Retirement is a period of time that is widely perceived to be for enjoyment, full time leisure, and to pursue more fully one’s interests that may have been set aside during the working years. However, it can also be a time where new stresses and conflicts arise with others such as one’s spouse, children or employer.
Frequent Sources of Conflict
- Different ideas or expectations of retirement than spouse/partner
- Renegotiating roles and expectations in the family after retirement
- Arranging for retirement with your employer – they may have different wants or needs than you do
- Concerns about money and future security
- Stress and worry about current or future health concerns
Conflict Mitigation Strategies
- Have honest conversations with your family members about expectations for retirement. Having open dialogue can prevent future problems with differing expectations.
- Maintain dialogue with partner about retirement arrangements before and during retirement
- Create a budget that works for both partners
- Maintain open dialogue with employer well in advance of retirement
- Recognize that this is a transition period and have patience with all those involved, including yourself