, to shop, or to go to meetings as I have done all during my married life, even when I was working. He’s driving me crazy! What suggestions do you have? Barbara
- Is Early Retirement a Good Idea?
I am in my late 50s and my friends are already talking about retirement. I have worked for a state government agency for almost 30 years and have the option of retiring early (by age 62), waiting until I am 65, or putting off retirement until I am 70. My retirement pay would increase the longer I work. How should I make this decision? Mary Sue
Dear Mary Sue:
- Retired...No Outside Hobbies...What Do I Do?
I have recently retired from a university where I have been on the faculty for more than 20 years. I was always involved with my students and faculty committees and never had time to develop any outside hobbies. My wife still works. I am home alone and really bored. What shall I do? John B.
I have been on a number of university faculties and know how students, campus life, and committees can eat up all your time. The university has a life of its own and tends to create one’s social circle.
- Afraid to Retire
I am almost 60 years old, and the people in my office are always asking me when I plan to retire. I’ve started to go to the retirement planning workshops that my company offers, but to tell you the truth, I’m scared to retire. What should I do? Betty W.
First of all, let me say that most people that I know are “scared to retire.” Most of us have anxiety about the unknowns in our lives. That’s natural. And retirement is a very big step.